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What to do With the Kids for New Year’s (Dec 30-Jan1)

A short & sweet weekend round up to complete 2017! Thank you to everyone who supports Pickle Planet; we have some exciting collaborations and creations planned for 2018, so be sure to keep following along and inviting your friends who need inspiration for living with little ones in the Greater Moncton Area!

Friday & Saturday

Wild Lights wraps up at the Magnetic Hill Zoo on Saturday. Doors open at 2pm; lights are turned on around 5pm. There is a cost to attend; this is a fundraiser for the zoo.

The Moncton Magic host the Saint John Riptide on Friday evening at the Coliseum.

Family-friendly New Year’s Eve options:

SkyZone is holding a New Year’s at Noon Toddler Time, complete with countdown, confetti, and more! Contact SkyZone to book your spot!

The Moncton Wildcats host the Saint John Sea Dogs at 2pm.

The City of Dieppe is holding a New Year’s Eve celebration at Place 1604. Music begins at 8pm, with Nobie Jones, the Back Yard Devils, and Izabelle Ouellet. Wingate Hotel will have a bar and BBQ available and there will be fireworks at midnight!

If you’re out and about, Codiac Transpo is offering free rides from 5:30pm to 2:30am on certain routes.

Looking to stay home but make the night special for the kids? Pick up some party hats and glow sticks, pour some fizzy punch into fancy glasses, make a big bowl of popcorn and set up a family sleepover in the living room!

New Year’s Day

The City of Moncton welcomes folks to the Crossman Community Centre – Kay Arena on New Year’s Day for a levee with refreshments form 11am until 1pm, followed by free skating and gym time until 5pm.

There are also New Year’s Day Levees in Riverview, Shediac and Sackville.

For more ideas on where to spend your time with the kids, check out our Mega List of local entertainment spots,  our indoor skating round up, and our list of free drop-in playgroups in the Greater Moncton Area!

Here’s some of what you’ll find listed in those round ups:

The Play Café is Moncton’s go-to indoor play space for the little ones, with a café and wifi for parents.

Hop Skip Jump! is a massive indoor play space, with areas and activities that appeal to a variety of ages.

Sophie’s Place is an indoor play space and drop-off daycare, which also hosts birthday parties, etc. There is a play space, arts & crafts, and more.

Moncton Sports Dome has open play time on Friday evenings, with bouncy castles, indoor paintball and laser tag, and more.

PlayTime Kiddo offers both an indoor and outdoor bouncy castle park, with obstacles and climbing gear that will appeal to various ages.

Crystal Mountain Party Palace includes laser tag and arcade games, and runs lots of promotions, including a family play package on Sundays.

The Riverview Skatepark and Youth Centre is a wonderful place for all ages. There are skate times for those under age 11 and designated teen times. Helmet rentals available!

Get AirMoncton is open at 68 Desbrisay Ave. There is a section of the trampoline park that is restricted to young children (based on height), and the site hosts Toddler Time on certain days.

Skyzone Moncton (across from Champlain Place) offers two-hour Toddler Times and fun weekend promotions.

FitRocks Climbing Gym boasts Altantic Canada’s largest indoor climbing wall – and they’ve got programs and courses for all ages!

Fairlanes in Moncton, Bowlarama in Dieppe, and Parklane Bowling in Riverview all offer gutter blockers for kids.

The Clayspace is open at 15 Milner Road, with drop in sessions, classes, and a retail gallery.

DIY Studio is another great paint-your-own pottery option for family fun, located on Mountain Road.

Resurgo Place is a perfect space for hands on exploring, including Saturday and Sunday ‘crafternoon’ events included with admission.

The Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre in Riverview offers weekday Parent & Tot swims on Tuesdays and Thursdays and open swim times on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The Moncton YMCA holds public swims sessions on Fridays (6:30pm), Saturdays (2:30pm), and Sundays (2:30pm). The Sunday swims are subsidized by the City of Moncton and cost $2 per person. You do NOT need a membership to swim at these times. There is a children’s pool at the YMCA.

There are preschool swim sessions at the Dieppe Aquatic Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10am. There are public swim times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 6pm, and at 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. A section of the pool has a sloped entry, making it ideal for little ones.

Enjoy indoor skating at the Superior Propane Centre, the Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena, the Byron Dobson rink, the AJL and Centennial Arenas, the Shediac arena, the Petitcodiac arena, in Memramcook, and the Hillsborough rink.

During the winter there are sleigh rides offered at Moncton’s Centennial Park, Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe, and Broadleaf Ranch as well as other winter activities.

Looking to go sliding? You can bring your toboggan to Centennial Park in Moncton and Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe, Winter Wonderland Park in Riverview, Headquarters Tobogganing Hill in Fundy and Patterson Hill in Kouchibouquac Park.

Happy end of 2017, everyone!

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