Community Outreach Program
Community Outreach increases access to Fairyland for under-served children and families.
We believe that every child should have access to Fairyland. In 2018, we waived the admission fee for more than 9,000 guests through field trips, free passes distributed through our community partners, and the Discover & Go Program. Fairyland provides subsidized memberships to income-qualifying families in our community, through our partners, and by direct application. We also host family days in collaboration with organizations such as City of Oakland Head Start, Oakland Rotary, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and East Bay Economic Development Alliance. Homeless families currently registered with an Alameda County shelter may visit with meal passes and a round trip Lyft ride provided.
If your organization is interested in collaborating, please contact Vicky Chen, Director of Community Outreach and Education.
We'd like to thank major donors who support our Education and Community Outreach Program:
Clorox Company Foundation, First 5 Alameda County, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Lyft, Milligan Family Foundation, Oakland Literacy Coalition, Oakland Rotary, Philanthropic Ventures Fund, Quest Foundation, Rogers Family Foundation, and Kerrilee Wong.
Transportation and admission fees can be a barrier for schools that want to give children an educational and enriching field-trip experience. The Community Outreach Program offers qualifying schools, preschools, and community groups a magical field-trip experience with admission fee waived. In some cases, transportation and Magic Keys are provided.
To qualify for a subsidized field trip, your organization must meet the following criteria:
- Serve low-income children in pre-K to second grade
- Be unable to afford to come to Fairyland
To book a field trip use the “Register” button below. If you don’t qualify for an admission-free field trip, or funds are no longer available, you will have the option to book a field trip at the subsidized rate of $6 per person. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for application processing and confirmation. If you have any questions about the process, please email Vicky Chen at email@example.com.
We offer optional 30-minute life-science lessons for $40 per session for up to 25 children. Dr. Doolittle brings children up close to our farm animals, while Beanstalk gives children hands-on experience with our plants and gardens. You can add the option when completing your field trip request.
Discover & Go
Children’s Fairyland is part of the Discover & Go program, which provides free and reduced price admission to Bay Area cultural attractions through local libraries. Residents in selected zip codes may be admitted with one free child (ages 1-2) with one paying adult. Visit your local library’s website to check out passes. The Discover and Go pass must be presented at the box office to receive the free child admission.
94103, 94108, 94110, 94124, 94133, 94509, 94518, 94519, 94520, 94521, 94525, 94531, 94541, 94542, 94544, 94545, 94547, 94553, 94561, 94564, 94565, 94572, 94577, 94578, 94579, 94601, 94603, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94608, 94609, 94612, 94621, 94702, 94703, 94709, 94710, 94801, 94803, 94804, 94805, and 94806
* Admission for children under 1 is free. A limited quantity of tickets is available. Free passes are not valid for Jack o’Lantern Jamboree (weekend before Halloween) and Fairy Winterland (mid December – before Christmas). Please check our calendar for specific dates.
Fairyland’s Community Outreach Program offers a limited number of subsidized family memberships to qualifying low-income families through a direct application process.
The membership is good for one year and the benefits include park admission for each member (up to 2 adults and 3 children), a Magic Key for each child, and discounts to gift shop, café, birthday parties, and summer camp. To submit an application, please download and complete this form. Application may be mailed or dropped off in person.
Homeless Family Initiative for Shelters
Fairyland provides a safe and fun place for children and families experiencing homelessness. We hope to ease the disruption and anxiety they face during this difficult time. A round-trip ride between Fairyland and the shelter may be arranged through Lyft. In addition, the family will be given meal passes redeemable from Fairyland’s café.
If your organization serves homeless families with young children, please contact Vicky Chen.
This program is funded by First 5 Alameda County and Lyft.