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Children's Fairyland in Oakland

699 Bellevue Avenue

Friday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Weather permitting



Children's Fairyland at Lake Merritt in Oakland.

Fairyland is an amalgamation of fantasyland and the inner workings of a toddler's imaginative brain.  My adult friend begged me to visit this special place because she had heard so many positive things about it.

Before Disneyland, in 1948 Oakland businessman Arthur Navlet had an idea. He took his proposal for a storybook theme park, featuring fairy-tale sets, farm animals and live entertainment, and with the support of Oakland’s parks superintendent, the city of Oakland raised the money needed to build the Children’s Fairyland.

There are characters wandering around, storytimes, whimsical rides, animals, gardens and more. Visit Mr. McGregor's Garden and search for monarch butterflies or say hello to the mini horses, goats, donkeys, ducks, baby doll sheep, guinea pigs, and Puff, the magic bearded dragon.

There are also always a ton of events Check out their updated list of events here.



Good for young kids Outdoor Seating Interactive Activities Farm Animals
Thoughtfully captured by:
Emily Coleman
Emily Coleman is a Jersey girl born and raised who caught the outdoor bug upon moving to Vermont to pursue a degree in Adventure Education and Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College. She spent most of her years before college deeply entrenched in the world of competitive cheerleading before discovering a passion for outdoor sports including mountain biking, white water kayaking, bikepacking, backpacking, slacklining, rock climbing, and skiing. Having been surrounded by children her entire life in her mother's daycare, she always had a strong affinity for kids. She moved to the mountains of Jackson Hole after graduating to coach for the local Kayak Club during the summers and nanny in the winters. Becoming a part of the Happy Active Family team felt like the perfect collision of her passion for building strong community bonds and encouraging an outdoor lifestyle.
More activities by Emily
Play to learn at the creative and interactive Jackson Hole Children’s Museum
An open gymnastics gym for children.
A community-built natural space with lakes, grassy knolls, walking/biking paths, and – in the winter – snow activities too.

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