By George McIntire

Normally Oakland's legendary Children's Fairyland requires adults to be accompanied by kids before entering the country's oldest storybook theme park. But next Thursday, June 5, the 60-year-old Lake Merritt attraction will only be open to guests of boozing age after hours for its annual fundraiser – an event that also encourages revelers to arrive in costume. 

That's right – it's time to bust out that Cruella De Vil or Darth Vader look for "A Villain-thropic Evening," or what essentially sounds like a live Adult Swim party. Children's Fairlyland is said to have inspired Walt Disney as he was dreaming up Disneyland, but it's also a non-profit, and this benefit promises a colorful night complete with food and cocktails (from over 25 wineries, restaurants, and caterers), an auction, and live music courtesy of “Big Money in Jazz” in exchange for your $75-$125 ticket.  

Proving that a group of villains can make a positive contribution to society, proceeds from the event will go to paying admission to the Fairyland for children from low-income families. 

This extravagant gathering of evildoers takes place next Thursday, June 5th, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Children's Fairyland by Lake Merritt. More info here

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