February is here and it’s chock full of fun already! Several Winter Carnivals kick off this weekend, with more throughout the month. We’ve got a round up just about the festivals, but we’ll be sure to include details here, as well, each weekend.
Moncton’s newest festival, FLASH is a two-day extravaganza with lights, 3D mapping, projections, music, and more – with most of the events free and kid-friendly. On Friday night, Central United Church on Queen Street will be turned into The Church of The Trees, with a projected forest, interactive art displays, and performances by Ben Caplan and The Olympic Symphonium. (This is free to children 12 and under, $30 otherwise; 7pm-10:30pm.) Saturday night sees Assomption Plaza transformed by projected installations, live ice carving, circus performers, music, and so much more. There are also ticketed events happening.
This weekend is also the first ever extreme skate race in Memramcook. This is a high-energy, high-skills event that is sure to be entertaining for the whole family! It’s happening alongside Memramcook’s Winter Carnival which runs until February 11. Highlights this weekend include a performance by Roland et Monsieur Crapaud on Sunday!
Shediac celebrates its 40th Winter Carnival this weekend with the annual Groundhog Day visits from festival mascot Bonhomme Coueche, a showing of the LEGO Ninjago movie, laser tag, a family ice fishing tournament, outdoor concert and bonfire, skating, and much more!
Snider Mountain Ranch hosts its annual Winter West on Saturday. This afternoon is filled with sleigh rides, pony rides, skating, and more. The event is free, with food available for purchase. Also happening that day is the Snider Mountain Winter Classic, a pond hockey tournament that raises funds for the ranch’s Camper Scholarship Fund.
Riverview’s annual Winter Carnival starts this weekend and runs until February 11. There’s a geocaching challenge, free snowshoe rentals, the community ice castle build, a chance to play Crokicurl, free sleigh rides, skateboard open competition, free skate and swim, and lots more, including a Family Wellness Fair this Sunday. Check out the full schedule here!
Dieppe’s Friendship Carnival is also this weekend, with a schedule full of sleigh rides, skating, live music and more. Things kick off with skating with the Aigles Bleu on the oval on Friday night. On Saturday be sure to check out the sugar shack, sports day, ice sculpting, evening snow shoe hike, live music, and fireworks! Sunday wraps up with a pancake breakfast, a petting farm, sleigh rides, and more.
The Moncton Public Library is hosting a musical storytime Saturday morning and there’s a rock painting workshop for kids ages 11 and older in the afternoon.
The Clayspace is offering a kids’ workshop on Saturday morning. This is for all ages, no experience required, $25 to create a fantastic pottery piece. You are asked to register in advance.
SING is the Family Favourite choice this week at Cineplex; $2.99 a ticket, showtime is 11am.
Mastermind Toys is holding a LEGO Make & Take event Saturday morning, while supplies last.
The first Saturday of each month Église Nouvelle Espérance offers a free drop in ‘play café’ with bouncy castles, games, and more from 10am until noon.
Michael’s Kids Club is making Valentine’s Day Love Bugs on Saturday morning. Sessions start on the half hour between 10am and 11:30am; there is a small fee and parents must remain on site.
The Homarus – Mobile Lab returns to Resurgo Place this Saturday!
The Moncton Library is hosting an African storytime on Sunday morning.
Still looking for more winter ideas? Check out our Winter Fun round up, our MEGA list of ALL things fun to do with the family in the Greater Moncton Area, or check out some of our winter boredom busters.