This post is part of the Second Annual Sunshine Kids Blog Hop. This year we are focusing on great places to visit in California with kids! Be sure to link up your family-friendly California posts below, and visit my post on Native California from last year’s blog hop!
Fairy Tale Town has been a favorite destination for families in Sacramento for generations. Opened in 1959, it was one of a wave of storybook parks that opened around the United States during the 1950s and 60s, thanks in large part to the success of Disneyland. Yet Fairy Tale Town is one of the few still in operation today.
It is truly a magical place, where fairy tales and nursery rhymes come to life. Kids can slide down the beanstalk, climb up to Owl’s house in the 1000 Acre Wood, swing on the jungle gym in Sherwood Forest, and stop to pet the animals at Farmer Brown’s Barn.
There are 25 playsets in Fairy Tale Town, each based on a different childhood tale. In addition there are farm animals, two performing arts stages, and several gardens.
Since many of the features were built in the 1950s, there is a lot of concrete, but everything is very well maintained and safe for young visitors. In fact, there are only a few features (several of the high slides) that are not appropriate for very little ones. While older kids will find much to enjoy here, you will also see lots of toddlers moseying around the park.
On a recent visit, my preschooler and my toddler both enjoyed themselves immensely. The little one loved playing in the bright, colorful play areas just his size. My older son enjoyed it on a different level now that he is familiar with the stories on which the play areas are based. We spent an entire morning here and could have easily stayed longer.
In addition to all the fun attractions available on an everyday basis, there are also performances, special events, and summer camps. There is a cafe (the Dish and Spoon) plus plenty of picnic tables if you prefer to bring your own food.
If you visit during the summer, I suggest visiting in the morning to avoid the heat. Thankfully, though, even in the afternoons there is plenty of shade from the many trees in the park.
I highly recommend Fairy Tale Town as part of your California Staycation! It is a whimsical, magical place that you and your kiddos will enjoy. Afterwards you can head next door to beautiful William Land Park or just across the street to visit the Sacramento Zoo! (Combined tickets are available for Fairy Tale Town and the zoo).
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Sunshine Kids Blog Hop 2014
Summer is a great time to explore with your kids – and you don’t have to travel far to do it! California has so much to offer to families. Take a great staycation this summer by visiting your local treasures! In our second annual Sunshine Kids Blog Hop, we are focusing on our favorite places to visit with kids in California. Enjoy! And be sure to add your own family-friendly California posts in our linky at the bottom. You can also check out even more California posts on our collaborative Kid Friendly California Pinterest board!
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