Welcome to another wonderful summer weekend, everyone! As always, we have a great list of local family-friendly events you can take in, and don’t forget to check out our MEGA LIST of things to do with the kids for inspiration at any time. You can also check out our playground profiles for tips on the best local places to play – and we’ve updated our splash pads and parks post! And remember, if you have a weekend family-friendly events, please let us know to be included.
On Thursday afternoon, Riverview’s public library is offering an Imagination Station ‘upcycling’ program for ages five to 12. In the evening, the library hosts Campfire Storytime. Wear your PJs and gather around the (pretend) campsite for campfire songs and stories. No registration is required for this free activity.
In Hillsborough, the library is holding its Kids Crafternoon from 2-4pm.
Thursday night in Dieppe, you can watch A Dog’s Way Home (in English) at Place 1604, beginning at dusk (8:30pm).
Also in Dieppe, River of Pride and UBU Atlantic – Transgender Action Community are hosting a board games hangout for all ages, abilities, and persons at the Dieppe library Thursday evening.
Sackville hosts free, weekly Thursday night concerts at Bill Johnstone Memorial Park; this week the Sackville Citizens Band will be on stage.
This Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are the last days for Bass Pro’s workshops for kids and adults, at noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
Great for summer nights, Resurgo Place is open late on Thursdays, and admission for 5pm to 8pm is half-off the individual rate!
One of the most fun festivals of the summer kicks off Friday, with Mosaïq filling Moncton with a celebration of international cultures. Activities are held at Riverfront Park from 11am until 11pm. There’s a kids pavilion, youth activities, and musical performances with incredible local and visiting artists.
Hubcity Theatre’s annual Shakespeare in the Park performances are this weekend, with Richard III presented this year. You can catch the play Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; this is a free performance, though donations are welcome.
Astronomy Moncton is holding a special event Friday night (Saturday, if weather interferes) with a talk by Ted Gull, emeritus Astrophysicist retired from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Adjunct Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute. This will be followed by an observation session, with Jupiter, Saturn, various star clusters, and a bright pass of the International Space Station all expected to be visible. No equipment or experience necessary, everyone welcome.
There’s a 12-hour fundraiser happening Friday for The Rebecca Schofield Fund, encouraging everyone to share a smile selfie after donating at Assumption Place Courtyard.
Friday at the Riverview Public Library, there is a storytime for ages two to six in the morning, and a no-registration-required Tinker Time, focusing on STEAM, for ages five to 12 in the afternoon.
Hillsborough’s Summer Reading Club is bringing special guests from the Fundy Biosphere to the library Friday afternoon for a presentation.
In Sackville, there’s outdoor pickleball for all ages at the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park in the morning from 9:30 until 11:30am.
The Tantramar Heritage Trust is hosting an All Things Environment event at the Campbell Carriage Factory Museum on Friday morning. Everyone can enjoy arts & crafts & a tour of Open Sky for $5.
Friday night in Sackville you can enjoy Honey, I Shunk the Kids on the big screen set up at Bill Johnstone Memorial Park.
Mosaïq continues Saturday, with activities for all ages at Riverfront Park. There’s a kids pavilion, youth activities, and musical performances with incredible local and visiting artists. You can also enjoy music at the Moncton Market that morning in partnership with Acoustica, and the very fun Parade of Nations!
The official opening of Moncton’s new East End pool is happening Saturday! The pool is on Fergus Street and will be accessible to the public from 11am until 7pm daily until late August. There is a $2 admission fee; $1 after 4pm. Children ages three and under are free.
Camp Indigo at Chapters is holding a Peppa Pig craft, along with other summer themed activities, at the store on Saturday morning. There is a fee and parents remain on site. Also at Chapters on Saturday, a chance to meet author David A. Wimsett, promoting his book Dragons Unremembered.
Riverview’s Public Library is holding a puppet show Saturday morning and a crafternoon session in the afternoon.
The Moncton Fire Department will be special guests at the Magnetic Hill Zoo on Saturday, with Magic, the Labrador Retriever, on site by the new Arctic wolves’ habitat.
Camp Indigo at Chapters summer activities (paid event, registration required) on Sunday morning involve a Beyblade competition and more!
The Sackville Commons Co-Op is holding a clothing swap Sunday afternoon; bring your gently used clothing and trade with your neighbours.
Head to Cap-Pelé Sunday evening to enjoy a free concert on Aboiteau Beach!
This weekend, the Sussex Drive In is showing Toy Story 4 and Aladdin, Neptune Drive In in Shediac is playing Toy Story 4 and Aladdin, and the $2.99 Saturday morning special at Cineplex is Missing Link. Moncton Public Library is offering free family movies (1pm in English, 3pm in French) each Sunday this summer.
Looking for something a bit different to try? Why not consider picking your own haskap berries! They’re described as having a raspberry/wild blueberry taste with a hint of honeycrisp apple. There’s a u-pick at 323 Scotch Settlement Road, Irishtown, open weekdays 6-8pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 8pm. Bring your own containers; cost is $5/pound. Call for details: 383-8374. For more places to pick berries, check out our round up here.
Please note: The Riverview Skatepark and shop is closed July 17-19 for annual maintenance.