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What to Do with the Kids in Moncton This Weekend (May 31 – June 2)

Welcome to June – yes, that’s right, folks, Saturday brings us to a new month that will hold the official start of summer! We’ve got some great seasonal round ups and more playground profiles coming your way, along with some ideas to combat summer slide in a fun way, and our guide to the Moncton Highland Games, happening June 14 & 15. But right now – it’s weekend fun!

Remember, you can always find our MEGA LIST of things to do with the family here; it has swim times, links to bowling alleys and arcades, and local attractions like the Magnetic Hill Zoo, featured in this week’s cover photo.

Friday is the annual Disability Awareness Week Picnic in the Park, taking place in Riverfront Park in Moncton from 11am until 1pm. MP and former Paralympic swimmer, Carla Qualtrough, will be attending. If you’re looking for some quick but amazing insight on living with a disability, check out the incredible posts Christa has been sharing on her page, All the Pretties, this week. Honest and thought-provoking.

This weekend is the annual Dragon Boat Festival; cheer on the high school teams Friday on Jones Lake, with the corporate teams rowing on Saturday.

Another great way to spend this weekend is fishing! It’s the annual Fish NB Days, a chance to fish without a licence or guide.

West Riverview Elementary School is holding a family movie night Friday, showing Ralph Breaks the Internet at 6:30pm. Admission is $2/person or $5/family.

Speaking of movies: the Sussex Drive In is playing Godzilla and Pet Sematary this weekend, Shediac’s Neptune Drive In is playing Pokemon: Detective Pikachu and Shazam (gates open at 8pm; movies start at 9:40pm), and the Cineplex Family Favourites $2.99 Saturday morning feature is A Dog’s Way Home.

Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church in Petitcodiac is holding an end of school year dance on Friday night. Children in kindergarten to grade 2 can attend from 6pm to 7:30pm, with grades 3 to 5 attending from 8pm to 9:30pm. The theme is Spring Fling with the best dressed in each grade level! Admission is $2 with a cash canteen on site.

If you love amazing quality goods, supporting small business owners, AND helping out a family going through a lot – please considering joining the Auction for Caleb that opens Friday night (with bidding closing Monday night). Caleb is a two-year-old boy from the Moncton area, recently diagnosed with a brain tumour. He underwent surgery at the IWK just two days before his mom gave birth to the family’s third child. Funds raised will help the family during this crazy time, which will include follow visits to Halifax.

This weekend marks the annual Parks & Trails Day NB. There are several events planned for Memramcook, including a birding outing and activities at Parc Haut-du-Ruisseau happening on Saturday.

Train lover in the house? Head to Sackville on Saturday! The town is celebrating 150 years of the Inter-colonial railway with the Maritime Federation of Model Railroaders. Expect amazing displays, vendors, and more. Admission is $5; children 12 and under free.

You can also check out Salem’s Greatest Little Picnic at the elementary school. Bangkok Food Truck will be on site, there will be baked goodies and water for sale, raffles, games, eating contests, family races, face painting, and more!

Saturday is the season opening of the Écocentre Homarus Eco-Centre in Shediac. There will be a wharf and shore cleanup, a free BBQ, face painting, a visit from Mr. Lobster and more. Check their event for times and details; if you go before noon, tell the folks at the wharf gate you’re going to the Ecocentre and you’ll get in free. (Parking is $3/vehicle, cash only.)

Saturday is going to be hopping in Petitcodiac, too! There will be a street party on Kay Street from 4pm to 9pm, with buskers (juggling bubblers, chalk spray painting, circus acts), bands (including personal favourite SLOWCOASTER), food vendors, and so much more – including the creation of a new giant mural for the Village!

Before the street party begins, you can try out geocaching with the family.

The Lawn Bowling Club is inviting everyone to come try the sport at Centennial Park on Saturday.

Toys R Us is holding a Beyblade tournament on Saturday; you must register your child in advance. Recommended for ages eight to 13.

Saturday is the 5th annual Gluten Free Fair; a great chance to speak with dieticians, visit with vendors, and stock up on gluten-free products.

The Muddy River Rollers’ first home game of the season is Saturday afternoon. Check out the roller derby action at the Kay Arena; admission is $5 with a donation to the food bank.

Sunday afternoon the Fisher Cats will hold a home game at Kiwanis Park. Game time is 2pm!

Riverglade is hosting Round Two of the 2019 Atlantic Region Motocross Season this weekend, with lots of events Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday you can get your hockey fix at the NAPA Hockey Heroes Weekend game with Olympic and NHL All Stars! Admission is by donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Stars include Marie-Philip Poulin, Nathalie Spooner, Cherie Piper, Darcy Tucker, Bryan Trottier, Chris Neill, Brad May, Gary Leeman, and many more!

The Gutsy Walk is a fundraiser for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, taking place on Sunday at noon at Centennial Park. We had a lovely note from Mandi, who is chairing the walk this year with her son, Asher, who lives with Crohn’s. They tell us there is lots of fun planned, including rides on Riverview’s Little Albert fire engine for $1! (A reminder: we LOVE when you let us know about events – it takes us hours each week to check our regular sources and sending us a quick message via our Facebook page ensures we know yours is happening!)

And speaking of thanks to folks for reaching out, musician Open Strum took the time to tell us about an awesome fundraiser he’s spearheading called Music for Critters. He’s rounded up songs, messages, and prizes from an incredible array of folks, including Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. David Suzuki, Ani DiFranco, Julie Doiron, and so many more. Everyone who donates supplies or money going to animal shelter/rescue and messages Open Strum can get a mix of songs and messages as a gift, and be entered in a draw for prizes chosen at a fundraiser at the end of June. There’s a donation being made to Sasha’s Cat Rescue and Kent Country Animal Rescue this Saturday, and adults can enjoy a fundraising event Thursday at the Empress with Open Strum, Nikki Payne, and Izabelle. Check out his website for more information!

Oh, and did you sign up yet to help build a playground? It’s an incredible feeling to know you’re helping create a place that will be the backdrop of treasured memories for a lifetime. The folks at Frank L. Bowser could use your help – they’ll even watch the kids while you’re there! Find all the details here.

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