Welcome to the weekend everyone – and to February!! Hard to believe, eh? In case you forgot, Sunday is Groundhog Day! Click our post for a quick craft idea and links to some popular groundhogs to check out.
So, good news first: it looks like it’s going to warm up a bit this weekend AND we’re going to get some great snow for enjoying all the upcoming Winter Carnivals! Bad news: weather changes in the winter sometimes mean events get postponed or cancelled before we can update this list, so this is your friendly weekly reminder to click through to the source links
Also 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 park conditions (for outdoor skating, sliding hills, etc.) are updated daily on Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview’s websites.
Now, on to the big events this weekend!
It’s Winter Carnival season, with festivals happening in Alma, Shediac, and Petitcodiac this weekend. Here are some highlights:
In Alma, the village’s snow sculpting contest begins on Friday night, along with a skating party. Saturday there’s more skating, kids’ games at 2pm, and announcing the snow sculpture winners. Sunday there’s a sliding party planned and lots of skating again!
Petitcodiac kicks off with a children’s dance Friday night, then Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast, the there are outdoor activities at Maple Street Park from noon until 3pm (skating, sliding, sleigh rides, maple candy, and treats for sale as a fundraiser), a chili cook-off in the afternoon. Keep it going with a free public skate Sunday afternoon!
Shediac’s Winter Carnival includes a family snowshoe adventure (there will be clues to solve!) in Ourson Park on Friday night, Saturday’s events include the annual smelt ice fishing contest (winner is the one who catches the most!), a kids’ paint night, and a great night of fun at Pascal Poirier Park with skating, sliding, and music by Stephen Leblanc (starting at 7pm)!
Memramcook kicks off Rendez-vous d’hiver this weekend; it’s a month full of winter fun! Highlights this weekend include a figure skating ice show Saturday night and Sunday’s Place à la jeunesse, a musical show at the Golden Age Club at 2pm.
The 9th annual C103 & New Country 96.9 Radiothon for The Moncton Hospital takes place Friday, on air and in the lobby of the hospital from 6am until 6pm. Last year I joined the broadcast to share our story of the incredible care we received from the Maternal Fetal and NICU staff at the hospital seven years ago with our twins. You can donate online www.friendsfoundation.ca/donate.
The Moncton Wildcats host the Shawinigan Cataracts Friday night.
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.
St Andrews Presbyterian Church is hosting a community breakfast.
Enjoy Constructive Destruction time at Resurgo Place. Bring in something or use the parts on hand to explore how items are made.
The Moncton Wildcats host the Charlottetown Islanders on Saturday afternoon.
The $2.99 Family Favourite at Cineplex is Arctic Dogs.
February is Black History Month – what better way to kick it off than attending the 4th Annual Afro Cultures from Here event at Dieppe’s Rotary Park! Starting at 3pm, there will be food, music, dancing, fashion, story telling and all kinds of amazing activities to celebrate the African-rooted cultures that are present in our community!
Bass Pro is holding free ice fishing seminars & kids’ casting activities at the store, starting at 10am.
YMCA public swim is 2:30-4:30pm; family rate for non-members is $15 plus tax.
Shediac Arena offers free skating on Saturday nights from 6:35-7:35pm.
It’s another DJ Bones Skate Night at the Ian Fowler Oval! Bring your family and friends for a great night!
The Moncton Lions Club hosts a community breakfast on Sunday morning.
The Moncton Library always has lots of great community programming, including this weekend’s Ukrainian story time at 10am!
The annual Wildcats Skills Competition is happening Sunday morning at the Byron Dobson rink in Riverview. You can skate with the players, too – and it’s all free!
Mariposa Skating is offering free lessons on Sunday mornings at the Ian Fowler Oval.
The City of Moncton is also offering some free winter fun this Sunday (and Feb 16) at Centennial Park. You can try cross-country skiing & snowshoeing for free (10am-4pm).
YMCA public swim is 2:30-4:30pm – and today it’s just $2 for non-members!
EOS and Ducks Unlimited are celebrating World Wetlands Day on Sunday with a guided wetlands tour at the Beaubassin Research Centre.
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, you can skate for free at Dieppe’s AJL Centre from 2-3pm, and public swimming at the aquatic centre (which kids love with the pirate ship and inflatables!).
Memramcook has free skating from 11:30am-12:25pm. You can find a full listing of indoor & outdoor family skating options in the Greater Moncton Area here.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! And stay tuned for lots more winter carnival fun coming your way from Pickle Planet and our partner, Riverview Winter Carnival. Did you catch our Facebook live chat this week? Tune in to this week’s podcast for more on Riverview’s Indoor Skateboard Park & Youth Centre, as well as some of the snowshoe adventures happening during the 45th event, February 7-16. (Keep an eye out on Pickle Planet’s Facebook & Instagram accounts on Monday, too – you might just get some behind-the-scenes action of me trying out the trails!)