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Children’s Fairyland celebrates its 60th anniversary

on September 12, 2010

The Oakland amusement park Children’s Fairyland celebrated its 60th anniversary this weekend with two days of special events and activities.  The park, which is geared towards young children, opened on September 2, 1950, and is credited as the first storybook-themed park in the nation. “Fairyland was one of the parks Walt Disney visited in developing the concept for Disneyland,” said C.J. Hirschfield, executive director of Fairyland.

In honor of the park’s birthday, this weekend Fairyland hosted a series of special performing artists, including performances by members of the Screen Actors Guild and Dance 10 Performing Arts Center.  The park welcomed back Fairyland founders and past performers and offered free birthday cake to visitors on Saturday.

Children’s Fairyland is located on Lake Merritt at Grand and Bellevue Avenues.  The 60th anniversary celebration will conclude on Sunday at 4:30pm.  For more information about Children’s Fairyland, including pricing and hours of operation, please visit

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1 Comment

  1. Susan Nelson on October 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Prior to the 60th celebration at Fairyland, there was a request for pictures of people who had been to Fairyland any time during their life. I was wondering if there was going to be any type of book published that would contain the photos. When I was a child in the 1950’s, we lived in Oakland and had so many happy days at Fairyland.

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