Best Reason to Borrow Someone Else’s Kid

Children's Fairyland

Four hundred miles closer than Disneyland, $50 cheaper, and a thousand
times more laid-back, there’s Fairyland, a half-park/half-amusement
park with a $7 admission ticket. Fairyland, which lacks fairies, might
be more accurately named “FairyTale Land.” It’s a monument to
children’s literature, with storybooks your grandparents read rendered
in 3-D so you can climb on them. Built in 1950, when America was rich
enough to splurge on ten acres of amusement for the kids but not yet
entrenched in hyperconsumerist insanity, the park has puppet shows
every few hours, affordable hot dogs, and a tiny, un-scary Ferris
wheel. Slide down a dragon’s belly, climb to the crow’s nest of a
pirate ship, or run through Alice’s rabbit hole and get confused in a
house of cards. Hang out in trapezoidally proportioned little houses
and board a tiny Noah’s Ark that’s a bird sanctuary. Or just dig in the
sandbox while your grown-up buys an espresso from the barista in the
giant stucco pumpkin. Adults aren’t allowed in without kids, so if you
babysit, have relatives under ten, or you’re just into slightly trippy,
goofily proportioned, refreshingly old-school kids’ amusement
facilities, this is the place to take your charges.

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