If you live near Sacramento County, chances are you’ve heard of Fairytale town. Sitting across from the Sacramento Zoo, I remember visiting it as a child and loving the fun depictions of various fairytales and nursery rhymes. We recently went again, and unfortunately my nostalgic memories weren’t satisfied with what Fairytale Town had to offer.
I expected it to be busy, and it was. I wasn’t expecting it to look as run down as it did. The moat, which was supposed to weave around the castle had no water, just bright blue and dirty membrane. What I was most turned off about this place though, was not its run down look. It was its lack of staffing. The park does not have anything too crazy for kids, there’s a castle to walk around in, the old woman’s shoe to slide down, a barn, and various other nursery rhymes that come to life. However, the lack of staffing was a bit of a disappointment. I wish there had been some staff regulating the ladders of the slides, because apparently children’s parents cannot be held responsible for their children. I literally watched as one boy, eight or so year old, cut in front of the line of younger children four times to slide down the old woman’s shoe slide, and four times I watched his parents say nothing. I finally stepped in when he shoved my three year old out of the way to climb the ladder and asked him to please wait his turn. He did, but he quickly climbed the ladder behind her, forcing her up at a much faster speed than she was comfortable going. A staff member would be useful to make sure this didn’t happen and spoil the fun for the rest of the children. My three year old didn’t want to ride the slide again afterwards.
On another slide, the staircase to climb up was so crowded with children that when a young girl got too scared to go down the slide, there was no way for her to return down to the bottom of the staircase because it was so packed with children climbing up. Because of how narrow the staircase was there was no way for her to get down. She stood up the in tower scared to death until a very nice older child offered to slide down with her. Again, this could have been avoided with a staff member regulating how many children climbed the staircase at one time. Obviously, parents cannot be trusted with that themselves.
Overall, Fairytale town was a disappointment. Our little one had the most fun playing on the play structure in the back of the park, something we could have taken her to do at any free local park. We left after just a few hours, and we probably would not spend the money to return.