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Kiddie Wonderland At 7800 South Main St.


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I don't know if anyone still reads this, but I will give it a shot. I am not old enough to remember playland park, or most of these places, but I do know about the kiddie park with the "tired old ponies" that was over by Braeswood.

Kiddie Wonderland was off S. Main and Kirby. I think the actual location was 7800 S. Main, if my memory is correct. In the 80's and early 90's there was a carousel, a train that went around the park, a boat ride, airplane ride, car ride (had all the bases covered), a petting zoo, and the ring on the side for the ponies, who were actually more ornery than tired. There was also one donkey named Jack who pulled a wagon. My favorite horse was Tippy, a brown and white shetland pony who always refused to trot. In about 1989, the carousel got smaller. This is because they sold the one they had to the Texas Renaissance Festival. TRF still uses this carousel, though the horses have been replaced. Kiddie Wonderland had this cute multicolored wooden fence around the front and a little shack where you bought tickets for the rides. Often, 2 adorable little girls could be seen "working" the ticket booth. That place held great memories for me.

If anyone is looking for pictures of the place, I have some. I would have to scan them in because they are in a photo album right now, but I can do so easily. Just send me a note and let me know.

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I don't know if anyone still reads this, but I will give it a shot. I am not old enough to remember playland park, or most of these places, but I do know about the kiddie park with the "tired old ponies" that was over by Braeswood.

Kiddie Wonderland was off S. Main and Kirby. I think the actual location was 7800 S. Main, if my memory is correct. In the 80's and early 90's there was a carousel, a train that went around the park, a boat ride, airplane ride, car ride (had all the bases covered), a petting zoo, and the ring on the side for the ponies, who were actually more ornery than tired. There was also one donkey named Jack who pulled a wagon. My favorite horse was Tippy, a brown and white shetland pony who always refused to trot. In about 1989, the carousel got smaller. This is because they sold the one they had to the Texas Renaissance Festival. TRF still uses this carousel, though the horses have been replaced. Kiddie Wonderland had this cute multicolored wooden fence around the front and a little shack where you bought tickets for the rides. Often, 2 adorable little girls could be seen "working" the ticket booth. That place held great memories for me.

If anyone is looking for pictures of the place, I have some. I would have to scan them in because they are in a photo album right now, but I can do so easily. Just send me a note and let me know.

I think there are many here that would love to see your photos of Kiddie Wonderland

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  • 2 years later...

Hi. the miniature coaster you remember was not at Playland. It was at Kiddy Wonderland where the small pony ride was. My brother ran it for a while. Hope this helps.

Kiddie Wonderland had the ponies trained to walk around the paths, but I do not really recall a miniature coaster. They had an airplane ride, a boat pond ride, a car ride, a carousel, a train, and a petting zoo.

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Kiddie Wonderland had the ponies trained to walk around the paths, but I do not really recall a miniature coaster. They had an airplane ride, a boat pond ride, a car ride, a carousel, a train, and a petting zoo.

Those ponies were great. There was Champ and Ginger. Ginger bit my daughter on the arm one day. She was about 3 or 4 at the time and just came from a doc visit at the Med Center. It was back to the doc.

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Those ponies were great. There was Champ and Ginger. Ginger bit my daughter on the arm one day. She was about 3 or 4 at the time and just came from a doc visit at the Med Center. It was back to the doc.

Yeah, the horses were always a bit feisty. My favorite was Tippy. I Loved the shetland ponies because I was smaller at the time and they weren't as scary to me.

Haha, I just read through all the old posts and discovered that my sister found me on here. XD

Still need to post pics, life keeps taking over. Hopefully I will find the video interview as well. I did find a couple of old newspaper articles about Kiddie Wonderland that I figured I would post.

Chronicle Lifestyle piece from September 1986

Chronicle piece about polo with a mention I love how the ponies were so well known that they were often referenced like that.

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When you refer to Kiddie Land, are your referring to Kiddie Wonderland on South Main St. on the opposite side of the street from Playland Park? I loved and frequented this little amusement park during the 50's. The ponies all had their names tooled in contrasting leather on the back of their saddles. My favorite was "Calico" and a close second was "Blackie." You could ride like the wind around that track without a seat belt! They also had a carousel and these little pedal cars you mentioned that you propelled with your hands spinning the handles in a circular motion as you chugged down the metal track. You could build up some pretty good speed on those little machines! Seems like I also remember riding in little boats in the water with bells you could ring by tugging on a string. Loved the old white wooden roller coaster at Playland Park, and their Spook House was pretty scary, too! Was the swimming pool with the breathing bubble Gateway Pool on South Main? I used to swim there but never located that "bubble" everyone talked about. I remember Busch Stadium with the Buffalo logo on the front. Prince's for hamburgers and Valian's for pizza! Thanks for the memories!

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