Things to do with children in Winnipeg: Assiniboine Park

Winnipeg was somewhere we spent a couple of nights during our Trans-Canadian road trip. Winnipeg is a mass of wonderful things to do with children. If you are visiting, the hardest part will be narrowing down what you want to do. One of the things you must have on your list however is the stunning Assiniboine Park.

This park was established way back in 1904. It’s a year-round park, so somewhere you can enjoy in the winter as much as the summer months. This is considered to be one of Winnipeg’s finest attractions, and having visited, I can fully appreciate why.

On arrival there is a ton of free parking available. The park itself is also free of charge and you can explore tons of different areas at your leisure. You could quite easily spend a whole day there. I was thinking what a wonderful place it must be for local families to meet up with friends for catch ups and play dates, it’s absolutely ideal for that.

In terms of the different areas to explore there is the: English Garden; Children’s Garden; Nature Playground; Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and Pavillion; duck pond; picnic areas; tandem bicycle renting; fitness trails and tons of wide open green space. There was even a pop-up cocktail bar there when we visited.

There is also the Park Cafe, which has floor to ceiling windows that overlook the duck pond and lawns. The cafe is very family-friendly and it is a lovely place to enjoy either a big meal or small snack as a family. The staff there are brilliant, so welcoming and helpful and it is a gorgeous bright and airy space with delicious food.

The nature playground is open from 9am until 8pm, 7 days a week. The word ‘playground’ doesn’t really do this wonderful space justice though – it is a total sensory experience for children and adults. The time and consideration that must have gone into planning every detail of this space is evident. It is the ideal outdoor environment for children.

There are bright colours all around, different textures and surfaces, shapes and sounds too. There is a place to make music and a range of physical challenges for children of all ages and abilities.

There are old favourites like slides and swings, as well as more challenging climbing structures for children to attempt, but all within what feels like a very safe environment. There is no smoking, no dogs, no skateboards, roller blades or bikes in the park, which helps to keep everyone safe.

For parents there are lots of benches and seating areas to watch your children from and because of the layout it is easy to keep track of children whilst in the playground.

There are toilets and baby changing facilities just to the side of the play area, and it’s not too far back to the car if you forget something either!

Next to the Nature Playground, is the Streuber Family Children’s Garden. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around here myself! It is a wonderfully bright garden inspired by the classic childhood board game of Snakes and Ladders. There is a tree-lined path which leads visitors to a patchwork of raised beds overflowing with flowers and greenery and set among a checkerboard grid of pathways – this frog was my personal favourite!

If you fancy seeing more of what the Nature Playground has to offer, check out the reel below. It really is a gorgeous place to spend time as a family and a must-see if you are in Canada and near Winnipeg.

We also visited Assiniboine Zoo during our trip, follow the link to find out more.


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