California’s Great America has been busy this offseason, and whenever it reopens from its pandemic-induced closure, guests will notice a spruced-up park, carrying the momentum of the previous years’ work....
December 4th marked the Grand Opening of Roller Coaster Rampage at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach and everyone seemed impressed with the results. Thank you to Nancy Redden for doing the ribbon cutting.
Thank you to Nancy and Mike Chew for donating the 1950s vintage coaster car from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
If you are a member of ACE but could not attend the annual Yuletide Party, just show your ACE membership card on your next visit. You will receive a $5 discount on admission and a front row seat on Roller Coaster Rampage. A collection of roller coaster-themed pinball machines are soon to be added to the attraction area.
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is normally open to the public on weekends only, but the Museum of Fun has expanded its days of operation to include Sunday through Sunday from December 26th though January 2nd. Another new attraction will be unveiled during that week: The Devil’s Playground.
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a 501c3 nonprofit built and run almost entirely by volunteers. They would be thrilled to invite any ACE members to participate as volunteers.
Highlights at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach (PNATB) for December include a celebration of Walt Disney’s birthday on the 11th and 12th, with special presentations by Steve Segal, Pixar animator who worked on Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. For all the special activities at PNATB this month, check out: http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org/calendar_01.html
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach nonprofit Museum of Fun, open to the public every Saturday, Sunday, and school holiday. Open evenings for private events 365 days a year. 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530 (510) 592-3002. http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org . Admission $10 for kids (to 13), $10 for seniors (55 and up), and $15 for general admission. Admission includes 34 free pinball machines, penny arcades, carnival games, treasure hunts, miniature dioramas, and surprises around every corner. ACE members receive a $5.00 discount on admission upon presentation of their ACE membership cards.
web site: http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org
— Thanks to Richard Tuck for contributing this article.