Stroll through Fairyland and you’ll see the ways in which we put our commitment into action:
- Our Reading Room is a cozy storybook hut filled with books for readers of all ages—from colorful picture books to children’s magazines to chapter books.
- The Marilynn O’Hare Art Center, open on weekends, invites children to express themselves with crayons, clay, paint, and other art materials.
- A field trip to Fairyland can enhance your teaching curriculum while giving kids a memorable day away from the classroom, in a beautiful park on the shores of Lake Merritt.
There are a few animals. But they are not for petting. However, my daughter did spend 15+ minutes sitting on a rail, watching the donkeys (at the Pinocchio attraction):
Just-right doorways for toddlers (mine pictured):
There are story book boxes throughout the park. You put in a Fairyland Key (one time fee of $2) to listen to the story that corresponds to the attraction. Surprise, surprise I LOVE that they have this! What a great way to promote literacy! BTW- this "big girl" (a total stranger to us), was not to thrilled to have a toddler pecking at her heels.
Alice and Wonderland's Maze of Cards:
Wild West Junction. Kids (only) can climb inside of these structures. Great for preschoolers on up:
Willie the Whale. Kids (best for kids 3+) can climb inside the Whale's mouth:
The park is trying to bring things somewhat up to date by adding attractions such as, The Woman Who Outshone the Sun:
Mary Mary, Quite Contrary:
I'm getting excited just writing this post! There is so much we didn't get to explore on our first trip: the puppet theater, the Alice and Wonderland tunnel, the musical tunnel, the reading room, the chapel, etc... Good thing we got a membership! I look forward to reading these stories with my daughter, and helping her make connections with what she read and what she's experiencing when she visits the park.