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We’ve spent decades inspiring young children, and during that time we’ve had our share of the spotlight. Please read on for more information, and don’t miss out on behind-the-scenes insight from our executive director C.J. Hirschfield in her “Once Upon A Time at Fairyland” column for the Piedmont Post.

 

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Koit Radio Interview on “Today’s World”

C.J. Hirschfield, Today’s World

October 13, 2013

Executive Director C.J. Hirschfield joined the show to talk about Children's Fairyland history and all the great events offered for parents and kids.

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Emancipation Proclamation at Oakland’s Fairyland

C.J. Hirschfield, Oakland Local

July 19, 2013

C.J. praises Fairyland's interns from Beyond Emancipation, an organization dedicated to helping former foster children thrive.

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Cajitas de cuentos en español en Children's Fairyland

Letecia Mendoza, Al Dia

June 12, 2013

“al Dia con Leticia Mendoza” interviews Bambi and Daniel Ordonez, mother-and-son voice talent for Fairyland’s Spanish-language Talking Storybook Boxes.

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Celebrating “Love Our Lake Day” at Oakland’s Lake Merritt

C.J. Hirschfield, Oakland Local

June 12, 2013

Children’s Fairyland celebrates “Love Our Lake Day,” which featured the Lake Merritt Boulevard grand opening celebration, made possible by the passage of Oakland Bond Measure DD a decade ago.

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Once Upon A Time at Fairyland: Hospitality begins at home

C.J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

June 5, 2013

Children’s Fairyland is pleased to partner with local establishments that believe that creating community is just good business.

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San Francisco Shakespeare performs “A Midsummer Night's Dream” at Children's Fairyland

Jane Tyska, San Jose Mercury News

March 15, 2013

Over 400 second and third-grade students attended the event, which was aimed at improving literacy.

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Oakland's Fairyland Children's Theater teaches kids it's cool to be kind

Martin Snapp, Contra Costa Times

January 17, 2013

The heart of the Children’s Theatre program: big kids being nice to little kids.

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Once Upon A Time at Fairyland: Jack and Jill Hill: Low tech, high fun

C.J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

August 1, 2012

Fairyland’s new Jack and Jill Hill was an instant hit with kids.

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Once Upon A Time at Fairyland: Wanna make a puppet?

C.J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

July 21, 2012

Learning how to make puppets the “Fairyland Way”.

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Once Upon a Time at Fairyland: The animal effect

C.J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

June 6, 2012

When you bring together special kids and special animals, magic happens at Children’s Fairyland.

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Once Upon a Time at Fairyland: The power of partnering

C.J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

April 18, 2012

How Fairyland is able to welcome 2300 Head Start kids for Literacy Day.

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Once Upon a Time at Fairyland: That first job

C.J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

April 11, 2012

When people think of Children’s Fairyland, they probably don’t think of us as a place where thousands of young people got their very first jobs. But it’s true!

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Once Upon a Time at Fairyland: Bench press

C.J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

March 7, 2012

Artist/juggler/fire-eater Owen Baker Flynn talks about the whimsical benches he paints for Fairyland.

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Once Upon A Time at Fairyland: Fashion Forward!

C.J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

January 26, 2011

Fairyland provides the setting for fashion company ModCloth’s spring collection photo shoot.

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Children's Fairyland nears 60-year mark

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

July 23, 2010

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Once Upon A Time at Fairyland: When Fantasy Worlds Collide

C. J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

February 27, 2008

Scientific Art Studio craftsmen craft the model bunny for the top of Aesop’s Playhouse.

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Once Upon A Time at Fairyland: Daniel Schmidt and the Creation of Fairy Music Farm

C. J. Hirschfield, Piedmont Post

September 30, 2007

Our Fairy Music Farm interactive play structure features six custom-crafted musical instruments designed by master instrument builder Daniel Schmidt.

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Fairyland offers a childlike kingdom

Martin Snapp, Contra Costa Times

May 19, 2007

Puddles the Duck is having a great spring.

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“I've been serving on the board of Children's Fairyland for just over a year now…”

Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle

January 30, 2007

“See, here's the thing about the magic of childhood -- it's pretty darned weird.”

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Behind the scenes: C.J. Hirschfield directs Children's Fairyland

Mavis Scanlon, East Bay Business Times

April 7, 2006

Not every executive has to double-check her schedule for puppet meetings before setting up an interview. But when you run a venerable theme park replete with a renowned puppet theater, meetings about marionettes are part of the territory.

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Kiddie Heaven: Children’s Fairyland

Stephanie Wright Hession, San Francisco Chronicle

June 29, 2006

Oakland park that once inspired Walt Disney nurtures youngsters' minds.

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Press Releases

Children’s Fairyland to Preview New Children’s Community Theater

June 23, 2008

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Oakland’s Venerable Fairytale Theme Park Invites Bay Area to “Never Grow Up”

May 16, 2007

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Children's Fairyland Ushers in New Year With Milestones

March 12, 2007

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Chick Lit: Children's Fairyland’s “Dr. Doolittle” Releases Storybook for Children

January 30, 2007

Animal caregiver’s book based on true chicken love story.

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