Children’s Fairyland: The Coolest Place in Oakland for Kids

Children’s Fairyland: The Coolest Place in Oakland for Kids

Disney might be known as “the most magical place on Earth,” but Oakland has its own location filled with wonder, magic, and excitement. Children’s Fairyland offers the numerous activities and events designed to foster your child’s growth through the simple act of having fun. Just a short distance away from the Hercules CA apartments, here’s what your little ones can enjoy all year-round.

**What Is Children’s Fairyland?

The San Francisco Magazine once said that Children’s Fairyland is, “as miniature and uncynical as a toddler’s beating heart.” This 10-acre wonderland offers children the chance to escape into a whimsical, magical fantasy world. At the same time, it encourages their creative side as they learn through the various games and installations featured throughout the park.

What to Expect

Literary, scientific, social, and creative education create the four pillars of Fairyland’s learning experience. There are plenty of events and installations for kids to enjoy during their trip to Children’s Fairyland. From masterfully performed shows at the longest running puppet theater in the United States to gala dinners and storybook settings, your child can have a unique experience on each visit.

Puppet Shows

Children’s Fairyland creates original productions on their historic puppet stage. Scripts, costumes, and even music are design by the talented puppeteers who create magical displays for little guests. Randal J. Metz, who trained with Lewis Mahlmann since grade-school, is the mastermind behind the orchestration of these elaborate, fun, and educational shows.

The Camp

The summer day camp is designed for children ages five through ten, hosted daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (early pickup options are available before 3 p.m.) The camp places a dual emphasis on fostering imagination and social-emotional development. With the help of highly experiences staff members, weekly themes encourage growth through games, crafts, and activities. Park exploration is still a major part of the experience, as us the opportunity for children to work together as they create original plays.

To ensure that each child gets the individual attention they need, space for the camp is limited to 36 children each week. They are divided into three groups of twelve with numerous staff members attending each.

The Theater

Aesop’s Playhouse, the main stage at Fairyland, hosts exciting plays with talented cast members from June through October. Characters from folklore and children’s literature come alive on the stage, while members of the theater program put on their own original shows. Special acts like Esphyr Slobodkina’s “Circus Caps for Sale” can also be found playing throughout the summertime.

Children eight through ten who love to sing, dance, and act will love the theater program at Children’s Fairyland. This unique opportunity gives them more than 50 hours of performance training from professional artists and educators as they work on teamwork, leadership, and building confidence.

Plays focus on themes like friendship and cultural understanding, with instructors instilling positive values that children will carry into their adult lives and future careers. This program also has participants help with Fairyland events in the form of face painting, assisting with crafts, and being ambassadors during parades.


Toddlers can enjoy a lively and brain-engaging story time hosted by librarian trained volunteers each Friday. By combining reading aloud with singing and movement, language development is encouraged in an exciting way. Each session offers 20 minutes that concentrate on early literacy activities before children can run free in the park as they continue to learn through play.

The Summer Sleepover

Each summer, parents and children are invited to camp out right inside of Children’s Fairyland. Rides, special performances, and dinner create a magical night of fun and parent-child bonding. Before you leave in the morning, don’t forget to enjoy the continental breakfast.

Annual Events

Fairyland hosts special celebration throughout the year on specific holidays. Halloween features spooktastic costumes, while December turns the park into Fairy Winterland with a light parade, visits from Santa, and more. Throughout the year, you can also find adult-only events ranging from charity benefits to art galas.

Even More

There are events taking place at Children’s Fairyland throughout the year. To stay up to date on what’s happening, check out the schedule of events page. It contains a breakdown of day by day events for the next two months.

Hercules CA Apartments

With a premier location in the Bay Area, Aventine places you moments away from this children’s paradise. Combining the best aspects of contemporary coastal and comfortable living, these new apartment homes are thoughtfully designed with modern interiors, spacious floor plans, and hotel-style amenities that elevate your sense of living.

Homes at Aventine provide their residents with 10’-14’ high ceilings, bay windows for immaculate views, and the finest in modern furnishings. Wood-style plank flooring and modern cabinetry bring out the beauty of quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances. Walk-in closets provide ample space for your wardrobe, while full-size washers and dryers eliminate the tedium of community laundry.

The community at Aventine is designed to provide you with everything you need just outside your front door. Stay in shape with the on-site fitness studio, relax after a long day in the lounge, entertain guests on the clubroom terrace or find a good read in the library. Even furry residents are treated to the luxe life via the elaborate pet parlor. Each amenity creates a level of comfort and convenience while boasting premium materials in their construction for an all-around luxurious experience.

Located right on the bay, your home places the best of the area’s fine dining, premier shopping, and entertainment within your reach. Your home rests between metropolitan NorCal life and the scenic natural environments that the state is known for. Easy access to the area’s public transportation options allow you to enjoy it all any time you wish.

We invite you to experience Bay Area life in an entirely new light. The homes at Aventine are more than just another California address, they redefine the concept of opulence and easy living. Welcome to an elevated apartment experience. Welcome to Aventine.

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