We’ve made it through another week with another snow storm – and now it’s time for a long weekend!
You can always find ideas about things to do with the family on our MEGA LIST of local things to do, our round up of free drop-in play groups and spaces, our winter activities, and so much more to help you plan your days. Every week we search dozens of local websites and social media accounts to bring you this round up of events; if you appreciate it, please share it on your networks. We create this list so that every family can have the chance to get out and enjoy all that our community has to offer. No one pays us to create it; this our passion project, our way to give back, our part in creating a stronger community for our children. We’ve been doing this nearly four years now; knowing people are reading and relying on this round up keeps up motivated, so the few seconds it takes you to share it means the world to us!
Now, on to the weekend!
Winter carnivals are still in full swing!
Salisbury throws a fabulous winter celebration, and this weekend is sure to be a wonderful time. Friday there’s a family skate at the outdoor rink, from 6:30-8pm, with hot chocolate, live music, and sledges to try. Saturday is the annual family day at Highland Park, with sleigh rides, sliding on the hill, turkey poker, hot dogs, hot chocolate, beavertails, maple candy on the snow, s’mores, crafts, snowshoe walks, and para equipment and fat bikes to try. All free, from 11am to 2pm.
Albert County Winter Carnival is keeping Saturday jam-packed with fun! Start the day with a full buffet breakfast – pancakes, French toast, sausage, ham, eggs, and more – free for ages five and under, $4 for those six to 12, and $10 older than that. Then there’s an old fashioned shinny game at 10am (no contact, non-competitive), bonfire and family skating on the ice behind the Visitor Information Centre. Bring your own camp chair and roasting sticks; hot dogs and marshmallows will be available for free. Parka, Fundy National Park’s mascot, will be on the ice at 11:45am, and there will be a bagpiper on site as well. You can also stop by the Kiwanis Centre to see a professional chainsaw carving demonstration, enjoy face painting, bouncy castle, check out a collection of classic vintage snowmobiles, a cake cutting, chilli competition, wagon rides, and more! At 1pm there’s a hockey shoot-out at the batting cage – no skates required! Try to get the tennis ball through the hole!
Memramcook’s Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend, with lots of fun happening until February 24. The big celebration this weekend is the Course Xtreme Race, also known as Crashed Ice. It’s an amateur ice cross downhill event with nearly 100 competitors. Come check out the free races Friday night and Saturday!
While it’s not exactly a winter carnival, Moncton will be full of fun this weekend with FLASH! Friday night includes Moonside, an all ages musical and inverted reality event at Notre Dame de L’Assomption Cathedrale, while Saturday’s Fire & Ice will be a family-friendly even that lights up downtown! Head to Avenir Centre between 5pm and 9pm to enjoy skating, fire spinning, ice carving, glowing circus arts performances, maple taffy, a licensed area, and a giant 3D rabbit!
Now, on to the other activities planned this long weekend!
There are just a few Fun on Ice sessions left in Dieppe this winter. Head to Place 1604 on Friday evening to skate to the music of Clinton Fernandez while enjoying bonfires and hot chocolate.
Resurgo Place will be closed on Monday, but in honour of Family Day, admission this Saturday and Sunday is half-price!
There’s a pancake breakfast in Riverview Saturday morning. Always a great meal to support a great cause!
Saturdays are for chess at the Moncton library! Drop in each week from 10:30am until noon; recommended for ages five and up. Bilingual.
The Starving Artist Café is holding a special family pottery class this Saturday morning. Two adults and two children, all materials, for just $80.
Saturday features a LEGO storytime and building event at Chapters at 11am.
Scholar’s Choice is holding a Construction Play Day on Saturday from noon until 2pm.
This Saturday’s Family Favourites feature at Cineplex is The House with A Clock in Its Walls.
You might want to pop in to Toys R Us this Saturday morning at 11am to pick up a free ‘Be a Buddy, Not a Bully’ pink shirt. There are limited quantities, limit one per child. It’s also a Pokemon play & trade event, and expect lots of hands-on fun and giveaways!
The Associação de Brasileiros de New Brunswick will be hosting a Brazilian storytime at the Moncton Library on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy stories and songs in Portuguese, as well as a craft.
Saturday night is a special hockey show down, with the Olympiques in town and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the QMJHL!
You can also enjoy skating on the Ian Fowler Oval with live music on Saturday night.
Sunday is the rescheduled Canicross Fun Run in Fundy Park. This is a great event to watch or in which to participate with your dog. There will be a demonstrations of Skijoring, Bikejoring, and Kick sled, too.
This Sunday’s Snow Motion event for the City of Moncton takes place at Mapleton Park; stop by between 2pm and 5pm for some free winter activities.
Enjoy a guided snowshoe trek with the Sackville NatureKids at Cape Jourimain Nature Centre on Sunday. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Family Day Events
The City of Moncton is offering free skating at the Superior Propane Centre (parents and tots 10-11am and public at 3:30-4:30pm) and the Kay Arena (parents and tots from 10:15-11:15am). The outdoor rinks at Mapleton Park, Centennial Park, and Victoria Park are all available, as is the Ian Fowler Oval, where Isabelle Trio will be playing and Wild Willie be making an appearance from noon until 1pm. Centennial Park and Mapleton Park will both offer their snowshoe and fat bike rentals this Monday (cross country skis also available at Centennial). And the Crossman Community Centre’s free gym time will be open to all families from 10am until 4:30pm on Monday. Get all the details here!
Dieppe is offering special $2 public swim at the Aquatic Centre at 10am (regular rates apply for the 2pm swim) on Family Day. You can also drop by the Boys and Girls Club of Dieppe to check out their climbing wall for just $5/family (open noon until 5pm). Rotary Park will have sleigh rides from 1-4pm, along with bonfires, hot chocolate, and more. There’s a preschool skating session at the Centenaire Arena at 9:45am for an hour, then public skating from 11am until 1pm, and of course the Oval is always available during the day to enjoy! Get all the details here.
The Fundy Guild is hosting a Family Day Sliding Party by the Salt & Fir Centre at the national park on Monday. Enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, and treats, a chance to snowshoe or take a spin on a Fat bike; free with park admission, from 10am until 3pm.
Memramcook is celebrating Family Day with a free skate at the Eugène (Gene) LeBlanc rink from 10am until 11:15am.
There’s also a free family day skate in Sackville from noon until 3pm.
The Wildcats have a game Monday afternoon against the Charlottetown Islanders. They’re embracing the holiday, with face painters, balloon artists, and 4,000 free Wild Willie colouring books to give away!
Please note that libraries will also be closed Monday, as well as most stores. Be sure to double check your plans before heading out!
Also happening on Monday – the closing of our latest contest on Facebook! This one is in collaboration with Emerald Oak Photography; the prize is a cake smash photo session, so be sure to let your friends and family with little ones know to head over and enter! Click here to head on over to Facebook to enter or share!
And of course, there’s still time to join in the fun of the Jack Frost Festival in Charlottetown this weekend. The festival runs Friday through Monday; there are on-site tickets available if you decide to head over last-minute! We wrote up a list of what we’re bringing and what to expect; here it is, along with a few other recent posts we think you’ll love to read! Have a wonderful weekend – and stay tuned for our March Break MEGA List soon!