Pretend City Children's Museum

Pretend City Children's Museum Pretend City is an interactive children’s museum that builds better brains through whole body learning experiences, educational programs, and creative exhibits.
Pretend City Children's Museum, is a non-profit organization which stimulates and nurtures the intellectual and creative curiosity of children in an innovative community environment. Designed as a small city, with a grocery store, construction site, art studio, house, café, bank, emergency services, health center and farm, Pretend City will be a familiar environment in which children infant through eight-years-old will have joyful opportunities to build problem solving and critical thinking skills, develop creativity and begin a life long love of learning.
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Welcome to our online community where you will have access to a wide array of educational tid-bits and take home DIYs that will help you engage, encourage and empower your child's education and developmental growth through their imagination and hands on activities! Every post and activity has been hand selected and designed to educate our parents on the importance of play and exploration just like every exhibit in our museum! We are excited to have you part of our growing community and look forward to you sharing your learning experiences with us!

Mission: Pretend City Builds Better Brains! Pretend City's Good To Go From Head To Toe initiative is designed to educate the community, parents and caretakers about the importance of having children (birth through 5-years-old) receive regular developmental screenings as part of their routine well-child visits. Learn more at www.begood2go.org.

05/08/2020
How to Create Space For Yourself While Quarantining With Kids

Our question of the day is "How do I deal with feelings of frustration and impatience with my child during COVID19?"

Join us every afternoon to get your questions answered by our education team. Be sure to comment or DM us with questions and concerns you might have about child development and parenting!

#questionofthday #pretendcity #covid19

05/08/2020

Happy Mother's Day Weekend! Try this Play @Home science experiment to decorate your home with some beautiful dyed flowers!

05/07/2020
Managing Your Family's Stress and Anxiety

Our question of the day is "How do I better manage stress and anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic?"

Join us every afternoon to get your questions answered by our education team. Be sure to comment or DM us with questions and concerns you might have about child development and parenting!

#questionofthday #pretendcity #covid19

05/07/2020
National Teacher Week

Happy National Teacher Week to all of our amazing educators!
Here's a fun way for your family to thank your teacher from home. #playathome #nationalteacherweek#thankyouteachers

05/07/2020

Pretend City LIVE: Join us as we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Hertitage month with our very special guest dancers! #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth

Is Pretend City still closed? Ye! But, luckily, we are still creating super fun content on our YouTube and social media....
05/06/2020

Is Pretend City still closed? Ye! But, luckily, we are still creating super fun content on our YouTube and social media.

#museumathome #playathome #playtime #childdevelopment

We have reached over 10,000 video views through our channels. Today @ 4p.m., we are hosting a special Q&A with our Direc...
05/06/2020

We have reached over 10,000 video views through our channels. Today @ 4p.m., we are hosting a special Q&A with our Director of Education, Ana Page. We're also bringing you more Pretend City @Home Live specials. Join us on ourFB and Insta for more fun and education!

Pretend City Children's Museum's cover photo
05/06/2020

Pretend City Children's Museum's cover photo

We sure do miss a good hug. Developmental delay is often seen in children receiving inadequate sensory stimulation. Touc...
05/05/2020

We sure do miss a good hug. Developmental delay is often seen in children receiving inadequate sensory stimulation. Touch has emerged as an important modality for the facilitation of growth and development. We know during these tough times, hugs are difficult to come by. Make sure to hug those in your home.

05/05/2020

We are just $1,000 dollars away from our goal to complete the Mind+Body Studio. If we get to $3,000, we will go live for the first wall knockdown!

05/05/2020
Your participation in #GivingTuesdayNow helps Pretend City expand our mission of promoting young children’s healthy deve...
05/05/2020
Giving Day - Pretend City

Your participation in #GivingTuesdayNow helps Pretend City expand our mission of promoting young children’s healthy development and wellbeing. Please help us raise $3,000 to complete the project. We are grateful for gifts of any amount. Thank you for giving in anticipation of welcoming you back soon!

Giving Day Your participation in #GivingTuesdayNow helps Pretend City expand our mission of promoting young children’s healthy development and wellbeing. Here’s how…Your special gift today will help us create Pretend City’s new Mind + Body Studio. There’s no question we’re all experienci...

Giving back isn't canceled! Your participation in #GivingTuesdayNow helps Pretend City expand our mission of promoting y...
05/05/2020

Giving back isn't canceled! Your participation in #GivingTuesdayNow helps Pretend City expand our mission of promoting young children's healthy development and wellbeing. We need to raise $2,500 to complete the project. Thank you for giving in anticipation of welcoming you back soon! Link in Bio to Give!

Ssss...tttt....rrrr...eeee...tttt....cccc....hhhh! Check out Nathalia's stretching video on our IGTV page! #museumathome...
05/04/2020

Ssss...tttt....rrrr...eeee...tttt....cccc....hhhh! Check out Nathalia's stretching video on our IGTV page!

#museumathome #playathome #homestretching #kidsyoga #kids
#childdevelopment

Only one more day! Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow and we need Your help! This is YOUR Museum and we want to make it the a...
05/01/2020

Only one more day! Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow and we need Your help! This is YOUR Museum and we want to make it the absolute BEST it can be. Will you join us?

Giving back isn't canceled! Your participation in #GivingTuesdayNow helps Pretend City expand our mission of promoting y...
05/01/2020

Giving back isn't canceled! Your participation in #GivingTuesdayNow helps Pretend City expand our mission of promoting young children's healthy development and wellbeing. We need to raise $2,500 to complete the project. Thank you for giving in anticipation of welcoming you back soon! Link in Bio to Give!

Only one more day! Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow and we need Your help! This is YOUR Museum and we want to make it the a...
05/01/2020

Only one more day! Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow and we need Your help! This is YOUR Museum and we want to make it the absolute BEST it can be. Will you join us?

Just one in four children receive any support or treatment for mental health issues. The lack of education and resources...
05/01/2020

Just one in four children receive any support or treatment for mental health issues. The lack of education and resources results in untreated and unresolved behavioral issues and a lack of development in a child's social-emotional growth.

Please consider Supporting this new exhibit that will help us frame what quality mental health care services mean in the community.

Pretend City is dedicating a redesigned area in the Museum to provide a new exhibit to promote mindfulness and mental he...
05/01/2020

Pretend City is dedicating a redesigned area in the Museum to provide a new exhibit to promote mindfulness and mental health in young children.

Focusing on emotional expression, mindful thinking, and calming physical movement, Mind + Body Studio will be a center for positive mental health engagement.
Stay tuned with how we are planning to make this happen! What do you think?

05/01/2020
Question of the Day May 1st

Join our education team every afternoon for our Question of Day!

We know that COVID-19 may be causing a change of routine for your family and changes in behavior for you child. Our education team is here to support you.

Be sure to DM us any questions you may have about your child's development and we will address it anonymously in one of our daily posts!

Your participation in #GivingTuesdayNow on Tuesday, May 5 is your opportunity to help promote the importance of young ch...
04/30/2020

Your participation in #GivingTuesdayNow on Tuesday, May 5 is your opportunity to help promote the importance of young children's healthy development and wellbeing. Your special gift on May 5 will help us create Pretend City's new Mind + Body Studio.

Close your eyes and imagine

• A place of tranquility to reset your mind and body when the “outside” world is overwhelming on your child’s social/emotional state
• Breathing exercises to help self-regulation
• Yoga to bring peace throughout your body
• A Peace Center promoting conflict management skills

Join us, May 5, for a Giving Movement.

Having trouble playing with your kids at home? You can try role-play games to keep up their imagination and social-emoti...
04/30/2020

Having trouble playing with your kids at home? You can try role-play games to keep up their imagination and social-emotional development. Trying playing doctor, grocery store, or restaurant. :)

Have you been to the literacy carpet? It would not be possible without Dr. Linda Clinard. For many years, Linda has join...
04/30/2020

Have you been to the literacy carpet? It would not be possible without Dr. Linda Clinard. For many years, Linda has joined us for our Baby Steps program on Monday afternoons – sharing her passion for literacy with parents and little ones at The Literacy Carpet. Through kind donations from her friends at Think Together, she has given thousands of parents free books to enjoy with their babies at home. Linda now also joins us during Pretend City’s Baby Steps on Sunday mornings, all during her own time. Linda has been a wonderful asset to Pretend City. Her love for spreading literacy awareness to families through donated books is admirable, but it’s her sweet, kind soul that keeps our families coming back to The Literacy Carpet. She is cherished as an important part of our Pretend City team and we are proud to honor her as our 2020 Spirit of Volunteerism nominee.

Linda is a published author and we feel so lucky to have her expertise. Check out her page for some inspiration on activities you can do at home with your children! https://www.facebook.com/FamilyTimeReadingFun

Pretend City is participating in an important nationwide survey of museums, and we have included a few questions of our ...
04/30/2020
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Pretend City is participating in an important nationwide survey of museums, and we have included a few questions of our own. We would like you to share your thoughts with us on a variety of topics related to the pandemic including reopening and current online programming and services offered. Please take the short survey below and share your thoughts - it is truly appreciated!

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04/30/2020

Pretend City LIVE: Dinosaur loose in the City! #startwithplay #grossmotor #dinosaurs

Painting with broccoli? Who woulda thunk! Your child is building a knowledge base of different sensory experiences, like...
04/29/2020

Painting with broccoli? Who woulda thunk! Your child is building a knowledge base of different sensory experiences, like how it feels to touch different veggies or how it feels to move the brush with different objects and what patterns they create. Pretty fun, right?

04/29/2020

There's a DINOSAUR loose in the city! Join us LIVE tomorrow at 10AM to help us catch it! Be sure to comment on tomorrow's LIVE video to be entered in a drawing to win free tickets to the museum!
#grossmotor #dinosaurs #startwithplay

Due to COVID-19, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon will not be held on April 30, 2020 at Disneyland Hotel as or...
04/29/2020
Spirit of Volunteerism Awards - OneOC

Due to COVID-19, the Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon will not be held on April 30, 2020 at Disneyland Hotel as originally planned. Instead, they are recognizing honorees via a fun and interactive VIRTUAL celebration! Join them by clicking the link below.

OneOC‘s mission is to “accelerate nonprofit success.” By connecting nonprofits and companies together, we help make greater impact in the communities we serve.

Pretend City is currently accepting applications for the Youth Leadership Council. If your child is between the ages of ...
04/29/2020

Pretend City is currently accepting applications for the Youth Leadership Council. If your child is between the ages of 12 - 18 in school, they can apply for this unique opportunity to be a leader at Pretend City. This volunteer program challenges students to create new programming and opportunities for our nonprofit educational Museum. Applications are due this week!

https://pretendcity.typeform.com/to/Q6R2W1

Pretend City Children's Museum's cover photo
04/29/2020

Pretend City Children's Museum's cover photo

Do you know a teen who is a developing leader interested in positively impacting their community through philanthropy, e...
04/28/2020
Youth Leadership Council - Pretend City Youth Leadership Council - Pretend City Children's Museum

Do you know a teen who is a developing leader interested in positively impacting their community through philanthropy, education, and awareness? They may be a perfect fit for Pretend City's Youth Leadership Council!

This youth board works alongside museum directors to plan and execute events, fundraise, and raise awareness on various causes related to child development. Applications are due on May 5th and can be found at the link below.
https://www.pretendcity.org/youth-leadership-council/

Become a future leader of our community and join Pretend City Children's Museum's Youth Leadership Council. Open to youth, grades 7-12.

04/28/2020

Join us on Thursday at 10AM to see where in the city the dinosaur will go next!

Did you enjoy our social story today? You can download "Something Happened in my City" by Dr. Jenny Yen and read with yo...
04/28/2020
The Social Story Center

Did you enjoy our social story today? You can download "Something Happened in my City" by Dr. Jenny Yen and read with your children. It's available in 16 languages.

"During times of crisis, children need emotional support from their parents and educators to help them feel safe and secure.

However, it can be challenging for adults to explain distressing, global issues like the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters to their young children in a way that helps them feel better, while presenting factual information that acknowledges the gravity of the situation.

The Social Story Center is an initiative led by the Asian Interest Forum of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our team draws on research in education and child and adolescent development to create children’s books and teaching materials that help children process crisis events. Our mission is to share knowledge, perspectives, and informational resources for educating and providing optimal and culturally responsive early childhood environments for infants and young children around the world."

All of the materials that we create are free to download and publicly available online.
https://socialstorycenter.com/

04/28/2020

Pretend City at Home LIVE: Social Stories "Something Happened in My City"
#autismfriendly #earlychildhood #pretendcity

Today is Super Hero Day!! What superpower are you using at home today?
04/28/2020

Today is Super Hero Day!! What superpower are you using at home today?

Address

29 Hubble
Irvine, CA
92618

General information

Hours: Mon 10am-1pm Tues-Sun 10am-5pm Prices: $13.95 per person (children 12 months and younger are FREE!) $11.95 for seniors $10.95 for military and immediate family members* *must show proof of ID $7.45 after 4:00 pm

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 13:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(949) 428-3900

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Our Story

Since opening ten years ago, Pretend City has welcomed hundreds of thousands of families with programs and services to help children grow up healthy and ready to start school.

Pretend City has grown to be a valuable community resource providing free developing screenings, free health screenings, free autism nights, free lunch and learns, and a free School Readiness Fair and well as serving as a venue for a wide variety of community partners to deliver their programs and workshops.

Offering a variety of classes, cultural activities and special events along with providing the community with a fun party and event venue, Pretend City has grown from a mere idea to a well-respected early childhood educational institution attracting parents, grandparents, school groups and educators from Orange County and well beyond.

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As a friend of Pretend City Children's Museum we want to extend an invite to everyone who also follows this great place to a FREE magic, balloon, and animal show tomorrow, Friday 5/8/2020 on zoom. Sign up here: http://tiny.cc/63y1nz. This event will take place on zoom. All those who sign up will review the zoom link tonite by 6:30 pm and tomorrow by 10 am. Invite your friends!
Celebrate “The Week of the Young Child” at Home with Pretend City Children’s Museum!
Will you be open tomorrow Friday despite the Coronavirus outbreak?
Exploratory Theater - Players Workshop begins at Pretend City on March 4th for 8 weeks.
Congratulations to you! Parents voted and Pretend City is Hulafrog's Most Loved Indoor Play Center for 2020!
Take Kenzie here. I took my niece and nephew years ago they had a ball.
Will Pretend City have any specials for Free Museum Day (Jan 25)?
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Support Pretend City Children’s Museum at the Great Park at Tonight’s Irvine City Council Meeting!
Monday: Celebrate MLK Day at Irvine's Pretend Museum! Tuesday: Support Pretend Museum at the Irvine City Council!