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What to Do With the Kids Now that School’s Out (June 22-24)

Welcome to the weekend – and the official start of summer vacation for all those school-age kiddos! If you know someone trying to keep kids of any age entertained this summer, be sure to let them know about Pickle Planet! We’ll be enjoying some time in the sun ourselves (watch for updates from our PEI excursion this weekend), but we’ll keep bringing you lots of great content along the way – including our weekend round ups!

Our thanks this week to Canadian Blood Services for sponsoring this weekend’s awesome list of what to do with the kids in the Greater Moncton Area.

Did you know that the clinic is open six days a week, at various times each day, to accommodate as many people’s schedules as possible? It’s even open in the afternoon on Monday, July 2 – which is a holiday for many people, making it a great chance to head in and donate if work (or a partner being at work) keeps you away. If you stop in that day, you might even catch us there! Organ donation, blood donation, stem cell donation, contributions of time and money – there is much more to supporting the work of Canadian Blood Services than just giving blood, too. Find out more on their website, including details on who can donate what and when, as well as the ability to book your appointment today.

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END OF SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS

Friday is the last day of school – which means Magic Mountain’s Splash Zone opens for the season! You can bring your report card or valid student ID to get in for just $18 tax included. Our great pal Aaron from K94-5 will be there from 10am until 2pm to keep the tunes pumping! Look for him and the Road Runners to grab some cool K swag, too!

Play Time Kiddo is offering free bouncy castles and freezies (while supplies last) between noon and 5pm on Friday. (They’re also offering ‘drop off and play’ programming throughout the summer.)

Hop! Skip! Jump! is offering special discounts throughout the weekend, with face painting on site Friday, balloon animals on Saturday, and cotton candy on Sunday. Check for times and more details!

You can feast your way into summer with the annual Rotary Ribfest, taking place along the waterfront in Moncton throughout the weekend. Great food, live music, and more. Admission is by donation; ribs range in price, with an average $20-$25 for a full rack.

The annual Atlanticade Motorcycle Festival is also underway in Moncton until Sunday, with lots of activity planned downtown.

SATURDAY

Airplane lover in the family? We’re told it’s well worth the two-hour drive to take in the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum’s annual Family Fun Day. Check out this post by our friends at Itsy Bitsy Haligonians about their trip to the museum; if you can’t go this weekend, it might make a great day trip this summer!

Shediac celebrates the end of school with a Children’s Day in Pascale-Poirier Park on Saturday. Enjoy face painting, games, bouncy castles, BBQ, splash pad, and more from 11am until 2pm. There’s also a Kids’ Bike Rodeo happening, starting at 10am.

Dieppe Youth House hosts Leisure Day on Saturday, from 10am until 2pm. Enjoy bouncy castles, a giant sandbox, mobile library, yoga, skateboard safety session, and more.

Kouchibouguac Park is hosting Family Fun events on Saturday; enjoy games, bingo, and a treasure hunt in the morning.

Saturday is the Grand Opening celebration at Magnetic Hill Wharf Village. There will be live music, face painting, and more.

The Associação de Brasileiros de New Brunswick is holding its annual June gathering this Saturday at Centennial Park.

Paint Nite Moncton is holding an all-ages (parents/guardians must attend with children) paint workshop at the Igloo on Saturday afternoon.

The Land Before Time is this week’s Family Favourite $2.99 feature at Cineplex.

Scholar’s Choice Smart Saturday event is a toy testing session.

Michaels Kids Club on Saturday morning is making outdoor-themed crafts (there is a charge), and in the afternoon you can buy a t-shirt and decorate it in-store for a fun game.

Toys R Us will have Jurassic World-themed make & takes and demonstrations in-store on Saturday morning.

Also on Saturday, the Moncton Public Library is hosting the regular LGBTQ+ Peer Support Meeting of Empty Closets Moncton – Lgbtq+ Peer Support community.

Chapters Moncton is inviting teens to gather at the store Saturday evening to decorate Pride shirts – you bring the shirt, they provide the glitter, markers, and more.

Each Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday through the summer, Bass Pro Shops offers a new craft, workshop, hands-on demonstrations, and more. You can earn a free pin for your lanyard for each workshop you complete!

A great free show is happening Saturday evening, thanks to The Capitol Theatre. Stop by Downing Plaza to enjoy an outdoor circus performance featuring the Machine de cirque.

SUNDAY

Sunday is the Grand Opening of the Fundy Trail Parkway, with free admission and lots of activities happening throughout the day. Enjoy guided themed walks, family activities, crafts, food trucks, music, and more.

NatureKids Sackville is teaming up with Bird Studies Canada to focus on shorebirds this weekend – and a project that will be part of the upcoming Dorchester Shorebird Festival!

NatureKids Riverview is planning a Sunday afternoon excursion to the Hillsborough Bird Preserve. This is a free, family event.

Catch a home game with the Fisher Cats on Sunday evening.

And a quick look ahead – the Super Circus Spectacular is performing two shows at the Moncton Coliseum on Tuesday.

In Conclusion …

As always, a reminder that this is a round up of weekend family-friendly events in the Greater Moncton Area. We do our best to find as many events as possible; if you’re hosting something that fits, please send us a message via our Facebook Page to ensure we know about it. If you’re looking for more ideas, we have a MEGA LIST that includes links to local attractions and businesses; you may also want to check out our Playground Profiles to discover a new-to-you place to play.

We spend several hours each week creating these round ups and other resources, which we share with you freely. We’d really appreciate if you in turn shared with your family & friends – it really helps us out! We’d also love for you to let businesses know you found out about them because of Pickle Planet – and let them know we offer several advertising opportunities, such us sponsoring this round up that reaches thousands of local families each week. Huge thanks again to Canadian Blood Services for their support of this weekend’s round up. Now, it’s your chance to support them.

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