We are THRILLED to be partnering with Riverview Winter Carnival to promote this year’s festivities. While this is a combination of paid and in-kind services, any opinions we share on Pickle Planet are ours alone. This post is meant to highlight the events Pickle Planet thinks will resonate most with our readers; be sure to check the Town’s website and Facebook page for full schedules and updates during the carnival. (Don’t forget to follow them on Instagram, too!)
The best way to make it through the winter is to embrace it! The Town of Riverview makes it easy to do just that, with a 10-day, 40-event Winter Carnival that is one of the most thoughtful, inclusive municipal events I’ve ever seen! We’ve read and re-read the event list and are here to share our Top 10 Must Do Events with you!
We always found it tricky to keep our little ones up late enough to enjoy summer fireworks, but these Winter Carnival fireworks are perfectly timed for families! Head to Winter Wonderland Park after supper on Friday, February 1st and grab some free hot chocolate in the inflatable igloo (helps keep the cold at bay, and it’s just super fun looking!), bring some change to buy Briggs maple candy on the snow, and even enjoy a skate on the oval (helmets recommended) before the fireworks begin at 7pm. (The hill will be closed to sleds and toboggans this night only.)
2.SLEIGH RIDES, SLEDGES, and SKATING
You can do it all at Winter Wonderland Park on Saturday and Sunday, February 2nd and 3rd! From 1pm to 3:30pm you can enjoy a family sleigh ride with soup and cider, thanks to the Lions Club. Follow that with a game of Crokicurl (so fun!) or winter bowling, take a run down the sliding hill, check out the snowboarding pipes, and be sure to bring your skates (and helmets!) for the oval. You can also try out some fabulous equipment on loan from Para NB; sledge skating is a fantastic way to get mobility-challenged adults and children on to the ice, and there will also be sit-skis and snowcouches on hand to try. The equipment is available to everyone, but please be sure to let any families you know dealing with mobility challenges to check this out! (Lucky for us, the same gear is staying in southeastern New Brunswick for the month, making the rounds at other local winter carnvials as well, so there are lots of chances for f!amilies to test it out! Pickle Planet is proud to be partnering with Tango Medical to bring this equipment to Riverview Winter Carnival; look for us on site to lend a helping hand where needed!)
You guys, one the East Coast’s largest indoor skateboarding competitions happens right here in our backyard. How cool is that?! Everyone is welcome to watch the competition for free, or to pay the registration fee to enter. There are serious cash prizes to be won and an amazing chance to check out the fantastic work being done at this community centre. Head to the Riverview Skate Park for 11am on Saturday, February 2nd to check it out!
Yes, you read that correctly. There will be TWO inflatable igloos on site at Winter Wonderland park for the first weekend of the festival. Stop in to warm up, enjoy hot chocolate, live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and one of the carnival’s most exciting events, OUT in the Cold on Saturday, February 2nd. This event is hosted in partnership with Moncton’s River Of Pride / Rivière De Fierté and is an evening drag show and musical performance highlighting sexual and gender diversity.
6.TEACHING KIDS TO GIVE BACK
There are two perfect opportunities during Riverview’s Winter Carnival to teach your children about giving back to the community. Every event will have a collection point for food donations, supporting the Albert County Food Bank. (Each donation earns you an entry for awesome prizes that will be drawn after the festival ends.) Second, and most exciting to us, is 100 Kids Who Care. On Thursday evening, February 7th, children ages five to 18 are invited to gather at the Riverview Community Hall and hear from three local non-profit groups. The children then vote to donate their $10 entry fee to one of the groups.
7.TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
The focus on wellness during Riverview’s Winter Carnival isn’t just about getting out and enjoy the season; it’s also about making time to care for yourself. On Sunday, February 3, there’s a Family Wellness Fair at the Coverdale Centre, filled with incredible vendors and fantastic workshops and information sessions, including one by Dr. Sarah Hardy Walsh, ND, IBCLC on ADHD, a presentation with counsellor Kerri Gaskin on Seasonal Affective Disorder and tips for dealing with winter blues, a panel discussion about engaging with nature, and more. Monday there’s a free workshop on healing your pets, and Tuesday therapist Taylor Gaunce of Atlantic Wellness is hosting a session for youth ages 12 to 21 about creating a personal self-care routine. Register by calling 382-0298 or emailing email@example.com.
Enjoy a family date night at a free showing of Smallfoot, book a sitter and enjoy the Sweetheart Snowshoe and a Hubcap Comedy show, grab some friends and join the giant card party, or take the teen on the Urban Stars & Skyline snowshoe adventure. Whoever you want to spend time with, there’s an event you can make a date to enjoy!
9.SKIP MEAL PREP
There are so many fantastic community meals to enjoy! Pancakes for breakfast, pancakes for supper, soup, chowder, and more! And don’t forget the marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate drinking, and maple candy on hand, too. It’s a good thing there are lots of active events to help balance the awesome eats! Check the Town’s full schedule for details on all sorts of fun meals you can enjoy!
Always a highlight, the annual Kiddie Karnival has to round out our Top 10! Children ages three to 12 are $5 to attend; younger kids and adults are free. Spend three hours at Riverview Community Hall enjoying bouncy castles, carnival games, face painting, and more! The Kiddie Karnival runs 11am until 2pm on Sunday, February 10th, the last day of the festival. That afternoon also includes the free Snowflake Skate, a free demonstration of synchronized skating, and the free swimming workshop. A busy day to end 10 days fun!
There you have it folks – our Top 10 Guide to Riverview’s 2019 Winter Carnival!
Just a few last words about this incredible event:
Each fall the Town hosts a community meeting, asking for input on activities that could be included in the annual Winter Carnival and creating relationships with community groups that result in amazing programming for all ages. Looking through this year’s program, it’s obvious the needs of seniors, singles, teens, young families, and even pets have been taken into account. There are partnerships with Para NB and Moncton’s River Of Pride / Rivière De Fierté. Local businesses and service groups are involved. This truly is a community festival and it shows! Please, get out and support the thoughtfulness and the hard work that went into creating this program.
Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to live in Riverview; it’s a great place to visit, too! For more on Winter Carnival must-attend events, and the work that goes into planning it, tune in to the latest Pickle Planet Podcast. Find us on iTunes and Spotify, or just click the link below!