Forgotten Houston for Kids: Peppermint Park

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Old skool!
When you are VERY little, way too short to reach the hand of the wooden cutout that says you must be "this high" to ride a roller coaster, there aren't a lot of options for you. But, in the '60s and '70s, there was a place that could accommodate you called Peppermint Park.

A micro-sized amusement park that catered to birthday parties and holiday celebrations for little tikes, it was a place you could go and not have to worry about being small. I guess they were right when they sung in Free to Be You and Me, "we don't have to change at all."

Name: Peppermint Park
Description:Miniature Amusement Park for Small Kids
Location: Multiple, including Gulfgate Mall, 59 in SugarLand and the North Loop at TC Jester
Features: Bumper cars, cotton candy, merry-go-round

Honestly, I was shocked to find out there were multiple videos of this park of my extremely young youth on YouTube. I frequented the location on the North Loop, but there were apparently several different versions of this tiny amusement park including Gulfgate Mall and in SugarLand. Who knows if it was just one owner or multiple battling for kiddie dollars, but all of them were relatively similar, inside warehouses with bumper cars and carousels.

The one I went to looks tiny by my adult standards, but I went to many a birthday party there in the '70s.

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Rad McRad
Rad McRad

Brings back memories, I had my 4th birthday at the North Loop one. Another good entry for Forgotten Houston for Kids would be Hanna Barberra Land or Games People Play, a local Amusement park on 1960 w water slides and putt putt golf.

Gabriela Garcia
Gabriela Garcia

Omg peppermint park was the best. I gotta find some pics. Nothing exists like it. Vanessa Reyes

Ashley Brooks
Ashley Brooks

I have been trying to remember the name of this place for years!!! You guys are awesome! David Norelid, this is the place I've been talking about!

wordlover
wordlover

My siblings and I had many a birthday party there.  Fond, fond memories of that place!

Jill Smith
Jill Smith

Any one know who owned it or what happened to it?

katiewall
katiewall

There was one in Friendwood in the late 80's/ early 90's. Loved that place!! It's a church now.

George Longoria
George Longoria

I remember that place from my childhood...... Still look at the Kroger that is there now....

Rosemary Lindley
Rosemary Lindley

No Peppermint Park and no Astroworld. What's become of this city?

Alex Gonzales
Alex Gonzales

I remember my parents taking my brother and I plenty of times..

Melanie Comegys
Melanie Comegys

I have pictures of having birthday parties there in the early eighties!!!

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah topcommenter

I predated Pepperment Park... Us oldsters had Playland Park on S. Main with the stock car races in the back... A.J. Foyt started out there...

CR250
CR250

The one on 59 was not in Sugarland, it was in Houston, on what is now the NE Corner of Beltway 8 and 59.  The building that housed most of it including became for a long time part of Archer Motors body shop.   They kept the red and white stripes too.  Now it is a big RV consignment lot.   

Mlnna Chrlstlna
Mlnna Chrlstlna

i was just talking about PP the other day! there was one in friendswood too, one of my cousins worked there :)

Gloria Beck
Gloria Beck

I took my kids to the one along the SW Freeway.

monicaballarta
monicaballarta

WOW!! Talk about a blast from the past!!! I used to have my birthday parties there. Thanks for the trip back to memory lane!! Fun times!!!

ShitThrowingMonkey
ShitThrowingMonkey

The Sugarland Location (?) Is that really not Houston? - Even after it closed and became the body shop, the body shop kept the "peppermint" red and white striped paintings on the building for the longest time.  Spent many birthday parties there...Good times!

What about that place on Main near OST (forget the name) where you could ride the ponies.  One pony was slow, one was not as slow, and the other was fast..  They had other things to do there, but all I remember was the ponies, and going to the original Antone's afterwards and playing on the rail car.  Holy Shit Old!

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah topcommenter

@CR250 @ShitThrowingMonkey That was not Playland park...Playland had a large roller coaster bumper cars big boy type rides....I know the place you are talking about. it was on the opposite side of S. Main from PP.. near Kaphans.. PP was out past Stella Link on the left...

stinapag
stinapag

@CR250 @ShitThrowingMonkey We used to call that one mini-Astroworld, since it was close-ish and cheaper and more we were more likely to talk our parents into letting us go there. Those ponies never looked particularly happy. 


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