Compiled by Jenna Morton
Dieppe’s Fun on Ice series wraps up this Friday, with musical guest Les troisses. Gather at Place 1604 (behind City Hall) at 6:30pm for skating, bonfires, and hot chocolate.
Friday is open fun at the Moncton SportsDome; giant inflatables, games, and lots of activities. Runs from 5:30pm to 8pm (note the new, earlier start time!). 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.
Pretend it’s summer and take a dip in the pool! 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.
Stick with the season and lace up your skates. The Byron Dobson Arena in Riverview has 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.
Friday’s are free for public skating in Moncton. There’s a Parent & Tot skate at the Red Ball Centre from 10am to 11am. At the Kay Arena, the Parent & Tot skate is from 10:15am until 11:15am, with a free public skate from 3:30pm until 4:30pm. Check the rinks schedules for other public skates over the weekend.
Don’t forget Moncton’s outdoor rinks (Centennial Park, Victoria Park, Mapleton Park, Riverfront Park, and City Hall); you can find details about the ice conditions updated daily online.
On Friday at Dieppe’s Centenaire Arena it’s a free skating session for preschoolers with sticks from 11:45am until 12:45pm, and a free family skate from 3:30pm until 4:30pm. There’s another free family skate on Sunday from 1pm to 2pm. Free family public skating is held at the A.-J.-LeBlanc Centre in Dieppe on Sunday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm.
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. For more on indoor walking options, check out our previous blog post.
The last Saturday of the month is English storytime at the Dieppe Public Library. For February, March, and April, the session is held from 11am until noon with David Collette. Parents must attend; registration is required either in person or by phoning 877-7945.
Dinosaur lover in the family? The Land Before Time is this week’s Family Favourites movie at Dieppe Cineplex. Saturday morning, $2.99; showtime is 11am. (Looking to get out to a movie with a little one during the week? Check out the Stars and Strollers program.)
The weekly drop-in craft at Michaels is a personalized door hanger. 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.
The last Saturday of the month is Movie Day at the Moncton Public Library. This month is Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on the big screen. Movie starts at 1pm; the library promises popcorn.
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 Winter Carnival in Petitcodiac. Join local families from 10am until 2pm at the far end of Maple Street for sliding, sleigh rides, snow candy, and hot chocolate. A BBQ will be available from 11am until 1pm, with hot dogs and burgers. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for the PRS Playground Committee.
Mix it up this Sunday with an afternoon with DJ Bones. The Kids POP Party is a chance for the whole family to warm up with a dance party Sunday, March 1, at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre. The event is a fundraiser for a little girl named Olivia, who recently lost her mother. It's $20 a family, or $10 per adult and $2 for children ages 3 and up. (Babies and children up to age 2 are free; also, contact the organizers if cost is a concern, as the intent is for this to be an inclusive event). Doors open at 2pm; event runs until 5pm.
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. 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.