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Humpty Dumpty’s Chewy Granola Bars

We hope you enjoyed learning how to make homemade chewy granola bars! Below is the step by step recipe on how to make this delicious snack at home for you and your little ones to enjoy! Want to show us the yummy granola bars you made with your family? Post a picture of them on your social media pages and use the hashtag #fairytaletowncrafts!

Humpty Dumpty Chewy Granola Bars

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Humpty Dumpty’s Ice Cream Recipe

We hope you enjoyed learning how to make homemade ice cream today! Below is the step by step recipe on how to make ice cream at home for you and your little ones to enjoy! Want to show us the delicous ice cream you made with your family? Post a picture of your sundaes on your social media pages and use the hashtag #fairytaletowncrafts!

Humpty Dumpty’s Ice Cream Recipe

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Pirate Ship Coloring Page

Ahoy mateys! We hope you enjoyed listening to the tale “Pirates Love Underpants” and learning all about our feathered friends today! Below is a coloring page of the Fairytale Town pirate ship for you and your little ones to enjoy! Want to show us your beautiful artwork? Post a picture of your masterpiece on your social media pages and use the hashtag #fairytaletowncrafts!

Pirate Ship Coloring Page

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Ms. Sammi’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ready to learn how to make hot chocolate? Click the link below to get the recipe for Ms. Sammi’s hot chocolate. This yummy drink is perfect for cool days at home. We hope you and your family enjoy! If you want to show us the hot chocolates you made post a picture on your social media and use the hashtag #fairytaletowncrafts.

Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Mr. McGregor’s Garden Coloring Page

We hope you enjoyed learning all about Peter Rabbit and Mopsy today! Below is a coloring page of Mr. McGregor’s Garden for you and your little ones to enjoy! Want to show us your beautiful artwork? Post a picture of your masterpiece on your social media pages and use the hashtag #fairytaletowncrafts!

Mr. McGregor’s Garden Coloring Page

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Fairytale Town Goats and Pigs Coloring Page

We hope you enjoy listening to the story “Once Upon a Goat” and learning all about our 3 Little Pigs today! Below is a coloring page with Fairytale Town’s goats and pigs on them for you and your little ones to enjoy! Want to show us your beautiful artwork? Post a picture of your masterpiece on your social media pages and use the hashtag #fairytaletowncrafts!

Goats and Pigs Coloring Page

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St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our family to yours! Although we are closed through March 31 we want to bring the fun of Fairytale Town to your home! Below are two craft activities for you to do with your little ones. Plus you can visit our Facebook or Instagram for story time! Today we are reading The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever!

St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Page

St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Template


Fairytale Town is Temporarily Closed

Guided by government and health authority recommendations on public safety during the coronavirus crisis, as a precautionary measure Fairytale Town will be closed until the COVID-19 risk to public safety has passed.

Meantime, kids can enjoy daily story time videos and activities from Fairytale Town on Instagram and Facebook. Check them out!

We look forward to opening the Humpty gate again for children and families — and inspiring the imagination, creativity, and education of our region’s kids at Fairytale Town.

If you have questions, please email us at mail@fairytaletown.org.

Thank you for your support.

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Fairytale Town Appoints New Executive Director

New Executive Director to begin January 2020

Fairytale Town’s board of directors has appointed nonprofit executive Kevin Smith-Fagan as the organization’s next executive director. He will oversee the administration, fund development, community and organizational leadership, programming, maintenance and strategic planning of the storybook park as well as the offsite Sacramento Adventure Playground program. Smith-Fagan will assume the role in early January 2020.

“We are very excited to welcome Kevin Smith-Fagan as Fairytale Town’s next executive director,” said Matt DeFazio, president elect of Fairytale Town’s board of directors. “Kevin is a dynamic leader whose deep experience in nonprofit management and roots in the Sacramento community will help lead Fairytale Town in its next phase of growth.”

Smith-Fagan has served as the associate general manager for external affairs at PBS KVIE since 2014. Previously, he was the vice president for development and director of leadership giving at PBS KVIE. He is president elect of the Rotary Club of Sacramento and has served on numerous community boards, including Women’s Empowerment, YMCA of Superior California and more. He is a graduate of Boston University.

“I’m delighted to be joining the dedicated staff and board as Fairytale Town’s next executive director,” said Smith-Fagan. “As one of Sacramento’s premier cultural assets, Fairytale Town has a rich history in the community. I’m energized by the mission to promote the imagination, creativity and education of children and excited about the expansion plans to grow Fairytale Town’s impact for the next generation of children.”

Smith-Fagan will work with outgoing executive director, Kathy Fleming, to ensure a smooth transition of leadership for the 60-year-old institution. Through much of 2020, Fleming will serve as director emeritus on a part-time basis and focus on Fairytale Town’s capital campaign to support the park’s half-acre expansion as well as program development for the Story Center, one of the features of the expansion.

Located in William Land Park in Sacramento, Calif., Fairytale Town opened to the public on August 29, 1959, when it was dedicated as a gift to the children of the Central Valley by the City of Sacramento, the Junior League of Sacramento and other community and business leaders. Fairytale Town remains the only literacy-based park that serves children in this region. Fairytale Town serves 250,000 guests annually from all over the state, nation and globe.

We’re delighted to welcome Kevin to the Fairytale Town family! Learn more about Kevin from our recent interview.

Why did you want to be the Executive Director of Fairytale Town? 

The early literacy element of Fairytale Town addresses a significant community need, and that holds a lot of appeal for me. Tens of thousands of children visit each year, so working here means making a positive impact on huge numbers of kids across the region. And of course, Fairytale Town has a heartwarming spirit that makes me smile!

What excites you about Fairytale Town’s mission and the future of the organization? 

There’s something really beautiful about this wholesome place that cherishes children, fosters imagination, and where kids are treated as children rather than as consumers. The new Story Center coming through the planned park expansion will be a really big deal in strengthening the reading achievement for generations of Sacramento kids, so raising the money to build the Story Center is a top priority.

What is your favorite Fairytale Town memory? 

When my family relocated in 2003 from Philadelphia, it was a big change for our small boys, and they missed home. One of the first things we did was visit Fairytale Town, and of course they loved it. And I remember telling them, “See? Sacramento is going to be great!” My kids have fond memories of visiting Fairytale Town.

What is your favorite fairytale or children’s book? 

As a kid, Stone Soup was my favorite; I loved how the penniless traveler found a clever way to appeal to the surly villagers’ better instincts and they all end up joining together. As a dad of three, we wore out a couple copies of Where the Wild Things Are.


Executive Director Kathy Fleming to Step Down

Fleming will transition to director emeritus position in 2020 to focus on capital campaign and special projects

New search underway for park’s next leader

Fairytale Town’s executive director, Kathy Fleming, will step down at the end of 2019 and transition to a director emeritus position in 2020. She has been the executive director of Sacramento’s storybook park since 2000. The Board of Directors has launched a search for the next executive director.

As director emeritus, Fleming will work with the incoming executive director to ensure a smooth transition of leadership for the nearly 60-year-old institution. Her time will then be focused on Fairytale Town’s capital campaign to support the park’s half-acre expansion as well as program development for the Story Center, one of the features of the expansion. Fleming will serve as director emeritus from January through December 2020.

“The park’s success is Kathy’s success, and her support during this critical phase of our growth exemplifies her dedication to Fairytale Town and it’s expansion. It is the Board’s intention to honor her legacy during this transition period,” said Linda Alger, president of Fairytale Town’s board of directors. “We are extremely grateful to Kathy for her leadership of Fairytale Town for the last 19 years. Thanks to her vision and commitment, Fairytale Town is a thriving community asset that welcomes more children and families than ever before into this magical oasis. The next leader will come on board during an exciting time for the organization and our community.”

“Serving as director of Fairytale Town has been a great joy and the highlight of my professional career. I want to thank the board, staff and volunteers who work hard every day to make Fairytale Town the magical place it is,” said Fleming.  “As I transition to director emeritus, I’ll turn over the day-to-day operations and focus on projects that will advance the organization and promote the importance of play for the healthy development of children, families and communities.”

During her tenure, Fleming has transformed the landmark facility from a small children’s park to one of the top five attractions in the region. She has led the organization through dramatic growth with involvement from 16 board members, 30 staff members, more than 600 volunteers, and many community partners.

Some of Fleming’s achievements include:  

  • increasing annual attendance from 160,000 to 250,000 guests;
  • growing the operating budget from $650,000 to $2 million;
  • building strong partnerships with the City of Sacramento, Sacramento Public Library, and other community organizations;
  • creating new signature programs, including the annual Children’s Book Festival and Winter Wonderland;
  • improving the nearly 60-year-old facility with numerous capital projects, including the Mother Goose Stage, Sherwood Forest, and the Yellow Brick Road, as well as infrastructure projects such as walkways and fencing;
  • opening the first playset based on a story from the African continent, Anansi’s Web;
  • and, establishing outreach programs, such as the Sacramento Adventure Playground, a free after-school youth development program for ages 6 to 15.

Located in William Land Park in Sacramento, Calif., Fairytale Town opened to the public on August 29, 1959, when it was dedicated as a gift to the children of the Central Valley by the City of Sacramento, the Junior League of Sacramento and other community and business leaders. Fairytale Town remains the only literacy-based park that serves children in this region. The park received the Business Hall of Fame award at the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Annual Dinner in February 2019 and the Regional Treasure award from the California Parks and Recreation Society’s Hall of Honor in March 2019.