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What to Do with the Kids This Weekend, New Year’s Eve, and More!

We’ve made it! 2018 is almost entirely in the books and 2019 is on the horizon, filled with possibility and promise – and some fun family events! Here’s our last look at what to do with the kids in the Greater Moncton area this weekend and beyond.

Thanks for reading and following along with us this year; we’d love if you’d share this post with your friends and family who might enjoy knowing what’s happening between now and when the kids head back to school! (If you’re new around here, thanks for stopping by! We post a round up of weekend family friendly events every Thursday, as well as profiles of local playgrounds and other places and events we think you’d like to know about. Watch for some great upcoming information about the Town of Riverview’s Winter Carnival, the Jack Frost Festival in Charlottetown, more about our favourite books to read together, and an exciting new project launching in February that will put a physical copy of family information in your hands! Now, on to the upcoming events!)

Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Dec 28-30)

Wild Lights is open at the Magnetic Hill Zoo until January 5th. A fabulous outing with the family or for a special night out!

Friday nights are for Fun on Ice at the Dieppe skating oval! Enjoy music, hot chocolate, bonfires, and more each Friday until March. The fun begins at 6:30pm; this week’s entertainment by DJ Empire.

The Dieppe Boys & Girls Club are celebrating the end of 2018 with Shirley Temples and rock climbing on Friday night. Call 857 3807 ext.113 for details.

The Moncton Magic host the Island Storm at the Avenir Centre at 7pm on Friday and the St. John’s Edge on Saturday night at 7pm.

The City of Moncton is holding musical skating nights at the Ian Fowler Oval on Saturday nights throughout the winter.

Sunday afternoon is the monthly free family movie at the Moncton Library. Enjoy Happy Feet 2 in English at 1pm and in French at 3pm.

The Avenir Centre is holding a public skating session on Sunday afternoon, 4pm to 5pm. Please bring a non-perishable food item and remember your CSA approved helmet.

New Year’s Eve

A great bet for fun for the little ones is SkyZone’s New Year’s at Noon, a party that starts at 10am and counts down to noon! There are snacks, drinks, game stations, party hats, and a glow party after noon! Tickets are to be purchased at SkyZone on New Year’s Eve; children five and younger are $12.99, others are regular pricing for the day.

You can also ring in the New Year with the Wildcats! Wild Willie will be skating on the Oval at noon, and there will be a magician, inflatables, face painting, and more inside until 1:30. The team hosts the Acadie-Bathurst Titan at 2pm. Two adults and two children can enjoy the day for $50; check with the Avenir Centre for further details and other ticket info.

Amherst is hosting a Family First New Year’s Eve Celebration at the stadium. Enjoy hot chocolate, chili, skating, live music, magician, fireworks, and more!

Looking for ideas on how to celebrate at home? Our friends at Itsy Bitsy Haligonians have a wonderful post with great ideas! Check it out here.

New Year’s Day

The City of Moncton invites everyone to come to the Avenir Centre to celebrate the New Year. The annual Resolution Run takes place at 10am, with the Mayor’s Levee from 11am until 1pm. From 1pm until 4pm enjoy public skating inside or outside, with lots of fun for everyone!

Dieppe is holding free sleigh rides in Rotary Park on New Year’s Day between 1pm and 4pm.

The Town of Riverview’s New Year’s Levee takes place at Town Hall from 1pm to 3pm.

Broadleaf Ranch is holding a New Year’s Day event that starts with a walk/hike/snowshoe at 9am, brunch available from 10am until 2pm, $5 sleigh rides from noon until 2pm, and judging for the ranch’s Snow Sculpting Contest!

You can also enjoy a special New Year’s Day swim at the YMCA from 1:30-3:30pm for $2.

January 2-7

Thursday, Jan 3 the Wildcats host the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Québec Remparts are in town Friday.

The Magnetic Hill Lions Community Centre is holding a laser tag event on Friday afternoon, January 4. You must register in advance; cost is $5.

Wild Lights closes for the season this weekend; Friday and Saturday are your last nights to enjoy the displays at Magnetic Hill Zoo.

Friday, January 4 Horses Healing Hearts in Norton is offering a day camp that offers horseback riding, crafts, outdoor play, and more for $30 (lunch not included).

Friday nights are for Fun on Ice at the Dieppe skating oval! Enjoy music, hot chocolate, bonfires, and more each Friday until March. The fun begins at 6:30pm.

The City of Moncton is holding musical skating nights at the Ian Fowler Oval on Saturday nights throughout the winter.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Little Ray’s Wildlife Festival returns to the Moncton Coliseum. Visit 30 live animal exhibits featuring a sloth, an alligator, and a camel. Tickets available at the door; kids two and under are free, everyone else is $14.50. Families that face challenges with loud groups and crowds are invited to a free, one-hour event on Saturday morning. Those with financial challenges are invited to contact Little Ray’s for special arrangements.

Saturday, January 5 is a special day at the Capitol Theatre. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the venue will once again be a movie theatre! Three retro movies (from 1993/94) will be shown free of charge, starting at 1pm. The bar will be open, and candy and popcorn will be on sale! The movies are Beethoven’s 2nd (English version) at 1pm, La Princesse des cygnes (French version of The Swan Princess) at 3pm, and Philadelphia (English version) at 7:30pm.

Movies are also on the calendar Saturday at the Salisbury library; enjoy Sherlock Gnomes and free popcorn!

And of course, check out our MEGA LIST of local attractions for more ideas and links to all the indoor play areas, skating times, and more!

Thank you all for your support this year; each time you read and share a post, you contribute to our goal of creating a stronger community for our children. If you appreciate this resource and wish to see it continue, please take the time to let local businesses and events know the role Pickle Planet plays in your event planning. If you operate a local business, please reach out about sponsoring a round up or partnering on a post. Happy New Year, everyone!

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