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Asian Cultural Festival

Saturday, February 9 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, February 10 @ 3:00 pm

Asian Cultural Festival at Pretend City

Saturday-Sunday, February 9-10 

Join us as we celebrate and honor Asian Culture!

Pretend City actively acknowledges diversity and looks forward to learning about different cultures. As home to the third largest Asian-American population, we find it crucial to honor Asian Culture. Gather together with us as we explore the and draw inspiration from traditional Asian cultural objects.   

Purpose Behind the Play: Hand-eye coordination, sensory integration, cultural competence, social-emotional development, fine motor practice.  

February 9th:

Character Visit (10:00a): Asian Princess Character Visit> Come celebrate with everyone’s favorite princess from the Far East. This beautiful warrior will be here visiting and playing with children celebrating her heritage and culture.

Sensational Storytime (11:30 am): Dual Language Storytime > Ni Hao Chinese will be here to lead your little dragons in a special dual language story time. You won’t want to miss out on singing, dancing, and reading our way through a mini Mandarin lesson.

Cultural Connection (1:30pm): Karate Demonstration> United Studios of Self Defense will be leading a karate demonstration. Step in line and join the heart pounding fun of this ancient tradition.

Cultural Connection (3:00pm): Shamisen Performance > The shamisen is an instrument that’s been around for a long time in Japan. Gather around and listen to the beautiful sounds of this stringed instrument just like you would at festivals in Japan.

February 10th: 

  • Cultural Connection (11:30am): Origami Making> Come learn about the ancient Japanese tradition of origami with this interactive demonstration. Leave this experience with your very own origami piece to share with all your friends.
  • Cultural Connection (10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm): Halo-Halo (Culture & History)> The Filipino Cultural School will be here all day long to share some of their most cherished Filipino traditions include games (10:30a), dances (12:00pm), and martial arts (1:30pm).

    OTHER DAILY ACTIVITIES

  • Character Visit (10:00a): Asian Princess Character Visit> Come celebrate with everyone’s favorite princess from the far East. This beautiful warrior will be here visiting and playing with children celebrating her heritage and culture.
  • Smart Art (in the Art Studio): Cherry Blossom Painting> Stop by the art studio to create your own lovely cherry blossom painting using recycled materials. 
  • Cultural Connection (throughout the day): Red Paper Lanterns> Red lanterns are a recognizable symbol that signifies a prosperous life. Your little light is sure to prosper with mastering their fine motor and hand-eye coordination in this activity.
  • Motor Movement (throughout the day): Chopstick Sensory Bin> This is one activity where it’s okay to be picky! Explore and discover different cultural objects with this fun sensory bin activity.

Play Partner: Korean TraditionsWestminster UnifiedFilipino Cultural School 

Grown-up Tip: 

Although our traditions, values, and beliefs may differ, the developmental milestones children reach happen at predictable times regardless of where we live. Practice reaching these milestones at Pretend City, where the importance of community is instilled at an early age. Continuing, parents are responsible for ensuring an understanding of the world around our children. Also, practice a quick lesson on different cultural backgrounds when you can.

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Details

Start:
Saturday, February 9 @ 10:00 am
End:
Sunday, February 10 @ 3:00 pm
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Venue

Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618 United States
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Phone:
949.428.3900
Website:
https://www.pretendcity.org

*Activities are subject to change and limited to availability. 

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