Reopening Oct. 3: Children’s Fairyland in Oakland - 510 Families

Reopening Oct. 3: Children’s Fairyland in Oakland

Reopening with Covid-19 safety precautions in mind, Oakland’s beloved Fairyland is reopening to the public on Saturday, October 3. 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.

woman in a shoe wears a mask
There was a MASKED old woman who lived in a shoe welcoming children | Photo provided by Fairyland

Fairyland’s Covid-19 Changes & What’s Not Open

Puppet shows, storytime, live performances, and rides have been put on pause. So, it will feel different. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of magic to be had inside the park. Dig out your magic key(s), slide down all the slides, play and read at the storybook sets. Say hello to the Fairyland farm animals.

There will be 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. Look for brand new touchless faucets and hand sanitizing stations.

covid checklist for fun
Little masked puppets run down the reopening checklist for guests | Photo provided by Fairyland

Fairyland’s Covid-19 Rules & Restrictions

  • Everyone 3 years and older must properly wear a CDC-approved cloth face covering while visiting Fairyland.
  • Advanced ticket purchase buying tickets is strongly suggested
  • In order to give everyone a chance to visit, they’re splitting 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 Cafe, which will be open.
Fairyland has installed touchless faucets and hand sanitizing stations. | Photo: Fairyland

Plan your visit to Fairyland:

As always, bring your Fairyland key or get begged for a new one | Photo provided by Fairyland

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday: 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm | Closed noon to 1pm for deep cleaning
Prices: Guests from age 1 to 100 are now $8; tickets will return to $13 when the full experience is open.
Helpful links:

Purchase tickets >
Website >
Address: 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: (510) 452-2259


Children's Fairyland sign
Children’s Fairyland sign with Zayn for scale | Photo: Anna Azimi


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5 thoughts on “Reopening Oct. 3: Children’s Fairyland in Oakland”

  1. Great post 🙂 We usually pack our own lunch and love having a picnic in the Big Apple in the eating area or Los Cantaros, my fave taqueria, is across the street. We sometimes bring that in. We hit the train either early or late, it seems to get really crowded around lunch. We usually bring old bread too to feed the geese before we head home (by our parked car). And I have been known to bring 3 kids here alone. Luckily they all came home with me! Kids under voice control are key in this situation. Love Fairyland!

  2. The snack shacks close 30-45 minutes before the rest of the park so be careful of the end of the day bribes you make with the kiddos. Or, again, go to Whole Foods in a pinch.

  3. I just went with my 4 & 6 year olds – a totally different experience than when they were 2 & 4 or 3 & 5. Much more pleasant, doable in a morning, and restful for the parent!

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