Compiled by Jenna Morton
Moncton is a hockey town – and this weekend, you can help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hockey Canada with the Century Tour. The tour caravan will be set up in the parking lot of the Mountain Road Canadian Tire all weekend (Friday 3pm to 6pm; Saturday 11am to 5pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm). The tour includes features showcasing the history of Hockey Canada, a video wall showing defining moments in hockey history, a Shoot to Score green screen that puts you in the middle of those moments, a chance to wear Team Canada gear and have your photo taken, a rink for skating, and lots of games.
Friday & Saturday Fun
It’s LEGO time! Head to the Shediac Multipurpose Centre Friday (6pm – 9pm) and Saturday (10am – 4pm) for a free LEGO & Robotic exhibition hosted by the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Novalug Club.
Grab a latte and wrap up March Break at Chapters; Friday at 11 is hands-on fun using Klutz activity kits. Contact the store to reserve your spot. Head over to Toys R Us between 1pm and 3pm and build Olaf out of Play Doh. The store’s website suggests the events are for ages 5 and up; no purchases necessary, but there are limited quantities.
Burn off some energy with free Open Gym time at the Crossman Community Centre-Kay Arena this Friday from 10:30am until 4pm. You can also take advantage of the daily ‘cruzers’ (strollers and walking aids) time on the track from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Have you checked out the Indoor Skatepark and Youth Centre in Riverview? A full indoor skateboard park, a multi-purpose youth centre, video game area, interactive games, and a resource library. There’s a free all ages skate this Friday from 2pm until 10pm.
Friday is open fun at the Moncton SportsDome; giant inflatables, games, and lots of activities. Runs from 6pm 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.
Join Roland et Monsieur Crapaud for a family concert at the Monument-Lefebvre in Memramcook. The show will introduce their new friend Babalou, freshly arrived from Louisiana. $10 a ticket, on sale at the Monument Lefebvre (758-9808). The show begins at 2pm.
Saturday is a super day to visit Scholar's Choice; The store is decorated with a Supehero theme, along with lots of activities: make a Spiderman web, a Superhero mask, play 'Catch the Villian' and more.
Books, Movies, and Crafts
Friday at the Moncton Library is Movie Day; Big Hero 6 will be shown in English at 10am and 3pm, and in French at 1pm. Saturday is Robert Munsch Day, with stories and activities relating to the author’s works starting at 10am. This event is geared to children ages 5 and up.
Help a leprechaun find his pot of gold at the Dieppe Public Library Friday and Saturday. The scavenger hunt is a drop-in activity, available during regular hours with no registration required. The clues are geared to school-aged children. Friday is movie day; it’s Planes: Fire and Rescue in English with French subtitles at 10:30am, and Guardian of the Galaxy (in French, with English subtitles) at 2pm.
Friday is the last day of the March Break Toonie Matinees at Cineplex at Trinity Drive. The movies are Annie (showtime 10:10am), Mr. Peabody and Sherman (10:50am), Rio 2 (9:50am and 11:10am), and The Pirates (10:30am).
This week’s Family Favourites movie at Dieppe Cineplex is The Book Of Life. Saturday morning, $2.99; showtime is 11am. (Looking to get out to a movie with a little one? Check out the Stars and Strollers program.)
The weekly drop-in craft at Michaels is a windsock. 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 Friday and Saturday. The drop-in craft area is open between 1pm and 4pm; Friday is Rocket Boats, and Saturday is Cloud in a Bottle. 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.
Swimming, Skating, and Outdoor Fun
Swim at the YMCA for $2 on Friday night (6:30pm – 8:30pm) and Sunday (2:30pm – 4:30pm); these are the last in a series of Twoonie Swims sponsored by the City of Moncton. Family swims are held at St. Pat’s on Friday (6pm – 7:30pm), Saturday (6pm – 7:30pm), and Sunday (4pm – 5pm).The Pat Crossman Memorial Aquatic Centre in Riverview has family swims on Friday (4pm – 6pm), Saturday (2:30pm – 4pm), and Sunday (1:30pm – 3pm). The Dieppe Aquatic Centre will hold three public swims daily this weekend (10am – 11:25am, 2pm – 3:55pm, and 6pm – 7:25pm).
On Friday night, you can skate on the outdoor rink at Place 1604, while the Big Bad Marty Band entertains on stage. There will be bonfires and hot chocolate.
Time is running out for skating under the open sky. You can check conditions for Moncton’s outdoor rinks (Centennial Park, Victoria Park, Mapleton Park, Riverfront Park, and City Hall) online; Dieppe also maintains two outdoor rinks at Rotary St-Anselme Park (one for skating, one for hockey and ringette); check online for conditions. And don’t forget the rink at Riverview’s Winter Wonderland Park.
Shediac’s Festival Arena has free public skating on Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am and a free skate Saturday from 6:25pm to 7:25pm. There is also skating at the outdoor rinks in Pascal Poirier Park, Jubilee Park, and Ourson Park.
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. All site activities, except for sleigh rides (must be reserved in advance), are free.
Saturday is Family Day at Beech Hill Park in Sackville; skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and hot chocolate from 1pm to 3pm.
On Sunday there’s a toonie skate at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre in Sackville, from 3pm until 4pm; check out the centre’s website for other skates during the week.
Any day is a good day for a family sliding adventure. Check out the municipally approved toboggan runs at Centennial Park in Moncton, Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe, and at Riverview’s Winter Wonderland Park. There’s also a giant slide at Pascal Poirier Park in Shediac. You can also visit the Ski Hut at Centennial Park to rent youth and adult snow shoes and cross country ski equipment; there are also trails open for skiiers and shoers in Rotary St-Anselme Park in Dieppe.