In 1950, Children's Fairyland, a storybook theme park, featuring fairy-tale sets, farm animals, and live entertainment opened in Oakland. It is still there today, the original child-size buildings and rides lovingly maintained. A popular throwback to a simpler time. Fairyland is usually bustling with kids but our group was able to go after hours and had the place almost all to our selves. (I say almost because besides us the resident squirrels were out in force "cleaning" up all popcorn dropped by those kids!) I loved the buildings that looked like 3D sketches. Each was donated by an appropriate sponsor, The Brick House by The Associated Home Builders of Alameda County and Gepetto's Workshop by The Italian American Federation of the East Bay.