Wowzers – we’ve made it to April and this month is starting off strong! The weekend is jam packed with everything from maple festivals to early Easter celebrations to spring readiness events. We’re going to do our best to tell you EVERYTHING you need to know to have an awesome weekend with the family in the Greater Moncton Area; if you have a weekend family-focused event, be sure to let us know! Also, be sure to check our MEGA LIST of local attractions and things to do with the kids!
Special thanks this week to our sponsor, Grapevine Events. Ladies, if you’re looking for some new-to-you fashions without breaking the bank (or the environment!), grab your bestie and head to the Coverdale Centre in Riverview next week. Nearly 100 local women are clearing out their closets; everything will be organized by size and style and ready for you!
Friday is Green Shirt Day! This is an initiative of Atlantic Wellness Centre to raise awareness of youth mental health challenges. The theme this year is #BuildYourGrit; we wrote about it last weekend in this column. Be sure to snap a selfie in your shirt and share your story and support. (We also did a Facebook chat with one of the centre’s counselors on Monday; you can watch it here to learn more about their services and approaching mental health issues with youth.)
Friday also brings us not one but two flag raising ceremonies marking National Tartan Day! You can join the festivities at Riverview’s Town Hall at 11am and in front of Moncton’s City Hall at noon. (Want to deck out the littles in tartan? Check out our simple no sew DIY tutu – all you need is a small piece of tartan, which you can often find at Fabricville in a cotton blend that’s not too pricey and easy to work with.)
It’s playoff time, and the Moncton Magic have two home games this weekend. Cheer them on Friday night and Sunday afternoon at the Avenir Centre; they promise face painting and bouncy castles on Sunday!
This weekend is Riverview’s annual Maple Sugar Festival, with more than a dozen events happening around town. A few family highlights include Friday’s free family movie at the Community Hall (Finding Dory), Saturday’s pancake breakfast at the Dan Bohan Centre, maple storytime at the library with Kim Renton reading from her new kids’ book, What-Cha Doing, a picture book about syrup, and an afternoon open swim. On Sunday, enjoy another breakfast at White’s Maple in Shenstone and wrap things up with a life-sized, maple-themed version of Candyland at Coverdale Centre! Riverview’s Scrap Shack is also holding a kids’ Easter card workshop (with waffles!) on Sunday afternoon. Cost is $25; register in advance.
For those ready for adventure, check out Friday night’s Maple Hike. It sounds like such a great time – there’s going to be a spy decoder game based on the history of the Mill Creek once being military property! We’re told this is an easy hike to the waterfall, perfect for families. Adults taking part must pay a $10 fee; kids 16 and under are free (but must be accompanied). The event ends with a bonfire and maple s’mores!
For more maple flavoured adventures, check out our seasonal round up of local sugar shacks to visit!
Moncton Ringette is holding a special ice time at the Superior Propane Centre Saturday morning for anyone ages four and older who wants to try out the sport.
This Saturday is the first session in a four-week program meant to help children ages eight to 11 with mental health tools, hosted by Wee College. The sessions last one hour; cost for all four sessions is $50. Details on registering and paying are found here.
Saturday morning at Resurgo Place, your regular admission includes a fun visit with Écocentre Homarus Eco-Centre! In the afternoon, La Bikery will be on hand to help fix up your bicycle and get it ready for the roads. If you need new wheels or accessories, this is the weekend to visit Mike’s Bike Shop, a Pickle Planet Family Favourite! The annual bike swap event is happening this weekend, along with some great in-store deals.
ENE Church holds a free play session the first Saturday morning of each month, with bouncy castles, toys, crafts, face painting, and more.
Do you know The Very Hungry Caterpillar by heart? The classic kids’ book is celebrating its 50th birthday – so of course Chapters Moncton is throwing a little party! Stop by Saturday at 11am for a craft and more.
Movies on your to-do list? You can catch the original Space Jam for just $2.99/ticket at Cineplex Saturday morning!
Cartoonist Sophie Labelle, known for the popular comic Assigned Male, will be at the Riverview Public Library Saturday afternoon for a Q&A.
The Ukrainian Club of Moncton is hosting an easter egg decorating workshop this Saturday and next Sunday at the Moncton Public Library. This is for ages 13+; call 869-6000 option 3 to register. There’s also a fun coding workshop for ages eight to 12 happening at the library in the afternoon; two sessions, one in English, one in French. Call to register!
Saturday afternoon the Salisbury Public Library is showing Smallfoot; everyone welcome.
The annual Little Royals event is back at Nakai on Sunday! Children ages four to 12 (accompanied by an adult) can enjoy services including a mini mani and pedi, hair, and even light make up, with all proceeds going to charity. You MUST call and book; spots are limited. 506-852-3772.
Looking ahead to Monday, the Early Childhood Family Resource Centre holds its regular car seat clinic in the afternoon. Call to book a spot to have your child’s set checked.
Also, if you’re wondering about Easter events, the Bunny arrives at Bass Pro next weekend! Not sure we’re going to get an Easter-specific list created this year (life’s been a little busy these past weeks, with producing a new podcast, launching a TV show, writing Family 1st’s second Moncton issue and first Fredericton issue, consignment sale season, and consulting work all coming together at once, not to mention some home renovations!), but we’ll keep you updated each weekend with what’s happening, we promise.
Happy weekend, everyone!