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. (This post was updated Fall 2018.)
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.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, school kids up to Grade 5 (with adult supervision) can drop in from 2:15pm to 3:30pm; Grades 5 through 8 are welcome from 3:30pm to 4:45pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. The gym is open for Grades 9 through 12 Saturday evenings from 5pm to 7pm.
The Crossman Centre also offers a great indoor walking option for strollers, welcome on the track from 10:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Saturday, starting in October.
The Moncton Coliseum also offers indoor walking. Depending on what events are taking place, the Coliseum is open from 8am to 4pm on weekdays from October 1 to March 31.
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.
Sunny Tots takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 11:30am at Sunny Brae Baptist Church on Elmwood Drive. A snack is provided for the kids, and there’s tea and coffee and company for the adults.
The Early Childhood Family Resource Centre of Westmorland-Albert runs numerous free programs for families, as well as hosting drop in fun in their playroom near CF Champlain. Check out their calendar for all activities, including a weekly Baby and Me group, a weekly Parent and Tot group, open 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, which are listed below.
The Centre hosts a playgroup in Riverview on Mondays from 9:30am to 11:30am at St.Paul’s United Church on Cleveland Avenue. Bring indoor shoes and a snack for your child.
Drop by the Salisbury Baptist Church on Main Street on Tuesday mornings for a free playgroup sponsored by the Early Childhood Family Resource Centre. The session runs from 9:30am until 11:30am; bring a snack and be ready for fun!
Thursdays are play days in Petitcodiac! Drop in to St. Andrew’s Anglican Church between 9:30am and 11:30am.
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 Resource Centre.
The Alma Activity Center on Main Street offers a two-hour playgroup on Tuesday mornings at 10am. Call 887-2808 for more information.
And don’t forget your local library – a wonderful place to visit any time, with the Moncton library now open seven days a week!
The groups listed above are all free and open to drop-in visits. The Family Resource Centre and Talk with Me, as well as the libraries, also offer free programming that requires per-registration.
A reminder these are the free indoor play options in the Greater Moncton Area; there are lots of other great attractions and events for family outings. Be sure to check Pickle Planet’s weekly event round-up for ideas! You might also want to check out our Riverview Scavenger Hunt and our list of Playgrounds, Parks, and more.