Compiled by Jenna Morton
Riverview’s 40th annual Winter Carnival wraps up this weekend. On Friday there’s a free Family Movie Night at the Community Hall on Lakeside Drive from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. There will be popcorn, treats, and prizes, along with Big Hero 6 on the big screen. (Big Hero 6 is an action-packed Disney comedy-adventure rated G.) Friday night is also the Geocachers Bonfire at Winter Wonderland Park. Starting at 7pm, join local geocachers for an evening of sliding and skating, a marshmallow roast and hot chocolate. This geocaching event can be logged as a “find” at www.geocaching.com (GC5JKNE).
Saturday, take in the Frozen Open skateboard competition at the skate park on Lakeside Drive. This annual event brings in some of the top skateboarders in the country, as it is the only major winter skateboard competition in the Atlantic region. Registration opens at 11, with the event getting underway at 12:30pm. The event is free to observe and refreshments will be provided by the Town of Riverview.
Saturday is also the North Pole Plunge at the Pat Crossman Memorial Aquatic Centre; a free family swim from 6pm-7:30pm.
The Town’s Kiddie Carnival scheduled for Sunday has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 22. (It will be held from 11:30am until 2:30pm at the Lakeside Drive Community Hall. The event includes inflatable bounces, games, prizes, face painting, and pizza. The cost is $5/child aged 3 to 12; adults and children under 2 are free.)
The annual Snowflake Skate, featuring a performance by the Riverview Royalty Intermediate Synchronized Skating team, has been cancelled. Check the Town’s website for the full schedule and cancellation information.
This weekend is also the annual Motorcylce & ATV Show at the Moncton Coliseum. There are exhibits and entertainment Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For details, check the event website. For ages 6 – 12, be sure to look into the Yamaha Riding Academy, where children can experience the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycle with certified instruction, the latest motocross gear, and a 15-minute riding session.
Dieppe’s Fun on Ice series continues on Friday, with Izzy and the Prohibition providing the entertainment. Gather at Place 1604 at 6:30pm for skating, bonfires, and hot chocolate. The band plays a mix of blues, Motown, and soul, covering artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, and more.
The Moncton SportsDome hosts open fun on Friday nights, from 6pm to 8pm. Parents get in free, kids under 5 are $10 each, $15 for those 6 and older. There are giant inflatables, games, and lots of activities.
The City of Moncton is supporting $2 public swims at the YMCA on Friday nights from 6:30-8:30pm, and on Sundays from 2:30pm-4:30pm; there are also other public swims available at different rates. The pool at St. Pat’s Family Centre in Moncton has weekend family swims, as does the Pat Crossman Memorial Aquatic Centre in Riverview and the Dieppe Aquatic Centre, which is scheduled to reopen this weekend.
Cineplex hosts its Family Favourites movie series on Saturday mornings. Admission is $2.99; showtime is 11am. This week you can hear Kermit croon ‘The Rainbow Connection’ on Valentine’s Day. The Muppet Movie will be playing at Cineplex Cinemas Dieppe.
The weekly drop-in craft at Michaels is a puzzle piece necklace. Cost is $2 per child for 30 minutes; ages 3 and up. Drop in starting at 10am; event finishes at noon.
The February kids workshop at Home Depot takes place on Saturday, between 10am and noon, and is free. Kids aged 4 to 12 are invited to build a heart box using hammer and glue.
There is also a craft included with admission to Resurgo Place on Saturdays; the drop-in craft area is open between 1pm and 4pm. The museum is open on Saturdays from 10am until 5pm, and from noon until 5pm on Sundays.
Bricks 4 Kidz is hosting a special Kidz Night Out on Saturday, from 5pm until 7pm. It takes place at the Kay Arena; use promo code 54D8B127E5C66 to receive a 15% discount when you register online. The evening is for children ages 4 and older; cost is $20. Included is motorized model builds, Lego based games, paper crafts, movies, group builds from large Lego sets, and self-directed free play, as well as a snack, juice box, and a make-and-take project.
Looking for a little something different to mark Valentine’s Day with the family? Check out Snider Mountain Ranch's Valentine’s Day WinterWest. There will be a meal available for purchase in the lodge (homemade lasagna, Caesar salad, cheesecake or s'mores, and beverage), free skating on the pond, snowshoeing on the trails, and a bonfire by the pond. There will be a free Western-theme photo booth, as well. There are also some couples trail rides available, but you should call to make reservations; fees apply for this activity. Snider Mountain Ranch, located near Sussex, is open to the public from noon until 5pm. Call 506-440-4101 for details.
On Sunday, the City of Moncton is hosting Snow Motion at Centennial Park. Everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon of skating, sliding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or walking in the trails; equipment rentals will be free during the event. There will also be sleigh rides around the park. For the latest on conditions in Moncton parks, including outdoor rinks, visit the City's website.
You can find out more about ongoing winter activities, including skating schedules and ski hill information, here.