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Rainy Days in Fredericton

Rainy Days in Fredericton “Top 10 List”

Picture this: It’s summer, but it’s raining outside. You groan inwardly thinking “What are we going to do today?” Never fear…Rainy Days in Fredericton are far from boring!! This is my “top 11” list of things to do on less-than-sunny days:

1.Beaverbrook Art Gallery
703 Queen St, Tel: 458-2028
pend the morning or afternoon perusing the great collections at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.  Browse on your own, or take advantage of a summer drop in tour beginning Canada Day! Either way, it’s a great way to delve into the world of art in its many forms. Encourage your kids to bring a sketch pad and pencil and attempt to recreate what they see!

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

2. Our Public Libraries
12 Carleton St, Tel: 460-2800/324 Fulton Ave, Tel: 453-3241
Fredericton is blessed with 2 great libraries. Our downtown library has been recently renovated to accommodate lots of great spaces for kids.  Hanging out at the library is a great way to relax during the summer months, and it’s an even greater option if the weather is wet!  There’s always something going on at the library, check with them to find out what’s going on!

Fredericton Public Library

3. Science East Science Shows & Toonie Saturdays
668 Brunswick St, Tel: 357-2340 | Admission
Science East has always been a great venue anytime, for adults and kids!  It is full of interactive exhibits and here’s a tip: the kids won’t even know that they are learning  something! For the budding scientists, science shows will take place weekly at 11am and 2pm and weekends at 2pm (tip: they are interactive, so encourage your child to participate, that’s when the best learning happens!) If you happen to be at the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market on a Saturday, why not drop in to Science East (market door entrance) and get a great deal with only a $2 entrance fee? From June to August, 10 am – 1pm. Pretty good bargain, I would say! They’re also offering their Sensational Sundays throughout the summer with demos. Tel: 457-2340 Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 12-4pm

Science East Science Show

4. Kingswood Entertainment
1700 Kingswood Way, Hanwell, Tel: 444-9503
Besides all of the cool arcade games, playclimber and laser tag, Kingswood has “10 Buck Bowling” (one lane for an hour, 4 bowlers/lane, shoes not included) all summer long!  Don’t forget that Kingswood also has a 45 foot inflatable obstacle course!

Kingswood Entertainment Centre

5. Clay Café
356 Queen St, Tel: 474-8003
This café is New Brunswick’s first “paint-your-own” pottery studio.  It is a great spot to be creative, with over 300 difference kinds of pieces to choose from.  Located at 356 Queen Street, no reservations are needed.  Tip: all pieces take anywhere from 5-7 days to allow for glazing and kiln firing (that’s how you get that “glossy” finished product look!).  Weekends tend to be quite busy, so get there early or choose a weekday where it is not too busy.  Caution: this hobby can be quite addictive! I brought my two kids and we spent almost 3 hours, painstakingly perfecting our “masterpieces”!

Clay Cafe

6. Abony Family Tennis Centre
596 Knowledge Park Dr, Tel: 457-2382
Do you have a hankering to learn tennis?  This new facility is perfect to test your skill indoors – all year round!  Different levels from beginning to advanced are offered.  The Centre is located on 596 Knowledge Park Drive, tel: 457-2382

Abony Family Tennis Centre

7. Fredericton Region Museum
571 Queen St, Tel: 455-6041
Home to the famous “Coleman Frog”, the Fredericton Region Museum is a great spot to visit, featuring exhibits as well as providing an interesting way to learn about the Fredericton region.  In addition to the main exhibits, Kids can play “ dress up” with different stations around the museum and there will also be an ongoing scavenger hunt for kids! New this year is a First Nations Gallery and their Confederation Exhibit will ongoing for the summer (July 2).

Fredericton Region Museum

8. NB Sports Hall of Fame
503 Queen St, Tel: 453-3747
This interactive museum hosts a number of galleries featuring exhibits and memorabilia related to New Brunswick sports history and its Hall of Famers. One of the largest portrait collections in the province is on display in the form of artistic depictions of the hall's inductees. A 5-in-1 interactive sports system allows visitors to give it their best shot while playing basketball, hockey, football, baseball or soccer. A Biomechanics and Sports Discovery Centre, as well as an exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada and the Paris Crew’s rowing success at the 1867 World Championship Regatta, and a general rowing exhibit, can also be enjoyed at the NB Sports Hall of Fame.  Activities and special events are held throughout the year. Guided tours are available daily at 2pm from Tuesday to Saturday until the end of August.

NB Sports Hall of Fame

9. Unplugged: Board Games Cafe
418 Queen St, Tel: 206-6500
One of Fredericton’s most recent additions, the Unplugged Board Games Cafe is a great way to have some family fun! With a wide variety of party games, trivia games, family games, kids games, strategy games, and more, there’s a game for everyone to enjoy! And while you’re there, order one of their great sandwiches!

Unplugged: Board Games Cafe

10. Climbing Walls!
Have your kids literally climbing the walls with three climbing walls in the Greater Fredericton Area:

  • Red Rock Adventure at The Ville Cooperative, 241 Canada St, Tel: 472-7799 - Open Climb is held on Wednesdays from 6-8pm and Family Climbs are held on Saturdays from 10am – 1pm.  Check the website for details. Suitable for kids age 6+.
  • CFB Gagetown Climbing Wall, Oromocto, Tel: 422-3380- The club operates out of the Base Fieldhouse. The Gym offers 11 + lanes of climbing walls, two of which are lead climb capable and two lead practice. All walls are in excess of 30 ft high.

UNB Climbing Wall

11. Escape Rooms
What are Escape Rooms you ask? Imagine you and your friends, or strangers are locked in a room and must figure out how to escape within 60 minutes.  There are puzzles and clues hidden throughout the room for you to discover with your senses.  Can you solve the puzzle with the help of clues, and your friends before the time is up?

And these are just a couple of the great ideas on things to do in Fredericton – if the weather improves make sure to get outside and check out our website for some great ideas! And let us know how you make out!