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Things to do With the Kids in Moncton for the Family Day Weekend 2018

Welcome to our FIRST Family Day Long Weekend, New Brunswick! There’s lots planned for this weekend and so many fun wintery family activities to enjoy on Monday. As always, please double check the source links before heading out, as weather can cause changes to scheduled events this time of year!

Friday night is for skating in Dieppe, with Christine Melanson providing the music for this week’s Fun on Ice – with special guests Elsa and Anna!

The Boys & Girls Club of Dieppe hosts its monthly free supper this Friday. Everyone is welcome!

The Moncton Magic host the Halifax Hurricanes Friday night at the Coliseum and on Saturday night they welcome the Saint John Riptide. On Sunday the Coliseum turns back over to the Wildcats, who host Rimouski for an afternoon game.

Salisbury’s Winter Carnival wraps up this weekend, with a kids’ play day at the Boys & Girls Club on Friday afternoon, skating that night at the outdoor rink with a fire pit, hot chocolate, and treats. Saturday there’s an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Lion’s Club from 7am until 10am, followed by Family Day at Highland Park from 11am to 2pm. There will be free sleigh rides, sliding, snowshoeing, an ice castle build, free dog sled rides with NB Urban Mushing, free hot dogs and treats, and so much more! There’s also a Fiddle Doo and pot luck at the Lion’s Club in the afternoon!

The Albert County Winter Carnival takes place this Saturday, with lots of fun planned at the Kiwanis Centre. Enjoy free horse drawn wagon rides, outdoor shinny, onsite chainsaw carving demonstrations, lots of community competitions, and free maple taffy, hot chocolate, and more!

It’s also Winter Carnival time in Petitcodiac, with activities planned for Sunday afternoon. Enjoy outdoor skating, sleigh rides, maple candy, and more.

The 12th annual Greater Moncton Chinese New Year Gala  takes place Saturday afternoon at Casino NB. This celebration welcoming the Year of the Dog is open to the public and includes traditional song, dance, and a delicious buffet.

Cineplex’s Family Favourites feature on Saturday is the My Little Pony movie. (The theatres are open Monday, with daytime showings.)

Saturday is all about Kindness art projects at Michaels. There are two crafts (based on age) in the Kids Club in the morning and a canvas art workshop in the afternoon. Check their site for details on pricing and times!

Toys R Us is holding its ‘Boycott Boring Play Day’ on Saturday from 11am until 1pm. Lots of in-store games to play, make and takes, and more. The first 100 kids can also receive a free shirt for Pink Shirt Day coming up at the end of the month.

Crystal Mountain Party Palace will welcome Moncton Wildcats team members on Saturday; stop in to challenge the team to laser tag, grab an autograph, and more.

There’s a pancake breakfast Saturday in Riverview, hosted by MLA Bruce Fitch, with guest Blaine Higgs. Tickets are $10; children six and under eat free. (Net proceeds go to Riverview High School Safe Grad.)

It’s another great weekend at Resurgo Place, with a session on Saturday morning about creating toys with the Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton and an Olympic-inspired challenge in the afternoons this weekend. (The museum is closed on Family Day, but admission is FREE on Saturday to celebrate!)

This weekend at the Moncton Library you can enjoy musical storytime on Saturday morning, Brazilian storytime in the afternoon, and Science Sunday, among other regular events. (The library is closed on Family Day.)

The winter stargaze at Kouchibouguac takes place on Saturday evening. Gather at the Visitor Centre at 7:30pm.

Sunday at Koubibouguac is Family Fun Day at Patterson Hill. Enjoy the trails on skis, fat bikes, snowshoes, or walking – and sliding is encouraged at the hill! There will be a treasure hunt, riddles, and s’mores at the shelter from 1pm to 4pm.

Sundays also mean sleigh rides in Dieppe’s Rotary St-Anselme Park, offered each Sunday until March, starting at 1pm and running until 4pm. The rides last about half an hour and costs $2 per person (children under two are free).

You can rent snowshoes and cross country skis at Centennial Park from 11am until 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and at Mapleton Park on Sundays. The cost for ski rentals are $10 per adult, $5 for children; the snow shoe rentals are all $5.

Family Day means FREE day at the Moncton YMCA! Stop in between 9am and 5pm to take part in a special schedule of family activities, including Play Pals in the gym in the morning, a swim in the afternoon, cyclefit, and more.

Lewisville Baptist Church is opening its doors on Monday afternoon for family fun! Parents with toddlers to 10-year-olds are invited to play on the inflatables, enjoy snacks and games, and more.

Crystal Mountain Party Palace is offering a special package for the day: a family pass with unlimited laser tag (for four people), 25 tokens each, and a hot dog, fries, and pop for $59. (The total cost would regularly come to $139!)

Fairlanes Moncton will be open 8am to 10pm on Family Day; what family doesn’t have fun bowling?!

There are lots of indoor and outdoor skating options this Family Day. You can always enjoy the Skating Oval in Centennial Park and the rink beside Moncton City Hall, the oval by City Hall in Dieppe, and in Riverview’s Winter Wonderland. There are also rinks behind the Rotary Pavilion at Mapleton Park, in Victoria Park, at Rotary St-Anselme Park, and at Royal Oaks, to name a few!

Monday there’s free parent & tot skating at the Superior Propane Centre (10am to 11am) and the Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena (10:15am to 11:15am), and public skating at 3:30pm at the Superior Propane Centre. There are also free skating times at Dieppe’s Arthur-J.-Leblanc Centre on Monday (10am to 11am for preschoolers, 4pm to 5pm for family), and at the Byron Dobson rink in Riverview (1:30pm to 2:30pm for parents and children). There’s also free family skating sessions at the Shediac Festival Arena on Monday mornings, open public skates at the Petitcodiac arena on Mondays (1pm to 2:30pm), and a preschool skate Hillsborough rink (10am and 11am) on Mondays.

The Village of Cap-Pelé is celebrating Family Day with a family game night on Monday! Enjoy free games and a chance to win fabulous prizes!

Don’t forget: This is just a highlight of events happening this weekend; always check out MEGA list of ongoing events and attractions for more ideas, like trampoline parks, arcades, skating times, and more! We also have a post just about winter activities – and soon we’ll have our March Break and Maple Camp round up available, too!

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