Moncton Babywearers are meeting Friday morning from 10am until noon at the Prince Edward Park. Meet other parents who enjoy wearing their children, ask for help with your carrier, and try out new styles. Everyone welcome.
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.
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.
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.
The BMO Hockey Heroes Weekend is bringing a host of NHL alumni to town, raising funds and awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick. There’s round robin action on Saturday, with the Heart Heroes Game with all the alumni and the top fundraisers on Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets for the big game are $10.
What Kids Need Moncton is hosting a Spring Fair on Saturday at the Westbrook Circle Community Centre. The event runs 2:30pm until 4:30pm, with carnival games, bouncy castle, face painting, special guests, and more. The event is free; there will be snacks for purchase.
Head to the Moncton Lions Club on Saturday for the 3rd Parent and Me Expo, hosted by A Little Something for Everyone. The show runs 9am until 2pm; the first 50 entrants receive a gift bag with vendor information, samples, and a full size product from the company.
Looking for a little excursion? Head to the Alma Activity Centre for the Shop, Eat, Play Local event. A mix of pop-up shops, silent auctions, and entrepreneurs promoting their businesses.
The World’s ‘Largest’ Garage Sale is taking place at the Moncton Coliseum on Saturday from 9am until 3pm. Children 12 and under are free; more than 500 tables of treasures to peruse!
West Riverview School is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday. Stop by for a BBQ and test drive a Ford; every completed drive earns a $20 donation. There will be more than a dozen vehicles to choose from and no sales pitches.
The Moncton Public Library is showing Disney’s 101 Dalmatians on Saturday at 1pm in English, at 3pm in French. The library will provide the popcorn!
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 colourful paper fans. (Plan ahead: the next two weekends are Father’s Day themed!
Some of TV’s favourite tweens are on their way to Moncton for a show at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre at 3pm on Saturday. This variety show and concert features stars from Disney and Nickeloden shows including Liv and Maddie, Austin & Ally, Jessie, and Lab Rats.
The African Children’s Choir is performing at the Moncton Wesleyan Church on Sunday at 10:30am. Songs include well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals, and Gospel favourites. The tour supports education, care, and relief programs in several countries in Africa.
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); Saturdays from 1pm until 4pm are also ‘crafternoon’ time.
The Magnetic Hill Zoo is open every day from 9am until 7pm, and kids three and under are free. More details on admission rates available online. Hopewell Rocks is also open seven days a week from now until October. The province offers a great deal for exploring local museums; pick up a ‘passport to history’ for $20 per family. Valid for one year, the passport is good for one regular admission to each of the 15 museums in South-East New Brunswick.
And in case you missed it, Cabela’s opened in Moncton this week. There are lots of events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, from 11am until 3pm. Kids can take part in a scavenger hunt, get fishing and casting tips, check out the archery range, and test out the interactive game-calling station.