July features some extra fun at Children’s Fairyland to fill those long summer days. The weekends are especially full, with arts and crafts from 12 to 2 p.m., “Animal of the Day” from 1 to 1:20 p.m., and special guest performances every weekend. More about those in a moment.

Fairyland is located at 699 Bellevue in Oakland, and its summer hours (weather permitting) are in full swing: weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $8 admission covers rides and entertainment.

For safety reasons, no adult is admitted without a child, and no child is admitted without an adult, so you do need to find a kid to go with you. Apparently, one’s “inner child” doesn’t count. Fortunately, it’s not usually too tough to find one willing to do the job.

At the Storybook Puppet Theater, shows run daily at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The timeless classic The Elves and the Shoemaker — with some fun casting additions and surprises — is playing there until July 11. On July 12, The Magic Blossom, an updated, kid-oriented spin on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, takes the stage:

Join King Oberon and Puck and the other fairies as they try to trick Queen Fairy Titania. One drop of dew in the eye from the magic flower will cause the infected to fall in love with the first person they see. But what happens when that person is a poor soul who has had his head turned into a donkey’s?!

Special events by weekend include:

July 6 and 7

1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Buki the Clown‘s silly, slapstick magic show delights viewers over the age of 3.

July 13 and 14

12:30 and 3 p.m.
Children’s Theatre presents Cowgirls!, a rip-roaring celebration of cowgirl culture featuring cowgirls of legend, and traditional western songs and stories.

1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Owen Baker-Flynn‘s “World Premiere” is a lively show featuring juggling, fire eating, and a multitude of surprises.

5:45 p.m.
Summer Sleepover! Experience the magic of Fairyland in the moonlight. Pitch your tent in the Teddy Bear Picnic area and enjoy dinner, rides, and entertainment under the stars. In the morning, wake up to the smell of fresh coffee, bagels, and cereal with our continental breakfast. Savor some quality time with your kids!

July 20 and 21

KQED Weekend: KQED members receive $1 off admission July 15 through 21.

12:30 and 3 p.m.
Children’s Theatre presents The Dragon in the Cloth. An orphan boy brings a fish home to keep for good luck, but the fish is a dragon princess who leads him on a journey below the waves and up to the moon and back in this Hmong fairy tale.

1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Fairyland favorite Blake Maxam, “The Wizard of Ahhhhs,” astounds and amazes children of all ages with his magic show.

July 27 and 28

12:30 and 3 p.m.
Children’s Theatre presents Nesruddin’s Donkey. A wise fool who triumphantly bumbles his way through life, Nesruddin stands with other tricky heroes from Anansi to Coyote to the Baal Shem Tov. In our story, he has all sorts of adventures and misadventures on his way to the market, and his donkey more often than not has the last laugh.

1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Jacquelyn Lynaugh as The Blue Fairy performs well-known folk songs and helping children make wishes come true with her crystal wand and fairy dust.

5:45 p.m.
Summer Sleepover! Experience the magic of Fairyland in the moonlight. Pitch your tent in the Teddy Bear Picnic area and enjoy dinner, rides, and entertainment under the stars. In the morning, wake up to the smell of fresh coffee, bagels, and cereal with our continental breakfast. Savor some quality time with your kids!

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