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....
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach June highlights:
June 5 and 6: “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over!” Celebration
Celebrate the beginning of summer vacation here at Playland with special games and surprises.
June 12 and 13: Eartha Kitt Weekend and Craft Fair
The President of the Eartha Kitt Fan Club will be here to show off rare memorabilia, along with a special tribute to the singer/dancer/actress. Playland is also hosting its very first Crafts Fair on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
June 19 and 20: Father’s Day Weekend
On both Saturday and Sunday all dads get in for half price with the purchase of a regular priced ticket.
June 26 and 27: Playland’s Time Machine: The 1940s
Enjoy the music, movies and entertainment of the 1940s decade at Playland. Big Band Music, Jack Benny, the Andrew Sisters and much more.
Monday — Friday, June 28 — July 2: Magic Workshop 2010 with Mike Della Penna
Playland’s first summer camp! Come join teacher and popular performer Mike Della Penna for a week of magic instruction at Playland Not-at-the-Beach! Get more information on this week of magic classes, a kind of magic camp for all ages here: http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org/magiccamp2010.html Enrollment is limited to 15 students.
“Remembering Playland” at the Balboa Theater
Since opening on March 26th , over 10,000 people have gone to see the new documentary “Remembering Playland” at the Balboa Theater in San Francisco! If you have not yet seen the “Remembering Playland” movie, it plays daily at the Balboa Theater at noon. It will bring back your fondest memories of Whitney’s many attractions at the beach. They are even selling ITs IT ice creams in the snack bar! And our museum has installed a huge display in the lobby with artifacts and photographs from Whitney’s Playland. Don’t miss it!
Buy the DVD of “Remembering Playland” with 20 Minutes of Extra Footage!
Or if you want to buy a copy of the expanded DVD version of “Remembering Playland” that includes footage not in the theatrical release, you can order a copy now from Playland-Not-at-the-Beach. The price is $20 plus tax if you purchase it at our museum Souvenir Shop. For mail order the price is $25.00 including tax, shipping and handling. Call (510) 232-4264 ext. 24 to order your copy. We have them in stock now, and the first 100 orders each receive an authentic artifact from Whitney’s Playland from the 1940s as a free gift. This is a limited edition DVD, so order early and don’t get left out.
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach nonprofit Museum of Fun, open to the public every Sat, Sun 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.
— Thanks go to Richard Tuck for contributing to this article.
web site: http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org
— photo: Steven Wilson