Here’s your one-stop list for ideas on what to do with the kids in Moncton, Dieppe, Riverview and surrounding areas in New Brunswick. (Please note: this list was created pre-COVID; please click through the links and research your options before heading out. Inclusion on this list does NOT indicate the business is operating as usual.)
This is a bare-bones list: 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 is a free resource we’ve curated; if you find it useful, we’d appreciate if you’d share it with your friends and family. Thanks!
We also have a post focused on Winter Fun, as well as other seasonal roundups updated each year. You’ll likely want to check out some of those, as well. Also, this list is pretty focused just on the Greater Moncton Area and doesn’t tap into all the cool things in Shediac, Fundy, Alma, and so on. This is the tip of the iceburg, folks!
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, from a toddler-only area to virtual reality, wall climbing, and laser mazes.
Skyzone Moncton (previously located across from Champlain Place, now closed and on the move to a new location for fall 2020) 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 Atlantic Canada’s largest indoor climbing wall – and they’ve got programs and courses for all ages!
Fairlanes in Moncton, Bowlarama in Dieppe, and Parklane Bowling in Riverview all offer gutter blockers for kids, and Bowlarama has an awesome arcade section. There’s also a small bowling alley in Petitcodiac that’s great fun, too!
The Riverview Indoor Skatepark is a wonderful place for all ages. There are skate times for those under age 11 and designated teen times. Helmet rentals available!
The City of Moncton offers three areas where riders can bike, skate, or scooter for free: CN Sportplexe Bike Park (55 Russ Howard Boulevard), the Downtown Skate Park (by Riverfront Park), and the Renton All-Wheels Park (280 Noel Street).
Dieppe’s Rotary St-Anselme Park & Splash Pad offers awesome biking trails and options, too.
The City of Moncton also offers free drop-in gym times for families, including a toddler time on most weekdays, at the Crossman Centre. You can find more free, drop-in toddler programming in this post.
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 is 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!
Michaels offers weekly Kids Club craft sessions on Saturday mornings. There is a fee and parents must remain on premises.
The second Saturday or each 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.
USVA Nordic spa offers a family experience on the first Sunday of each month.
Outdoor & Summer Attractions
Magnetic Hill Zoo is open most of the year, with lots of seasonal specials.
There’s really no season that isn’t fun on our playgrounds! We’re on a mission to visit them all and share our thoughts; follow the link for our Playground Profiles! You can also go straight to the ones with splash pads and water features by clicking 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.
Thomas Williams House offers tours and activities during the summer.
The Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre in Riverview offers weekday Parent & Tot swims and open swim times.
The Moncton YMCA holds public swims sessions; 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, as well as public swim times. A section of the pool has a sloped entry and a pirate ship water feature, making it ideal for little ones.
The public is also welcome to swim at certain times in the pool at Universite de Moncton.
Find more details in our Guide to Swimming in the GMA here.
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.