Who’s ready for some family fun?! Here are some awesome ideas for things to do in the Greater Moncton Area between July 10 & 19, 2020 with the family.
PLACES TO GO
Strawberry U-Picks are open! You can find our list of local u-picks with links to their websites and Facebook pages to check times and availability here. Always check the day-of for conditions; sometimes rain or lack of it will impact openings.
Resurgo Place is open now Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am-4pm. They have lots of on-site self-directed activities, DIY craft kits, science demonstrations (riding on the hovercraft is something to experience!), and more.
The New Brunswick Railway Museum in Hillsborough is also open for the season, as is the Albert County Museum and the Hopewell Rocks. Make a day trip, or even an overnight with a stay at Broadleaf Ranch, where you can book their glamping units and outdoor adventures, such as horseback trail riding! Don’t forget to pop by the local shops and eateries, including checking out the Foods of the Fundy Valley for goodies like fresh, local strawberries.
The Magnetic Hill Zoo is open; there is a modified path you’ll have to follow and there are a limited number of tickets available each morning and afternoon. You should try to purchase online in advance to ensure your spot. And don’t forget the allure of a drive on Magnetic Hill!
The Go Karts and batting cages are open at The Boardwalk (Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-9pm) and the driving range is open seven days a week. The track is also operating at East Coast Karting; reach out to them if you’re interested in your child learning to drive.
Public Art never shuts down; take the family on a tour of the amazing murals and more around the GMA with this map.
Did you know that U.S. President Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month, with the third Sunday being National Ice Cream Day? Use our handy Guide to the Best Hard Ice Cream Spots in Greater Moncton to plan your own ice cream tour that day!
Riverview’s Indoor Skate Park is open; book online in advance, with spaces opening for each week on Sunday at 1pm.
Mystery Moncton Mystere is a great way to challenge your family’s cooperation and sleuthing skills; a new room just opened, too!
If you haven’t been to Room Escape Atlantic, check out their family-friendly rooms and hurry to book before July 20. They’ve been told they need to move, so get in now and show them your support!
If you’re looking for some board game fun, check out Bistro Le Moque-Tortue in Shediac; a lovely spot with games, escape rooms, and more fun for all ages.
Rainy day or just need some time inside? Check out DIY Studio for some creative fun.
Farmer Browns Greenhouse is inviting children (with guardians) to help plant this year’s children’s garden. You can plant beans & carrots, enjoy a pizza lunch, and take home a bean pot. $20/child; registration is required in advance. The event happens on the morning of Tuesday, July 14.
Shediac Paddle Shack is offering a Family Night specials on Saturdays; children 12 and under can have their rental 50% off when renting with their adult. (Book in advance.)
The Town of Sackville is promoting several busker performances this month; be sure to check out the schedule and plan a trip to visit the town. We’d suggest a visit to Tidewater Books, some time at Lillas Fawcett Park & Silver Lake, a walk around the Waterfowl Park, and of course some great food & treats!
Sunny Brae Baptist Church is holding a free virtual vacation bible school on Mondays until August 10; geared to ages four to 12.
The Hub City Drive-in, located at Solomon Gardens on the Salisbury Road, has single & double features Wednesdays through Sundays. Upcoming shows include:
Friday, July 10: Moana
Saturday, July 11: The Karate Kid
Sunday, July 12: Dirty Dancing
The Sussex Drive-In’s upcoming shows:
July 11 & 12: Inside Out & The Empire Strikes Back
July 17 – 19: E.T. & Ghostbusters
July 24 – 26: Jurassic Park & Jaws
Shediac’s Neptune Drive In ran into some technical issues with their projector lately; keep checking their page to see if things are up & running again!
Cineplex plans to re-open in July; watch their site for details.
NEW BRUNSWICK STAYCATION IDEAS
Looking to get away from the GMA for a day or two? Each week on our podcast we’re chatting with another local ambassador about what to see & do in their community; we’ve talked about hiking the Sussex Bluff, playing on the Miramichi waterfront, exploring the Jaquet River Gorge and Pabineau Falls, and so much more. Subscribe to the Pickle Planet Podcast on your favourite podcast app to always get our latest chats, or find all our past episodes here.
You might also want to plan a day trip to Sackville, Shediac, or Salisbury to enjoy their awesome playgrounds, beaches, and more. And don’t forget, the GMA is just a short drive from both Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park, with amazing beaches, trails, and more to explore on a day trip!
Need more inspiration? Check out our Summer Bucket List Bingo Cards! Full details here.
MARKETS & MORE!
Magnetic Hill Wharf Village is open; enjoy the take out, Murray’s Moose Ice Cream, and visit the gift shops.
The Moncton Market is open Saturdays from 8am until 1pm with vendors offering pre-packaged goods.
The Dieppe Market is offering a virtual market with on-site pick-up; you can find the details online – orders are accepted between Monday and Wednesday.
SPLASH PADS & PLAYGROUNDS
Did you notice the changes we made to our Playground Profiles section? Check the drop down menus; you can know easily find lists for Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview on their own – and all the playgrounds we’ve been to so far with splash pads! Did you know there are nearly 100 playgrounds in the GMA? It’s a labour of love to make it to all of them and share the details with you, but we’re trying!
We’re also working on creating a list of beaches and lakes you might want to visit within an hour or so drive of Moncton. We’d love to know your favourites in the comments!
You probably want to know about swimming pools, too, eh?
OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
The City of Moncton’s East End pool (35 Fergus Street) is scheduled to open this summer with swim times 11am-3pm and 4-7pm, with only 75 people per session (admission will be $2/person, free for those aged three and under). Centennial Park’s new beach is opening this summer, with sessions from 11am-3pm and 4-7:30pm, with 200 people per session allowed. (Admission will be $5/adult, $3/seniors and children ages three to 12 – under three is free.) Opening date is not yet confirmed, but the times were shared at a recent council meeting.
Salisbury Lions Pool is now open, with a maximum number of swimmers set at 24. Book your recreation swim time in advance, arrive with your swim suit on, and wear a mask while checking in at the admission desk, as it is a small space.
Petitcodiac‘s community pool is found at 23 Corey Ave and is opening during the weeks this summer, with some operational changes in place. A great spot for updated information is the community’s Recreation Department’s Facebook page.
The newly refurbished Lion Ken Gabbey Pool in Riverview is still expected to open this summer, though the Town has yet to share a date. The indoor pool is open for limited lane swims and will have socially-distanced recreational swims starting July 6.
Hillsborough’s heated outdoor public swimming pool is next to the village’s skate park and elementary school playground (7 School Lane) and can be reached by phone at 506-734-3702. An opening date for 2020 hasn’t been announced but seems to be in the works!
And if you’re up for spending money on the ultimate local splash experience, head to Magic Mountain. Even little ones can enjoy several features at the water park, including four slides at the Puddle Jumpers Pond, and a splash pad pirate ship, lighthouse, and whale. Tentative opening date for the SplashZone is July 5, with summer 2020 hours 10am-5pm. Various social distancing measures will be in place, including using the Kiddie Pool only as a slide pool; no wading. Admission must be purchased prior to arrival. Groups of tickets will be released about a week in advance, and there will be a single blended rate, regardless of height or group size.
Wishing you wonderful adventures with your family, wherever you choose to explore! Here are a few more posts you might enjoy, too.