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What to do with the Kids in Moncton this Weekend (Jan 24-27)

Woo hoo! It’s the weekend – again! And for those of you with kiddos in Anglophone East schools, it’s a LONG weekend, so we’ll add in some thoughts about Monday in this round up, too!

Please remember, you can always find details on indoor places to play on our MEGA LIST of things to do with kids in Moncton, as well as our seasonal round ups for winter, maple camps, and more. And also please remember to click through to the source links we provide, as sometimes weather and life change plans and we can’t always update the round up.


Start the day off with a yummy breakfast for a good cause! Scotty & Tony from New Country will be at St. Louis Bar & Grill in Dieppe from 7-10am, supporting the 2020 Radiothon for The Moncton Hospital. Breakfast special is just $7! The 9th annual Radiothon takes place next Friday, January 31.

The awesome Dr. Sarah Hardy Walsh is holding a Solid Food Introduction & Baby Led Weaning workshop at Close to the Heart on Friday morning. Make sure the mamas & papas with littles know about these great sessions! (We also have some GREAT posts and podcasts with Sarah; check them out in our pregnancy & infants section!)

The Greater Moncton Scottish Association is holding its annual Robbie Burns Banquet on Friday night. Enjoy music, poetry readings, and a wonderful meal. Tickets must be secured in advance; call Liz at 853-7706. Cost is $30/person; children 12 and under, $15. The event begins at 6pm at the Dan Bohan Centre in Riverview.

There’s a free night sky observation happening at Moncton High School, thanks to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Everyone welcome!

West Riverview Elementary School’s Home & School is holding a movie fundraiser Friday night, showing Abominable. Admission is $2 each or $5 for a family; treats for sale on site. Doors open at 6pm; movie starts at 6:30pm.

Pending tournament cancellations (there are none listed this weekend!), there is free skating on Fridays at Moncton’s Superior Propane Centre from 10am-11am, at Moncton’s Crossman Community Centre Kay Arena from 10:15am-11:15am & 3:30pm-4:30pm. Preschoolers with sticks can skate at Dieppe’s Centennial Arena from 9:45-10:45am. There’s also free skating at the arena in Shediac (9:40-10:30am), Centennial Arena (3-4:30pm), Riverview (ages 12 and under) 4pm-5:15pm, and Memramcook 1-2:30pm. Find more skating details here.

YMCA public swim is 6:30-8:30pm; family rate for non-members is $15 plus tax.

And of course Fridays are for Fun on Ice in Dieppe! Head to the skating oval for bonfires, skating, and music with Félix Belliveau.


The Petitcodiac Legion is holding its monthly pancake breakfast, starting at 7am. Enjoy a great spread for $10 a plate; $5 for those 12 and under.

We love Homarus Eco-Centre AND Resurgo, so when they combine – win! Head to Resurgo Saturday morning to learn more about all the creatures that call the Northumberland Strait home.

There will be a special Family Literacy Day storytime at the Riverview library at 10am. No registration required.

Parasport NB is inviting anyone to stop by École Le Mascaret on Saturday between 10am and noon to try out wheelchair basketball.

The $2.99 Family Favourite at Cineplex is Nanny McPhee.

Shediac Arena offers free skating on Saturday nights from 6:35-7:35pm.

Centennial Park will be the site of an awareness & fundraising event regarding homelessness, Winter Wonderland, with games, music, a hockey game, and more.

YMCA public swim is 2:30-4:30pm; family rate for non-members is $15 plus tax.

The 2020 Chinese New Year Gala is being held on the Chinese New Year Day, January 25, 2020 at Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre. Enjoy cultural experiences, traditional Chinese carnival games, food court and silent auction starting at 1:30pm, followed by a stage performance. Tickets are $20; children and seniors $10 (free for those under the age of six).

Skate to the sweet jams of DJ Bones at the Ian Fowler Oval, starting at 6pm.

Shediac is hosting a Mi’kmaq Acadian Winter Party 2020 at Pascal Poirier Park with lots of fantastic musical performances beginning at 6pm.

The Moncton Wildcats are hosting the Halifax Moosehead at the Avenir Centre Saturday night.


Did you know the Lions Club on Mark Avenue has a weekly Sunday breakfast? Just $6.50 for children ten and under, $10 for adults.

You can help set a record for Canada’s largest ski lesson this Sunday as Poley Mountain teams up with more than 50 other ski hills to offer a great opportunity. You must register in advance to take advantage of this $25 special for a lift ticket, lesson, and rental equipment!

If skiing isn’t your thing, maybe you’d like free skating lessons? Stop by the Ian Fowler Oval at 10am, thanks to the City of Moncton and Mariposa skating club.

YMCA public swim is 2:30-4:30pm – and today it’s just $2 for non-members!

Sundays are great for family movie time – and the Moncton Public Library can help you out! Enjoy Ferdinand on the big screen; 1pm in English, 3pm in French. (We really enjoyed this movie; check out our review !)

It’s also a great day to cheer on the Moncton Magic as they host the Island Storm, starting at 2pm.

Sunday is also the celebration for Tết Việt – Vietnamese Lunar New Year at the Dieppe Market. Enjoy Vietnamese traditional games, crafts, and foods, starting at 3pm.

Dieppe has lots to do on Sundays! There are sleigh rides and skating at Rotary Park, skates & helmets that can be borrowed at the Oval at Place 1604, and public swimming at the aquatic centre (which kids love with the pirate ship and inflatables!).

On Sunday, you can skate for free at Centennial Arena in Dieppe from 1-2pm, and at Dieppe’s AJL Centre from 2-3pm. Memramcook offers free skating from 11:30am-12:25pm. Petitcodiac arena is open from 1pm-2:30pm; it’s free for six and under, adults $3, students $2.


Celebrate Family Literacy Day with a reading at the Moncton Public Library with local author Jennifer McGrath at 10am. No registration required.

Sackville knows how to PD Day it up! There’s a free day camp happening, as well as a fundraising showing of the Playmobil Movie at the Vogue Cinema at 2pm. Admission is $5.
We hope to see you there! Bring your friends!

Some of the usual Monday options for family fun include open gym time at the Crossman Centre, indoor skating at Dieppe’s Centennial Arena (preschoolers 9:45-10:45am), Shediac (9:40-10:30am), Hillsborough (10am-11am) and Riverview parent & tot 1:30-2:20pm, outdoor skating on the many local rinks (find them all here), and all the usual fun spots outlined below!


Here are some of the usual play places and ideas we have listed on our MEGA LIST; there’s certainly no shortage of possibilities for having fun with the family in the Greater Moncton Area!

Hop Skip Jump! is a great indoor play space, with everything from a toddler-only area to virtual reality, wall climbing, and laser mazes.

Skyzone Moncton is continuously expanding their offerings for younger kiddos, and of course has lots of jump times, glow parties, and arcade fun for all ages.

FitRocks Climbing Gym has programs and courses for all ages.

Timber Lounge Moncton welcomes kids ages 10 and up (during certain hours) to experience the art of axe throwing.

Fairlanes in Moncton, Bowlarama in Dieppe, and Parklane Bowling in Riverview all offer gutter blockers for kids, and Bowlarama has an awesome arcade section.

The Riverview Indoor Skatepark is a wonderful place for all ages. There are skate times for those under age 11 and designated teen times. Helmet rentals available!

DIY Studio is a great paint-your-own pottery option for family fun, located on Mountain Road.

Room Escape Atlantic is recommended ages 8 and up, Mystery Moncton Mystere recommended ages 14 and up, and Le Moque-Tortue in Shediac features a board game cafe and child-friendly escape rooms.

And of course, all the goodies listed on our Guide to Winter Fun in Greater Moncton!

Winter Fun in the Greater Moncton Area

Hey – did you catch last week’s podcast? A fantastic chat with the lovely Corey Hunter, an LGBTQ advocate and educator who talked with us about being a supportive parent to a transgender child.

How to be a supportive parent to a transgender child

A few other posts you might like to check out:

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Family Literacy Day & 5 Favourite Canadian Kids’ Authors

The Friendly Maritimer Myth – And Why It Matters For Parents


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