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Pixie Woods
Perfect for family funBy DENNIS D. CRUZ

Celebrating its 62nd anniversary this summer, Pixie Woods Park in Stockton has been one of the area’s most iconic getaways. Pixie Woods Park is a nostalgic and enchanted place for the entire family. The nearly 13-acre park captivates the imagination of visitors with signature rides, food and playgrounds.

When the park first opened in 1954, the original rides included the Pixie Express, the Pixie Queen Boat and the Pixie Hollow Coney Island Carousel; all of which are still operating today. Other main attractions include the Dragon Water Play area, the Toadstool Theatre, Neptune Lunar Landing area, the Alice in Wonderland birthday room and Mr. McGregor’s Farm, amongst others.

“This was our first time here, and we are really enjoying it. We live in Manteca and decided to come out today. We love how family friendly it is and our son Joseph, who is two years old, is having a blast,” said park visitor James Douglas of his family’s experience.

The Pixie Queen Boat is a waterfront tour ride that travels down the Pirate Lagoon and the Pixie Express travels down the Pixie Railroad where you explore the entire park rail side, giving you the behind the scenes look at the park that includes the Native American Village, the Rainbow Bridge, Leprechaun Village and more.

The park opened for the 2017 season on May 6 and will be open through Oct. 21. However, before the season is over Pixie Woods is offering many special events and celebrations. On Father’s Day, June 18, fathers will be allowed free entrance to the park; for the adults, June 23 offers the 31st annual Wine Tasting at Pixie Woods from 5 p.m. to 8p.m.

Also, on July 8 Pixie Woods will have an ice cream social; July 22 Santa Claus makes his way to Stockton for a summer visit for Christmas in July where every child will receive a gift from Santa himself; on Aug. 6 it’s buy one get one free admission day in honor of Friendship Day. Celebrate Grandparents Day on Sept. 10 and on Oct. 21 it is the park’s Halloween Bash where kids can come dressed in costume and receive a free pumpkin.

“The park is always full those days, the kids love the events, they love Santa coming out in the summer time. I recommend that people get their tickets in advance,” said Gae Stewart about the events this season. Stewart has been on Pixie Woods’ executive board for 21 years.

The park is decorated with gnomes, pixies, leprechauns, farm animals, dragons and other colorful figures that captivate the attention of the youngsters. Pixie Woods Yum Yum House is an outdoor restaurant that serves hot dogs, nachos, sno cones, pretzels, chili dogs and more.

Pixie Woods is in Louis Park at 3121 Monte Diablo Ave., off I-5 West on Monte Diablo. Admission to the park is $4 for anyone over the age of two, two and under are free. Ride prices are $2 for one ride; $5 for three rides or $8 for unlimited rides.

Family memberships are also available for $58. This includes two adults and up to four kids; membership after Aug. 1 is reduced to $30.

Hours at the park for the summer, June 3 through July 30, are Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Aug. 5 through Oct. 21, Saturdays and Sundays only, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.