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Playland After Dark
Thursday, December 18th
Festivus for the Rest of Us
at Playland's After Dark (Grown-Ups Only)
(Grown-Ups Only)
Take a moment to reflect, find joy with friends old and new and maybe witness some Festivus miracles at this holiday After Dark event. Get in the spirit and celebrate whatever you'd like on a night during Hanukkah, before Christmas and Kwanzaa. (For the rest of us, it's Festivus!) Grown-ups only, no children or babies please. Cost is $10. Open 6:00 pm-10:00 pm.

December 20th January 4th
Wacky Winter Wonderland
   (Open everyday except Christmas Day)
     A Bunch of Extra Days To Play!
A gift from us to you: Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is open every weekend and most holidays, but for the last two weeks of this year, we're going to let visitors in Monday through Friday. Join us for special activities and family fun during the week for every generation, it's a great way to pack a bit more fun into the year before it is over. (Sorry, closed Christmas Day.)
Magician Mike Della Penna
Saturday, December 20th
Monday, December 29th &
Tuesday, December 30th
    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.

Nick Magick
Sunday, December 21st
Tuesday, December 23rd &
Friday, December 26th
    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.
Magical Nathaniel
Magical Nathaniel
Monday, December 22nd
    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.
Fabulous Frank
Wednesday, December 24th
Thursday, January 1st &
Friday, January 2nd
    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!!!
Scott Alcalay
Scott Alcalay
Saturday, December 27th
Sunday, December 28th
Saturday, January 3rd &
Sunday, January 4th
    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.

Monday & Tuesday
December 29th & 30th
    A Very Special Winter Magic Camp, Jr.
    at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach!
Does your young child love magic? Playland-Not-at-the-Beach presents Winter Magic Camp, Jr., tailored especially for budding magicians aged 5 to 8 years old. A two-hour morning workshop led by award-winning magician (and second-grade teacher) Mike Della Penna features build-your-own tricks, a special magic show just for campers and lots of fun and laughter. A blend of crafts and magic, campers will make props and be taught how to use them to perform magic effects.

All materials needed for the class are provided. Also included in the price is a day pass for one adult and one child to Playland-Not-at-the-Beach. Attendance is limited to 10 campers per session.

Session One: Monday, December 29, 2014
Session Two: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Time: 10:00am-Noon

Cost: $40 (Includes a $25 value all-day pass for one adult and one child to Playland-Not-at-the-Beach)

Contact Tim Sauer at 510-232-4264 x24 to register or fill out the registration form.

Wednesday, December 31st
    8:00pm to 12:30am
A Family Friendly New Year's Eve Party
     Join us for a Special Party
Playland throws a New Year's celebration the entire family can enjoy! Play pinball, carnival games, and arcade games all night long. New this year is our New Year's Treasure Hunt. We will have a "quiet room" for sleepy young partiers and countdowns for each American time zone (Eastern through Pacific) with sparkling-cider provided. Join us for this unique chance for all generations to ring in 2015 together.

Open 8:00pm-12:30am. Guests pay one low price to enter and play all night: $30 for everyone ages 3 and up (no reservations required). Sorry, no coupons or discounts accepted for this event. Guests are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Please contact us for additional information or to reserve a private party room.

January 10th & 11th
"Ring" In the New Year at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
Join us as Playland-Not-at-the-Beach throws a birthday party for Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien! (He'd be 122 this year.) Brave Playland's Middle-Earth Museum of Fun to find hidden hobbitses, Golem, Gandalf and The One Ring itself. Remember "even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

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, January 13th
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
That's Just Ducky Game Night at
Playland's After Dark (Grown-Ups Only)
Who's a lucky ducky? It's National Rubber Ducky Day put the ducky down to get down at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach's Grown-Up Game Night. Or bring your favorite floating friend for luck with a board game or two! Grown-ups only, no children or babies please. Cost is $10. Open 6:00pm-10:00pm.

January 17th, 18th, & 19th
Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend
     An Extra Day To Play!
Help us honor Dr. King's impact with a freedom-themed treasure hunt and special quiz testing your knowledge of our country's Civil Rights leader. You might learn something new! Bonus: An extra day to play; we're open Monday!
Fabulous Frank
Monday 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!!!

Friday, January 23rd
Senior Day at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
     An Extra Day To Play!
A special day just for Seniors to enjoy Playland-Not-at-the-Beach! Visit and explore our amazing array of attractions, artwork and artifacts from The Sutro Baths and Whitney's Playland at the Beach. Grown-ups only, no children or babies please. Cost is $10. Open 11:00am-4:00pm.
Fabulous Frank
Friday 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!!!

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.


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!







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