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Please note Pretend City is closed in accordance with recent state Covid-19 updates.


Pretend City Children’s Museum is “the world in a nut-shell”, designed for children to learn how the real world works while engaging their curiosities and imaginations. The museum is a child-size interconnected city built to balance rich educational intention with boundless fun, where children can assume various real-world roles and let their creativity rule.

Embracing One Another This Holiday Season

Linda Hunter, Senior Director of Education Discusses the Powerful Gift of Diversity  This is the perfect time of the year for celebrating diversity. All month long we are celebrating Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas and...

Thankful and FULL of Hope for the Future:

As the days of the pandemic linger on, this holiday season may be filled with tough choices and changes for families.  With Thanksgiving only a few days away, feelings of gratitude take the center stage, spotlighting the importance of...

A Family Resource: There’s More To Art Than Meets The Eye!

Linda Hunter, Senior Director of Education for Pretend City, Helps Parents Take A Closer Look At The Significance Of Their Children’s Art   Creating art is very important in child development as it’s often the simplest and most natural way for them to communicate what...

Toddlers and Thankfulness: Teaching Gratitude in the Early Years

By Adrie Van Wonterghem   November 2, 2020  With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, the month of November brings plenty of opportunities to teach your little ones how to express gratitude. As parents and educators, it is crucial that we show our youngest...

Election Day and My Child

By Adrie Van Wonterghem   November 2, 2020  Signs of the 2020 election are everywhere. From yard signs to flags to billboards and TV advertisements, the weight of this year’s Presidential Election is on everyone’s minds, including our...

Bridging the COVID Gap: Supplement Your Child’s Learning at Home

Disruptions in your child’s schooling can pose lasting effects on development and can create gaps in your child’s learning. With transitions back and forth between online and in person learning, supplementing your child’s learning at home is the best way to...

Three Tips For Your Child To Go Bananas Over Books

Linda Hunter, Senior Project Director at Pretend City Children’s Museum Offers Easy Steps to Promote Literacy in Your Home  Story telling is something that is innately human and whether it is through the pictures or words in a book, the process of discovery for...

Supporting Early Language Development

One of the most important indicators of a child’s academic success is the size of their vocabulary around age five. Begin building your child’s literacy skills with an early emphasis on language development. Moving from letters and sounds, to words and their meanings,...

Peaceful Design: Reduce Conflict Through Peace Education

“If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.” Gandhi   Peace Education is the process of when children build values, an understanding of others’ perspectives, and exhibiting harmonious behaviors with themselves, others and...

The Benefits of Bilingualism in Early Education

Around age two, our children’s vocabulary rapidly explodes as they discover names for everything they experience. The development of language contributes to our children’s ability to process and understand the world around them. With an increased embracement of...

Pretend City Builds Better Brains!


Pretend City’s Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) screens and assesses the developmental performance of children in the areas of communication, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, problem solving, and personal-social skills. It is used to identify children that would benefit from in-depth evaluation for developmental delays.

Parent Resources

Receive useful parent resources from Children & Families Commission of Orange County. These resources include easy and fun activities to try with your child that help them grow healthy and strong. Also learn about the importance of health screenings through an Ages and Stages Questionnaire.

Early Childhood OC

Early Childhood OC is a community collaborative that was formed to develop Orange County’s Early Childhood Policy Framework in order to ensure young children reach their developmental potential and are ready to succeed in school and life.

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To protect the health of Pretend City Children’s Museum community, we ask families to please only come play with us on days that everyone is feeling well.

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