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 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!
July 10 PROFESSOR B’S FLEA CIRCUS
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. 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 Frank Biafore for contributing to this article.
web site: http://www.playland-not-at-the-beach.org
— photo: Steven Wilson