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January 24th & 25th
American Folk Heroes Weekend
Celebrate the rich tradition of American folklore through its larger-than-life legends – Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan and Babe, his big blue ox, and friends will stand tall throughout our Museum of Fun for young story lovers to discover.
Scott Alcalay
Scott Alcalay
Saturday, January 24th 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.
Douglass the MagicMan

Douglass the MagicMan
Sunday, January 25th Only
1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Sunday Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is pleased to present Magician and Entertainer Douglass the MagicMan. His magic will leave you scratching you head with amazement.

Douglass the MagicMan is an accomplished magician who became interested in magic at a very young age. Douglass got his first magic set from the Main St. Magic Shoppe in Disneyland. An admirer of Mark Wilson, Doug Henning, and of course Houdini; Douglass is the president of the Society of American Magicians Assembly #112.

Douglass has won awards for Table Hopping magic, Close-Up magic, and Stage magic in amateur and professional competitions and can also be seen performing as a regular with Biernacki and the Illusion magical rock band.


Playland After Dark
Thursday, January 29th
A Not-So-Puzzling Game Night
at Playland's After Dark (Grown-Ups Only)
(Grown-Ups Only)
Get a piece of the action at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach's Grown-up Game Night on National Puzzle Day. You, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, friends and your favorite pinball, games and puzzles — what a great fit! Grown-ups only, no children or babies please. Cost is $10. Open 6:00pm-10:00pm.

January 31st & February 1st
Groundhog Day Weekend
Long winter or early spring, the weather's always perfect at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, the East Bay's favorite indoor play space. Scurry throughout our climate-controlled Museum of Fun and look for signs of the season to come. Find the fuzzy shadows for prize tickets!
Magical Nathaniel
Magical Nathaniel
Saturday, January 31st Only
    1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
We are pleased to feature Magical Nathaniel performing some of his most amazing stunts. Nathaniel is an in-house discovery who has been performing since he was 3 years old. He is an amazing magician and magic inventor. If you have never seen him in person, you will adore Magical Nathaniel.

February 7th & 8th
Fun-tier Town Wild West Weekend
Relive bygone times as Playland-Not-at-the-Beach's Fun-tier Town revives the spirit of the Old West. The littlest members of yer posse can help bring outlaws to justice in a rootin', tootin' treasure hunt. "Sheriffs" can kick back with FREE PLAY pinball and arcade games. A hootenanny for all!

Nick Magick
Saturday & Sunday
    1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Performing since he was in the third grade, Nick Magick originally became interested in magic when he saw Christian Cagigal's amazing one-man show "Now and In the Hour." Nick loves to showcase close-up and stage magic and he has studied under Christian Cagigal, Alain Choquette, and other well known prestidigitators. Nick is a member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians.

An admirer of Criss Angel, Mac King and Penn & Teller, Nick uses his stage presence and techniques combined with his youthful enthusiasm to "Wow!" his audiences. Recently while demonstrating a card trick to Teller (of Penn & Teller), the renowned magician told Nick "I've never seen a kid your age handle a deck of cards so well." He has performed at numerous office, holiday and private parties and is one of the youngest magicians to perform at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach. In Fall 2014, Nick Magick entered the eighth grade.


Playland After Dark
Tuesday, February 10th
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Romantic Game Night at
Playland's After Dark (Grown-Ups Only)
It's almost, but not quite, Valentine's Day…do something unique to celebrate (or escape?) by joining our Grown-up night of FREE PLAY pinball, arcade games, board games and more. BYO picnic for a complete treat for your valentine, friends…or just your own sweet self. Adults only, no children or babies, please. Cost is $10; open from 6:00 pm-10:00 pm.

February 14th & 15th
Valentine's Day Weekend
     An Extra Day To Play!
A little love mixes with the usual magic in the Playland-Not-at-the-Beach air this weekend. Relive the romance of bygone days of carnivals and carousels, penny arcades and pinball classics. Win your Valentine special prizes in our carnival games area! Because we love you: Enjoy an extra day to play; we're open Monday!
February 16th
Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
is Open for Presidents' Day
Celebrate your President's Day without spending so many portraits of George and Abe. For our low admission price, every generation of the family can enjoy our unique collections of memorabilia and FREE PLAY pinball, carnival and classic arcade games. An extra day to play on Monday!
Magician Mike Della Penna
Sunday, February 15th 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 standup 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, 2012. 2013, and 2014 sold out Magic Camps (where he got raves from his students). Don't miss this amazing performer.
Fabulous Frank
Monday, February 16th 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!!!

February 21st & 22nd
Chinese New Year Celebration
Are you a rabbit or an ox? Perhaps you're a dragon. (And if you are a sheep, well, this is your year!) Learn more about your sign with Playland-Not-at-the-Beach's "Animals of the Lunar Zodiac" personality quiz. Kids can also decorate their own lion dance masks. Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Magical Nathaniel
Magical Nathaniel
Saturday, February 21st Only
    1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
We are pleased to feature Magical Nathaniel performing some of his most amazing stunts. Nathaniel is an in-house discovery who has been performing since he was 3 years old. He is an amazing magician and magic inventor. If you have never seen him in person, you will adore Magical Nathaniel.
Douglass the MagicMan

Douglass the MagicMan
Sunday, February 22nd Only
1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
On Sunday Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is pleased to present Magician and Entertainer Douglass the MagicMan. His magic will leave you scratching you head with amazement.

Douglass the MagicMan is an accomplished magician who became interested in magic at a very young age. Douglass got his first magic set from the Main St. Magic Shoppe in Disneyland. An admirer of Mark Wilson, Doug Henning, and of course Houdini; Douglass is the president of the Society of American Magicians Assembly #112.

Douglass has won awards for Table Hopping magic, Close-Up magic, and Stage magic in amateur and professional competitions and can also be seen performing as a regular with Biernacki and the Illusion magical rock band.


Playland After Dark
Thursday, February 26th
Grown-up Game Night
at Playland's After Dark (Grown-Ups Only)
(Grown-Ups Only)
Play like kids without having to be with them. Grown-up Game Night: Classic carnival and arcade games, FREE PLAY pinball machines, unique exhibitions and nostalgic collections – plus your favorite board games and other fun-minded adults.

February 28th & March 1st
Woodrails and Wedgeheads
This weekend we showcase our collection of vintage classic pinball machines. Enjoy wood-fashioned nostalgic treasures from the 1940s, alongside popular pinball models from the 60s, 70s and 80s in our three full rooms. As always, all pinball machines are on FREE PLAY.







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