Compiled by Jenna Morton
(Photo from Tourism New Brunswick website)
Homeschoolers are invited to join together at the Moncton Public Library from 2pm to 4pm on Friday afternoon. The monthly meeting (third Friday of the month) includes computer class, storytime, geography, history, math, educational iPad apps, crafts, and more. For more information, contact 869-6036.
Burn off some energy with Parent & Tot free Open Gym time at the Crossman Community Centre-Kay Arena on Fridays from 10:30am until noon. You can also take advantage of the daily 'cruzers’ (strollers and walking aids) time on the track from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The Open Gym is available to children (with adult supervision) from Kindergarten to Grade Five from 2:15pm until 3:30pm.
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.
Break out your neon and white gear and head to Fairlanes for Glow Bowling each Friday and Saturday night from 7pm until midnight. Between 4pm and 6pm you can bowl for $5, including shoe rental – and ‘bumper bowling’ is available. Bumper bowling is also available at Parklane Bowling in Riverview.
Briggs Maples in Riverview is holding its 5th anniversary celebration this weekend; bring the kids by on Saturday for taffy on the snow from noon to 3pm for just $1, and birthday cake from 11am until 1pm. There are also in-store specials.
Kids love stacking cans, so inspire them with a trip to Champlain Place to see this year's entries in the Canstruction competition. Displays will be up throughout the weekend.
Dance fans can head to Sackville this weekend as Mount Allison’s Dance Society presents its Annual Spring Show. Hip Hop, Jazz, Street Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, and Celtic performed by Dance Society, Varsity Dance, and Sackville's Perpetual Motion Dance Studio. Tickets are $10; showtimes are Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm.
Calling all Knights! There are still seats available for Mike the Knight's Great Scavenger Hunt, being presented at the Capitol on Saturday. Show begins at 1pm; tickets are $35.
This week’s Family Favourites movie at Dieppe Cineplex is Fantastic Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, directed by Wes Anderson). The movie starts at 11am, admission is $2.99.
Special occasion coming up? Have the kids make crayon resist cards at the weekly drop-in craft at Michaels. Cost is $2 per child for 30 minutes; ages 3 and up. Drop in starting at 10am; event finishes at noon. From 1pm until 4pm, there is a family craft time project in the store; for $10 per shirt, you can create an Easter t-shirt with a cottontail bunny.
There is also a craft included with admission to Resurgo Place on Saturday. The drop-in craft area is open between 1pm and 4pm. There’s also the ongoing exhibit, A Perfect Match: Sports vs Science, which is a great way to get everyone moving. Check the museum website for admission prices and hours.
Looking for some locally-made products for your little one? There will be lots on display at the Moncton Crafter’s ‘Everyday is a crafting day’ Fair. Saturday, 9am to 4pm at the Moncton Lion’s Club; admission is $1, children are free. There will be face painting!
Big Hearts Small City is holding an Ice Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday. Come out to the old Moncton High School parking lot between 10am and 2pm to take part or watch. It's $10/person to participate; $5 for kids 12 and under. Come as a team of four, or play as an individual.
The Petitcodiac and District Figure Skating Club is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an Ice Show on Saturday. The show will be performed at 2pm and 7pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and preschoolers are free.
RC fan? Children and adults are invited to bring their remote control vehicles to the Boys and Girls Club of Dieppe on Saturday afternoon (12:30pm to 2:30pm) to use the ramps in the gym.
Saturday is the last Wildcats game of the regular season, facing off against the Charlottetown Islanders at 4pm. Enjoy Fan Appreciation Night!
There is lots going on at Poley Mountain this weekend, including their last Family Ski/Snowboard night of the season on Saturday. From 4pm to 9pm, lift tickets and rentals for two adults and two children (under 18) is $99 and tax. (Tickets only is $49.) There’s also a Corporate Charity Challenge on Saturday and the annual Tele-Fest and Rail Jam on Sunday.
Saturday is the regular pancake breakfast at the Lakeville Community Centre, hosted by the Lakeville Lions' Club. Cost is $6 per person, $3 for children under 6; runs 8am until noon.
With Spring comes Maple season! The City of Moncton runs its own sugar bush, offering free Pails to Pipeline tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm, and during the week by request. Call the City at 381-4285 to make arrangements. The Moncton Sugar Camp is near Turtle Creek.
On Saturday, bring your appetites and your rubber boots to Stilesville's Pancake & Pure Maple Syrup Brunch. From 8am until 1pm you can enjoy buckwheat and buttermilk pancakes (made with local flour and dairy), pure maple syrup, sausages from Rinzler Meats, home-baked beans, rolls from Brothers Bakery, homemade sweets, coffee and tea – and a visit to the Maple Sugar Camps. Cost is $10 adults, $5 for kids under 12. The brunches are scheduled for March 21, March 28, April 4, and April 11.
The Trites Family Sugar Bush offers free guided tours, all-you-can-eat buckwheat pancakes, wood-fire baked beans in maple syrup, sausages maple syrup, camp coffee, tea or juice, and all-you-can-eat taffy. Open dates for 2015 are March 17 to April 22, with breakfasts served Saturdays and Sundays from 9am until 3pm. The camp produces syrup, sugar, butter, and hard candy.
For more on maple fun in our area, check out our post on the topic.
Cloth diapering or thinking about it? (Read one momstown mom’s journey to cloth here.) Lollipops and Gumdrops is hosting its first swap & shop on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. It’s a free event, you can buy gently used products directly from other parents or new items in the store at a 10% discount. (And even if you’re not into cloth – you’re still welcome to come shop the store, a Sunday luxury!)
Princesses will be gathering downtown on Sunday, with the Children's Wish Foundation's Princess Tea Party taking place in the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza. Plans for the event include a tea party, princess beauty parlour, entertainment, silent auction, magic, balloon animals, story time corner, face painting, lots of princesses, and the King and Queen! Tickets are $32 each; adults must purchase a ticket and accompany children. The drawbridge opens at 12:30, activities begin at 1pm. The drawbridge will close at 4pm.
And looking ahead (because you need to RSVP by Saturday, March 21), there’s a free Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28. It’s being hosted by What Kids Need Moncton and will include door prizes, Easter stuffies, an egg hunt, colouring, and crafts.