What to do with the Kids this Weekend near Moncton (Sept 13-15)

Who’s superstitious? I think it’s safe to say that we’re liable to have better luck this weekend than last, no matter what the date is Friday! (Though maybe I shouldn’t mention that it’s also a full harvest moon? Good luck with those kiddos & bedtime, everyone!)

Thanks to Dorian’s arrival last weekend, a lot of what we shared in the last weekend round up has actually been moved to this weekend – we’ve listed them again, so don’t worry, you’re not crazy, some of this might look familiar! As always, be sure to click through to the sources links we provide to confirm event details before heading out – we never know what circumstance might change after we gather this post on Wednesday nights.

Now, on to this weekend’s highlights!

This weekend is now opening weekend for lots of great spots, including Boyle Family Farm’s corn maze and petting zoo, Uris Williams & Sons Apple Orchard, and a rescheduled free community BBQ Friday night at Verger Belliveau Orchard. Lots of family fun can be had this time of year at our local corn mazes, pumpkin patches and apple orchards – and we’ve rounded up the details on all the spots you’re going to want to visit in the province in one simple post! Check it out and keep it handy for future excursions!

Teachers, it’s likely been a long September already for you and you deserve a little break – like free admission to the corn maze at the Green Pig in Salisbury! That’s right; show your ID on Saturday or Sunday and you can enjoy everything for free! Speaking of the Green Pig, their flashlight nights at the maze are happening this weekend, too!

The annual Albert County Exhibition is underway, with all the agricultural displays, community events, and amusement rides you know and love!

At the movies this weekend, both the Sussex Drive In and Shediac’s Neptune Drive In are playing It and It: Chapter 2, and the $2.99 Saturday morning special listed at Cineplex is An American Tail. During intermission between the movies on Saturday night the Sussex Drive In has a fireworks show scheduled.

The big excitement for many families this weekend is the Moncton Multiples Fall Consignment Sale! This is an incredible event – turning the Moncton Coliseum into the most massive thrift store you’ve ever seen! Imagine a multi-family yard sale, but with more than 200 families, and everything is organized by size and style and there’s no haggling over prices. We outfit our three kids for every season at these events and it’s a huge cost-saver – and if you think it’s just baby stuff, think again; there’s lots of stuff right up to the tweens! And along with the tens of thousands of gently-used items, there are two dozen of the best local family-friendly vendors. Read our tips on shopping consignment sales here!

After hitting up the sale, plan to grab a BBQ lunch at Moncton Car Guys on Mountain Road and cheer on our own GOLD medal winning para-athlete, Matt Kinnie! Matt just claimed the top spot on the podium at the Parapan American Games in Peru and has his sights set on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Toyoko. These fundraising BBQs are a great help!

Need to eat earlier than that but don’t want to cook breakfast? CARMA is holding a fundraising breakfast at the Magnetic Hill Lions Community Centre.

Graphic novel fan in the house? (We have a few!) Check out the neat event happening this Saturday at Chapters Moncton as they host their first Graphix Con! Dress up as your favourite character, learn how to draw some favourites, and even play some trivia. The event is free, but you are asked to register in advance. (PS: While you’re there, be sure to pick up a copy of the latest Family 1st, Moncton’s own free parenting magazine, if you haven’t already! And tell them Pickle Planet sent you!)

The Lutz Mountain Fall Fest is happening this Saturday, with baking contests, a cake walk, homemade ice cream, BBQ, kids games, petting zoo, and more!

The community of Dorchester is also having a Family Fun Day on Saturday afternoon, with games, tie dyeing, ice cream making, a costume parade, and more.

Wild Cheer Athletics is holding a special tea with Princess Elsa on Saturday afternoon; contact them at info@wildcheer.ca to see if there are spaces remaining!

History buff in the family? A replica of Christopher Columbus’ Nao Santa Maria is scheduled to arrive in St. Andrew’s on Saturday. Check their Facebook event for updates on arrival times, costs, etc.

It’s that time of year when parents are scrambling to decide which activities their kids will love – so it’s awesome when you can test one out before signing up! Your child can test out ringette at the Arthur J. LeBlanc Arena on either Saturday or Sunday!

We are super excited for the rescheduled Kreativ Children’s Festival Jeunesse, presented by The School of Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada, now happening this Sunday. This is a free, outdoor event with live performances, workshops, photobooth (the costumes are going to be amazing – think of some of the theatre shows the ballet has produced lately!), and much more. Go click ‘going’ on their Facbeook event so you’ll get all the updates & details!

Another great annual event that lots of local families look forward to is happening this weekend – Open Farm Day, when New Brunswick farms open their doors to the public for free! You can find a full list of participating farms online, but some local highlights include:

  • Glarro Farm in Fawcett Hill (between River Glade & Havelock), run by André and Geraline Van Agten (one of the grandparents we recently featured!), invite you to visit their cows and enjoy a wagon ride through the woods. Open 11am until 4pm; some wheelchair accessibility and a porta potty on site.
  • Boyle Family Farm is mostly a cattle farm, but also home to many piglets, chickens, rabbits, sheep, and horses. They’re also opening a corn maze & pumpkin u-pick this year (this section requires admission even on Open Farm Day). Open 9am to 6pm, Lutes Mountain.
  • Le Petits Fruits de Pre-d’en-Haut is a 75-acre farm in Memramcook that specializes in pumpkin, squash, watermelon, Brussels sprouts, high bush blueberries, and more. U-pick and produce will be available for purchase. Open 8am until 5pm.
  • Verger Belliveau Orchard is one of the province’s top apple producers, which also grows pears, cherries, and veggies. Explore the grounds for free from 11am until 5pm.

There are also several farms in Cornhill open, as well as a few in the Cocagne area.

And while it’s not a farm, nor is it free entry, the Magnetic Hill Zoo’s new breakfast with the tigers event is happening again Sunday. We hear it’s amazing!

Sunday will see many communities celebrating the legacy of an incredible Canadian with the annual Terry Fox Run. Head to the Event Zone on Assomption Boulevard in Moncton (registration begins at noon) or Highland Park in Salisbury for 10am.

Folks will also be gathering at Centennial Park in Moncton for the PAWS Walk on Sunday, supporting the Greater Moncton SPCA.

Sunday morning at the Magnetic Hill Lions Community Centre kids can learn to make slime with Fawkes Arts.

For more ideas, our MEGA LIST of what to do with the kids is always full of inspiration. A few highlights: Skyzone Moncton, Hop Skip Jump!, FitRocks Climbing Gym, Riverview Indoor Skatepark, Crystal Mountain Party Palace, and all the local arcades and the bowling alleys are all great options. Timber Lounge Moncton welcomes kids ages 10 and up during certain hours, Room Escape Atlantic has rooms for ages 8 and up, and teens are welcome at Mystery Moncton Mystere. There’s also Resurgo Place and DIY Studio, too!

Unfortunately, the pool options are limited this weekend, as both the Dieppe Aquatic Centre and Riverview’s Pat Crossman Aquatic Centre are closed for maintenance until September 20. But as of September 1, there is no charge to park at Parlee Beach for the rest of 2019!

Well, that is quite the packed weekend! Have a wonderful time, whatever you decide to do with the family!

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