Fairytale Town hosted its fourth annual Fairytale Town Goes Green event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Throughout the day the event brought out over 1,500 guests from the Sacramento area to participate in educational activities.
The non-profit park dedicates itself to promoting imagination, creativity and education, so hosting a go-green event had to share the same mantra. Fairytale Town Goes Green promoted the education of parents and children on ecology and the environment through the use of displays and activities located around the park. Activities included Earth collages made from old newspapers, newspaper windmills made from recycled newspaper and My Chia Pet, where children could plant and decorate a personalized Chia pet to take home with them.
These activities were made possible by student volunteers from neighboring high schools who helped with small games and providing information. Volunteering at this function didn’t feel like a requirement for one student volunteer, as she has enjoyed Fairytale Town since childhood.
"I really liked Fairytale Town from when I was a little girl. I’d love to volunteer here again if my schedule allows it. I get hours towards my school’s Community Service Requirement, too," said Maple Chien, 16.
After playing in the sun, families could cool off in the Puppet Art Theater while puppeteers performed a conservation-based version of the tale “The Three Little Pigs” for a minimal fee, $1 for members and $2 for non-members.
Several participating organizations, such as the Department of Utilities, YNOT Recycle and Solar Cook International, hosted booths with information about companies who are making changes to support the environment. They also had conservation-based reduce, reuse, recycle activities. Some organizations offered free environmentally friendly products as well.
The varied activities around the park armed both children and adults with small steps to implement at home. Visitors learned how to recycle, how to have fun reusing material from home to make toys or projects, and how to protect rivers from inappropriate waste. More importantly, these activities promoted and proved that recycling is not expensive or difficult.
"We’re leaving the world to our children of today and if we don’t leave them with some skills to cope with it, then we’re really doing them, and ourselves, a disservice. It’s important to give little skills that they can take home with them and as the kids grow they will recycle and pass that habit on," said Education and Program Manager Sharlene Lal-Hernandez.
Children of all ages and sizes enjoyed the cool day playing on all the nursery rhyme and fairytale play sets. The Crooked Mile, however, which remains a classic favorite of families, was packed with parents and children alike.
For more information on Fairytale Town Goes Green, call (916) 808-7462 or visit their website at www.fairytaletown.org for park hours, calendar events and membership information. General admission is $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. Children one and younger are free.