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March 6, 2012 > Go green at Leprechaun Land

Go green at Leprechaun Land

By Mekala Neelakantan

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner and cheers of Eirinn go Brach (Ireland forever!) filling the air, the City of Fremont's Community Services Department Recreation Division is proud to present its 4th annual "Leprechaun Land for Wee Folks" on Friday, March 9.

The concept of "Leprechaun Land" stemmed from a one-day Leprechaun Trap Making workshop presented by a city recreation department. This idea was transformed into the large-scope, multi-layered event through the work of Fremont Parks and Recreation Services colleagues Irene Jordahl, Rena Dein, Katie Fox, and Randy Hees. Together, the team created activities such as a walk through a life-sized Magical Forest, storytelling, face-painting, and more, played on a life-sized game board layout similar to the "Candyland" board game.

Through the team's work, "Leprechaun Land" has become a much-anticipated family event, attracting 200 attendees last year. Due to an added time slot, there will be room for 300 participants this year. "Leprechaun Land" offers sponsorship to local businesses and community members; this year's sponsors include: Tri-City Voice, Ohlone for Kids, Fremont Recycling and Transfer Station, Fremont Toyota, In-N-Out Burger, American Swim Academy, Savemart, Costco, and Kaiser Permanente.

The "Leprechaun Land" game board includes five family activities this year including a walk through the Magical Forest with games such as the Fairy Ring Toss and Hot Potato; Storyteller Cellar, where families can listen and enjoy mystical tall tales; a face-painting room including art projects and a "Wheel of Fortune;" the Leprechaun Trap Making Room, and finally, the Shamrock Cafe. At this event, imagination is the only limit; children can search for gold, trap mystical creatures, and even collect lucky shamrocks in goodie bags while eating lucky Snack Packs.

"Parents and children are intrigued by the Leprechaun Trap Making," says co-coordinator Irene Jordalhl. "The whole event keeps the children and parents interested."

Leprechaun Land will take place at the Fremont Teen Center located in Central Park. Parents and children (2-10 years) will take a whimsical journey, meeting leprechauns, gnomes, and fairies, as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a magical visit to the Emerald Isle. This event is sure to create childhood memories for years to come as families enjoy games, snacks, and leprechaun fun.

The average time to complete the activity game board is approximately one and a half hours, with three starting time slots: 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., or 6:30 p.m. Registration is through the Fremont Parks and Recreation Department, or online at Tickets are $9 in advance and $15 at the door, per child. For more information, e-mail Irene Jordahl at or call (510) 494-4322. Reserve a space for your children early, this is a popular event!

Leprechaun Land for Wee Folks
Friday, March 9
Start Times: 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., or 6:30 p.m.
End Time: 8 p.m.
Teen Center in Central Park
39770 Paseo Padre Parkway
(510) 494-4322

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