Compiled by Jenna Morton
We’re officially 125; Happy Birthday, Moncton! Celebrate Friday night with a free concert at Riverfront Park. Performances by Izzy and the Prohibition, Caroline Savoie, Chris Colepaugh, Andee, and Simple Plan. The show ends with fireworks over the Petitcodiac. The event is scheduled from 6pm until 10pm.
As part of the celebrations, there will be entertainment at the Moncton Market between 10am and noon (Ivan and Vivian Hicks and DansEncorps), a student showcase by the Capitol Theatre School of Performing Arts Capitol Theatre lobby (performances at 9:45am and noon), a Family Walk/Run event at Riverfront Trail at 1pm ($20/family, donated to Food Depot Alimentaire), and a presentation of Moncton’s Story at Bore Park from 3:30pm until 4:45pm, with the tidal bore arriving at 4:23pm.
On Sunday, head to the Magnetic Hill Zoo (10am until 4pm) for a ‘wild’ birthday party. Admission is just $1.25/person, with non-perishables donations accepted for Food Depot Alimentaire. There will also be a 12.5lm Heritage Ride starting at La Bikery at 1pm, and the grand opening of the Moncton125 exhibit at Resurgo Place (open noon till 5pm, opening at 1pm, admission $1.25/person).
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Trophy Tour will be in the City all weekend; stop by Riverfront Park to check it out (Friday 4pm to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm).
The Frye Festival is also underway this weekend, with KidsFest happening Saturday at the Moncton Public Library and the Blue Cross Centre Atrium. There are literary crafts, games and readings, plus writing workshops and Mascot Palooza from 9:30am until noon; momstown friend Ruth Ohi will be reading and signing books at 10:15am. Future vets might be interested in Sunday’s A Whale of a Time, a reading and book signing at the Magnetic Hill Zoo with veterinarian and author Andrew Peacock. The Zoo’s special Moncton125 admission rate is $1.25. Watch for events all week, including a reading by Moncton librarian-turned-author Nancy Cohen on Thursday at 10am at the Moncton Public Library.
Friday is open fun at the Moncton SportsDome; giant inflatables, games, and lots of activities. Runs from 5:30pm to 8pm. Parents get in free, kids under 5 are $10 each, $15 for those 6 and older.
The Dieppe Aquatic Centre holds public swims on Friday from 6pm until 7:55pm, Saturday from 3pm to 4:55pm and 6pm to 7:55pm (with the 22 meter inflatable wibit structure in the main pool), and on Sunday from 3pm to 4:55pm. A family of two adults and children is $16.
Non-members are welcome to public swims at the YMCA on Friday nights from 6:30pm until 8:30pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30pm until 4:30pm. Cost is $8 for adults, $5.50 for students, and $4.50 for youth; the family rate is $15.
Yard Sale season is starting up again; there’s a fundraising sale at the Cavalier Riding Club on Saturday from 8am until 2pm. There’s also a fundraiser for West Riverview Elementary School on Saturday; they’re asking folks to drop off bottles and clothing from 8am until noon. Contact 215-0162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have donations that need to be picked up.
Get creative with Colourfilled Saturdays for Children at the Dieppe Centre of Arts and Culture. This is an explorative painting class for children ages 5 to 12. Cost is $5 for one class; there are three one-hour classes each Saturday, starting at 9:30am. There is a limit of 10 students per class. Register at the Dieppe Arts and Culture Centre on Saturday.
Saturday is Play Day at Toys R Us, starting at 11am. There will be demonstrations, giveaways, and a LEGO Elves make and take.
The weekly drop-in craft at Michaels is a Mother’s Day Card. Cost is $2 per child for 30 minutes; ages 3 and up. Drop in starting at 10am; event finishes at noon.
Tidal Blast, a cheerleading competition, takes place Saturday at the Moncton Coliseum. Admission is $10/adult, $5/children, with those under 2 admitted free. There will be more than 1,000 competitors, some as young as 2 years old. Doors open at 8am, with performances beginning at 8:30am.
There’s also a dance competition taking place at Ecole Mathieu-Martin on Saturday, starting at 9am. This one features dancers ages five and up in jazz, hip hop, character, and lyrical. Admission is $12.
Cheer on the Moncton Wildcats on their playoff journey. They’ll face the Quebec Remparts at 4pm on Saturday at the Coliseum.
Dora the Explorer is back at the Capitol this weekend. She and Boots will Search for the City of Lost Toys at 1pm and 4pm on Sunday.
And a couple of notes about the week ahead:
The local LeLeche League is meeting at the YMCA on Monday from 10am until noon.
Kent Building Supplies on Trinity Drive is hosting a Kids Craft session on Saturday, May 2 at 10am. Participants will paint a bird house, but pre-registration is required, as there are only 20 spots available. Contact the store for more information.