Recreation Programs

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Northside Youth Centre and Skateboard Day Camps


The Northside Youth Centre (NYC) will be open this summer from June 30 to Sept 7. It will be the same great space with a few changes including shorter hours (1-7 pm from Tuesday-Friday and 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday). Staff will pay careful attention to physical distancing, additional sanitization and screening measures. No rentals or overnight camps will occur this summer.

NYC & Indoor Sk8board/BMX Park Hours

In addition to the NYC being open, Fredericton Recreation will be offering the same popular skateboard day camps, with less kids per camp (maximum of 15), and additional sanitization and screening measures. There will be six weeks of full-day camps and then four weeks of half-day only camps at the end of the summer.

Camp Schedule

Camp RegistrationParks & Playgrounds | Service Fredericton

Zig Zag 2020


AGE: 6-12 yrs
COST: Free

Fredericton Recreation’s popular Zig Zag Summer Playground Program is back this summer, with a few changes. Due to COVID-19, 15 children can attend per park time slot. Children can be in a morning group or afternoon group, but not both. This program will still be provided free of charge within neighborhood parks across the City. On-line program pre-registration will be required this summer (no on-site registrations will be accepted).


ScheduleService Fredericton | Parks & Playgrounds

Living Library



Logo of Living LibraryThe Living Library is an event where people are “living books” who can share their stories with “readers” in one-on-one 20-minute conversations.

The topic this year continues the theme of stories about the origins, struggles, sense of belonging and hopes for the future of New Canadians in our community. This is a space for people to be able to learn and ask questions out of genuine curiosity about the stories of immigrants and the people and cultures behind those stories of hard work, war, obstacles, opportunities, loneliness and hope.

As part of the activities for this year's Cultural Expressions Festival, organized by the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, the Living Library will be held virtually on Zoom. If you do not have access to Zoom or to a computer, you can also join the event by calling in by phone.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 7 to 9 pm
  • LINK to the virtual event (you need to download the Zoom app)
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 810 9942 2422
  • Join the event by phone:  +1 587-328-1099   +1 647-374-4685   +1 647-558-0588   +1 778-907-2071   +1 204-272-7920   +1 438-809-7799
  • NEW! Summaries of the Living Stories (please review and choose four stories; have the numbers ready to give to the event hosts at the virtual event)
  • The virtual event will consist of four rounds of conversations that will start on time at 7:10, 7:40, 8:10, 8:40 pm.

Image of lineup of living books

Click here for some images from past Living Libraries.

More information: or call 506-471-3694.

Nature Day Camps


A fun new addition to Fredericton Recreation’s summer programming is the Nature Day Camps at Odell Lodge and Killarney Lake Rotary Centennial Lodge. The camps will be a great way to end of the summer and promise small groups with loads of fun.

The program will start August 24 and run for two, one-week sessions at each lodge location. Day camps will be offered from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Maximum participation is 15 youth per camp (as per COVID-19 Recovery Phase: Guidance to Early Learning and Childcare Facilities and Summer Camps).

Online registration will be required. Registration coming soon.

Convo Café: Virtual Conversations


As we adapt to these unprecedented times, the Convo Cafés will be taking place online as long as the physical distancing measures are in effect. Just like the on-site, in-person experience, the Convo Café VIRTUAL CONVERSATIONS are online spaces where you can meet people of different ages, professions and cultural backgrounds, and help others combat feelings of social isolation. These virtual conversations are also opportunities for international students or anyone new to Fredericton to meet people in the community and connect, something that is especially valuable given the effects of the global pandemic on our usual way of socializing.

The virtual conversations follow one of two formats: A structured conversation takes place on a given topic in virtual breakout rooms of smaller groups for more personal conversation on the topic, or a presentation is given by a guest speaker followed by questions and answers.


    Please feel free to invite anyone who you think would like to meet new people in the community by engaging in conversation. 

    The event is free and there is no registration required but you will need to install the Zoom videoconferencing app (download it here).

    For more information, call 471-3694 or join the Facebook group.

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    The Art of Living FREDERICTON



    Logo of The Art of Living Fredericton

    As part of the City of Fredericton’s People Helping People initiative, we want to connect folks to resources via Facebook Live feeds where people can watch and interact with local presenters showing them activities such as yoga, cooking, workouts, games, meditation, storytelling, do-it-yourself repairs, gardening, bike maintenance, etc. Sessions will last between 15-30 minutes and you can do weekly content over four weeks or just a one-time session. All the activities should be practical and easy to do with materials that are usually found in most homes or that can be purchased at a supermarket. 

    The transmissions have concluded until further notice.

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    Unsung Hero Community Awards


    The City of Fredericton Unsung Hero Community Awards are meant to acknowledge those individuals who go above and beyond to help build and shape their community through volunteer efforts. This includes helping bolster the work of social groups and organizations that offer recreational, cultural, or charitable services within the City of Fredericton.

    Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to help build and shape their community without asking for anything in return? 
    If so, nominate them for an award!

    Deadline for applications: March 27

    | 506-292-6174

    Stay Home Stay Active Challenge


    Fredericton Recreation presents the Stay Home Stay Active Challenge. Are you practicing social distancing and looking for something to do? FredRec has got you covered! Join our free Stay Home Stay Active Challenge and have some fun. Everyone from everywhere is welcome and you can join us at any time, for as long as this isolation continues.  You can just do the challenge, or you can officially join the Stay Home Stay Active Challenge Squad by submitting a photo of a completed challenge-  After that, each time you complete a challenge just submit a photo with the hashtag #StayActiveFred and be entered in a draw for a prize.

    Have fun, stay safe and maybe win a prize! Squad goals! Wash your hands and keep a safe social distance from those outside your home.


    • Build paper airplanes, have contest to see how far they go. ​
    • Family Game Night!  Bust out your family’s favourite board game and see who will be crowned champion.
    • Try indoor bowling with plastic pins or empty plastic bottles from your recycling   
    • Cook meals as a family or take turns making meals.
    • Build a blanket fort.
    • Not creative? Doesn’t matter! Gather some random items around the house (maybe the recycling bin) and create an art/structure masterpiece
    • Paint a family (or pet) portrait to be framed and hung
    • Build a card house, how big can you make it?
    • Photograph your pet; accessories optional!
    • Each year, the City of Fredericton turns out its non-essential lights for #Earthhour to show its support for a healthy planet.
    • Try some online yoga workouts for kids and families
    • Learn origami
    • Learn to do cats cradles
    • Start or restart keeping a diary.
    • Backwards day: from clothes worn backwards to meals that begin with dessert!
    • Bird watch (identify and log the birds in your yard from inside or outside)
    • Drivers: Learn how to change the oil. Practice changing a flat tire. Wash the car. Clean the interior.
    • Limbo contest!
    • Try to make popcorn in a pot on the stove (adult supervision please)
    • Do crossword puzzles or sudoku
    • Make up a workout and do it together 
    • Dominoes: play the classic game or learn a new one. 
    • Do you know how to sew on a button? Now is the time to learn.
    • Make Some Noise
    • Make homemade play dough
    • Write a letter to a friend or relative
    • Learn to knit or crochet
    • Do a marshmallow toothpick engineering challenge
    • Organize your Lego, building blocks, Magna-Tiles, Tinker Toys, and then have a building challenge. Who can build the best house, hotel or shop, the tallest tower?
    • Story time! Take turns acting out or telling stories. It can be real or fake.
    • Try to write your name in calligraphy
    • Make a string of paper dolls or make a paper snowflake.
    • Spend an hour speaking only in your second language.
    • Can you do 20 push-ups in one day?
    • Have a family sleepover in the living room
    • Have a picnic lunch in your backyard. Take books and toys with you.
    • Research your family tree – see how far back you can go
    • Can you do a headstand?
    • Back yard Scavenger hunt: -find something red, -something smooth, -something smelly.
    • Get fresh air, go for a walk! Perhaps make it an alphabet or number walk and look for letters or numbers in signs (or hidden in architectural details). Remember the social distancing rules
    • Make a time capsule of this time to be opened in 10 years.
    • Have a movie night of family videos.
    • Start a box with things to donate
    • Start a compost
    • Play school with the children taking turns as teacher and the adults as students
    • Try to make some painted rocks. Share your creations below
    • Perform a Random Act of Kindness to a family member, friend or neighbor.  Remember the social distancing rules.
    • Do makeovers: get out the makeup and hairstyling tools. Take before and after photos 
    • Learn a magic trick
    • Do a jigsaw puzzle
    • Learn to do a burpee. Now try 10 in a row.
    • Dig though your craft supplies/or recycle box and create something
    • Learn to make shadow puppets
    • Plant some seeds to start an indoor garden

    Middle & High School Youth Blast- Gym & Swim


    Middle & High School Youth Blast is an opportunity for youth to participate in: organized games, drop-in activities, hanging out with friends, open gym time or swimming. Youth will have fun, win prizes and make new friends in a safe and friendly supervised environment.

    When: Saturdays 6:30pm-9:00pm from February 1 - April 4 

    • Pool time 6:30-8:00pm, Gym time 6:30-9:00pm (mix and match as youth prefer)

    Age: Middle & High School Youth

    Where: Fredericton Indoor Pool & Nashwaaksis Field House

    Cost: $4.00 per person ($12.00 family rate)

    No preregistration is necessary. For more information call 460-2020 or email

    Details | Service Fredericton

    STEM March Break Activity Days at the Nashwaaksis Field House


    Invent Something Cool – No Experience Necessary

    Join City of Fredericton Recreation staff and take part in a fun and fast-paced day of STEM creation (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and dynamic activity programming - a day like you have never experienced before !

    The day starts with an exciting challenge and a new chance to discover the wonders of science! All activity is hands-on as participants create some very cool contraptions. Everyday materials, hand tools and lots of creativity will be used to build and test inventions in preparation for the ‘big race’ at the end of the day. Best of all, participants get to take their inventions home!

    Activity wise, included throughout the day are aquatic offerings and swimming at the Fredericton Indoor Pool and interactive games at the Nashwaaksis Field House Gym. Discover how much fun thinking with your hands can be as science springs to life before your eyes!

    Where: Nashwaaksis Field House

    When:  Saturday, March 7, 2020   

    Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

    Cost:  $30.00 per participant per day (includes all materials). Space is limited

    Ages: 8 -12



    Frosty Winterrific Activity Challenge


    Wellness encompasses much more than just physical fitness and nutrition. In this activity challenge, participants will be able to explore and challenge themselves with fun activities to keep them and their families busy this Winter!

    • Participants will receive information about the awards ceremony when their charts are received.

    This Year’s Program runs from: January 1 – March 31, 2020. Pass in charts by April 10, 2020

    Register | Email | 460-2272

    Winter Superhero Fun Run


    Fredericton Recreation in partnership with the Fredericton Marathon Presents: Winter Superhero Fun Run
    Saturday, February 1 at 10am at the Small Craft Aquatic Centre, 63 Brunswick Street Fredericton, NB

    Help kick off Frozen Nose and Toes in style with the Winter Superhero Fun Run!

    Kids aged 3-12 years can take off, dressed in their favorite costume for either a 500m or 1k race.
    Kids can bring their own costume or pick from an assortment of superhero capes that will be available on site!
    Are you ready to be a superhero?


    Mayor's Activity Awards


    An exciting awards program which encourages healthy eating and physical activity for youth aged 3 – 12. This program will be held from June 3 to August 9.

    This popular activity awards program will keep youth active and eating well all summer. Youth receive points for each task completed and upon reaching minimum point levels earn bronze, silver or gold medals! Sample requirements include:

    Have a pop free day. Go for a ½ hour walk. Do a family activity outdoors for 20 minutes

    AGES: 3-12
    COST: Free

    Registration | Email | Service Fredericton

    New Year’s Eve 2020 Family Celebration


    Kick Off 2020 with our family friendly New Years Eve Celebration!

    Family Swim Party/Family Games Carnival/Family Glow Dance Party

    Place: Nashwaaksis Field House & Fredericton Indoor Pool

    Fee: $10.00 a person (Family Swim Party/Family Games Carnival/Family Glow Dance Party

    Register Here: city-of-fredericton-new-years-eve-2020-family-celebration-tickets

    Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Activities will be geared to the K-6 age group however younger and older family members are welcome to attend with their family




    5:00pm - 6:30pm  -Family Swim Party (Fredericton Indoor Pool) - Enjoy our thrilling water slide, tarzan rope and a 92-degree swirl pool as you and your family swim, play jump and splash your way into 2020! After swimming we move to the Field House for the rest of the night. *All swimmers under 19 yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult in the water. (One adult for every 3 children; one adult for every 4 children over 7 years old.)

    6:45pm -7:45 pm  -Family Games Carnival (Nashwaaksis Field House) - Get ready to have a blast playing our carnival games and you may even win a prize or two!

    7:45pm - 8:00pm -PIZZA Snack Break our event is going green this year please bring a refillable water bottle for a chance to win some great prizes!

    8:00pm -9:00 pm -Family Glow in the Dark Dance Party (Nashwaaksis Field House)

    Dress in neon or white for our Glow Dance Party with Big Mitch Productions! There will be lots of dance prizes and family games so get ready to dance the night away until we have the KIDS countdown to the new year at 9:00pm!

    Recreation, Culture & Community Development 506-460-2020  or email



    The City of Fredericton wants you to be a part of the MAYOR’S YOUTH ACTION TEAM! (MYAT)

    What it is:
    A committee of youth from our three local high schools who are passionate about youth issues and want to build a healthy community for all youth, by bringing youth issues to City Council.
    What is your role:
    1. Organize and implement an annual symposium at City Hall,in Council Chambers.
    2. Organize and implement four youth events per year including Youth Week.
    3. Actively contributing to improving Fredericton for all young people.
    4. Identify youth perspectives so that young people’s views on current issues can help inform the work of City Council.
    What’s involved:
    1. Monthly Meetings
    2. Leadership Training
    3. Subcommittee Work
    Why get involved:
    Gain experience and build your leadership skills, while giving back to your community. Work with other young people who share your interests.

    If you would like more information or to join our team, please contact us:
    Mitch Claybourn, Recreation Officer
    City of Fredericton 460-2020

    Fredrec Fest


    The second annual Fredrec Fest will be held in downtown Fredericton on Saturday, August 24 from 1-4pm on Carleton St. and in Officers’ Square. This free fun outdoor event is open to everyone and features many of the local recreation, sport and leisure groups/organizations. Come on out and learn about the huge variety of activities available for you/ your family.

    Please find the poster with more info here

    Local recreation, leisure and sport groups who wish put a booth in this event can find the registration form here

    June is Recreation & Parks Month


    Active living is healthy living!

    June is Recreation and Parks Month

    Download detailed calendarService Fredericton

    Wednesday Walkers


    A free walking club for all interested adults. This group meets every Wednesday from June through Oct at 10am for an hour long walk.

    COST: Free

    Service Fredericton | Schedule

    Swim Instruction


    Swimming lessons (Learn to Swim), Canadian Swim Patrol Bronze Medal, National Lifeguard, and Swim For Life Instructor.

    COST & LOCATION: Varies

    Registration can be done in person at the Fredericton Indoor Pool or online. Regular business hours for in person registrations are:

    • Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Sundays and *Stat holidays: 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
      *closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day

    Swim Registration | Swim Schedules | Pools & Lakes | Service Fredericton



    Friday Mornings 9:15-11:45am- $10 for the term. Starts Sept - June.

    114 Johnston AVE | 460-2235 | Fredericton Seniors Centre

    Carpet bowling


    Indoor Carpert bowling Monday & Friday from 1-4pm Sept-May

    114 Johnston AVE | 460-2235 | Fredericton Seniors Centre

    Developmental Assets Workshops


    The "asset approach" is a framework that includes everyone and focuses upon assets that are grouped into eight categories: support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity.

    Details | Service Fredericton

    Fredericton Seniors Workshop


    A well equipped recreational woodworking shop. Open weekdays 9-4

    COST: $45 (first year) and $35 (subsequent years)

    114 Johnston AVE | 460-2256 | Fredericton Seniors Centre

    Fredericton Lawn Bowling Club


    Open to all ages. Lessons available from May - Sep. Bowls and other equipment available on-site. Flat-soled shoes must be worn. Men's, ladies', mixed competitive leagues and recreational play available.

    15 Saunders ST | 454-6808

    Jump Start


    jumpstart logo

    Canadian Tire's youth-oriented program that offsets the cost of sport and recreation fees & equipment.

    Details | Application