Welcome to the last long weekend of summer, everyone! It seems that you all must have plans to disappear this weekend – almost all the events we could find are happening on Thursday and Friday! Read through for all the fun, including a few Sunday activities and some ideas for things you could enjoy any day.
But first, we’re kicking it off with some Thursday fun!
ExxonMobil is celebrating 20 years here in Moncton with a party on the Riverfront! Everyone is invited to take in the live music, games for kids, Mad Science, magician, food trucks, and more from 3pm to 9pm. (We hear that The Motorleague, The Divorcees, Cordelia, and Thirsty Ranger will be playing this family-friendly event!)
The Town of Riverview is hosting a sports equipment sale Thursday from 1pm until 8pm at the Community Hall, 145A Lakeside Drive. This will feature new and used equipment, with proceeds going to Riverview P.R.O. Kids.
You might want to make a final (first?) visit to PlayTime Kiddo, a great indoor/outdoor play space we’ve enjoyed and have included in our MEGA list of activities since it opened, is closing its play area to the public as of September 1st. This may just be a seasonal closure, and the space can still be booked for private events, according to a post on their Facebook page.
Thursday is the last Movie in the Park in Victoria Park, with Moana playing on the big screen. This is a free event, with concessions being sold to raise money for the United Way.
It’s also the last night for outdoor movies in Dieppe, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi (in English) showing at Place 1604. Films begin at dusk!
At the Sussex Drive-in, Incredibles 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp are on the bill, with a Sunday triple feature with The Spy Who Dumped Me. In Shediac, screen one is showing Alpha and Crazy Rich Asians, with Dog Days and The Happytime Murders on screen two.
For this last week of summer vacation (for the kids, that is!), Cineplex is offering several Family Favourite movies for just $2.99 a showing. Check for details on watching Sherlock Gnomes, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Peter Rabbit, and Paddington 2, and on Saturday it’s The Lego Movie.
FitRocks is holding a fun Friday night all-ages event – a Glow Night! The cost is $20 for non-members, for climbing, music and fun from 6pm to 10pm.
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is holding a stargazing event at Fundy National Park this weekend, at the Chignecto South campground. They’ll have telescopes set up, presentations, and more. There’s also the Sounds of the Summer concert Saturday night, featuring Jamie Comeau and the Crooked Teeth.
Saturday at the Cap-Pelé Arena there’ll be a Touch-a-Truck event in the parking lot, with ball hockey games, a canteen, and more. Admission is $2.
The first Moncton GeekFest is scheduled for Saturday at the Lions Club on Mark Avenue. Expect comics, table games, cosplay, vendors, a costume contest, and more. Entry is free for children six and under, $5 for ages seven to 17, and $8 for adults.
Bass Pro Shops has lots planned for Saturday and Sunday, with demonstrations, BBQ, photos, face painting (Saturday & Sunday from 1pm-4pm), an archery challenge, pick a duck pond, and more!
Sunday is Albert County Appreciation Day at Hopewell Rocks, with admission free with a donation to the food bank.
It’s the last weekend to visit Fort Beausejour for the summer; it will close after September 3. The site is open 9am to 5pm, and just $3.90 for adults and free for youth!
If you’re heading that way, you might want to visit Trueman’s Blueberry Farm in Aulac. They have a corn maze and a sunflower maze, with lots of kid-friendly touches, including a great obstacle course, and homemade ice cream!
The Green Pig has opened its corn maze for the season, too. The maze is open 10am to 5pm daily through till October, and they also have fabulous toddler-friendly small mazes, too, as well as the rope maze, a sand box, pumpkin blaster, and more!
There are lots of great spots to enjoy around town, including The Play Café, Hop Skip Jump!, Crystal Mountain Party Palace, Get AirMoncton, Skyzone Moncton, the Riverview Skatepark and Youth Centre, The Clayspace, DIY Studio, and Resurgo Place. You could head to Fairlanes in Moncton, Bowlarama in Dieppe, or Parklane Bowling in Riverview — all offer gutter blockers for kids. Room Escape Atlantic has fun theme challenges suitable for children as young as eight, while Mystery Moncton Mystere is recommended for ages 14 and up. Magnetic Hill Zoo, Magic Mountain, Butterfly World & The Boardwalk, and TreeGo are all great family outings, too!
Need even more ideas? We’ve got you covered! Read on, and have an amazing weekend, even if it’s all spent hanging out at home, enjoying the quiet moments.