It’s the weekend again, everyone, and there’s LOTS to keep us busy!
Remember, you can always find a list of great places to enjoy with the family on our MEGA LIST of What to Do with the Kids in Greater Moncton – but each Thursday we’ll round up the weekend events and list them here for quick reference.
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Now, on to the fun stuff!
Kids climbing the walls already? Did you know they can literally climb walls at Fit Rocks? There are some great kid-friendly courses and games. You can check out the venue and try it yourself for free this Friday night; shoe rentals may be required (cost ranges from $2 to $5).
Fridays are for Fun on Ice in Dieppe; this week, DJ Madvibz is providing the tunes while you skate the oval and warm up by the bonfires. The oval has skates and helmets for children to borrow for free!
The Moncton Wildcats are hosting the Saint John Sea Dogs on Friday night. Always a great rivalry!
Missing camping but not up for a winter adventure in the wild? Moncton Wesleyan is hosting its annual Family Camp Out at the church on Friday night – complete with tents, s’mores, games, and more, as well as a breakfast on Saturday morning! Cost is $20/family; more details on their event.
Start you day off with a hearty breakfast that supports a good cause. The monthly pancake breakfast at the Salisbury Lions Club takes place from 7-10am; children under six are free, and those up to age 10 eat for just $3 each.
Resurgo Place and Musée acadien de l’Université de Moncton are teaming up again for a fun series of drop-in sessions at Resurgo! This Saturday, it’s all about Acadian music. Check out some traditional instruments, tools used to make violins, and more – including a musical craft! Included with regular admission, 10am-noon.
The $2.99 Cineplex Family Favourite Feature this Saturday is The Addams Family.
If pet adoption is part of your plan for 2020, you might want to head to Petsmart in Moncton on Saturday. The Greater Moncton SPCA / SPA du Grand Moncton will be on site with friends looking for a new home.
You can join the free Learn to Skate program at the Ian Fowler Oval outside the Avenir Centre on Sunday morning, 10am until noon.
Don’t forget to check all the programming at your local library – the Moncton library has a host of events every weekend!
ONGOING WINTER ACTIVITIES
Did you know one of our most-read posts is our Guide to Winter Fun in the Greater Moncton Area? You can find the full list here, but we’ve pulled in the weekend highlights for you!
Country Sleigh Rides offers rides on Saturdays and Sundays; call 874-4090 to book by group or to join on a public ride.
Gather the neighbours, your friends, and family and enjoy a sleigh ride this winter. Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe offers rides every Sunday until March 29, 2020, starting at 1pm and running until 4pm. The rides last about half an hour and costs $2 per person (children under two are free).
SNOWSHOEING & SKIING
You can enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing at Centennial Park from noon until 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays; ski rentals are $15 per adult, $10 for children and the snow shoe rentals are $10.
You can also rent snow shoe equipment and fat bikes for adults and children at Mapleton Lodge on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Snow shoe rentals are $10, bikes $25.
Mike’s Bike Shop also offers fat bike rentals!
You might also want to look into skiing with the family this weekend; maybe a trip to Poley Mountain in Sussex?
Tobogganing is one of the easiest winter sports of all! Every neighbourhood has its favourite hills, but there are a few municipally-approved toboggan runs at Centennial Park in Moncton and Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe. In Riverview, head to Winter Wonderland Park, on Quinn Court (off Gunningsville Boulevard).
Some other popular spots include behind St. Louis de France Church in Lewisville, at Claude D. Taylor School in Riverview, and at Pascal Poirier Park and Rotary Park (by the Big Lobster) in Shediac.
In Moncton, enjoy skating on the Ian Fowler Oval at Avenir Centre (open 10am-10pm), as well as in Centennial Park. (One rink in the park is designated for skating, while the other is for hockey.) There is an outdoor rink behind the Rotary Pavilion at Mapleton Park, as well as one at Victoria Park.
The City of Moncton also partners with neighbourhood volunteers to create skating rinks in some community parks.
- Lewisville Park (45 Glenmoor Drive)
- Brentwood Park (150 Brentwood Drive)
- Prince Edward Park (25 Burlington Avenue)
- Grove Hamlet (39 Ripplewood Road)
- Canadian Heights Park (35 Chelsea Road)
- Candlewood Park (90 Candlewood Drive)
- Knox Park (75 Knox Drive)
- Maplehurst Park (115 Maplehurst Drive)
- Pauline Frizzell Park (387 Salisbury Road)
- Hamilton Heights (120 Evergreen Drive)
The City requires helmets be worn while skating.
Riverview’s Winter Wonderland outdoor park also includes a skating oval. Helmets are recommended.
Dieppe maintains two outdoor rinks at Rotary St-Anselme Park (one for skating, one for games) and the oval behind City Hall (no sticks or pucks allowed here). Skating on the oval at Place 1604 is permitted daily between 10am and 9:30pm; please note that the ice is closed between 1-1:30pm and again from 5-5:30pm for maintenance. You can borrow skates and helmets (required for children 12 and under, recommended for others) on site Fridays (6-9pm), Saturdays & Sundays (noon-4pm).
Salisbury has an outdoor skating rink, open daily depending on weather; check the Facebook page for updates. It is located on Douglas Avenue, just off Main Street.
There are lots of indoor skating rinks in the area, many with weekend family skating sessions (always check for tournaments that might be impacting regular schedules).
- The Superior Propane Centre offers Parent & Tot skating Fridays from 10am to 11am, and on Sundays from 9:45am to 10:45am ($2) and public skating 11:45am to 12:45pm ($2).
- Parents & Tots can skate at the Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena free on Fridays from 10:15am to 11:15am, and free public skating from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Public skates, $2 admission, are also held on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30pm to 4pm.
- There’s a Parent & Tot skate at the Moncton Coliseum on Saturdays, and a public skate on Saturdays from 3:45-5:15pm; cost for each is $2.
- Parents & Tots skate free at Riverview’s Byron Dobson rink in Riverview on Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, and those 12 years old and under are free Fridays from 4pm to 5:15pm. The rink has public staking on Saturdays from 3:45pm to 5:15pm and on Sundays from 2:30pm to 4pm; cost is $2 adult, $1 child.
- Dieppe’s AJL Centre offers family skating Sundays from 2pm to 3pm. At the Centennial Arena, families skate free on Fridays from 3pm to 4:30pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 2pm. Preschoolers with sticks can skate Fridays from 9:45am to 10:45pm.
- Free family skating sessions are held at the Shediac Festival Arena on Fridays from 9:30am until 10:30am, and on Saturdays from 6:35pm to 7:35pm.
- Petitcodiac arena has a Sunday open skate (from 1pm to 2:30pm); cost is $3 for adults, $2 for students, and children six and under are free.
- Hillsborough rink has public skating sessions on Fridays from 8pm to 9pm, on Saturdays from 2pm to 3pm and from 8pm to 9pm, and on Sundays from 2:15pm to 3:15pm. Skating sessions are $2/person or $5/family.
For a full list of weekly public skating times highlighting family options, check out this post.
That’s all for now, folks. A reminder that the Pickle Planet Podcast is back on the airwaves this weekend; you can subscribe to us on iTunes and Spotify, and find the episodes here, too. We’re also on Rogers TV & those episodes are upload to YouTube. Check us out & let us know what other community folks you’d love to hear from in the future!
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