Fairy Tales Come to Life (Mar, 1952)

Fairy Tales Come to Life

Children’s Fairyland in Lakeside Park. Oakland, Calif., includes Noah’s Ark which houses a pair of very active monkeys and floats in a small lagoon.

The Little Red Schoolhouse is the home of Carrie, the black sheep and Mary’s little lamb plus mama. Eighteen sets spread over two acres, cost $50,000.

Willie the Blue Whale is one of the most popular attractions. A ramp leads down his open mouth into his tummy where real fish swim in a plastic bubble.

In a castle in Mousetown lives a family of white mice. Most city children never saw sheep, mice, pigs before Fairyland.

Hickory, Dickory Dock is made so that when white mice run on a tread line, clock strikes one, delighting the youngsters.

Goosey, Goosey Gander’s castle has towers of purple, yellow and raspberry. Two geese live in surrounding moat.

2 comments
  1. Stannous says: May 23, 20075:38 pm

    Still open, recently extensively renovated:
    http://www.fairyland.or…

    Color pics, etc.

  2. Jeff says: January 17, 20081:30 pm

    Wow! I remember coming here with my uncle when I was four, and that was 1976..! Nice to know it’s still around, too.

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