Family-Friendly Fun in Saskatoon
Looking to keep the kids busy this summer? Saskatoon is full of places where children can have a great time (and the grown-ups can relax a little bit too!). There are plenty of indoor and outdoor options to entertain them. Here are a few not to be missed:
Set down a blanket and have a family picnic, catch your first fish, ride the new Kinsmen Express II train (wheelchair-accessible), and meet the many denizens of the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. Visit the Kinsmen Bear Exhibit and you may see grizzly bears Mistaya and Koda wrestling, digging or playing in their pond. At the Nutrien Ark, Buddy the Grey Wolf and Kazi the Snow Leopard will amaze and delight your children.
Celebrate the magic of play at Nutrien Playland at Kinsmen Park. Take a ride on the ferris wheel for a bird’s eye view of the city, twirl around on the colourful carousel or hop aboard the modern-day freight train for a park tour. Watch the kids play on the mini-zipline, dig in the sand or cool down on the splash pad. It is the perfect spot for a hot weekend day or weekday afternoon.
Nutrien Wonderhub is the first and only children’s museum of its kind in Saskatchewan. At this state-of-the-art facility, children and their grown-ups can enjoy more than 25,000 sq. ft. of interactive exhibits, programs and opportunities for playful learning. The Cosmic Commotion exhibit is a truly tactile experience. Kids can pop through holes in the climbing structure’s web-like surface, or swing from dangling crocheted pods.
At The Stoked Centre, rip around on high-speed electric go-karts, fly high on the 200-ft. zipline, challenge yourself on the two-storey SkyTrail rope course, or bowl a few games at the new 10-pin bowling alley.
Pack up the kids and head down to the river, where you can cool down on a hot Saskatoon summer day at the Saskatchewan River Basin Water Play Feature at River Landing. This attraction was designed with the local geography and natural and cultural heritage in mind.
Remai Modern, considered one of North America’s most visionary new art galleries, boasts the world’s largest collection of Picasso linocut prints. From the outside, the gallery makes a bold statement with its award-winning architecture. Step through the doors and explore the impressive modern and contemporary art exhibits. It also has regular kid-friendly programming, including stroller tours, and the Cameco Children’s Play Area.
See Saskatoon from the water on the top deck or inside the heated cabin of The Prairie Lily. Let Prairie River Cruises be your guide as you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the South Saskatchewan River. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon sightseeing tour with your family and gain a unique perspective of the city.
Imagine yourself washing clothes on a scrub board, stoking the fire in the cook stove and shopping in the general store as you explore the lives of Saskatchewan’s early settlers at Western Development Museum – Saskatoon. 1910 Boomtown, the life-size re-creation of a main street from yesteryear, also boasts a priceless collection of antique automobiles and a working exhibit, the Boomtown Café.
Walk back in time through more than 6,000 years of history of the Northern Plains people at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Follow the Path of the People, explore the Trail of Discovery or climb to the east prairie along the Trail of the Bison. Follow the Bison Viewing Trail to the lookout point to see the Plains bison herd that was recently reintroduced to its ancestral homeland. For the kids, a new interpretive playground was designed to incorporate the historical significance of the site and the many Indigenous nations that have gathered there for living, hunting, gathering, and spiritual practice.