Monthly Archives: July 2010

ACE Day at the California State Fair 2010

  • July 7, 2010
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Sky Diver
Butler Amusements’ Sky Diver at the 2009 ACE Day at the California State Fair

Watch your email soon for an update on our 2010 ACE Day at the California State Fair hosted by Butler Amusements. The event will take place on Monday, 19 July 2010. You won’t want to miss it!

Freestyle Motocross at the 2009 ACE Day at the California State Fair

— photos: Steven Wilson

California’s Great America, July 2010 update

  • July 7, 2010
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CGA Planet Snoopy

California’s Great America is now open daily. For hours, see:

The Bay Area Bands series returns to California’s Great America, starting July 10th. For the lineup and schedule, see:

Don’t miss the Rock Band Live show at California’s Great America starting July 23rd. For more information, see:

California’s Great America
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— photo: Steven Wilson

Gilroy Gardens, July 2010 update

  • July 7, 2010
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Gilroy Gardens 10th Anniversary

Gilroy Gardens is open daily in July. For hours, see the operating calendar:

Enjoy ten weeks of live shows at the park’s Lakeside Amphitheater, now through August 22nd. For the lineup of shows and more information, see:

Now you can keep up to date with the happenings at Gilroy Gardens by connecting with the park on Facebook:

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park sign

Gilroy Gardens
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— photo: Steven Wilson

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, July 2010 update

  • July 7, 2010
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assembling the clown

Playland-Not-at-the-Beach July highlights:

July 10 and 11: Star Wars Tribute Weekend
Exciting, interactive costumed characters will be here for photos and surprises!

Come relive your favorite moments and characters from the Star Wars series. Compete in our Hans Solo vs. Princess Leia contests, come dressed like your favorite character. The force will *definitely* be with us, so come on by. Bring your cameras and get pictures of yourself with some of the galactic stars. For each guest who comes in a Star Wars-inspired costume, we have a special commemorative gift!

PROFESSOR B’S FLEA CIRCUS is back by popular demand!

On Saturday July 10th we have invited Professor “B” to showcase his remarkable live Flea Circus.

On the Saturday, July 10th, in honor of our Star Wars Weekend, Professor B is even introducing his intergalactic flea — you won’t believe his amazing abilities. There will be two performances: at 1:15 PM and then at 3:15 PM. Sorry, for the protection of our performers, no dogs allowed under any circumstances!

July 17 and 18: Playland at California Extreme! Pinball and Video Games!
Join Playland at California Extreme 2010!
Where: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Saturday 11:00 AM — 2:00 AM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

California Extreme is the Classic Arcade Games Show. It’s an annual celebration of coin-operated pinball machines, video games, and other novelties you once found in game arcades. All games on display are set for free play: no tokens or coins necessary. In addition to our booth and prizes, we will also be showing the documentary film Remembering Playland!

July 17 and 18: Motown Weekend at Playland
We’ll be groovin’ to Motown, celebrating the Motown Sound and all the singers who created it! See the Supremes, Temptations, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, Miracles, Gladys Knight & the Pips and more!

Buy the DVD of “Remembering Playland” with 20 Minutes of Extra Footage!
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. . 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 Frank Biafore for contributing to this article.

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— photo: Steven Wilson

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, July 2010 update

  • July 7, 2010
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sightseeing atop the Hurricane

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk July Highlights:

The popular Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert series continues this month. For the band lineup and more information, see:

The incredible Circo Brazil begins July 11th with two free shows daily through August 19th. For photos and more details, including show times, see:

Weeknight Discount Events continue in July, Mondays through Thursdays after 5:00 PM. Mondays and Tuesdays are 1907 Nights with special old-time pricing with rides at $1.00 each as well as $1.00 each for hot dogs, cotton candy, and Pepsi-brand soft drinks. Wednesdays and Thursdays are Pepsi Nights, on which an empty Pepsi can will entitle you to purchase an unlimited rides wrist band for $9.95 plus tax.

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s rides are open daily in July. See the park’s calendar for full details:

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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— photo: Steven Wilson

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, July 2010 update

  • July 7, 2010
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ACE Day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

The big news at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom this month takes place on Sunday, July 18th. That’s our ACE Day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom! Please support ACE Northern California regional events and come on out for some great summertime fun at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. For more information and the registration form, go to:

IMPORTANT: Registration forms must be RECEIVED by 10 July 2010. Mail yours TODAY!

Also this month, you can enter a naming contest for the park’s two new baby dolphins:

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is open daily in July. See the links below for more info.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
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photo: Steven Wilson