Well, hello summer!
Who else is ready to jump into vacation mode? I know we are! We’re heading over to PEI to celebrate the end of the school year with The Vacation the Kids Took Over, thanks to our hosts, Cavendish Bosom Buddies. You’ll see us sharing our adventure on our social channels and theirs this weekend; we’d love to hear you chime in on what you see! You can also read about our visit there last year, which is a great guide to how to make the most of a rainy day in Cavendish.
Speaking of summer, we know folks are anxiously awaiting the opening of the new Centennial Beach and East End pools in Moncton (both hopefully by mid-July!), but there are a few other outdoor pool options. The Salisbury Lions Pool is open for the season now, the pools in Petitcodiac and Riverview open next week. We also have some awesome splash pads, too!
Watch for your local library to launch its summer reading program soon; this is a great way to get the kids motivated to keep reading this summer. (Riverview’s party is Friday afternoon.)
Friday is the last official day of school, but the annual ‘report card day’ event at Magic Mountain is being held Saturday. Children with a report card or valid student ID and their chaperone can get in to the SplashZone for the special price of $19 for the day.
At the movies this weekend, Sussex Drive In is showing MIB International and Brightburn, Neptune Drive In in Shediac is playing Aladdin and Dumbo (gates open at 8pm, show begins 9:50pm), and the $2.99 Saturday morning special at Cineplex is E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Codiac Storm Lacrosse is hosting a Maritime tournament this weekend, with games at the Kay Arena, the Superior Propane Centre, and the Riverview Arena. Cheer on the champs to the Codiac Cup!
UPDATE: This has been postponed, date to be determined. Saturday is the official opening of the new Rebecca Schofield All World Super Play Park at Frank L. Bower Elementary School in Riverview! This has been an incredible community project and the playground is looking amazing!
Celebrate summer in Shediac with their Children’s Day on Saturday. There will be bouncy castles, BBQ, entertainment, and more in Pascal Poirier Park. The fun begins with a bike rodeo at 9:30am!
FYI: Beloved Miniature Horses-miniature horse visits filled its spots for this weekend’s Pony Tea Party, but says another event will be coming soon! You might want to go check them out now so you don’t miss out!
Saturday is the 5th annual Old West End Neighbourhood Garage Sale – with more than 40 families hosting yard sales all at once. We don’t promote yard sales as a rule (but there’s an awesome group for that!), but this one is something extra!
City of Moncton is celebrating active lifestyles Saturday with Get in Motion at Mapleton Park. There will be free youth and adult bike rentals; first come, first served.
The Town of Sackville is hosting a family bike ride along the Trans Canada Trail on Saturday, starting at Middle Sackville Baptist Church.
Saturday is also Sackville’s 30th celebration of the Waterfowl Park, with lots of events planned, including the unveiling of a new display. (Rain date Sunday; as always, be sure to check the events we link to before heading out.)
If you’re up for a little road trip, and have an airplane lover in the family, consider a visit to the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum (near the Halifax airport) on Saturday. It’s their 5th annual Family Fun Day and we’re told it’s awesome!
If you’re heading that way, be sure to stop in to RiverBreeze Farm in Truro (known for its haunted corn maze) for their first Baby Animal Festival. They’ll be open (weather permitting) Saturday and Sunday with baby goats, pigs, lambs, chicks, bunnies, ducks, horse and calves on site. You can also enjoy the jumping pillow, slide, and playground activities, as well as visit with their kangaroos, Bruce and Tilly. Limited concessions will be available; admission is $7/person, children two and under free.
There’s a great group hosting a fantastic event in Fredericton on Saturday. Professionals for Perinatal Mental Health are a group of various service providers who are focusing on supporting mental health for families, focusing on pregnancy and the first year after baby’s arrival. They’re gathering at Fredericton’s Carleton Park on Saturday for an awareness event and walk. Tell your friends in Freddy to go!
Bass Pro’s Family Summer Event starts Saturday, with archery & BB ranges, casting targets, and more.
Toys R Us is promoting a Toy Story 4 play day on Saturday afternoon, with a make and take project and some demos.
Michaels has its weekly Kids Club craft sessions and workshops happening Saturday.
Kick it old school with a roller disco Saturday night in Shediac! Coffin Skate Shop and the Town of Shediac are hosting the event at the arena, with roller skate rentals (limited quantity) available for $10. All ages welcome!
Sunday is going to be so much fun in Salisbury! The folks from the Salisbury Baptist Church are hosting their first family fun day at Highland Park. There will be an outdoor worship service at 10am, followed by a free BBQ, bouncy castles, face painting, live music and more until 2pm. This park is a fantastic space and the SBC folks always put an amazing amount of work into their community projects; we’re sure this is going to be an incredibly fun day!
Fawkes Arts is holding a kids’ slime making workshop at the Magnetic Hill Lions centre on Sunday. Children under 11 are asked to have a parent attending.
Sunday is the season opening of le Pays de la Sagouine, with a discount on entry!
The FisherCats have a home game Sunday night at Kiwanis Field in Moncton.
Monday, you can celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Dieppe with lots of fun at Place 1604, including a free concert starting at 6:30pm.
And folks, please remember this is just THIS WEEKEND’s event listing! There are so many incredible parks and attractions you can enjoy with your family, too. You can find them all on our mega list, including Hop Skip Jump!, Crystal Mountain Party Palace, Skyzone Moncton, FitRocks Climbing Gym, bowling at Fairlanes, Bowlarama, and Parklane Bowling, and there are certain ages and certain times youth are allowed at Timber Lounge Moncton, Room Escape Atlantic, Mystery Moncton Mystere, and USVA Nordic spa. Then there’s also the fun outdoor attractions, like Magnetic Hill Zoo, Magic Mountain, Butterfly World & The Boardwalk, and TreeGo. So many fun options right here in the GMA – and then there’s Hopewell Rocks, Fundy Park, Shediac, Bouctouche, Sackville, and all our other fabulous neighbours!
Well, that’s enough to get you started, eh? If you have a weekend family-friendly event to add, pop it in the comments & be sure to let us know the next time you’re planning something! Have a fantastic weekend, everyone – and if you still need some ideas, get started on your Summer Bucket List Bingo Game! (Thanks to the awesome Carole Gougen of Family 1st for the updated visual – isn’t it awesome?!)