Here’s your one-stop list for ideas on what to do with the kids in Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview. (We’ve left out hours & prices as these change more often than we can keep up with – but click through and you should be able to find all the details! We also work to keep this post updated with the latest changes to local businesses; please let us know if you see something that is no longer operating or have an addition!)
This list focuses on attractions. We’ve also got a great list of playgrounds, splash parks, free, indoor play groups, and every Thursday we post about the weekend’s best events. We also have a post focused on Winter Fun, as well as other seasonal roundups updated each year.
Looking to burn off steam? Here are some indoor options for the family:
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, as of September 1, 2018, now opens only for private bookings.
Crystal Mountain Party Palace includes laser tag and arcade games, and runs lots of promotions, including a family play package on Sundays.
Get AirMoncton’s Desbrisay Ave location closed in late January 2019.
Skyzone Moncton (across from Champlain Place) offers two-hour Toddler Times, has a great area specifically for younger kids, lots of fun arcade games and snacks, and fun weekend promotions such a glow times.
FitRocks Climbing Gym boasts Altantic Canada’s largest indoor climbing wall – and they’ve got programs and courses for all ages!
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!
CN Sportplexe Bike Park (55 Russ Howard Boulevard) is a modular bike park with lots of elements to appeal to riders of all ability levels. It’s free and open year-round.
Stretch your creative side at these local spots:
The Clayspace often holds drop in sessions, kid-friendly classes, and a retail gallery.
DIY Studio is a great paint-your-own pottery option for family fun, located on Mountain Road.
Love to play games?
Room Escape Atlantic recommended ages 8 and up.
Mystery Moncton Mystere recommended ages 14 and up.
We’ve rounded up a list of arcades in the GMA; you can find that info here!
More Indoor Fun
Each Saturday morning you can enjoy a Family Favourite at Cineplex for just $2.99. Movies begin at 11am. Check the schedule to see what’s playing!
Smart Saturday’s at Scholar’s Choice are a great chance to check out some of the store’s products. Noon until 2pm.
Michaels offers a weekly Kids Club craft sessions on Saturday mornings. There is a fee and parents must remain on premises.
Once a month Home Depot holds a Kids DIY workshop. These sessions are free, and geared to children ages five to 12.
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.
The public is also welcome to swim at certain times in the pool at Universite de Moncton.
Most rinks open after Thanksgiving and stay in operation until after March Break. You can find an updated list of rinks and skate times here.
Magnetic Hill Zoo is open most of the year, with lots of seasonal specials.
Moncton’s Centennial Park has all kinds of attractions for all ages, including a dirt ‘pump track’ for bikers near the Millennium Boulevard entrance.
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.
Thomas Williams House offers tours and activities during the summer.