It’s the week kids count down to all year – and the week some parents dread! March Break is here, with five extra days of entertainment needed. No fear, we’ve got you covered! One list with all the family-friendly events we could find in the Greater Moncton Area.
Just looking for a quick refresher on what’s available? Here’s our list of where to go with the kids; be sure to click through and double check if there are special March Break times and events. We’ve also got a listing of winter fun – where to go sliding, skating, etc.
Before the list, here are three quick tips for making March Break run smoothly:
Try not to over-schedule yourself. Pick one or two activities per day. Make the goal for one morning event, one afternoon event, and focus on that broad sense of time rather than trying to get to somewhere at a specific time on the clock.
Remember you need to feed everyone lunch – and involve the kids! Give your kids ownership of this meal and help them learn to prepare it if they don’t already know how.
If you can, embrace the idea of ‘love bombing’ your kids this March Break. Plan a one-on-one day – but beyond that, all the planning is up to them.
Here’s what we found for special events this week, sorted roughly by category, so be sure to read through – and share with your friends. Enjoy!
Can’t make it south for some fun in the sun? Make your own beach vacation in the sandbox! The Beach House has family time sessions on their indoor beach volleyball courts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are beach toys, small tractors, sports equipment, and much more. The staff welcomes you bringing your own picnic! Cost is $10 for a parent and child, $4 for additional family members.
FitRocks is open just in time for March Break! The doors open Saturday, March 4 at 1pm. There are Parent & Kid sessions, classes for ages through five through 17, and lots of great options for family fun with climbing gym equipment and an augmented reality wall. Check out their March Break morning and afternoon sessions for kids ages seven to 12!
On Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 11 drop in to the All Ages Skatepark in Riverview, 11am to 10pm.
March Break is a great time to check out Shot Lab and work on your family’s basketball skills. There are weekend drop-in clinics for kids ages eight to 11 (boys on Saturday, girls on Sundays, both from 9:30 to 10:30am), and classes for different ages on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Call 850-7522 to register; classes are limited to 12 people.
Little ones will love the fun at The Play Café. Some of the extra events for March Break (reservations required, extra costs associated) include Sticky Science, Kids Paint Night, Kindermusik, Kids Zumba, storytime, and a family dance party Friday evening. Call 854-4300 to book your spots.
Another great spot for kids to burn off energy is FitCamp90s’ Play Time and don’t forget the free, open gym time at the Crossman Community Centre – Kay Arena; during March Break the gym is open 10am to 4pm each day for kids to drop in. Parental supervision is necessary for children 12 and under.
The City of Moncton is also offering $2 public swims at several local pools for March Break. Check out St. Pat’s Family Centre on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:15pm to 7pm, the YMCA Monday and Friday from 5pm to 7pm, and Ceps at UdeM on Friday from 10am to 11:25am. Don’t forget your bathing caps!
The city is also offering free public skating at the Crossman Centre – Kay Arena on Friday afternoon (3:30-4:30pm), and $2 skating at the Superior Propane Centre Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the same time.
The City of Dieppe’s Aquatic Centre has a special March Break schedule and an extensive list of free skating options; you can find details for both here.
The Town of Riverview’s aquatic centre’s March Break schedule is online, and there are free skate times at the Byron Dobson Area.
Hitting the slopes? Poley Bear is celebrating his second birthday on Saturday, March 4 with a magic show, birthday cake, and lots more fun. Sunday, March 5 is Winter Carnival, with tug o’ war, a hula hoop contest, three-legged ski boot race, and much more.
For more outdoor fun, check out Kouchibouguac Park’s activity list. There’s a Fat Bike Festival, snowshoe basics, and an evening session on owls.
Lots to check out during March Break Mudness at The Clayspace! The studio is in a new, expanded location from last year, so be sure to drop in and check it out. There are several pottery classes scheduled for Monday through Friday morning, each with a different theme. You can sign up for one day or all five; class size is limited to about a dozen students with two instructors. The classes are best suited for children ages eight to 14. You can also sign children up for a one-hour wheel-throwing lessons in the afternoons. Friday afternoon features two Make Your Own Monster Jar workshops; be sure to register! You can reach the studio at 830-2174. There will also be great deals during Make-a-Pot open studio time on Saturday, March 4 and Saturday, March 11.
The Moncton Public Library wants to help teens (ages 11 to 18) learn to knit this March Break. Drop in on Sunday, March 5; all materials provided. Check out their other great events, too; some events are drop-in, some require registration, so be sure to check their site for details. A few highlights: jewelry workshop and paint workshop on Monday, a visit with Ray’s Reptile Zoo and showing of The Little Prince on Tuesday, a showing of The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn on Wednesday, Family Yoga on Thursday, a STEM open house on Friday, a Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament on Saturday, and a Pokemon Hunt and Craft on Sunday.
Saturday, March 4 is Dr. Seuss Day at the Hillsborough Library. Drop in for storytime at 1:30! The library has lots of great events planned for March Break, including a series of sessions on Classical composers, science and craft sessions, and a showing of The Little Prince on Saturday, March 11.
Head to Michael’s to enjoy the crafts without the set-up or clean-up. There are workshops during March Break for paper flowers, beaded earrings, wood plaques, and more. Check out their site for times and prices.
Saturday, March 11 is the monthly Kids DIY at Home Depot. This month’s project is a rain gauge. This is a free event, designed for children ages five to 12.
There’s a LEGO Expo at the Shediac Multipurpose Centre on Friday and Saturday, March 10 & 11.
Need some at-home craft inspiration? Check out our Playroom board on Pinterest!
Movies & More
March Break is a great time to take the family to the movies. Cineplex offers four different movies each day (Monday to Friday) at 11am for just $2.99. This year you can watch Trolls, The Secret Life of Pets, Storks, and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Catch the films in French and English at Trinity. On Saturday, March 4 its Nine Lives and Kubo and the Two Strings plays on Saturday, March 11.
Stumped on lunch ideas? Why not take the kids to a cooking class this March Break! Check out the listings for each of the three local Superstores.
Have a budding scientist on your hands? Mad Science is holding lots of March Break sessions. On March 7 they’ll put on a show for the Town of Shediac at 1:30pm, followed a one-hour workshop in the multi-purpose centre. There’s also a show and exploratory stations at The Journey Church on Dickson Blvd in the evening of the 7th. You can also check out a Mad Science show at St. Pat’s Family Centre on March 10th at 11am, and at the Riverview Library at 2pm.
Resugro Place is a great spot to spend an afternoon this March Break. There are daily crafts included with admission and hands-on activities from 11am to 4pm. Check out the schedule for the different themes, including a Nickle Hockey game sure to keep hockey fans entertained!
Astronomy Moncton is planning a free, public viewing session at the Moncton High School observatory on Friday, March 3.
The Magnetic Hill Zoo is open Sundays in March from 11am to 3pm (weather permitting). There will be free cookies and hot chocolate while supplies last, and Briggs Maples will be making taffy on the snow for $3/stick. Admission for the Sunday openings are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages four to 17, and toddlers three and under are free.
Maplehurst Farms (between Moncton & Salisbury) is opening to visitors this March Break from 11am to 4pm, weather permitting. You can visit with lambs, piglets, and calves, or take a snowshoe through their trails. Admission is $2/person for “those who can afford it.” Meat from the farm is often available for purchase, both fresh and frozen.
Unplugged Riverview is offering $10 unlimited admission for students during March Break!
Room Escape Atlantic says it for ages 10 and up; they have a Mario-themed room that might make a great outing for older kids!
Toys R Us is holding events each Saturday in March.
Indigo is hosting daily hands-on activities Monday through Friday at 11am. Check the schedule for details! New Brunswick author Robert Rayner will be signing books on Saturday, March 4, from 2pm to 4pm.
And don’t forget Oliver! is on stage at the Capitol Theatre Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (March 3-5).
Looking for a day trip? Here are a few close-to-home ideas!
The Cherry Brook Zoo is open with special pricing ($5 admission) and programming March 6 to 10.
Science East (open 10am to 5pm) has daily interactive science shows at 11am and 2pm, and more than 100 hands-on exhibits to enjoy.
The Fundy Discovery Aquarium is open in Saint Andrews for March Break; admission is by donation.
If you’re heading Saint Andrew’s way, consider a getaway at Algonquin Resort! They have two March Break special packages.
And Sackville has tons of great events planned this week. Check out the sleigh rides and sledding in Beech Hill Park, free paper mache workshops on Tuesday and Thursday, a showing of The Lego Batman movie for the food bank on Friday, and Sunday, March 12 is Make Something Sunday at the Owens Art Gallery.
Still searching for inspiration? Ruth Ann (Moncton Coupon Lady) has put together a list of 71 Fun Frugal Free Indoor Winter Activities that are sure to keep you busy this March Break.
If you know of any local March Break events we missed, please comment below! We’ll update as we can!