Happy Canada Day Weekend, everyone!
As usual, we’ll try to get through this weekend’s events in chronological order. These are just the highlights: for more on local family-friendly attractions, visit our MEGA LIST of Things to Do With the Kids in Moncton. (And stay tuned – we’re working on a Summer Special List, which will include an updated version of our previous splash pad & swimming round up, summer festivals, and more.)
Now that you’re fully realizing that summer has, in fact, started, if you find yourself stuck for camp ideas for the kids, it’s not too late to check out our directory. We just added a great listing for Wednesday evening non-contact Flag Rugby for kids!
The annual Surface Sunfest Showdown takes place Friday night, with a best trick event with cash prizes. It’s free to watch; participation in the contest costs $7. The contest begins at 7pm; doors open at 5pm.
Next door the Town of Riverview will be showing SING on the big screen in the Community Hall. Free popcorn, cash canteen, free admission. Movie starts at 6:30pm.
SportsDome Paintball is offering a Canada Day themed discount on Friday night. Wear red to save 50% off admission – making three hours of paintball fun (all equipment and ammunition included) just $17.50.
Riverview Boys and Girls Club is hosting a fun day at the Coverdale Splash pad on Saturday, with water games, field games, and a cash BBQ.
The Riverview library is holding an Aboriginal-focused storytime on Saturday morning; call 387-2108 to register.
Chapters will hold a Canada-themed storytime on Saturday at 11am.
Scholar’s Choice Smart Satudays will be Canada-themed.
Despicable Me 3 is the Cineplex Family Favourite feature this Saturday and next weekend.
Each weekend until the end of July Bass Pro Shops is holding Family Summer Camp activities on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This includes free games and workshops between noon and 4pm, geared to children ages eight to 12. Try the archery range, BB gun range, casting, and more.
Saturday and Sunday Crystal Mountain Party Palace is offering two-for-one unlimited laser tag and medium ice cream cones.
As an early kick off to Canada Day, Shediac’s Neptune Drive In will have a fireworks display before Saturday night’s movies, as well as a BBQ starting at 7pm. Playing this weekend on Screen 1 is Jurassic World & Ready Player One; Screen 2 is Incredibles 2 & Book Club. Gates open at 7pm; showtime is about 9:55pm.
Here’s a quick look at what’s happening around Southeastern New Brunswick for Canada Day; please click through to the source material for more information and updates!
The tri-community fireworks take place at 10pm at Riverfront Park in Moncton.
Riverview wraps up its summer festival in style with a huge celebration from noon until 6pm, with live music, a magician, circus performers, free painting lessons for kids with That Art Thing, geocaching, food, a bazzar, and so much more!
Dieppe’s activities begin at 10am at Place 1604, with family events until 3:30pm. Enjoy official ceremonies, face painting, bouncy castles, BBQ, live music, Famille Clown, and Jungle – a dance performance on suspended ropes.
Moncton’s celebrations begin with Kids’ PlayZone on the waterfront opening at 11am (socks are required on bouncy castles!), with a slime booth hosted by Mad Science from noon until 3pm. There will also be performances by Matt the Music Man and Roland Gauvin et M. Crapaud. The mainstage performances (located in the Riverfront Parking Lot) begin at 5pm with The Monoxides, Laurence Jalbert, and Steven Page with Odds, wrapping up at 10pm for the fireworks.
The Moncton Fisher Cats host the Fredericton Royals at Kiwanis Park on Canada Day at 2pm.
Moncton’s Thomas Williams House will offer croquet in the garden and cake on the Verandah to celebrate Canada Day.
Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum holds its annual Farm Fest on Canada Day, with children’s games, kite flying, live music, BBQ, antique tractors, and more.
Cap Pele is celebrating Canada Day with sand sculpting, balloon twisting, live music, and more for free at Aboiteau Beach.
Entrance to Fundy National Park (and every national park!) is free for everyone on Canada Day (and kids 17 and under are always free at Parks Canada!).
Albert County Museum marks Canada Day and R. B. Bennet Day (Canada’s 11th Prime Minister, born here!) with free admission, live music, family games, BBQ, cake, homemade ice cream, puppet show, and the unveiling of the only Bennet election poster in existence. 11am-4pm.
The Steeves House Museum is offering free tours and cake in the afternoon on Canada Day.
In Hillsborough, the Canada Day Block Party at the Farmers Market includes an apple pie baking contest, best dressed contest, coin toss, and more in the afternoon. In the evening, the village is hosting family fun at the Kiwanis Ball Field from 6-9pm, with bouncy castles, games, BBQ, live music, and wrapping up with fireworks at 10pm.
Salisbury is celebrating Canada Day from 11am-2pm at Highland Park, with a BBQ, cake, and music by the Zack Lane Trio.
Petitcodiac’s celebrations go all day, with soap box races at 9:30am, a Canada Day parade at 5:45pm, community celebration at 6pm with BBQ, inflatables, face painting, and a junior firefighters course, live music with Ivan Daigle at 7:30pm and fireworks at 9:45pm.
Memramcook’s celebrations take place from 11am until 2pm at the Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site, with bouncy castles, face painting, cupcakes, BBQ, and live music.
Sackville is holding Canada Day celebrations at Bill Johnstone Memorial Park kicking off at noon. There will be a bouncy castle, Lewis the Clown, face painting and crafts, live music, face painting, and more until 3pm, with children’s activities taking place at Lillas Fawcett Park from 4-6pm. There’s also a strawberry social from 2-4pm at Boultenhouse Heritage Centre.
Dorchester will celebrate with live music, children’s games, cake, and ice cream from 1-3pm at the Veterans Community Centre.
With Canada Day falling on Sunday, many businesses will be closed Monday – but not Canadian Blood Services. The Moncton clinic will be open and they’ve invited us to stop by and invite you all along, too!
Also happening Monday is the 4th annual POPS NB performance on the Riverfront, with Sistema NB Children’s Orchestra, Moncton Youth Orchestra, Saint John Chamber Orchestra, New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Tutta Musica, and iTromboni joining for a free concert.
Looking for more inspiration?
Did you check out our Playground Profile of Bridgedale Park in Riverview? More than 5,000 folks watched our video in the first 48 hours it was available! Check our post and our other playground profiles for ideas on fun places to explore locally.
Some other great spots to check out with the kids, especially when you need to beat the heat outdoors:
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! bills itself as New Brunswick’s largest indoor play space, with spaces and activities that appeal to a variety of ages.
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 offers laser tag and much more.
FitRocks Climbing Gym boasts Altantic Canada’s largest indoor climbing wall – and they’ve got programs and courses for all ages!
The Clayspace offers drop in sessions, classes, and a retail gallery for pottery.
DIY Studio is another great paint-your-own pottery option for family fun, located on Mountain Road.
The City of Moncton is partnering with YMCA, CEPS, and St. Pat’s to offer $2 public swims all summer. You can find the schedules and other information here.
Butterfly World & The Boardwalk includes batting cages, go-karts, mini golf, bumper boats, and lots more
TreeGo is a fantastic family outing, especially with older kids who love a challenge. This attraction is limited to children over the age of seven.
Magnetic Hill Zoo is always a fun adventure!
And don’t forget – the YMCA’s Mobile Fun program starts next week! Lots of chances to have extra fun in our communities’ playgrounds all summer long!
Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone!