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“I wish we took our kids when they were younger”

Children's Fairyland
Ranked #9 of 124 things to do in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Children's books come to life at this ten-acre outdoor park that displays 30 colorful sets depicting make-believe lands of Alice in Wonderland, Captain Hook and others.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Livermore, California
Level 5 Contributor
32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“I wish we took our kids when they were younger”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

We came here because of a groupon. I knew it was mean for younger kids, our younger son had fun but our older son didn't enjoy it as much. Which is why I wish we had taken them here when they wereboth a little younger.
The attractions are old, paint peeling off. Some just look really old and rickety. But you know what, the kids don't notice that kind of stuff, we do! So if we're excited and we have fun, guess what? They will too! And if you're taking them here, it probably means you're a n awesome parent looking for good family fun! Before visiting here, make sure you read tons of fairy tale stories and nursery rhymes, it'll make this world so muchmore alive for them. Enjoy :)

Visited September 2012
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Oakland, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Charming Old School Attraction”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I went here as a child. It is a rare type of attraction for this century's children, in that it is not a commercial venture, and you can feel that aspect throughout your visit. Our friend's rambunctious 6 year old had a blast. His favorites included the magic show, dragon slide and Alice in Wonderland maze. It was spiffed up a few years ago, but didn't have its magic taken away along with its tarnish. Puppet shows are unique and worth watching. I love the WPA-ish structures and gentle approach to childhood taken here. Lovely.

Best for younger kids; adults not allowed in without kids.

Visited May 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A Little Patch of Wonder”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's for kids of all ages. A great respite from work-day stress. Surrounded by lush gardens and the beautiful Lake Merritt smack in the middle of town, just blocks from the office. Peaceful and serene: Geese a-swimming (and begging to be fed), a petting zoo and all sorts of wonders for the young and the young-at heart.

Visited November 2012
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Place for Small Children”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our children loved Fairyland when they were small. The puppet shows are fun and the small amusement rides suitable for small fry. This is a bit of a time travel back to simpler and kinder times. Enjoy yourself.

Visited August 2012
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San Francisco, California
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Fun for the little ones”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is good for kids under 6. The puppet shows are fun. The park is fairly small but wonderful for young kids. It's kind of expensive but then I remember when it was practically free. It's worth the money to buy a key which the child puts in a little box which plays a song that matches the exhibit.

Visited August 2012
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