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Growing Up In the Bay Area: November 2-3

Posted by Chris Treadway, October 20, 2013.


November 2 – 3
Playland: The Golden Years
Book Launch & Signing Event

On Saturday meet James R. Smith, the author of “Playland at the Beach: The Early Years.” Jim’s latest book, a sequent titled “Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years,” covering the history of Playland from 1940 to 1972 will be released. Hear Jim’s talk about Playland on Saturday and get a signed copy of his new book! Presentations at noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm each followed by book signings. Jim will likely NOT be present on Sunday, but autographed copies of his 3 books will be available.

The special events of the Book Launch Weekend are in addition to all of Playland’s regular attractions. Guests pay one low price to enter and can play all day: $10 for children and seniors, and $15 for general admission. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach is a nonprofit Museum of Fun. Designed and built entirely by volunteers, the 20+ interactive exhibits celebrate the magic and history of America’s bygone amusements — circuses, carnivals, magic, side shows, penny arcades, amusement devices, pinball arcades, haunted houses, and beautiful art everywhere. Our goal is to educate newer generations about the bygone days and allow those who remember Whitney’s Playland and the Sutro Baths the opportunity to recapture the glorious sights and sounds of that marvelous era.

Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10979 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Website is
(510) 932-8966 Cell Phone
(510) 592-3002 24-Hour Information Line



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