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  • Shop Amazon Smile with Pretend City!

    It’s that time of the year! Holiday shopping is on our minds (already!) and I know a lot of you use Amazon to get great deals on your holiday presents. Did you know you can purchase your Amazon items while supporting Pretend City Children’s Museum! It’s easy! Just use this link, login, and it will instruct you to choose a charitable organization to contribute to. You can search for Pretend City Children’s Museum in the search bar, select our location, and voila! Start shopping and watch those dollars grow towards our museum and building better brains! While you are buying your holiday items, be sure to use that link and give back to your favorite children’s museum! We use these charitable donations towards art supplies for our monthly Family Autism Nights. These free events are specifically for families with a member on the spectrum, and allows them to enjoy our museum at their own pace. During this holiday season, Amazon is looking for inspirational charity stories to share! If you have a story of how your Amazon Smile purchase can impact Pretend City, please spread the word! Post a photo or a video of your story with #SeasonsofSmile and link […]

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  • FALL into the Season with Pretend City’s Fall Festival!

    Pretend City Children’s Museum is getting busy this fall with our Fall Festival! Throughout the months of October and November we are hosting fun fall-themed events and activities for all our families. Everyday, a new fall-themed art project will be demonstrated in our art studio for all your little ones to make and decorate your house with. So get your calendars ready and read through this go-to guide for our exciting Fall Festival! Sept. 22nd, Fri.: It’s the beginning of Fall! Our Fall Festival Fun Day is filled with fall themed activities, games, and projects! Nestle in for a day of fall exploration with activities from gourd art projects, to leaf huntings, to book readings, to pumpkin exploring and leaf creation projects. Your family will learn about everything Fall, while gaining hands on experience in games and projects all day long! Oct. 22nd-28th: Start digging up your Halloween Costumes for Costume Week! Who will you be this Halloween? Get creative and come dressed up to Pretend City where you will receive 25% off your second admission with a costume all week long! Oct. 27th, Fri.: Monsters are nothing to be scared of! Don’t believe me? Come into Pretend City on […]

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  • Communicating With a Child on The Spectrum

    We all know and love a child on the spectrum, whether you are their parent, grandparent, relative, friend, or even neighbor. With that love is the desire to build a strong relationship with the child, but do we know how? Every month, we will highlight a different topic catered towards understanding and connecting with a child on the spectrum. This month, we are providing a few basic tips on communication between you and the little one! Communication is a vital piece in developing a better relationship with children on the spectrum. The proper communication allows you to understand their current emotions and respond appropriately. This month’s theme is all about helping you communicate at home, at the playground, and even in Pretend City! Our exhibits are ideal for practicing your communication skills in our self-contained and supportive spaces! We reached out to one of our community partners, the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, for a few tips on enhancing your communication with a child on the spectrum. Michelle L. Wahlquist, MS, CC-SLP, their Lead Speech-Language Pathologist is here to help! Communication Tips: Provide Face-to-Face Directions “Make sure you have [the] child’s undivided attention before you give a direction,” said Wahlquist. “To do this, you need to […]

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  • Pretend City Children’s Museum Recognized as 2017 Finalist for National Medal

    Pretend City is a finalist!  Institute of Museum and Library Services announces Pretend City as 2017 Finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service  IRVINE, CA: The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that California’s Pretend City, The Children’s Museum of Orange County, is among the 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities. “We at Pretend City are honored to be nominated for our contribution back to our community through our Good To Go From Head To Toe Program, a Children & Families Commission initiative,” said Sandra Bolton, Executive Director of Pretend City. Good To Go provides free developmental assessments, screenings, and health checkups for children ages 0-5 years by highly qualified and respected professionals. Through community outreach, readily available resources, on-site screening events and educational classes, the Good To Go From Head To Toe initiative educates parents/caretakers about what developmental milestones are, how to assess these milestones […]

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  • Welcome Taymourian Family!

    Pretend City welcomes the Taymourian Family as our new residents in our Home Exhibit! The Taymourians, Kamran, Nadereh, Kourosh, and Kian are from Irvine, California and are of Iranian descent. They speak both English and Persian in their home and enjoy a traditional Iranian meal every night. Each quarter, we model our home after a featured family to highlight our Developing and Discovering Diversity Program. We provide a learning environment that incorporates different cultures, allowing children to experience differences in families in a concrete way. Children can physically play in a different family home and truly immerse themselves in that culture. The Taymourian family shares the museum’s view on the power of diversity and believes it to be an important part of every child’s learning. They believe it’s important to learn tolerance, understanding and appreciation for different cultures. One of the ways to experience a different culture is to learn about the foods people eat. A strong component of a Persian home is fresh brewed tea. It’s traditionally made with loose tea leaves and fresh boiling water in large tea pot. The color of your tea is as important as the smell, so Persian families use transparent or glass cups to […]

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  1. The Return of the Ultimate Recycling Machine

    Wednesday, October 18 @ 11:00 am - Thursday, November 30 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Festival Ballet-Nutcracker Performance

    Tuesday, November 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Thanksgiving Celebration!

    Wednesday, November 22 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  4. CLOSED For Thanksgiving

    Friday, November 24
  5. CHOC Toy Drive

    Friday, November 24 @ 10:00 am - Saturday, December 23 @ 5:00 pm
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