Compiled by Jenna Morton
This weekend the Winter Carnival fun is in Salisbury! On Friday, there’s a Kids Carnival Day at the Boys and Girls Club; outdoor games and hot chocolate from 3pm to 5pm. (Parents must attend.) Starting at 6pm, there will be a skating party at the outdoor rink and dog sled rides (minimum $10 donation to the Moncton SPCA) provided by the NB Urban Mushing Team. There will also be hot chocolate for everyone at the Parks & Leisure building! On Saturday, head to Highland Park for Family Carnival Day – after you swing by the Lion’s Club for a pancake breakfast, served from 7am until 10am. At the park, there will be a snow sculpture contest, kids scavenger hunt, maple candy on the snow, snowball toss, sliding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, an Amazing Snowshoe Race for adults at 11 am, and free sleigh rides between noon and 3pm. There will also be free hot dogs and hot chocolate. When you’re finished taking in the fun, head back to the Lion’s Club for the Fiddle Doo and Potluck. The Doo begins at 2pm; bring a dish to share if you plan to stay for the potluck.
Dieppe’s Fun on Ice series continues on Friday, with musical guest Félix Belliveau. Gather at Place 1604 (behind City Hall) at 6:30pm for skating, bonfires, and hot chocolate. Next week will be the last in the series, with Les troisses performing.
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.
Fairlanes hosts Glow Bowling each Friday and Saturday night from 7pm until midnight.
Until March 7 the City of Moncton is supporting $2 public swims at the YMCA. The swims are on Friday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and on Sundays from 2:30pm to 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.
Riverview’s Byron Dobson Arena hosts a free parent & tot skate on Fridays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. This is followed by a free Child Skate (12 years and under) from 4pm to 5:15pm. The rink also hosts public skates on Saturday (3:45pm – 5:15pm) and Sunday (2:30pm – 4pm); cost is $2/adult, $1/child.
There are no indoor public skates in Moncton this weekend, due to tournaments. There are several open outdoor rinks (Centennial Park, Victoria Park, Mapleton Park, Riverfront Park, and City Hall); you can find details about the ice conditions updated online.
Free family public skating is held at the A.-J.-LeBlanc Centre in Dieppe on Sunday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm, as well as at the Centenaire Arena from 1pm to 2pm. (For skates during the week, please check the City’s schedule.)
The Crossman Community Centre/Kay Arena is open to ‘cruzers’ (strollers and walking aids) for indoor walking every day from 10:30am to 12:30pm. This is a free, drop-in session. There are also indoor walking drop-ins at the Moncton Coliseum (a bit more complicated schedule of availability) and the Moncton Sports Dome (Tuesday and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30pm).
Cineplex hosts its Family Favourites movie series on Saturday mornings. Admission is $2.99; showtime is 11am. This week The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie is coming to the Cineplex Cinemas Dieppe.
The weekly drop-in craft at Michaels is a tissue paper frame. Cost is $2 per child for 30 minutes; ages 3 and up. Drop in starting at 10am; event finishes at noon.
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.
Saturday is a great day to visit Resurgo Place; the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra will perform a special sneak preview of "A Dream of Dawn," part of their "Keeping Faith 1914 – 2014 First World War Commemorative Tour," which will be presented at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre at 7pm. There will also be presentations about New Brunswick’s role in the First World War, including an illustrated, bilingual lecture given by staff of UNB’s Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. The event takes place from 1pm to 2:30pm.
Every Saturday this winter, Snider Mountain Ranch (near Sussex) is hosting WinterWest, a great outdoor family experience. From 11am until 4pm enjoy skating and hockey on the large pond, go snowshoeing or cross country skiing on the trails, ride ponies in the indoor arena, and warm up in the lodge with snacks, hot chocolate, or coffee. There are also sleigh rides available, which must be booked in advance. All site activities, except for sleigh rides, are free.
Saturday marks the Greater Moncton Chinese Cultural Association’s annual Chinese New Year Celebration Gala. The evening includes cultural performances and a delicious buffet, and is open to the public. The Gala takes places at Bernice MacNaughton High School on Saturday, starting at 5pm. Children under 6 are free; non-member adults are $40 at the door.
Sunday is the 2nd Annual Abandoned Cat Rescue Winter Carnival. The event takes place between 11am and 4pm at Pawsitive Doggie Day Care. There will be live entertainment, kids games, silent auction, food court, yard sale, and more. Admission is free, but donations of cat food and litter are accepted.
On Sunday, the City of Moncton is hosting Snow Motion at Mapleton Park. Free snowshoe rentals will be available, as well as skating on the new rink near the Pavilion. The trails will also be groomed for walking. There will also be free hot chocolate! The event runs from 1pm to 4pm.
The Town of Riverview’s Kiddie Carnival (rescheduled from their 40th annual Winter Carnival) takes place Sunday 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 Moncton Wildcats will take part in a free skate and skills compeition at the Cap-Pele Arena on Sunday, starting at 1pm. Skate with the 'Cats, then watch the competition from 2pm – 3pm.
And a quick look ahead to an event being held next weekend, because you need to RSVP by Saturday, February 21. What Kids Need Moncton is holding a Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday, February 28, at 3pm. Each child attending gets to take home a stuffed animal, as well as participate in colouring, crafts, stories, and snacks.
Speaking of registering, there’s an infant massage workshop scheduled to take place at Bodywise Yoga on Sunday, February 22. The cost is $60, the session runs from 2pm to 3:30pm and will be led by Sasha Rooney, RMT and Doula. Registration and a deposit is due on Friday, February 20th.