What to do with the kids for the Remembrance Day Weekend in Greater Moncton (Nov 8-11)

Alright, folks. Are you ready? Kids in the Anglophone school district have a PD Day on Friday and Monday is Remembrance Day, so it’s an extra-extra long weekend for many local families. But never fear! We’ve got you covered with all the info you need right here for events and activities to keep your family entertained.

*Please note that most establishments, including the province’s public libraries, will be closed on Monday to mark Remembrance Day. Many other public places may also be closed for the statutory holiday, so don’t forget to call ahead! And as always, please be sure to click through to the source links for up-to-date information before heading out to an event or activity, as we are not always able to update when weather or circumstance changes plans – and Mother Nature is teasing us with another early start to winter this weekend!

MONDAY – REMEMBRANCE DAY

There are lots of small and large ceremonies happening throughout the region to mark Remembrance Day. Here are a few you might want to attend.

Remembrance Day Services in the Greater Moncton Area

There’s also a 10am church service in Salisbury, followed by laying of wreaths at 11am at the Legion. In Petitcodiac, there’s a gathering at the Baptist Church at 10am, marching to the cenotaph for the 11am laying of wreaths and crosses. The Petitcodiac War Museum will be open from 10:30am to 1pm; a great way to spend time with the family.

THURSDAY EVENING

Have you got a skateboarder in the family? Would they like to have a say in the 10-year Master plan for skate parks in the city?! Their voices can be heard! Join the Moncton Skate Park Master Plan community discussion with The City of Moncton and New Line Skateparks at 6pm at Moncton City Hall.

For ages 16+, the Capitol Theatre is still showing the theatrical production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW at the Empress Theatre. Showtimes for this weekend are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday 7pm and midnight, and Sunday at 8pm. Get your tickets (assigned seating) HERE.

And if you or someone you know is expecting or recently welcomed twins or triplets into their family, be sure to head to the parent’s information session being hosted by Moncton Multiples at Close to the Heart on Thursday evening. Trust us, we know how overwhelming – and how amazing! – it can be to have more than one baby show up at once. Connecting with other parents who have been through the same type of journey can make it all so much easier to accept and survive!  Our daughter was just 19 months old when her brothers were born and while it was a crazy time, it was also filled with incredible moments like this one!

FRIDAY

The Magnetic Hill Zoo is offering English one day camps for children aged 5 to 7 years during planned school breaks on November 8 and 22 (yes, there’s another day off later this month for the kids in the Anglophone East district!). Registration is limited; email zoo.education@moncton.ca for more info.

SkyZone is also offering PD day camps this year; you can find a full list of their offerings online and call them to book!

New & newish parents are invited to the Babywearing Meetup at 10am at Close to the Heart in Moncton. Bring your little ones and meet with two certified babywearing educators to answer your questions about wearing your baby – from birth to busy toddlerhood, and help with fit. And be sure to check out all the other great meet ups and events that happen at the shop!

The Junior Chef Academy (for ages 8 to 12) is on Saturday mornings at the Medavie Community Kitchen in Moncton. Young chefs will learn how to help make delicious meals for themselves and their family, the importance of kitchen safety, and basic cooking skills for just $5 per session. Register by email: adam.obrien@foodepot.ca and tell them Pickle Planet sent you!

Grab your family flouf and head into Glamour paws photography boutique for your holiday pet photo. No appointment needed, 20$ for a quick pic mini session and a digital copy of your photo.

If you missed last weekend’s Ten Thousand Villages sale, worry not!! Sackville Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale is on this weekend, with lots of fair trade gifts available – everything from jewellery to coffee and spices.

Skating: There are no cancellations due to tournament bookings listed for this weekend; but please double check the schedule.

  • The Superior Propane Centre offers Parent & Tot skating from 10:00am to 11:00am, and it’s free on Fridays!
  • Parents & Tots can also skate for free at the Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena from 10:15am to 11:15am, and there is also a free public skate from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.
  • The Byron Dobson Rink in Riverview holds a free Parents & Tots skate as well from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, and free child skating sessions for those aged 12 years and under are held from 4:00pm to 5:15pm.
  • In Dieppe, there are lots of opportunities to skate for free until mid-March. At the Centenaire Arena, families skate free on Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:30pm and a preschoolers-with-sticks session is held from 9:45am to 10:45am.
  • Free family skating sessions are held at the Shediac Festival Arena on Fridays from 9:30am to 10:30am.
  • Do a family lunch skate at Sackville’s Civic Centre from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.
  • At the Hillsborough Arena there are public skating sessions on Fridays from 8:00pm to 9:00pm for $2/person or $5/family.
  • At the Eugène (Gene) LeBlanc Arena in Memramcook there are Friday skates for parents & preschool children from 8:30am to 9:30am, and a public session from 12:15pm to 1:15pm.

SATURDAY

Riverview Royalty synchronized skating invites you to their fundraiser Pancake Breakfast on Saturday from 8-11am at Riverview Lions Club. Enjoy pancakes, sausages, eggs, beans, bread, coffee, and tea. Cost is $7 for Adults, $5 for Children aged 5-12, or $20 for a family of 4.

If you’re looking for some exercise this weekend, Join the Moncton Dog Runners and Velo Bike Ski Trail for the 5K Fun Run & Demo Day, a fun-filled morning in support of Fulfilling Hearts Rescue at Mapleton Park from 8-11am. Learn all about harnessed dog sports, and check out some cool trails. Register (by Friday) for the Canicross vs. Dogless Fun Run or come out as a spectator in support.

Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum is hosting Introduction to Rug Hooking Saturday morning. There will be a demonstration by an RHGNS instructor, a display of different rug hooking styles, and information on rug hooking supplies. Beginners are welcome to attend.

Learn how things are made at Constructive Destruction! at Resurgo Place from 10am-noon. Bring in your own item to take apart or deconstruct one of the many available gadgets and gizmos. (Don’t forget to check out the touring exhibit on Hockey, too!)

The Comic Hunter (Moncton) is hosting a Star Wars X-Wing Fall Tournament for your serious gamers. Registration opens at 10am, event starts at 11am, playing four 75-minute rounds. The registration fee is $15.

Saturday is a crafty day at the Moncton Public Library. For kiddos aged 11+, check out the Button Workshop in the morning, then join the Crafternoon Session for all ages in the afternoon. And don’t forget to check out Snapology, too!

Cineplex’s $2.99 family favourite movies continue every Saturday. This weekend, enjoy Dora And The Lost City Of Gold, playing at 11am at Cineplex Cinemas Dieppe.

Kids are invited to the Hillsborough Public Library for Kids Craft – DIY Slime! All supplies will be provided and kids can take home their gooey creations. Email hillsborough.publiclibrary@gnb.ca to register.

Interested in DIY Christmas gifts? All ages are welcome to join a Pink Himalayan Salt Body Scrub Workshop (1-2:30pm) or a Decoupage Soap Workshop (3-5pm) with Nicha at Madame Thai Bath & Body Boutique, 90 Weldon St. Moncton. Spaces are limited seating, so send her an email at madamethai.nb@gmail.com and let her know Pickle Planet sent you!

And the big fun on Saturday – our friends at Off the Wall Eyewear Emporium are celebrating their second anniversary! They have a TON of awesome door prizes, great deals in the shop, a face painter on site, treats, and so much more – including some of the best customer service in the city! They ask that you bring a donation for the SPCA or Humanity Project if you’re stopping by.

Saturday Skating: There are no cancellations due to tournament bookings listed for this weekend; but please double check the schedule.

  • There is a Parent & Tot skate at the Moncton Coliseum from 9:30am to 10:30am on Saturdays, and a public skate from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. The cost for each is $2/person.
  • Public skates at the Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena are held on Saturdays from 2:30pm to 4:00pm. The cost is $2/person.
  • The Byron Dobson Rink in Riverview has public skating on Saturdays from 3:45pm to 5:15pm.
  • Free family skating sessions are held at the Shediac Festival Arena on Saturdays from 6:35pm to 7:35pm.
  • At the Hillsborough Arena there are public skating sessions on Saturdays from 2:00pm to 3:00pm and from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. The cost is $2/person or $5/family.

SUNDAY

Celebrate the coming of the holiday season with Merry Geekmas! Geek Bazaar, 10am to 6pm at Crowne Plaza Moncton Downtown. There will be a cosplay costume contest, door prizes, loads of geek-inspired holiday shopping, and some special guests including SANTA (available for photos)! Admission is $5.00/person in support of the Friends of the Moncton Hospital, Pediatric floor.

If your kiddo is into Magic Cards, there is a Magic the Gathering Sunday Standard Showdown from noon to 5pm at GameZilla Moncton. Registration fee is $2.

Visit the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville for Make Something Sunday: DIY Stickers! This is a FREE hands-on workshop for kids 12 and under and their adults. Drop in anytime, no booking required.

Crandall University is holding their 21st Annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday from 9am to 3pm: children under 12 enjoy free admission. This is always a great spot to find local crafts!

The Moncton Wildcats are playing a home game v. the Acadie Bathurst Titans at the Avenir Centre on Sunday at 4pm; gotta love those afternoon games for the young ones! Grab tickets for your little hockey fans HERE.

Skating: There are no cancellations due to tournament bookings listed for this weekend; but please double check the schedule.

LOOKING AHEAD

Next week there are a few awesome events I want to make sure all you ladies know about!

The first is happening Tuesday night at Sparkle Lifestyle and Medispa with Pickle Planet hero, Katie Kelly! This night is all about embracing knowledge and empowering each other and ourselves. The Let’s Talk Feminine Health- Workshop is all about vaginal health – and having fun. I’d love to see you there! Tuesday November 12, from 5-8pm.

And there there’s the Grapevine Events Fall Women’s Consignment Sale happening next Saturday at Riverview’s Coverdale Centre. Doors open at 9am; it’s $2 cash admission to shop the closets of 100 local women until noon. Doors close from noon until 1pm, when DISCOUNT shopping happens! Most items will be marked down by 50%, but the sale is only open until 3pm!  (Cash only for admission, debit and cash accepted for purchases.)

Still looking for more ideas for things to do with the kids this weekend? Don’t forget to check out our MEGA LIST of local attractions for details on escape rooms, swimming, bowling, indoor play spaces, and so much more!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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