Compiled by Jenna Morton
Summer is coming! One sure sign: the drive-in is open! Neptune Drive In in Shediac opens this weekend, with Cinderella and Avengers: Age of Ultron on the double bill. The shows begin at dusk, so after 8:30pm. The same movies are playing Friday and Saturday at the Sussex Drive In as well.
The Centre for Arts and Education is presenting Sleeping Beauty: The Musical at the Moncton Wesleyan Centre. Performances are Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 1pm.
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.
Burn off some energy earlier in the day 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.
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.
Take the family swimming! 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.
Dieppe’s Children’s Festival is on this weekend, with events taking place at the Arthur J LeBlanc Centre on Saturday and Sunday. Many activities require pre-registration, but there are events each day from 1pm until 4pm that are open and free of charge. The events are geared to children ages 3 to 12, with experiences in yoga, dance, geocaching, science, and more.
On Saturday, join the community in planting 125 trees along Hildegard Drive between 9am and 11am. (Sign up online to reserve a planting spot.) Bring the young ones out for a Children’s Thank You Bike Parade for First Responders. Parade meets at the corner of Mailhout and Hildeguard at 11:30am sharp; decorate your bikes! An official Thank You happens at noon; there will also be live music and kids’ activities from 10am until 1pm, and a BBQ from 11:30am until 1pm.
The Magnetic Hill Home and School Association is hosting its 3rd Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday. The group promises their “biggest bounce house yet,” a silent auction that allows you to throw a pie at a teacher, lots of games, crafts, EMS tours, an SPCA display, a canteen, and a cake walk.
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.
Stop by Michaels for their drop-in craft on Saturday. The cost is $2 per child, for ages 3 and up. Sessions start each half hour from 10am until 11:30pm. This week’s project is red and white craft stick flags.
Moncton’s museum, Resurgo Place, is open seven days a week until Labour Day. There are science-based demonstrations on Saturday (11am until 4pm) and Sunday afternoons (1pm until 4pm); this weekend’s topic is surface tension, explored through capturing water in a net. Saturdays from 1pm until 4pm are also ‘crafternoon’ time.
Hopewell Rocks is also open seven days a week from now until October — and Sunday is free admission with a donation to the Shepody Food Bank. The Rocks will be open from 9am until 5pm. There will be a touch tank by the Huntsman Marine Science Centre and the launch of Kevin Snair’s book Bay of Fundy’s Hopewell Rocks.
Looking for a low-cost, laid back idea? Pack a picnic and discover a new playground or park, or rediscover an old favourite, with our guide to outdoor spaces in Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe.