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Summer Bucket List

This summer I want to help highlight all the amazing things to do in New Brunswick. Let’s make the most of summer before we’re back to the regular routine of work, school, and daycare.

If you have things to add to the Summer Bucket List for NB, please send me a message and I’ll add to the list.

 Saint John, New Brunswick and Surrounding Area

1. Check out Brunswick Nurseries in Quispamsis. Here you will find baby pigs, goats, a cow, horse, donkey, peacocks, chickens and bunnies. Just bring your own treats such as small carrots, cut up apples etc and you can feed them.
2. Pool day at the Quispamsis qplex.
3. Visit the Quispamsis Ultimate Dreamland Playground at Fairvale Elementary School, 11 School Ave, Rothesay.
4. Hike the Irving Nature Park (Squirrel trail 1.4 kms is the perfect length for younger children).
5. Burn off any leftover energy at the Children’s Forest Playground and cedar hedge maze located on Sand Cove Road just before the Irving Nature Park.
6. Explore Rockwood Park hiking trails and playground, take a swim or grab a bite to eat at the Lily Lake Pavilion. Rockwood Park also has outdoor movies every Monday night. View schedule here.
7. Swim in the ocean at New River Beach, New Brunswick, one of the most beautiful beaches around. Sand Sculpture contest is July 27th, event page here.
8. Visit Village of St. Martins Caves and hike The Fundy Trail (lots of kid-friendly hikes and beautiful waterfalls) if you’re feeling adventurous book a campsite and spend a few days in nature at Fundy National Park.
9. Walk on the ocean floor at the iconic The Hopewell Rocks.
10. Hike down to Black Beach in Lorneville.
11. Cool off uptown at the Rainbow Park Splash Pad.
12. Walk Harbour Passage (wagon and stroller friendly) and explore Uptown Saint John & the Saint John City Market.
13. Go for a walk at the Little River Reservoir (the Rez) off Loch Lomond Road.
14. If the weather isn’t co-operating visit Bowlarama Saint John on the Westside for a string of bowling, laser tag or try your hand in the arcade. They are a participant of the Kids Bowl Free program participant (if you register kids can bowl 2 free games for every day of the summer)
15. Check out the Fit Rocks Climbing Gym Saint John.
16. Sign out some books from the Saint John Free Public Library and visit the children’s play area.
17. Do the Breakout Saint John  Clue Hunt

Sussex, New Brunswick
1. O’Connell Park Splash Pad & Playground.

2. Take in the Sussex Flea Market.
3. Catch a movie at the Sussex Drive-in.
4. Atlantic Balloon Fiesta September 7th – 9th.

Fredericton, New Brunswick Area
1. Pack a picnic for the Wilmont Park Splash Pad and Playground.
2. Go back in time when you visit Kings Landing, New Brunswick.
3. Go camping at Hartt Island Campground Ltd. or get a day pass to enjoy the tropical pool area.
4. Spend a rainy afternoon at the Enchanted Woods Play Cafe Inc.
5. Camp out at Mactaquac Provincial Park.
6. Check out the Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market and The Northside Market.
7. View the exhibits at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
8. Explore Science East.
9. Drop by the Country Pumpkin.

Moncton, New Brunswick Area
1, Visit Centennial Park (Moncton) Splash Pad & Playground.
2. Check out the Zoo de Magnetic Hill Zoo.
3. Have some family fun splashing at Magic Mountain.
4. Rainy afternoon at the Play Cafe.
5. Visit New Brunswick’s largest indoor play space Hop! Skip! Jump! Indoor Play Space Moncton.

Pickle Planet Moncton is the expert on all family fun things happening in Moncton, be sure to check out her page.

St. Andrews by-the-Sea
1. Explore the St. Andrews Farmers’ Market and shops that line the streets.
2. The kids will love the wooden playground at the Vincent Massey Elementary School at 166 Frederick Street.
3. If you’re looking to stay overnight and want to feel like you’re in a Castle, I’d recommend checking out the historic Algonquin Resort, Autograph Collection (kids eat free here and they have both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool)
4. Enjoy the beautiful scent of flowers at the Kingsbrae Garden.
5. Huntsman Marine Science Centre / Fundy Discovery Aquarium is awesome. It features a touch pool that is loved by everyone.

Grand Manan Island
1. Camp at Anchorage Provincial Park & Campground or Hole-In-The-Wall Park and Campground
2. Hike to the Swallow Tail Lighthouse.  
3. Browse the weekly Farmers Market on Saturdays from  10 am – 12 pm
4. Attend the two day Summers End Folk Festival, August 17th & 18th.

Wondering what you need to pack for all these summer adventures? Everything Unscripted by the Moncton Coupon Lady has an awesome Summer Road Trip Check List.

If your favourite New Brunswick destination is not listed here, or if you know of a family-friendly event happening this summer that we should check out, please send me a message.  Let’s celebrate all that New Brunswick has to offer!#GrowingUpNB


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Network of Moms is partnering with some amazing New Brunswick parenting bloggers to help highlight all the great things there are to do in our beautiful province, and why it’s such a great place to raise our families. Click the image for links to their pages.

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