Oakland’s beloved Fairyland is a must-see for East Bay children. 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.
All Fairyland attractions are included with the price of admission. Rides are for children ages 3 to 8. Puppet shows, petting zoo, and jolly trolly are accessible to younger toddlers. The dragon slide is only for kids over age four. Though toddlers and young preschoolers love Fairyland, I would not recommend being a sole guardian to more than one little kid. The many open paths, blind spots and water hazards stress me out too much when two children go in opposite directions. Instead, bring enough adults so that you can all have fun. Take the exciting Alice in Wonderland playing-card maze for example: Milo, age 3, can exit from the front or back; he can also get lost inside and sit down to cry. Where is his 5-year old brother when all this is happening? That’s right… he’s gone!
Fairyland’s Park Updates
One-continuous session returns on April 1, 2022. The park will be open in one continuous session from 10 am to 4 pm like in the pre-pandemic days.
Prices increased slightly. Tickets now cost $15 per person and memberships start at $129. These increases will help pave the way for future improvements to the park, including new exhibits and a broader community access program.
Puppet shows, live performances, and rides continue. 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. Puppet shows and live performances on stages continue as normal; see the schedule. Alice’s Reading Room is also reopening for outdoor reading time with your little.
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.
- Bring your own snacks or order from their on-site cafe, which will be open.
Plan your visit to Fairyland:
Hours & Days:
- 9 am to 4 pm
- Open days change based on season. Check website for schedule.