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Children’s Fairyland Membership: Is it Worth it?

Children’s Fairyland in Oakland is a wild and crazy place. It reminds me of the Brady Bunch or a throwback to the fifties. If you’re a tiny person (toddler or preschooler), it must seem like a strange little paradise. Fairyland membership is not cheap, but it might be worth it for your family. Let’s do the math.

Fairyland, Oakland photo by Sally Mason
Children’s Fairyland, Oakland photo by Sally Mason

In the past, I have found discount admissions Group deal sites, but finally, I broke down and we activated an annual membership.

Fairyland Oakland
Fairyland | Photo Anna Azimi

Regular Fairyland admission prices:

$15 for humans between the age of 1-100. Under one or over 100 is FREE.
Parking may be extra depending on where you park.
Magic Keys for talking Storybook Boxes are $3 at the park gates. Bring it back each visit.
Admission fees for special celebrations may vary.

Perks of Membership to Fairyland:

  • Unlimited park admission for each named adult member and up to 3 children (membership goes by the number of adults and requires a photo ID) on regular open days.
  • When a kid melts down, you can leave and not fret about the entrance price!
  • Invitation or early access to special member experiences.
  • The special-edition Fairyland key for each child (3) plus a bumper sticker
  • Discounted admission to seasonal special events like Halloween Jam and Fairy Winterland
  • Discounts on other special ticketed events and performances such as Theatre for the Very Young series (adorable!)
  • 10% discount at cafes and gift shops.
  • Discounts on catered birthday party packages, summer camp, and other park rentals
  • Early registration period for summer sleepovers.
Fairyland Jolly Trolly
Fairyland Jolly Trolly is always fun | Photo by Fairyland

What Fairyland Membership doesn’t get you:

  • Sleepovers are not discounted (but camps and birthday parties are)
  • Deals for other caregivers or friends after one single-use adult day pass.
  • Reciprocal agreements with other Bay Area or national attractions.

The break-even point on Fairyland “Magic Key” membership:

At $149, my family of five (two adults and three children over age one) would have to go to Fairyland just over two times in one calendar year to make the membership pay for itself (based on the full price of $15 per human over age one or $75 per visit).

Two or three visits per year is a decent amount. We won’t feel like we have to go every weekend, and yet, we have the flexibility to go whenever. Fairyland is great for any kids 8 years and younger.

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Other Fairyland membership levels to consider:

  • The Fairylander: One named adult + 3 children: $129
  • Willie the Whale: 3 named adults + 3 children: $169
  • The Jolly Trolly: 4 named adults + 3 children: $189
  • Wishing Well: 3 named adults + 1 adult guest + 3 children: $300

Interested? Register online >>

[Photos by Sally Mason and me; Rate information updated 4/14/22]

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3 thoughts on “Children’s Fairyland Membership: Is it Worth it?”

  1. We got a discounted family membership this year that we had paid off after only two visits. The best thing about it is exactly what you said–if someone decides to have a melt-down, we can leave immediately without feeling like we’ve wasted our money.

  2. Yes! For 1-4 year old who can enjoy an activity for 2-3 hours max, its perfect. We go about once a month and our membership enables us to just hit a few rides/sights/activities and leave before our son “hits the wall”. Everything is safe and caters intelligently to kids while allowing for parents needs too. Fairyland is refreshingly low-tech, this reinforces my belief that children gain the most fun and learning when they have to use their own talents to participate.

  3. The other nice thing about the membership is that the three named children do not have to be from your family, and each child gets their wn membership card. So two of my friends’ kids have their own membership, so my friends can take them and just pay for themselves and I can also take their child with me sometimes. It’s one of the best memberships, value-wise, that I have found.

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