If you are a parent in or around Winnipeg there is a good chance you have been to Tinkertown. If you haven’t and you have young kids – GO!
We live about 6 hours from Winnipeg but travel there at least once a year to visit friends and family. Last summer, when our daughter was two, we took our first trip to Tinkertown. It was a hit! We had taken her to the exhibition before and she liked it but this was a whole new level of fun for her. At the exhibition there are a handful of rides geared for the little ones but at Tinkertown most of the park is dedicated to them! So, it’s not surprising that when we told her we were going back this summer she was thrilled!
Tinkertown is an outdoor amusement park in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It features over 20 awesome rides and attractions. One of the things we love about it is that there is something there for kids (and adults) of all ages. Kids as young as 2 (maybe even a bit younger if they are brave) can enjoy many of the rides and activities. It also has some rides that will appeal to the more adventurous older kids which makes it a great place to take the whole family! And if you have a baby in tow there are even a few rides (like the Steamliner Train) you can hop on holding your little one.
Molly LOVES that there are rides that she can go on by herself. It makes her feel like such a big girl and gives her that independence that kids her age really crave. And because so many of the rides really are made just for the little ones we felt completely comfortable just standing close by watching her have a blast.
Another great thing about Tinkertown is that there aren’t all the high priced games and food stands you find at the exhibition. There is the main concession and a few smaller ones where you can pick up mini donuts, hot dogs, ice cream, etc. And the food is actually quite reasonably priced (and tasty!). The kids won’t be begging you at every corner for a stuffed animal or other toy because there is just one main gift shop and it is situated close to the exit so, if you are so inclined, you can pick something up on the way out. This is something I really appreciate. Most of the other kid themed parks we have gone too have little shops all over the place so you are either saying no or lugging things around for the rest of the day.
Tinkertown has a very retro feel to it. The hand painted signs, some of the classic rides – it’s like stepping back in time. But the park is extremely clean and well maintained. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. I honestly have nothing but good things to say about the place!
Oh and I can’t forget to mention ticket prices. They are so affordable! You can buy individual tickets but your best value is to buy a wrist band for $15. That gets you unlimited rides all day! They also have special rates for birthday parties, daycares, etc.
Tinkertown is open seasonally. Check out their website for information on their hours and their rides and other attractions.
Have you been to Tinkertown? Do you have something similar where you live?