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July 26th & 27th
Un-Birthday Weekend
Is it your birthday? No? Yay! Have a very merry Un-Birthday this weekend at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach. Enjoy free-play pinball, carnival games and wonderful attractions just for the fun of it! Unless of course it is your birthday, in which case you know what to do: have your birthday party at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach!
Scott Alcalay
Scott Alcalay
Saturday, July 26th Only
    1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Scott Alcalay was the very first magician to perform at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach — way back at our Sneak Peek event in 2005. Ironically that day he created exquisite balloon animals for our many guests. We did not learn until later of his magical powers. He is also the president of the Oakland Magic Circle.
Fabulous Frank
Sunday, July 27th Only
    1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Fabulous Frank will join us to perform his wonderfully funny magic. Originally from Connecticut, Frank assisted other magicians at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, but always in a sidekick role. When one of the in-house magicians became ill, Frank began performing his own shows. This guy is really Fabulous and knows how to have a good time with his audience!!!

Richard Tuck - Master of Fun
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a proud Silver Sponsor for Relay For Life of El Cerrito! Please come out and support the 2014 Playland-Not-at-the-Beach team as we fight back against cancer and honor our founder and Master of Fun, the late Richard Tuck.

Our team will walk around the clock at this unique 24-hour fundraising event, where we celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

This free community event is at Cerrito Vista Park (950 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito), from 10:00am on July 26th through 10:00am on July 27th. For information or to donate (thank you!) visit our site. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach will be open as usual for Un-Birthday Weekend.


Playland After Dark
Thursday, July 31st
National Anti-Boredom Month at Playland's After Dark
July is National Anti-Boredom Month, so get off that couch and come to Playland-Not-at-the-Beach After Dark! Enjoy a grown-ups-only game night featuring board games galore (or you can bring your favorite!) as well as unique exhibits, classic carnival games and free-play pinball always available at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach…this time without the kids. Adults only (18 and older), no babies or children please. 6pm-10pm.

Steve Segal and Friend
August 2nd & 3rd
Animation Weekend
Before Real 3-D and CGI, groups of dedicated craftsmen produced works of art with brush and pen on cels. Relive the magic of these animated classics and learn about the traditional techniques behind them.

Animation artist and teacher Steve Segal, who has worked on such modern animated masterpieces as Toy Story, A Bug's Life and The Brave Little Toaster, will provide unique insight into the techniques and history of films that were paintings come to life, modern art masterpieces rendered on celluloid (presentations at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm).

You'll see 'toons in a whole new light!

August 9th & 10th
Hot August Nights Weekend
Celebrate classic cars with a rock-and-roll attitude this weekend at our Museum of Fun, when it's all about polished chrome and nostalgia. Color your own hot rod or roadster while enjoying our pinball, carnival and arcade venues and win prizes. Little car-lovers welcome, no driver's license required.
Scott Alcalay
Scott Alcalay
Saturday & Sunday
    1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Scott Alcalay was the very first magician to perform at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach — way back at our Sneak Peek event in 2005. Ironically that day he created exquisite balloon animals for our many guests. We did not learn until later of his magical powers. He is also the president of the Oakland Magic Circle.


Playland After Dark
Tuesday, August 12th
Hot August Nights at
Playland After Dark
Enjoy "Hot August Nights" at cool Playland After Dark. Play nostalgic carnival games, enjoy free-play on all pinball machines, cruise the penny arcade games, play cards and board games – all without the kids. 6:00pm-10:00pm. $10 Adults only (18 years and older), no babies or children please.

August 16th & 17th
The Boxtrolls
Dare to be square at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach in honor of this weekend's opening of "The Boxtrolls." Find these lovable, filthy creatures hiding within the Museum of Fun and win special prizes. Dress like one (but please don't try to smell like one) and receive extra prize tickets.
Magical Nathaniel
Magical Nathaniel
Saturday & Sunday
    1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
We are pleased to feature Magical Nathaniel performing some of his most amazing stunts. Nathaniel is our 19-year old in-house discovery. He has been performing since he was 3 years old, and he is an amazing magician and magic inventor. If you have never seen him in person, you will adore Magical Nathaniel.

August 23rd & 24th
Sorcerer's Apprentice
Join Playland-Not-at-the-Beach in welcoming the East Bay's newest young magicians – the graduates of our Magic Camp taught by Mike Della Penna. Be on hand to see magical stars make their stage debut!
Magician Mike Della Penna
Saturday, August 23rd Only
    1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Magician Mike Della Penna is a transplanted New England illusionist who also teaches second grade in the Berkeley School System. Mike perfected his entertainment skills as a stand-up comic in Boston but developed an early love for children's magic. His live shows are extraordinary as he involves make believe and interactivity which embraces every child's dream of what just might be possible. His assistant is Clara the Clarevoyant Duck who has amazing powers even when blindfolded. Mike taught Playland's 2010, 2011, and 2012 sold out Magic Camps (where he got raves from his students). Don't miss this amazing performer.


Playland After Dark
Thursday, August 28th
Board Game Trivia Night at
Playland After Dark
Can you name the game pieces from classic Monopoly? Do you know the number of points for the letter Q in Scrabble? These answers and more will help you win at Board Game Trivia, an added feature of this evening's Playland After Dark.

Play nostalgic carnival games and enjoy free-play on all pinball machines and video games covering over 65 years of amusement history. BYO board games or play some of the more than 30 we have on hand. 6:00pm-10:00pm. $10 Adults only (18 years and older), no babies or children please.

August 30th, 31st, and September 1st
Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day is Leisure Day at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach. Forget the concerns of the work-a-day world with pinball, carnival games, attractions and curiosities. Relax in our indoor, climate-controlled Museum of Fun packed with things to see and do. Bonus: Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is open on Monday for an extra day to play!
Fabulous Frank
Monday, September 1st Only
    1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Fabulous Frank will join us to perform his wonderfully funny magic. Originally from Connecticut, Frank assisted other magicians at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, but always in a sidekick role. When one of the in-house magicians became ill, Frank began performing his own shows. This guy is really Fabulous and knows how to have a good time with his audience!!!







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