Thief makes off with giant ‘Skittles’ from kids' playground

Gardeners made a sad discovery at Assiniboine Park’s Nature Playground Tuesday morning.

Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park asking for help finding art installation stolen from children’s play area

Three of these giant "Skittles" have gone missing from Assiniboine Park. The colourful balls are part of an art installation at the park's Nature Playground for children. (Assiniboine Park)

Gardeners made a sad discovery at Assiniboine Park’s Nature Playground Tuesday morning.

Three giant “Skittles” had disappeared from the children’s play area.
Three pieces of a colourful art installation at a Winnipeg children's playground were stolen this week. Assiniboine Park officials say they want help getting them back. (Assiniboine Park)

The “Skittles” are part of a colourful art installation scattered throughout the area.

The large balls are anchored to the ground and according to park officials, are very heavy.

“It is a bit of a mystery how and why someone might want to take them,” said Assiniboine Park’s Laura Cabak. “We searched the park in the hopes that the culprits may have discarded them somewhere on the grounds but have had no luck.”

Now, the park is asking the public to help find them.

“We are hoping that somewhere — wherever these things have gone — they're sitting in a ditch somewhere or under a tree and there's someone standing out there wondering what they're looking at,” she said. 

Anyone with information about where the giant “Skittles” might be is asked to contact park officials at 204-927-6000.


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