Every parent, grandparent, and caregiver should keep this list of free, drop-in playgroups and indoor play options around Moncton handy! You never know when you’re going to need a ‘get out of the house for free’ plan with preschoolers.
Moncton / Dieppe
The gym at the Crossman Centre is open for Parents & Tots Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am until noon. This is a free, drop-in resource.
Lewisville Baptist Church hosts Play Zone, for children up to five years of age, on Tuesday mornings. This is a free program, offered from 9:30am to 11:15am. Snacks and coffee is provided; caregivers stay with children while they play in the gym.
The Early Childhood Family Ressource Centre of Westmorland-Albert runs numerous free programs for families, as well as hosting drop in fun in their playroom. Check out their calendar for all activities, including a weekly Baby and Me group, family playtime sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and active kids on Friday mornings.
There are more than a dozen Family Resource Centres in New Brunswick, all with the mission of offering free, educational programming to families with children under the age of six. Check out the organization’s website for details on other locations in the province. The centre also coordinates outreach playgroups in several communities.
On Fridays, the centre hosts a drop-in playgroup program in Parkton Heights. Stop in at 62 Lancaster Crescent from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Wednesdays are the day to play in Riverview. The Early Childhood Family Ressource Centre runs a free, drop-in playgroup each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am at St.Paul’s United Church on Cleveland Avenue. Bring indoor shoes and a snack for your child.
Every Thursday you can drop in to the Hillsborough Baptist Church (Braam Crescent, off
Salem Road) for a free playgroup. This session runs from 9:30am until 11:30m and is also sponsored by the Early Childhood Family Ressource Centre; bring indoor shoes and a snack!
Drop by the Salisbury Baptist Church on Main Street on Thursday mornings for a free playgroup sponsored by the Early Childhood Family Ressource Centre. The session runs from 9:30am until 11:30am; bring a snack and be ready for fun!
If you’re looking for a French playgroup, drop in to the Salle Mère Marie Léonie in Memramcook on Thursdays from 9:30am until 11:30am. The playgroup is organized through the Early Childhood Family Ressource Centre.
Thursdays are play days in Petitcoadic! Drop in to St. Andrew’s Anglican Church between 9:30am and 11:30am. For more information, call Christine at 756-2296.
The Alma Activity Center on Main Street offers a playgroup on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.
A parent & tot group meets every Thursday (September to May) from 9:30am to 11am at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Bridge Street. Call 536-2006 for more information.