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Trips + Giggles Favorite Places: Children’s Fairyland in Oakland

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CHILDREN'S FAIRYLAND

Why We Love It: This quirky little theme park for children, based off the fairy tales everyone knows so well, is consistently a crowd-pleaser in our family. Part of this might have to do with the scale of the park, which is only 10 acres. It's totally easy to cover the entire park on foot within an hour. Most of the "attractions" are perfect for toddlers and bigger kids as they usually just involve walking in and out of a fairytale-themed structure or hopping down a slide.

Another part of the park's magic are the Magic Keys which you could buy for a couple of bucks, on top of the admission fee. They come in pink or red and can be used at certain points in the park. Kids plug in the Magic Key and a story is told via a squawk box. 

Aside from slides, a mini-ferris wheel, a train, and other fun structures to roam in and out of, Fairyland also has its own assortment of animals to observe and there are live performances. We once caught a pupper version of The Nutcracker there. Super cute. And cheaper than seeing the real thing. wink

What Ages: 0-8. I've a feeling any child over 10 might get bored real quick. Indeed, the park is really for those under 8.  But if you've got a 2, 3 or 4-year-old in the house, then they will really love this spot.

When to Go: Fairyland is open all year round, with the exception of some holidays and rainy days. Its typical hours are 10am to 4pm. 

How Much Does it Cost?: $10 per person. Children under 1 are FREE. Magic Keys are $3. And you're gonna want them. 

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