Lions and tigers and bears … oh my! Many San Diegans don’t know that L. Frank Baum, author of the classic Wizard of Oz series, was a former Coronado Island resident. Channel your inner Dorothy Gale and celebrate all-things Oz at a variety of events taking place around the 50th annual Winkie Con, the longest running Wizard of Oz convention (Aug. 8-10). Grab the kiddos and spend an awesome day at Coronado’s permanent exhibits and sights that inspired The Wizard of Oz.
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L. Frank Baum’s Historic Coronado Home One block from the Hotel Del Coronado (Baum’s inspiration for the Emerald City) is the charming house he rented during his holidays. Known to locals as the Oz House, this is where he wrote three of his books in the Oz series: Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz and The Road to Oz. Look closely and you will see a Wizard of Oz Ave. sign above the front door. For an even harder challenge, see if you can glimpse the face of the Wicked Witch peering out from the side of the house! Remember that this is somebody’s home; so it’s best to keep to the sidewalk when viewing it.
1101 Star Park Circle Coronado, Ca
Coronado Museum of History and Art This small, yet free museum is home to three of Baum’s first edition Oz books. After checking out the display, be sure to visit the gift shop for unique Wizard of Oz gifts and souvenirs. 1100 Orange Ave. Coronado, Ca Online: coronadohistory.org
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The Wizard of Oz Glass Art Exhibit The Coronado Public Library is decorated with nine huge suspended glass panels, featuring Baum’s beloved Oz characters. Kiddos will love looking for Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Glinda the Good Witch, Munchkins and more in this fun, colorful exhibit. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Wizard of Oz puppet show performed by the Luce Puppet Company on Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to kids of all ages. 640 Orange Ave. Coronado, Ca Online: coronado.ca.us/library
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Celebrate Oz! You don’t want to miss the all-day Oz extravaganza at Spreckels Park on Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kiddos can hone their mask, hat, and costume-making skills at the craft table and then show off their creations in the parade led by Glinda the Good Witch and the Emerald City Mayor. Expect to see dance performances, live performances of the music of Oz, and previews of upcoming Oz-related events throughout the day. Admission to this event is free. Spreckels Park 7th and Orange Ave. Coronado, Ca Online: coronadoarts.com Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary 3D Movie Screening The only thing better than watching this classic film, is to watch it in 3D at the classy, vintage Village Theater. The Coronado Island Film Festival will be screening The Wizard of Oz on Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. Special guest Aljean Harmetz, author of The Making of the Wizard of Oz, will lead a discussion at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are required, and they come with a coupon for a small drink and popcorn. Village Theatre 820 Orange Ave. Coronado, Ca Online: coronadoislandfilmfest.com/ozcon
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Winkie Con 2014 – 50th Annual Wizard of Oz Convention Town and Country Resort and Convention Center 500 Hotel Circle North San Diego, Ca 92108
Aug. 8 – 10, 2014 Online: ozconinternational.com
Has your kiddo seen The Wizard of Oz? Will you be visiting Winkie Con this year?
– Marissa Mullen