what to do with kids for the May long weekend in Moncton

What to do with the family for the May long weekend in Moncton (May 17-20)

The long weekend in May seems to be the official kick off to a new season, though with this week’s temperatures, we’re still a bit hesitant to even call this spring! The cool temps and gray skies aren’t stopping some of our favourite summer spots to re-open, though. Keep reading for lots of fun news & ideas on things to do with the kids this Victoria Day Weekend in the Greater Moncton Area!

And of course, you can always find a list of local attractions and outings, good for any day of the week, on our MEGA LIST of family fun. Details on bowling, swimming, escape rooms, arcades, and much more, always at your fingertips. For those looking for outdoor adventures, be sure to check the Playground tab – we’ve visited about three dozen local playgrounds so far, with more being added!

Don’t forget: students are out of school both Friday and Monday. If you’re looking for something neat to entertain ages five to seven, check out the one-day camps held at the Magnetic Hill Zoo! Crafts, games, animal visits, and more; $40/child for the full day. There was still room available Wednesday morning; register online or email zoo.education@moncton.ca. Looks like they still have lots of option open for their week-long camps in summer, too, though a few sessions are full, so don’t wait to book – click here!

Speaking of summer camps, did you see our post about Mad Science summer camps? We LOVE their programming; the kids are BEGGING for camp to start already!

This weekend is the annual East Coast Comic Expo – always a great family event & kids 12 and under are free to attend. Check out their site for details on specials guests, vendors, and more.

Looking for a fun family outing on Friday? Candy Craze in Shediac is opening for the season! Grab a photo with the big lobster, take a walk along the beach, and enjoy a treat. A great mini day trip!

You might also want stick around for the opening night at the Neptune Drive In! This weekend it’s Wonder Park and Pet Sematary (the first is great for kids, the second not so much!). Gates open at 8pm; movie begins at 9:20pm. Prices are $10 per adult or $18 per couple, and $25 for a carload. A parent and child is $15, parent with two children $20, or $23 for two adults and a child.

This is also opening weekend for the Sussex Drive In! Movies begin at dusk; children five and under are free, up to age 15 is $8.50, and adult tickets are $12.50. Friday and Saturday you can watch Pokémon Detective Pikachu & Shazam, while Sunday is a triple bill with The Curse of La Llorona added.

The weather is a little damp and cool for the long weekend, so maybe you want to plan some time inside – jumping under black lights, maybe? SkyZone has several glow events planned!

For something a little different, a road trip to Parrsboro this weekend could see you watching the skies for the Festival of Free Flight, hosted by the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Atlantic Canada.

The Hillsborough Farmers Market opens Saturday for the season, with lots of fun planned, including a performance by Sistema, face painting, and more. Don’t forget to check out the awesome fenced-in playground we recently featured, too! This weekend is also the annual Fundy Studio Tour, with lots of incredible artisans in Albert County opening their doors, and there’s a Paint Your Own Birdhouse event at the Hillsborough Library on Saturday – pre-registration is required, call (506) 734-3722.

Saturday is also the season opening for the Albert County Museum, with the unveiling of a new exhibit, Acadians in Albert County.

Hopewell Rocks also opens this weekend for the season, with the annual Hopewell Rocks 8K on Sunday.

Always lots of fun to be had at the Moncton Library, including fantastic programming for all ages. Check out the regular Saturday Chess Club sessions, Saturday’s Brazilian storytime and much more.

At Cineplex, the Saturday morning $2.99 feature  is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Bass Pro’s Go Outdoors Family Event is this weekend, with lots of free workshops and more.

Toys R Us has a Pokemon Detective Pikachu event planned in store on Saturday afternoon, with limited giveaways.

Saturday is National Fiddling Day and the Jocelyne Bourque Fiddling and Step Dancing School is holding a special jam session to celebrate. Everyone welcome; bring your instruments or just your enthusiasm! And speaking of fiddles, be sure to keep June 15th marked on your calendar to attend the Moncton Highland Games! We had SUCH an incredible time last year at the Games and saw so many other families there; in addition to all the pipebands, live music, and Scottish heritage, there are bouncy castles, dog shows, historical re-enactors, and so much more! You can grab advance tickets now at a discount, too – and watch for a contest coming soon on Pickle Planet!

Tennis Moncton is holding a free trial event on Saturday, for both kids and adults. Families are invited to stop by the club between 9am and noon to test out the equipment and learn more about the sport.

Fundy National Park is partnering with CacheUp NB for their annual geocaching event this Saturday. Suitable for all ages and levels!

Saturday afternoon at the Kay Arena the Junior A Mavericks Lacrosse team hosts their season opener against Halifax.

If football is more your sport, the Moncton Mustangs are hosting the Halifax Harbour Hawks Saturday afternoon at Rocky Stone Field.

The Moncton Fisher Cats kick off their season Sunday afternoon with a game at Kiwanis Park.

Chapters Moncton is celebrating a new arrival this Sunday – and it’s great news if you’re also expecting an arrival! Chapters is launching an in-store baby registry and is throwing a baby shower to celebrate. Stop by for treats, prizes, and more.

YMCA is holding a special public swim on Monday, from 1:30-3:30pm. Cost is $2 for non-members.

That’s a wrap for this weekend’s family focused events, though we’re sure you have lots more on your calendar, too! And don’t forget: if you’re organizing a weekend event, you can always let us know to make sure it finds its way into the Pickle Planet weekend round up!

And don’t forget: check out the Pickle Planet Podcast for fantastic interviews, like this week’s upcoming chat with Tiffany Agnew of the Braedon Foundation and last week’s interview with parenting coach Alison Smith. Happy long weekend, everyone!

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