ABC Volunteer Day at Children's Fairyland - October 16, 2010

About the Event...

On October 16, 2010, ABC volunteers got together at Children's Fairyland in Oakland to spruce up areas of the park in time for their Halloween Jack O'Lantern Jamboree. ABC volunteers worked with Fairyland staff to beautify the park by mulching, painting and removing an old fence. Throughout the day the volunteers were visited by children dressed as fairies, princesses and other characters (spiderman and batman made appearances), all anxious to find out what we were up to. We managed to accomplish more than we ever thought we could, especially given our numbers and the short time frame - it was a huge success. We would like to send out a special thank you to the staff at Fairyland that helped us organize and carry out this fun event, especially Robin, Ann, Jessica and Dan. A huge thanks also goes out to our volunteers that were able to help out so early on a Saturday morning. We hope to see you all again at the Jamboree over Halloween weekend.

Below are some pictures of the event:



Thank You From Children's Fairyland

Information about Children's Fairyland

Children's Fairyland is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Oakland California that provides endless days of fun and learning for young children in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fairyland gives discounted admission to low income families, allowing all children to have a care free and fun filled day at this amazing park. Please visit Fairyland's website for up to date information on upcoming activities and events:

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Children's Fairyland, U.S.A. was the first theme park in the United States created to cater to families with young children. Located in Oakland, California on the shore of Lake Merritt, Fairyland includes 10 acres (40,000 m2) of play sets, small rides, and animals. The park is also home to the Open Storybook Puppet Theater, the oldest continuously operating puppet theater in the United States.

Fairyland was built in 1950 by the Oakland Lake Merritt Breakfast Club. The sets were designed by artist and architect William Russell Everritt. On a 1947 trip to the Detroit children's zoo in Belle Isle Park, Oakland nurseryman Arthur Navlet saw a collection of small nursery rhyme themed buildings, and wanted to create something similar in Oakland's Lake Merritt Park. His hope, though, was to create much larger sets that children could climb in and interact with. After getting the backing of the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club, a civic organization devoted to improving the park, he took his ideas to William Penn Mott, Jr., then director of Oakland's parks department. Mott and the Breakfast Club were able to raise $50,000 from Oakland citizens among the sponsors: Earl Warren, Clifford E. Rishell, Joseph R. Knowland and Thomas E. Caldecott to create the park.

Navlet hired fantasy architect William Russell Everritt to design the original 17 sets. Everritt originally presented models which followed a standard fantasy architecture: straight-sided, "precious" buildings in gingerbread and candy. When told his models were too staid, he delightedly destroyed them and came back with buildings with no straight sides and outre colors and textures. It was exactly what Navlet was looking for.

The park was nationally recognized for its unique value, and during the City Beautiful movement of the 1950s it inspired numerous towns to create their own parks. Walt Disney even came to Fairyland often to get ideas for Disneyland.

Numerous artists have contributed exhibits, murals, puppetry, and sculptures to the park. Some of the better-known artists are Ruth Asawa and Frank Oz.

The park has rides like the spiderweb Ferris wheel, carousels and the Jolly Trolly (a train).

For safety reasons, Fairyland admits adults only when they’re accompanied by children and children only when they’re accompanied by adults.