Children’s Fairyland warmly welcomes guests with learning differences, sensory sensitivities, and disabilities of any kind.
We offer a safe, familiar environment with engaging storybook sets surrounded by gardens. We are dedicated to making Fairyland a community in which all children can feel comfortable exploring, be celebrated for who they are, and have agency in their play and learning. We are also invested in being responsive to caregivers’ and teachers’ individual needs. Please email or call 510-452-2259, if you have any questions regarding park accessibility.
Plan Your Visit
As you pull onto Bellevue Ave., there is a drop-off zone on the right-hand side past the parking kiosk. Guests may be dropped off at the white curb and follow the paved path up toward the main entrance. There are several parking spaces available for guests with accessibility placards. For parking, the City of Oakland charges $2 for two hours on weekdays and $10 for a full weekday. Weekend and holiday parking is $5.
Days with Fewer Guests
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays often have lower attendance and noise levels. Please note, however, that Monday holidays such as Presidents’ Day and Labor Day may be busy. See Park Hours for our seasonal schedule.
A downloadable PDF story with pictures is available here to help you and your children get a sense of what to expect during your visit.
During Your Visit
Park Connections Map
A map of Children’s Fairyland highlighting sensory-engaging areas, calmer areas, and accessible restrooms may be downloaded here or obtained when you enter the park.
Ride Accessibility and Safety Information
- Anansi’s Magic Web:Two children can sit in each carriage; each child must be under 54 inches and under 90 pounds. No adults are permitted on this ride. Children must be able to sit up on their own and stay seated for the duration of the ride. This ride is not wheelchair accessible.
- Flecto Carousel: The ride has two bench seats and 20 horses total. Children must be between 38 and 54 inches tall and under 60 pounds to ride. This ride is not wheelchair accessible.
- Alice’s Wonder-Go-Round: This ride is currently under renovation and will reopen Summer 2019. This ride may be better suited for children with sensory sensitivities than the Flecto Carousel. No adults are permitted on this ride, but you may stand on the inside of the ride platform next to your child if your child is under 36 inches tall. It has six seats in all, and one seat that is not on a figure. This ride is not wheelchair accessible.
- The Jolly Trolly:This ride seats four to a car. Adults are welcome (at least one is required)! The trolly loads front to back and goes around the track twice. The entryway is 14 inches wide and has two steps. Please note that all guests must keep their hands inside the car at all times. This ride is not wheelchair accessible.
It is important on all rides to stay on the ride while it is in motion.
Puppet Show Script
A script of the day’s puppet show is available upon request at the front desk for guests with a hearing impairment.
Fully trained service animals leashed via a harness or collar are welcome at Children’s Fairyland. No therapy or emotional-support animals are permitted. Please see our Service Animal Policy here.
After Your Visit
Accessibility Feedback Form
We would love to hear how your visit to Children’s Fairyland went and how we may better meet your needs. You can find our individual Accessibility Feedback Form here and our Field Trips Feedback Form here.
Field trips for Special Education classes may use the drop-off zone on Bellevue Avenue. A Fairyland staff member will meet you outside the gate and go over our safety protocols.
We offer a free Horticulture Therapy program to field trip classes with special needs. We engage children with plants using all different modalities, including the five senses, pictures, spoken words, and written words. Please indicate your interest in the program on the field trip registration form. You’ll find a Social Story field trip addendum here.
Noise-Reducing Headphones and Tactile Tote
The front desk has two pairs of child-friendly noise-reducing headphones that may be signed out and then returned when you leave the park. If anyone in your party is feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated, they may also borrow our Tactile Tote, which contains several sensory toys.