With Covid-19 safety precautions in mind, Oakland’s beloved Fairyland has officially reopened. Expect a mini-size fantasy world straight out of 1950 with fairytale sets, farm animals, and quirky exhibits from a bygone era. You might see the Brady Bunch family walking along one of the paths. This storybook theme park is best for children under age 8 located on the shore of Lake Merritt in Oakland.
Fairyland’s Covid-19 Changes & What’s Open When
Puppet shows, storytime, live performances, and rides are back in April. Dig out your magic key(s), slide down all the slides, play, and read at the storybook sets. My two-year-old got her first magic key and absolutely loved “unlocking” and listening to all the music boxes.
Key dates for reopening:
- Wednesday, April 7: rides open at a limited capacity.
- Wednesday, April 14: puppet shows are back! Selfishly, we missed the puppet shows because it was also a time for parents to sit down after chasing kids throughout the park.
- Saturday, April 24: live performances return beginning with the Blue Fairy.
Say hello to the Fairyland farm animals and swing by the gift shop if you need a new key, souvenir, or even a toy.
Fairyland has also been very busy painting while they were closed and the entire property has a fresh coat of brightly colored paint. They’ve also added new signs to direct the flow of traffic.
There is reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Fairyland has created chalked circles all over the property so you and your “bubble” can create some distance to eat and rest comfortably.
There are also some touchless faucets and hand sanitizing stations throughout the park.
Pro tip: kids tend to congregate when we want them to social-distance, so I recommend visiting the park backward. Start at Old Town and work your way to the front. Go against the flow of traffic for a less crowded visit. Also, you’ll end your trip near the exit when your time limit is up!
Fairyland’s Covid-19 Rules & Restrictions
- Everyone two years and older must properly wear a CDC-approved cloth face covering while visiting Fairyland.
- Advanced ticket purchase is required.
- In order to give everyone a chance to visit, they’ve split the day into two shifts with deep cleaning in between: Morning shift (9 am to noon) & Afternoon shift (1 pm to 4 pm).
- Bring your own snacks or order from their on-site cafe, which will be open. You are allowed to remove masks for eating.
Plan your visit to Fairyland:
Hours & Days:
- 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm | Closed noon to 1 pm for deep cleaning
- Starting Wednesday, March 31, the park will be open 5 days a week (Wednesday-Sunday)
- Starting Monday, June 7, the park will be open 7 days a week
Prices: Guests from age 1 to 100 are $13