Stockton’s beloved Pixie Woods will open the season and could benefit from a $3 million facelift

Pixie Woods will open its doors on Saturday for the 68th year so children of all ages can enjoy the enchanted forests and magical walkways of the Stockton family venue.

In recent weeks, dozens of volunteers have spent their Saturdays tweaking the park to bring Pixie Woods out of winter into summer. The work won’t stop there, as Stockton City Council will vote to approve more than $3 million in improvements to the city-owned park at its May 3 meeting.

The park improvements are part of a $10.2 million effort to fund City Council priority projects, including four at Pixie Woods. The city plans to upgrade and repair the park’s train and carousel – the latter is currently closed for repairs – dredge the lagoon to remove dead palm fronds and install a new ride. The city has determined that a “thrill ride” is not suitable for Pixie Woods and will decide between a teacup style ride, a mini Ferris wheel, or a large seesaw ride.

Volunteer Verenice Magana trims a hedge at Pixie Woods in Stockton on April 9, 2022. Volunteers gathered to clear vegetation, plant flowers and paint as part of a clean-up day in preparation for the season opener of the beloved children's fantasy park on May 7.

Pixie Woods memberships are available for $70 and include unlimited free admission for up to six immediate family members from the same household, discounted prices on rides, and special monthly notifications of upcoming special events at the park. Rental spaces for birthdays and after-hours parties are also available.

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Park hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In May, Pixie Woods is open Saturday and Sunday only. In June and July, the park will be open from Thursday to Sunday. From August until the end of the season in October, Pixie Woods will be back on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Children play in the dragon fountain at Pixie Woods in Stockton.  The children's amusement park reopened on June 19, 2021 after being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic.

Membership applications are available at and can be returned to the entrance booth at Pixie Woods any day the park is open.

For more information, call the Community Services Special Events Office at (209) 937-8119.

Record reporter Ben Irwin covers Stockton and San Joaquin county government. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @B1rwin. Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at

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