Children’s Fairyland is a storybook park that’s been around longer than Disneyland. In fact, it inspired Walt Disney to create his Magic Kingdom. Fortunately, Fairyland has maintained it’s small size and original charm since it opened in 1950. I have fond memories of visiting the park when I was a child, during visits to see my grandma, who lived in Oakland. If you have a child in the 3-5 age-range, this is a fun amusement park to visit. Fairyland has a storybook theme, bringing classic fairy tales and stories alive for young children.
The storybook sets my son enjoys the most are running through Alice in Wonderland’s rabbit hole, climbing to the crow’s nest in Peter Pan’s Jolly Roger Pirate Ship, exploring the Old West Junction, and sliding (over and over) down the huge Dragon Slide.
If you visit, don’t miss the Storybook Puppet Theater. This month, we had the opportunity to enjoy Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, one of my son’s favorite stories. We have the Leonard Bernstein version, and we listen to it over and over while driving around. It was fun for him to see a puppet show version.
For hours, admission fees, directions, and more information about Fairyland, check out their website… http://www.fairyland.org/ .
My son loves Fairyland! Here are a few photos from our visit two weeks ago…