Compiled by Jenna Morton
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.
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.
A local group for youth with Celiac Disease and gluten intolerances are holding a ‘Backwards Breakfast’ on Friday evening. Wear your PJs and enjoy gluten free pancake kabobs, miniature omelettes, and bacon pancakes! (And looking ahead, the Moncton chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association will be holding a Gluten Free Fair on June 20.)
The Riverview Skatepark is holding an all-ages skate from 3pm until 10pm on Friday, with a pool tournament starting at 7pm. Admission is $3.50 for those 11 and under, $5 for those 12 and up. Helmet rentals are $4.
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.
Got a kid who loves to dress up? An avid graphic novel fan? Then head to the 3rd Annual East Coast Comic Expo taking place this weekend at the Red Ball Internet Centre. This is an all-ages convention celebrating comic books and comic book culture, filled with vendors, writers, and illustrators. Doors open to the public at 10am on Saturday; the Costume Contest Masquerade is at 1:30pm.
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.
Book a shopping playdate! Kids can make knotted friendship bracelets at the drop-in craft room at Michaels while you browse the store. The cost is $2 per child, for ages 3 and up. Sessions start each half hour from 10am until 11:30pm.
Perhaps you’re just looking to get out and enjoy some family time? Discover a new playground or park, or rediscover an old favourite. Here’s our guide to outdoor spaces in Moncton, Riverview, and Dieppe. Or maybe you just need some inspiration to create your own family fun — backyard camp out, geo-caching, letting the kids pick the meals, and more ideas are shared here.
The weather might not be quite warm enough for a beach day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t 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.
Planning ahead? Shediac’s Neptune Drive-In opens next Friday, May 22. On the bill: Cinderella and The Avengers. And if you’re more of a Sleeping Beauty fan, the Centre for Arts and Education presents the musical version Friday and Saturday.