Tinkertown Family Fun Park
Family fun in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
When I first heard of Tinkertown, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I picked up a pamphlet which introduced me to an amusement park and friends highly recommended I take the girls for part of the day. For most people, this would be a wonderful adventure; however, I get queasy even swinging in a playground and my oldest daughter didn't care too much for rides, while my youngest daughter wanted to go.
As I'm sure parents will realize (when only one parent is traveling) it helps when everyone enjoys what is happening. No one wants to continually do things they don't enjoy. As such, I decided that we would drive to the park and, since we didn't have to pay to get inside the gates, we could look around and decide whether or not it was a place we wanted to spend a while.
As it turned out, we bought a few passes and had a wonderful time. It is a place I now highly recommend for families to visit at least once during their vacation travels in, and around, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Come on! See what Tinkertown is all about!
Photo credit: Tinkertown
Have you ever been to Tinkertown, WInnipeg, Manitoba?
"Come to the town where the train goes around!
Jump on the Tilt-A-Whirl, take a ride on the Turnpike, steer a "Tin Lizzie" or soar above it all on the Ferris Wheel.
Merry-Go-Round tunes mingle with the shouts of happy children."
~ Tinkertown website ~
Great Meeting Place
for friends and family members
Tinkertown is a great meeting place to spend a few hours with family members and friends who have small children. Of course, for those teenagers and adults who have no family ties yet still enjoy some of the rides at amusement parks, it can still hold fun for them, too.
A point to keep in mind, however, is that Tinkertown does cater mostly to children - even though there are rides compatible for adults. As such, you won't find any major roller coaster rides, though you will find a Ferris wheel which seems to be standard at most amusement parks.
Throughout the years, I've made several visits to Tinkertown at least once during each summer and, sometimes, twice. In summer, 2009, my children and I had the privilege of meeting up with my sister, pictured with my son, here. At the time of this photo, it was the second time she had the privilege of meeting him - the first time only being about 3 weeks prior to this.
We shared a few laughs, enjoyed some food in the open air and had time to catch up a little in between amusement rides. There's absolutely no way I can complain about that!
You want to be sure to take photos of any get together. If you don't have a digital camera - or are in need of a new one - be sure to consider this camera rated 4 stars by 70 people, to date.
Refreshments Are Served
As with any outdoor amusement park, Tinkertown has a concession stand. In fact, there are a few of them scattered throughout the park.
You can buy novelty ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, mini donuts, smokies (hot dogs), hamburgers, fries and a host of other fast foods. It's certainly not the type of food you want to eat every day of your life but the food does taste great and the wait times are not too long. You can sit underneath the canopies placed over various picnic tables on site and relax while taking in all the entertainment.
During summer, 2009, we had the privilege of listening to various children competing to be the new voice of the child singing on the Band-aid commercial; it was entertaining and, amazingly enough, I never tired of hearing the song being sung - though I can't speak for anyone else - but I didn't hear anyone complaining.
Of course, you can always provide your own refreshments, or bring some additional reinforcements from home.
It is great for keeping food warm, or cold, and is spacious enough to meet your needs. It also collapses for easy storage and comes highly recommended.
For Safety Reasons
No BBQ equipment permitted!
No pets allowed.
An Assortment of Rides
Children love to pretend they are driving a vehicle and with the Tin Lizzie Ride, they can do just that. As long as the pedal is continually pressed to the floor, children of any age can pretend to drive. If they start to steer off the track, a rail located in the middle of the track will ensure it does not happen.
The track isn't overly long but it is long enough to allow you the opportunity to relax and look around, while your child is happy to be driving. The line-ups are sometimes long, depending upon the time of day and day of the week but it is not too bad and you will be happy you decided to take the ride; I'm sure your child will be happy, too.
On this particular ride, my sister took my oldest daughter and son on the ride while my youngest daughter and I ventured for another part of the park.
Rides Catering to Toddlers
Below you will find a list of the rides located at Tinkertown which are geared only toward toddlers and smaller children. However, they can go on many of the other rides, as well, depending upon their height and tolerance level.
You can see images of each of the rides by following Tinkertown's official web site, displayed boldly toward the bottom of this page.
- Kiddie Swing
- Wet Boat Ride
Oh, the silliness one can laugh at ~ even months later.
Here are the regular rides which are featured at Tinkertown. There's something for just about everyone.
- Ferris Wheel
- Tin Lizzie Car Rides
- Spin The Apple
- Steamliner Miniature train (1/2 mile track)
- Roller Coaster
- Bumper Cars
- Jumping Pillow - not a ride but a great attraction!
This is sure to come in handy when picnic tables are full or when you just want to sit and relax on the grass, or sand, as you relax for a while and take a few minutes to yourself. Its color is suitable for a male or female and it folds into a tiny pouch which can easily be carried anywhere. This is definitely something you should have with you when you plan to take vacation or even for a day trip to the park.
Tinkertown ~ July, 2009
Have you been to Tinkertown? If so, I would love to hear about your experiences. If not, is it a place you would like to visit with your family or friends?