Welcome to another fabulous weekend, everyone! A quick note: there will NOT be a round up next weekend, as we’ll be unplugging for some family bonding time! To help you out, we’re starting this weekend’s round up with some ongoing events & attractions, followed by the weekend highlights.
You can also always check our MEGA LIST of Things to Do With the Kids in Moncton, our top summer festivals to enjoy, our list of splash pads (recently updated – some of the original links had changed!), and of course our playground profiles! (And don’t forget – the YMCA’s Mobile Fun program offers lots of chances to have extra fun in our communities’ playgrounds all summer long.) We also have a list of Strawberry U-Picks; be sure to check with the farms for daily updates, as the late frost this year is impacting the season.
Looking to beat the heat?
The City of Moncton is partnering with YMCA, CEPS, and St. Pat’s to offer $2 public swims all summer. You can find the schedules and other information here.
You can also enjoy lots of swimming fun at the Dieppe Aquatic Centre – the kids love the pirate ship & the obstacle course!
Here are some more indoor options!
The Play Café is Moncton’s go-to indoor play space for the little ones, with a café and wifi for parents.
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 offers both an indoor and outdoor bouncy castle park, with obstacles and climbing gear that will appeal to various ages.
Crystal Mountain Party Palace offers laser tag and much more.
The Clayspace offers drop in sessions, classes, and a retail gallery for pottery.
DIY Studio is another great paint-your-own pottery option for family fun, located on Mountain Road.
Resurgo Place has lots of hands-on fun for all ages!
Room Escape Atlantic has game rooms recommended for ages 8 and up.
Mystery Moncton Mystere is another option for themed game rooms, with the recommended age 14 and up.
You can always find lots of free fun at your local library, with most hosting additional programming in the summer, including the Moncton library’s Story Tent program, which sees librarians heading into the community for reading fun.
The Riverview Skate Park is open to all ages Wednesday through Sunday this summer.
FitRocks Climbing Gym boasts Atlantic Canada’s largest indoor climbing wall – and they’ve got programs and courses for all ages!
Looking for some outdoor fun?
Butterfly World & The Boardwalk offer 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.
Magnetic Hill Zoo is always a fun adventure!
CN Sportplexe Bike Park is a modular bike park with lots of elements to appeal to riders of all ability levels. It’s free and open year-round.
More indoor options – weekly events!
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 session on Saturday mornings, plus other workshops throughout the week. Some are free, others require admission.
Maritime Craft Shirts and More in Shediac is offering a Kids Craft Club on Sundays in July; check their Facebook page for details on theme, time and price.
Each weekend until the end of July Bass Pro Shops is holding Family Summer Camp activities on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This includes free games and workshops between noon and 4pm, geared to children ages eight to 12. Try the archery range, BB gun range, casting, and more.
Head to the Movies!
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!
Shediac’s Neptune Drive In now plays four movies each night!
There’s also a drive in with great family options in Sussex.
Enjoy some tunes!
There are so many wonderful, FREE concerts happening in our communities all summer!
Wednesdays in Riverview the fun is at Caseley Park. Visit the weekly Chocolate River Farmers’ Market and live music from 7pm to 8:30pm. You can find the list of performers here. (Rain moves the fun inside to the town’s community hall.)
Wednesdays in Dieppe the free music starts at 6:30pm at Place 1604. The lineup of performers can be found here . (Check out July 25 – looks like SO MUCH fun for the kids & kids-at-heart!)
Moncton’s Midi Musique takes place Wednesdays from noon until 1pm at Oak Lane, off Main Street. You can find the list of performers within the concert listings for The Capitol Theatre.
The City of Moncton hosts free performances on Tuesdays at 7pm in Victoria Park and on Saturdays at 11am at the Market. You can find the list of performers here.
On to the weekend fun!
It’s Sand Sculpture weekend at New River Beach Park – a great reason for a road trip!
Need to stick closer to home? Head to Parlee Beach to enjoy watching some of the best beach volleyball players in the region this weekend.
It’s also the weekend the cars come to town! Atlantic Nationals 18th extravaganza will bring hundreds of classic vehicles to the streets of Moncton, with lots of great entertainment, too!
Breastfeeding mamas, you’ll want to check out Sunday’s breastfeeding clinic at Ana Banana with the incredible Kelly Terris.
Sunday nights are great for baseball! The Fisher Cats host Chatham at Kiwanis Park at 7pm.
Coming up – one of our favourite festivals of the year! The fourth annual Festival Inspire kicks off Monday and will transform the city once again. Check out the incredible artists as they create world-class murals on our buildings, as well as lots of festival events like the colour party, disco bike ride, mural tours, and more!
And since we won’t be posting a round up next weekend, here’s a heads up to check out the neat Summer Fun circus workshop in Dieppe!
That’s all for now, folks! Enjoy your time exploring our communities. We’ll be back later this month with another weekend round up!