Fairytale Town is a 3.5-acre children’s playground and outdoor children’s museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life. Located in William Land Park in Sacramento, Fairytale Town has been a joy to millions of guests, inspiring imagination , creativity and literacy since it opened in 1959. Over 25 bright and colorful play sets give young children a background to their favorite stories, encourage creative discovery, and exercise their minds and bodies on child-friendly slides across the lush grounds.
Home to friendly pets from the pages of favorite children’s stories, children can meet Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s Garden and see the sheep that Mary brought to school one day. Small gardeners can help water seasonal vegetable beds and search for an alphabet of exotic plants. Small adventurers can join Robin Hood’s Merry Men band in Sherwood Forest ‘s extensive play fort. Children can go down Jack’s Beanstalk, ride Cinderella’s carriage, and burn up extra energy on the Crooked Mile, a favorite play structure for generations to come.
King Arthur ‘s Castle has been a place for an unforgettable birthday party for three generations. Annual memberships make it easy for today’s families to make Fairytale Town part of their lives, with free admission and twelve-month parking discounts.
The year-round special events, theater performances and educational programs celebrate holidays, introduce multicultural themes, promote literacy and offer creative experiences to thousands of visitors.
Fairytale Town has a variety of animals to provide children with interactive learning opportunities. Their animals are as unique as our park; each of them is selected for its own unique characteristics, such as size, coat texture or country of origin. Some of their animals have been listed in the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
The family of farm animals in Fairytale Town is out in their corrals when the park opens. In the afternoon, animal feed usually begins between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and is taken away for the night. They are also often brought out on the lawn by our pet keeper during the day, so that children can see them close up during animal introductions.
The Sacramento Play Summit, held annually in September, is a one-day conference aimed at highlighting the importance of children’s play in the development of children, the many types of play, the way play is incorporated into everyday life and school life, and more.
This conference is ideal for adults who work with children: pre-school and primary educators, early childhood education specialists, childcare providers, post-school program administrators and practitioners, parks and recreation professionals, physical education professionals, parents and grandparents.
Fairytale Town also offers a Children’s Theater. Sacramento Children’s Theater is the longest running community theater program in our region, spanning more than 75 years. The program has entertained and taught countless children with lively and educational music theater productions. For many children, this is the first and sometimes only live theater they ‘re going to experience.
Since the 1940s, the Junior League of Sacramento has been dedicated to providing this free program to over 18,000 local elementary school children, a tradition that Fairytale Town is pleased to continue and make possible for the community. Fairytale Town works with community members who act as playwrights, actors, backstage assistants, costume sewers, pros.