Assiniboine Park Nature Playground
Location: Assiniboine Park at 55 Pavilion Crescent
One of our favourite playgrounds in Winnipeg has to be the cute and quirky Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park. Your children will absolutely love the pancake swings, super-slick slides, climbing hills, artificial stream, and the weird purple knobby things that remind us all off a Dr. Seuss children’s book.
Another reason we love the playground is because it is situated in beautiful Assiniboine park. If the kids get bored of of monkeying around you can easily relocate to the duck pond, or even the Zoo.
Location: 2015 Main Street
The playground at Kildonan Park is another one of our family favourites. The playground has been recently renovated and has tons of new and interactive things for your kids to do.
Similar to the Assiniboine Park (mentioned above) there are many other activities and cute spots to hit up in Kildonan Park. There is a splash park and pool right next to the park, and just a quick walk away is the Witch’s Hut from Hansel and Gretel.
Variety Heritage Adventure Park
Location: The Forks at on Forks Market Road
There is no denying that your kids will have an adventure playing at this playground. The Variety Heritage Adventure Park was designed to incorporate a variety of different locations of play based on Canada's early explorers and settlers. Your children will love the "Iron Horse," which was designed to represent the Metis, French Settlers, and many more key members of Manitoba’s history.
The Variety Heritage Adventure Park is located in the Forks which is one of Winnipeg’s hot spots for both tourists and locals in the summer. Parents and kids alike can enjoy a walk along the river, hitting up the Forks market for some ice-cream or mini donuts, and listening to the free live music and shows and the main stage.
Birds Hill Provincial Park
Location: Birds Hill Provincial Park, St. Clements
Pack up your mini van and get ready to have a fun filled day of sun and sand at beautiful Birds Hill Provincial Park. The playground is great for kids of all age to climb and explore. The ground is covered with soft sand, which makes the occasional fall a little less painful.
To add to the fun the playground is next to a beach volleyball court, which almost always has a game going. The best part of the playground is its proximity to the lake. When the kids get hot simply walk them a few steps down to the beach for a quick dip.
Pro parent tip: plan to arrive as early as possible in the summer. The main parking lot by the beach fills up fast.
Bridgwater Forest Playground(s)
Location: Bridgwater Forest Neighbourhood, off of Bridgland Dr N.
Often overlooked are the numerous playgrounds situation in the new Bridgewater Forest development. Although these playgrounds and play structures are not massive, they are well kept, fun for kids, and surrounded by a vast network of trails.
Our suggesting is to grab your dog, bikes, or stroller, and plan to spend the afternoon in Bridgewater Forest. From the various play structures, to the dancing fountains, and the shaded walking, jogging, and biking path the area is full of family friendly activities to do.
Location: 426 Portage Avenue
Another fantastic playground situated in downtown Winnipeg is Central Park. Complete with up to date equipment, a gorgeous green space, and a splash pad, this is the perfect place to hang out on a scorching prairie summer day.
The playground is surrounded by various public transportation routes and is walkable if you live in the core of the city. We recommend that children be supervised at the is location.
Did we miss any of your favourite playgrounds or play structures? Everyone has their family favourites so feel free to let us know yours in the comment section below. Or check out our Summer Camp section to see some of the best camps offered in and around the Peg!