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Special Thanks to Our Spooktacular Folks

Oct29

We want to give a big shout-out and thank you to all the folks and vendors who came out for our Spooktacular Event this past weekend. We had a blast, and we hope you did too!

And just to show you how much fun we had, here are a few of the Franken-tastic moments from the weekend!

Ashely busts the Marshmallow Man!

Awesome Pirate Family (with ship/wagon)

Tinker Bell & girls at the craft table

Inside the Haunted House

Thanks one and all! We hope to see you next year!

Oh, and stay tuned for all our November steals & deals! We’ve got specials lined up for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. More details coming soon.

Plus, our 2013 Season Pass will be available for pre-sale. In November, get the season pass for only $59.95–that’s $20 off the regular price. And you can actually start using it right away!

And remember our new hours for November: we’re open 11-5 Fridays and 10-5 on Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for further details!

Our Spooktacular Halloween Event

Oct22

Don’t look now, but our Spooktacular Halloween Event is just around the corner! This weekend, October 27-28 from 10 am – 6 pm, we’ll be rolling out some wild and wacky fun inside the park. And we want you and your little ones to share the bewitching excitement.

What deliciously diabolical treats await you?

  • Trick or Treating (in a fun, safe environment–only $3 per person)
  • Costume & pumpkin decorating contests
  • A Silly Haunted House
  • The Not So Scary Train
  • An Awesome Little Pumpkin Patch
  • Ghost stories from the Funderland Witch (kid-friendly tales told for little ears)
  • Rides, crafts, contests and so much more!

Plus, we’ll have face a painting station for those last minute costume touches, and a professional photographer on hand to capture your little ones in all their weird and wonderful glory (photos will be available for purchase that day).

More fun-tastic deals: kids who come dressed in costume will get $1 off trick or treating. And if you bring in a new game or new art supplies for River Oak Center for Children, you’ll receive some free tickets (amount of tickets based on item donated). So plan on joining us this weekend for all the frightfully fun festivities.

We can’t wait to see all the Boo-tiful costumes!

Oh, and stay tuned for our 2013 Season Pass Pre-sale starting November 2nd. You’ll be able to purchase the 2013 Season Pass for only $59.95 – that’s $20 off the regular price! It’s our best deal of the year and not to be missed!

Helping Our Friends at River Oak

Oct15

Have you heard about our friends over at River Oak Center for Children? Their organization helps children at risk, troubled teens, and families through mental health services, social services, behavioral therapy, and family counseling. They’re a great group of folks, and we really enjoy working with them over the past years.

Well, this month River Oak is in need of new games and art supplies. So if you bring a new game or new art supplies to the park, we would like to thank you by offering you some free tickets for our Spooktacular Halloween event (amount of tickets based on item donated). We’ll have candy, crafts, costume and pumpkin decorating contests, and more! For all the details, make sure to check out our event page.

So plan to spend a fiendishly delightful weekend with us October 27–28.  And don’t forget to take advantage of this beautiful Fall weather and our October Specials.

After School Special: weekdays after 3 pm get a wristband for only $7.95

Wristband Wednesdays: get $6 off the regular price of a wristband

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Fall Fun at Funderland

Oct08

It’s that wonderful time of year again. We love autumn with its cool, crisp mornings, rustling leaves, and spooky spectacles!

And speaking of spectacles… mark your calendars for our Spooktacular Halloween event coming up October 27 & 28 from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. The park will be full of fun, mystery, and spine-tingling adventure. Not to mention trick or treating for candy for just $3 a person. While you are munching on your treats feel free to roam our pumpkin patch, visit our vendors, get creative at the craft tables, or brave a trip on our not too spooky train. Then later you can wander over to our silly haunted house for some hair-raising thrills and chills. Plus, kids who come dressed in costume will get $1 off trick or treating. So plan to join us for candy, crafts, contests, and more!

Also, don’t forget that we are always to looking to help out our friends, and our friends at River Oak need new games and art supplies.  If you can help them out by bringing a new game or new art supplies we would like to thank you by offering you some free tickets for the day.  For more information check out our event page.

Until then, don’t forget about our other October specials. Our After School Special: If you visit the park after 3 pm on weekdays, you can get a wristband for only $7.95 — that’s half off!! And Wristband Wednesdays where you get $6 off the regular price of a wristband.

So many reasons to come out and join us for some fall fun. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Kiss the Back to School Blues Goodbye

Aug27

Are the back to school blues overwhelming your family? Well, we have a few pick me ups that may ease the pain of hitting the books.

Join us for our Back to School Extravaganza this Saturday, September 1st.  We will have Mister Cooper singing his educational sing a long songs, the Funderland prize wheel where you can win great stuff, games, crafts, organizations handing out great information and more.  The best part of this event is that if you bring in school supplies to River Oak Center for Children you will get an awesome bag and cool stuff from Whole Foods Market, the Sacramento Rivercats, Costco, Nugget Markets, and more! Our newest neighbor, Sunflower Markets, even donated some incredible bags filled with all sorts of goodies for the winners of our bingo game that we will be holding throughout the day. For a list of supplies to donate to River Oak Center for Children visit our event page.

If you can’t make it out this Saturday then don’t worry!  We can cure your back to school blues with our After School Special, starting September 5th!  Our After School Special first ran back in May and June and got such a great response from our guests so decided to bring it back.  The way it works is that if you visit us after 3pm on the weekdays you can get a wristband for only $7.95… that’s half off!  We also have some other cool fall deals in store too, so keep a look out for those.

We figure that between our extravaganza, and our great deals you should be beating those back to school blues in no time!

Thank you Ella!

Aug19

The other day we got the sweetest email from Ella via her grandmother DD.  I think we may have a number one fan on our hands despite our Train being closed for repairs :)  Take a quick read… any email that starts out with “you rock” must be a good one!

Dear Funderland,

You rock.  My cousin Danica came from Brentwood to spend the day with me.  We are both four years old.   I am Ella, and my Grandma DD does whatever I want her to do and is writing this thank you letter for me.  We know the  place to go is Funderland near the Sacramento Zoo in Land Park next to the pony rides.  It’s a gorgeous hot day and we find a shady parking place right in front under the trees.  

Admission to  Funderland is free there are lots of places to walk around and picnic tables to sit at.  We buy  the all day wristbands  for Ella and Danica, so we can ride anything we want as many times as we want.  We get cotton candy because nobody spins it a better than Funderland.  

First we have to ride the Flying Chinese Dragon roller coaster.  Danica isn’t quite tall enough to ride alone, but she can ride with me, Ella ,because I am two inches taller.  The dragon is  painted all glisteny green, purple and red.  It roars around the curves of  mountainous track.  Swirling force pushes us into our seats.  We stretch our  hands into the air above our heads and scream joyously  as loud as we can. Nobody cares.  At last the dragon stops.  We get out…and we go again and again and again.  Finally we get the front seat right behind the dragon’s head.  We are the dragon.  Wow!

The Carousel horses are elegant. My father used to ride them.   Grandma DD has to stand next to Danica and her horse because Danica is short, but I, Ella, ride alone and choose a pony with a saddle with hearts on it.  All of us glide through the air  to the beautiful music.
We get snow cones.  Cherry and Grape.  Because the temperature is 95 degrees all our snow cones are free!
We want to ride the Funderland Train, but it is closed today. Danica and I spin around on the Crazy Cups till we are dizzy.  We get more snowcones.

Then we go to the Wild Stage Coach for a long, long, ride. We fly small biplanes. Somebody takes our picture.   We ride backwood buggies – we steer our buggy like Mr. Toad’s wild ride.  Then we ride the logs through the waterfall a couple times for a cooling splash.  

Oh dear.  Suddenly it’s 5pm and time to go say thank you and goodbye to Funderland.  How could it happen all so suddenly?  We will be back again before school starts.  This is along letter, but it was our best day of the summer.  

So I guess you know we had a Great Day.  See you again soon

Ella, Danica, and Grandma DD

Bittersweet August

Aug02

How time flies. Can you believe that it is almost August? In just a few short weeks we will be “Back to School” and missing all of the kids at the park. It also means the end of our summer hours and our summer specials.

Starting September 5 we will only be open Wednesday through Sunday, and in these last few days before you must (get) to let go of your children take that last trip out to Funderland to take advantage of those summer specials.  You can still get unlimited wristbands on Tuesdays for only $10 a person, or 3 wristbands for the price of 2 during our weekdays.  If you aren’t planning on using wristbands, and plan on using tickets, grab a coupon here. Plus don’t forget about our Summer Sizzler… whenever it hits above 95 degrees in the park we give out FREE sno cones.

Once school is back in session you can ease your children’s pain by bringing them to our Back to School Extravaganza on September 1 from 10 am – 6pm.  We will have goodie bags for those that bring in school supplies for River Oak Center for Children, visits from educational sing along sensation Mister Cooper, a number of organizations handing out information, and of course fun prizes and games! And, of course we will be holding our Spooktacular Halloween this year on October 27 and 28.  This staple event at Funderland promises fun and safe trick or treating, a fun haunted house, and a fully decorated park. You can learn more about both on our events page.

The good thing about the end of summer is that we have more time in the park to do improvements. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check them out, we have two new features in the park.  The first is our new information sign that will keep everyone informed on upcoming events and specials.  We are still putting the finishing touches on it, and it should be ready in the next few weeks. What do you think of our progress so far?

New Information Sign

The second is our new seating around our concession stand.  We purchased 10 new outdoor tables made from recycled plastic and steel.  This is a vast improvement from our old wooden tables and we are hoping that in the next year we will be able to replace all the wooden tables and benches within the park with these new types.  If you have ideas on how we can make additional improvements please let us know.  We love to hear your feedback, and have been trying our best to make the park better for you.

Lets kiss summer 2012 goodbye the right way… with some great deals, future events, and promises of a great fall!

Remembering Louanne

Jul13

One year ago, on July 13, 2011, a kind, beautiful woman was taken away from us when she suffered a sudden hemorrhage in her brain due to an aneurysm.  Her name was Louanne Meekins, and she was Funderland’s face painter.

Louanne and her daughter Allison began their own business, Lillie, LuLu, & Friends, and began face painting in the Sacramento area.  Soon after, Louanne teamed up with Funderland, and started face painting.  She delighted thousands of children with her skills and incredible personality.  Face painting was not merely Louanne’s job, it was something that brought pure joy to her life. She loved the children, putting smiles on their faces, and in the process was able to reveal her vibrant personality… friendly, loving, and fun to be around.  For those of you that had the pleasure of meeting Louanne you knew that a smile always graced her face, and she was always eager to make you feel as though you were sitting down with an old friend.

Today, while her daughter is away at college, and thanks to Louanne’s good friend Kathy, Lillie, LuLu, & Friends is able to continue operating at Funderland.  In honor of her memory we constructed a new planter next to our Red Barons, and planted a Golden Chain tree.  We chose a Golden Train tree so we will always be reminded of her beauty inside and out.  She is missed greatly at the park, but her memories will always be with us.

This poem was read during her celebration service…

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savoured much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
God wanted me now; He set me free.

Author:  Shannon Lee Moseley

Get Sidetracked!

Jun27

As I hope everyone is well aware, we are making changes here at Funderland.  We have updated some of our rides, added photo opps, changed our website, and basically tried to make the park better for you, our guest.  Another way that we are making changes is by holding more events at the park. 

We got together with Keilah Woodard from Sacramento Sidetracks to plan our next event, and kick off her Get Sidetracked events.  If you haven’t heard about Keilah, then you have got to visit her website, Sacramento Sidetracks.  She shares about all the best places for families to visit in the Sacramento area, and she has the most beautiful hair I have ever seen (really, it is incredible)!  She will be in the park this Friday, June 29th from 5pm -8pm, and she is bringing her friends Mister Cooper and Great Scot the Magic Dude too!

Mister Cooper & Great Scot

For those of you that haven’t heard, Mister Cooper is a local Parents’ Choice Approved Award winning musician who has been educating children through music for the last 16 years.  He teaches at five local elementary schools, three elementary schools, and can be found at a number of libraries, and local events educating children with his “songs that teach.”  You can even listen to his music at his website.

In addition to Mister Cooper, Keilah has also arranged for Great Scot the Magic Dude to come and amaze us with his incredible magical abilities!  Great Scot is not only a high energy, captivating magician, but is award winning as well.  Watch a video at his website, for a sneak peak of his magical talents.

But wait, there’s more free stuff & discounts too…

In addition to the free entertainment, we will also have free carnival games, free facepainting, and free arts & crafts for everyone!  But wait, that isn’t all!  We are also going to be giving away some really great prizes from our raffle!  We can’t say yet, but it will definitely be worth coming out for!

Of course we will have the rides that make Funderland so great too, but Keilah has talked us into offering you a great deal for the night… all you can ride during the event for only $10!

So come Get Sidetracked at Funderland this Friday from 5pm – 8pm.  Meet Keilah, Mister Cooper, Great Scot, sing songs, learn magic, ride the rides, get your face painted, and more!  You won’t want to miss this fun event!

Welcome to Our New Website!

Jun11

You may have noticed over the past year that we have been trying to improve Funderland. We have done everything from changing the way we hire, to adding new attractions to the park. In addition to the changes we have made within the park, we are also making changes to our website by upgrading it. In fact, you may have been aware of our new website via our Facebook profile picture contest we just held. It gave us the opportunity to let you know about our new website, chose our new FB profile picture, and we got to give away a pair of 2012 Season Passes to Megan and Chrissy! It was a win-win situation, and helped us reach our goals of changing our website are to make it more user friendly, and just all around better for you, our fans.

We have a number of great new features, but here are our top five.

  1. Our homepage  information bar – This bar gives you a quick snapshot of the park’s open status.  It will be updated daily to let you know whether or not we will be open, the current temperature, and links to our social media. This comes in really handy on those days when the weather is not looking too good (Check out our Weather Bug blog about how we determine whether we stay open or closed due to inclement weather).
  2. Our park map – Another awesome feature that we have included is a park map that will let you learn more about each ride including age and height restrictions. This way you can be better prepared for the rides that you and your children will ride on for the day.
  3. Ride pages – Just like our park map, our ride pages will tell you specifically about each ride, and requirements for riders to ride.  We also think that our new pictures of the rides look pretty nice too!
  4. Blogging – Not only will you be able to learn more about what is going on in the park, and about specials via our new blog, but you get to learn more about how the park works, and the history behind it via our new blog. If you have a suggestion for a story let us know via our Facebook, or Twitter page, or you can email us at info@funderlandpark.com.
  5. Guest photos – Lastly, we will have opportunities for you, our guests, to submit photos that will be displayed on our Facebook page, and website. How cool is that?! You can currently submit your photos on our Facebook page to be entered into our next contest.  Those that are selected will win tickets to Funderland.

We have also kept some features the same too. For instance, we haven’t changed our already easy to book online birthday parties, and you can still purchase your Season Passes online as well.

Overall, our main goal is to make our website better for you. We want it as easy to navigate, and as useful as possible. Please know that we love hearing your ideas too. If you can think of any ways we could continue to improve our new website let us know, and we will try to incorporate them if possible.

Again, our goal is to make you happy, and provide a fun, magical experience for you and your family. We hope that you enjoy our new website as much as we had fun putting it together!

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