Saturday, August 22, 2009

Day 691 - Fairytale Town

When you live in Southern California, you are surrounded by multi-million dollar amusement parks. You have Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Hugh Hefner's grotto (I'd like a Fastpass for the grotto, please!). But when you're living in Sacramento the closest thing you have to an amusement park is one of two places: the Capitol and Fairytale Town.

Fairytale Town is a 2.5 acre children's play park that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. It opened its doors on August 29th, 1959 at a cost of $107,000 which is currently equivalent to the amount of money I spend yearly on Nair and Aspray. The whole concept behind Fairytale Town is to bring to life classic fairy tales like Mother Goose, Peter Rabbit, and Freddy Krueger. It's a cute place that can be enjoyed by everyone. Except pedophiles. You definitely don't want pedophiles at Fairytale Town.

Crazy Grandma Ichikawa was very excited to take Emma and Andrew to Fairytale Town. She took Auntie Anne (pretzel maven) and yours truly when we were little kids, so it's a little like that whole circle of life thing, but only if Simba gave birth to Japanese twins.

The whole family spent about an hour at the park, and the kids had a really good time. Here are a handful of pictures with appropriate captions...

The entrance to Fairytale Town. Notice the signs that warn you to duck your head underneath the low bridge. Obviously, the sign was not made for short Asian families.

The Little Engine That Could...not stop Andrew from reenacting the exciting climax to the runaway subway sequence in Spiderman 2.

Emma huffed and puffed and...ate all three little pigs.

This is either a Jack and the Beanstalk slide or the Jolly Green giant's aorta.

"Yo Ho! Yo Ho!" shouts Emma to grab Mommy's attention.

Jack and...


Andrew and Emma did not enjoy the Freddy Krueger Carriage of Blood ride.

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