Here’s our schedule of events for the next few months.
If you prefer to plan ahead, check out our seasonal park hours and annual events.

Puppets are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. every day the park is open.

May 5

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: How The Little Dipper Came To Be. Clara is afraid of the dark, but when she has to enter the woods to fetch some water for her ailing mother, she learns a beautiful lesson about sharing, caring and believing.  This is a favorite bedtime story that was told to our own master puppeteer when he was just a little boy. Puppets, scenery and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Game Day. Come by the Teddy Bear Picnic Area and play with us! We have a variety of outdoor games and activities for kids of all ages to encourage problem-solving and motor skills.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Magician Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with his amazing and playful magic performance.

May 6

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: How The Little Dipper Came To Be. Clara is afraid of the dark, but when she has to enter the woods to fetch some water for her ailing mother, she learns a beautiful lesson about sharing, caring and believing.  This is a favorite bedtime story that was told to our own master puppeteer when he was just a little boy. Puppets, scenery and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Magician Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with his amazing and playful magic performance.

May 12: Garden Day

Enjoy gardening activities, learn about pollinators, and kids get to take away a seedling! 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: How The Little Dipper Came To Be. Clara is afraid of the dark, but when she has to enter the woods to fetch some water for her ailing mother, she learns a beautiful lesson about sharing, caring and believing.  This is a favorite bedtime story that was told to our own master puppeteer when he was just a little boy. Puppets, scenery and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

11:30 a.m. Join The Jitterbugs for a toe-tapping performance by colorful tap-dancing insects.

12 p.m. The Revels Roses will delight young and old alike with folk songs about Spring. The women of California Revels will be accompanied by fiddle, guitar, harp...and you, the audience!

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show presents the intriguing society of bees in a most entertaining way!

May 13

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: How The Little Dipper Came To Be. Clara is afraid of the dark, but when she has to enter the woods to fetch some water for her ailing mother, she learns a beautiful lesson about sharing, caring and believing.  This is a favorite bedtime story that was told to our own master puppeteer when he was just a little boy. Puppets, scenery and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Uncle Jer's Traveling Bee Show presents the intriguing society of bees in a most entertaining way!

May 19: Turn the Page! A children’s book festival.

Presented by Kaiser Permanente and sponsors St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Chronicle Books, the Association of Children’s Librarians, and 510 Families. 

All Day Laurel Book Store. Support your local bookseller by purchasing books by our featured authors and illustrators.

All Day Visit Oakland Public Library Fairyland Branch to sign up for a library card or use your creativity to make some bookish crafts with OPL librarians!

 

Author/Illustrator Meet & Greets. Meet more than 25 local authors and illustrators!  Buy books at the Laurel Book Store table and then visit the people who created them for signatures and to chat.

10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m Dev Petty (I Don’t Want to be a Frog), Meg Fleming (Ready, Set, Sail/ I Heart You), Elaine Miller Bond (Living Wild / Running Wild), Michael Slack (Shorty and Clem / Standroid and Dandroid Make a Mess)

11:10 a.m. - 12:20 a.m Jess Hong (Lovely), Erin Dealey (Babies Come From Airports), Emily Dove (Wendell the Narwhal / Are You There Little Elephant), Sandra V Feder (The Moon Inside)

12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m Maya Christina Gonzalez (Call Me Tree / They, She, He, Me, Free to Be!), Simone Shin (The Red Bicycle), Andrew Weiner & April Chu (Down by the River: A Family Fly Fishing Story)

1:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m Kamaria Lofton (My City is Oakland), Ana Aranda (The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra), Contance Anderson (A Stick Until…)

2:40 p.m. - 3 p.m. Tiffany Golden (Midnight Story Series), Alexandra Boiger (She Persisted / Max and Marla), Dashka Slater (Dangerously Ever After), Janay Brown-Wood (Imani’s Moon)

 

Author/Illustrator Presentations.Hear authors read their works aloud, see illustrators demonstrate their techniques, and learn about how children’s books are created!

10:30 a.m. See Innosanto Nagara as he reads from his book kid-empowering and community inspired books A is for Activist and  Counting on Community.

11:30 a.m. Watch author Gayle Pitman as she reads aloud from her joyful books A Church For All and This Day in June.

12:30 p.m. Join Nidhi Chanini as she reads aloud from her graphic novel PASHMINA and takes requests to draw live for the audience.

1:30 p.m. Share an inspiring moment with illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl and author Kate Schatz as they read from their books Rad American Women A-Z  and Rad Women Worldwide!

2:30 p.m. Join author Mac Barnett as he shares from some of his most whimsical and fun filled stories! 

 

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: How The Little Dipper Came To Be. Clara is afraid of the dark, but when she has to enter the woods to fetch some water for her ailing mother, she learns a beautiful lesson about sharing, caring and believing.  This is a favorite bedtime story that was told to our own master puppeteer when he was just a little boy. Puppets, scenery and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

May 20

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: How The Little Dipper Came To Be. Clara is afraid of the dark, but when she has to enter the woods to fetch some water for her ailing mother, she learns a beautiful lesson about sharing, caring and believing.  This is a favorite bedtime story that was told to our own master puppeteer when he was just a little boy. Puppets, scenery and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Fairyland favorite Blake Maxam, "The Wizard of Ahhhhs", astounds and amazes children of all ages with a full show of laughter and surprises.

May 26

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: How The Little Dipper Came To Be. Clara is afraid of the dark, but when she has to enter the woods to fetch some water for her ailing mother, she learns a beautiful lesson about sharing, caring and believing.  This is a favorite bedtime story that was told to our own master puppeteer when he was just a little boy. Puppets, scenery and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. The after-school MUSE Orchestra of the Oakland Symphony’s Music for Excellence program will perform their Spring Program with special guests Oakland Youth Chorus and emcee maestro Michael Morgan!

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Award-winning storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages.

May 27

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: How The Little Dipper Came To Be. Clara is afraid of the dark, but when she has to enter the woods to fetch some water for her ailing mother, she learns a beautiful lesson about sharing, caring and believing.  This is a favorite bedtime story that was told to our own master puppeteer when he was just a little boy. Puppets, scenery and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Award-winning storyteller John Weaver will entertain with his lively, humor-filled stories for children of all ages.

June 2

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why Mosquitoes Buzz In Our Ears. Journey with us to Africa, as we bring to life this funny jungle story. Everyone is tired of Mosquito, who buzzes around their heads and never stops talking. One day Iguana finds a way to stop the buzzing, and then the fun really begins. Join Python, Rabbit, Crow, Owl and King Lion as we share this colorful folk tale. Scenery by Lewis Mahlmann, puppets and script by Randal Metz.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Game Day. Come by the Teddy Bear Picnic Area and play with us! We have a variety of outdoor games and activities for kids of all ages to encourage problem-solving and motor skills.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Owen Baker Flynn with his "World Premiere", a lively show featuring juggling, fire juggling and a multitude of surprises.

June 3

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why Mosquitoes Buzz In Our Ears. Journey with us to Africa, as we bring to life this funny jungle story. Everyone is tired of Mosquito, who buzzes around their heads and never stops talking. One day Iguana finds a way to stop the buzzing, and then the fun really begins. Join Python, Rabbit, Crow, Owl and King Lion as we share this colorful folk tale. Scenery by Lewis Mahlmann, puppets and script by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Owen Baker Flynn with his "World Premiere", a lively show featuring juggling, fire juggling and a multitude of surprises.

June 9

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why Mosquitoes Buzz In Our Ears. Journey with us to Africa, as we bring to life this funny jungle story. Everyone is tired of Mosquito, who buzzes around their heads and never stops talking. One day Iguana finds a way to stop the buzzing, and then the fun really begins. Join Python, Rabbit, Crow, Owl and King Lion as we share this colorful folk tale. Scenery by Lewis Mahlmann, puppets and script by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. Presentation Day: Meet this year's Children's Fairyland Personalities at an inaugural ceremony & costume premiere performance!

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Magician Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with his amazing and playful magic performance.

June 10

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why Mosquitoes Buzz In Our Ears. Journey with us to Africa, as we bring to life this funny jungle story. Everyone is tired of Mosquito, who buzzes around their heads and never stops talking. One day Iguana finds a way to stop the buzzing, and then the fun really begins. Join Python, Rabbit, Crow, Owl and King Lion as we share this colorful folk tale. Scenery by Lewis Mahlmann, puppets and script by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Magician Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with his amazing and playful magic performance.

June 16 & 17

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why Mosquitoes Buzz In Our Ears. Journey with us to Africa, as we bring to life this funny jungle story. Everyone is tired of Mosquito, who buzzes around their heads and never stops talking. One day Iguana finds a way to stop the buzzing, and then the fun really begins. Join Python, Rabbit, Crow, Owl and King Lion as we share this colorful folk tale. Scenery by Lewis Mahlmann, puppets and script by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Rapunzel. She just wants to see the world, but between a bad hair day, a silly prince and some intense helicopter parenting, who can get away?  A fresh and irreverent retelling of the classic fairytale. Written by Corinna Rezzelle

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Jacquelyn Lynaugh as The Blue Fairy appears with her guitar, Prince Charming. She will be performing well known folk songs and helping children make wishes come true with her crystal wand and fairy dust.

June 23 & 24

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why Mosquitoes Buzz In Our Ears. Journey with us to Africa, as we bring to life this funny jungle story. Everyone is tired of Mosquito, who buzzes around their heads and never stops talking. One day Iguana finds a way to stop the buzzing, and then the fun really begins. Join Python, Rabbit, Crow, Owl and King Lion as we share this colorful folk tale. Scenery by Lewis Mahlmann, puppets and script by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: Crows. A mysterious ogre lays a curse on a pirate crew, transforming them into crows. Off they fly to complete exciting quests and win back their their human form in the process! Adapted from fairytales about crows and ravens from Italy, Korea, Greece, and China and inspired by the many crows that make Fairyland their home. Written by Doyle Ott

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall. 

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Brian Scott combines magic, comedy and oddities to create a show called Bizarre and Strange that is enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

June 30 & July 1

11 a.m. & 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Puppet Show: Why Mosquitoes Buzz In Our Ears. Journey with us to Africa, as we bring to life this funny jungle story. Everyone is tired of Mosquito, who buzzes around their heads and never stops talking. One day Iguana finds a way to stop the buzzing, and then the fun really begins. Join Python, Rabbit, Crow, Owl and King Lion as we share this colorful folk tale. Scenery by Lewis Mahlmann, puppets and script by Randal Metz.

12 p.m. - 2 p.m The Marilynn O'Hare Arts & Crafts Center is open with activities geared toward children and their families.

12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Children's Theatre presents: In the Land of Morning Calm. Is your fortune what you find, or what you do while you're finding it? A boy sets off on a journey only to find a dragon with nasal congestion, a winged horse with an attitude, and a host of other eccentric characters in this classic story based on a Korean folktale.

1 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Animal of the Day! Come up close and learn about one of our animal friends. Which one of Fairyland's feathered, furry or woolly creatures will it be today? Find out at the Humpty Dumpty wall.

1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Fairyland favorite Blake Maxam, "The Wizard of Ahhhhs", astounds and amazes children of all ages with a full show of laughter and surprises.