Compiled by Jenna Morton
Star Wars fan in the house? Check out Hub City Theatre’s latest endeavour: a staged reading of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The theatre company’s artistic director told the Times & Transcript it will be presented like "an old-time radio play," without costumes and props, just showcasing vocal talents. The presentation begins at 7:30pm on Friday, May 1, at the Moncton Peace Centre. Admission is $5.
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 Moncton Kennel Club Dog Show takes place at the Moncton Coliseum this weekend, with events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day! Head to The Comic Hunter (Moncton) for lots of fun: a BBQ starting at 10am, a costume contest from 10am until 11:30am, giveaways, sales, and local artists. Each person can walk away with 10 free comics! The shop will also be accepting donations to the Moncton Public Library during the celebration; The Comic Hunter will match all donations, with the funds going to help the library expand its graphic novel section.
Free Comic Book Day is also being celebrated at GameZilla in Moncton. There will be free comics, sales, a costume contest, and guests. A group from Birchmount School will hold a BBQ at the shop from 11am until 2pm, with Berkley the Bear and face painters as well.
Families who’ve spent time in the NNICU (neonatal intensive care unit) are invited to a picnic (BYOP – bring your own picnic) at the Lodge at Mapleton Park on Saturday. The free event runs from 10am until 2pm. There will be cake, a ‘then and now’ wall, and local organizations and authors who deal with prematurity. The picnic is part of international Parents of Preemies Day events and is an opportunity for family and friends of preemies of any age, as well as their caregivers, to connect and celebrate their shared experience.
Waldrand Kinder School, a new preschool/independent school offering a variety of programs inspired by Waldorf philosophies, is holding an Open House on Saturday. The event runs from 2pm until 5pm. The school also hosts workshops and camps.
The 34th annual Moncton Miniature and Doll Show and Sale takes place Saturday at the Dan Bohan Center in Riverview. Children 10 and under are free, admission for others is $3. The show runs from 10am until 5pm.
The Frye Festival wraps up this weekend. Of interest to the younger crowd: a Budding Writers event at the Delta Beausejour on Saturday at 2pm. Students in Grades 5 through 8 will share poetry and prose.
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.
Make a Mother’s Day wood frame on Saturday, May 2 at Michael’s. The cost is $2 per child; the craft takes up to 30 minutes and is aimed at ages 3 and older. The drop-in craft room is open from 10am until noon.
Kent Building Supplies on Trinity Drive is hosting a Kids Craft session on Saturday 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.
Learn about fire safety at the Salisbury Fire Department’s Open House on Sunday. Drop by between 11am and 5pm for a BBQ, a chance to check out the trucks, talk to the Village’s firefighters, and order a new civic (911 sign) number board.
Perhaps you want to take the family for a dip in the pool this weekend? 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.