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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at the Fantasy World of the Children's Fairyland.
The park boasts of several colorful rides that will without a doubt leave you and your children fascinated. Watch or accompany your kids on a ride aboard the Jolly Trolly train that is the oldest attraction to be found at the park. The thrill they will get riding through a tunnel is out of this world! Let them ride the Wonder-Go-Round and the Flecto carousels if they wish. Of course, let us not forget how wonderful it is to hop on the Anansi's Magic Web!
The fairytales-inspired sceneries are available in abundance and we can guarantee that it will leave your children amazed at the end of the exploration. They start at the gate with the Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe in her giant boot house from where she greets everyone who enters the park. As you continue to explore, you will meet other characters from the storybooks ready to take you to their colorful world! The adventures to be had include climbing in the tummy of Willie the Whale, going up and down of the Jack & Jill Hill, and tunneling through the Alice in Wonderland Tunnel.
Nothing amuses the kids more than puppet performances! Luckily, they can watch one at the Children's Fairyland amusement park. At 11 am, 2 pm, or 4 pm you only need to head to the Storybook Puppet Theater to watch live puppet shows that run for twenty minutes. The puppets are hand-crafted and the backdrops are a sight to behold. The benches curve lovingly around the stage to give everyone a great view of the performance.
Kids love animals and this park features a variety of creatures for petting. They include miniature ponies, ducks, donkeys, and a pair of rabbits named Hoppity and Hippity. If you want to have the opportunity to handle the animals, look out for the Dr. Doolittle program or the Animal Day at the summer camp. A visit on those two occasions allows the children to have a fun feeding or grooming experience.
Another attractive feature at the park is Mary's Garden. Fun fact: it still has plants from the 50's! Strolling through the garden will take you to beautiful themed plants such as the famous Fairy Wand. All plants are grown with the environment in mind which will make you feel like some sort of nature ambassador.
All the activities in the park will likely leave you and your kids famished. When this happens, visit the Johnny Applessed Café just next to the Jolly Trolly! The restaurant has children-friendly food including jelly sandwiches and hamburgers. The picnic tables in the gardens are the perfect place to enjoy these delicacies. If you can't get through the day without a cup of coffee, the Peter's Big Pumpkin Espresso will sort you out. Just look for a giant orange pumpkin and you find the coffee shop inside!
How to Get Tickets?
To visit Fairytale Land, children must have an adult chaperone and adults must have at least one child with them. Thus the minimum tickets that you can purchase is two. Infants less than a year old are given a free pass while everyone else pays a $10 ticket fee. The price, however, varies when there are special celebrations. The park has annual membership plans that allow one to access the park freely throughout the year depending on their subscription. You can purchase the tickets on their website and they will be mailed to you in 7 to 10 days' time.
How To Get Around?
Once you enter the gates, the only way to go around the park is by walking.
What Should I Wear?
The Children's Fairyland is open throughout the year so it is best to dress according to the weather. Remember that walking around the park involves a lot of walking. You will need to wear comfortable shoes and clothes that will help stay on your feet until the end of your visit.
Best Time to Visit
Special occasions at the park attract special ticket rates. So if you are looking for affordability, look out for these offers. However, it is not advisable if you are not fond of big crowds. If you want to avoid crowds, you can opt to visit during the school year and in the mornings.
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Will I Need a Guide?
The attractions are well-elaborated so you do not need a guide while strolling through the park. It also allows you a lot of freedom to explore, so we highly recommend ditching a tour guide.
How To Get There?
The amusement park is located at 699 Bellevue Avenue Oakland, right at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue Avenue. If you are using a private vehicle, drive through the 580 East going towards Hayward, exit at Harrison Street, and turn left at Grand Avenue. If you are coming from Hayward, San Leandro, or Pleasanton, use the 580 West. If you are using public transportation, you can alight on the 19th Street. From there, it will be a short walk to Grand Avenue. Once on Grand Avenue, take a right and you will see the park located a block away.