Forgotten Houston for Kids: Peppermint Park
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.