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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.

Brave Conversations: How to Have Them and Why They are Important 

By Adrie Van Wonterghem   What is a Brave Conversation? Brave conversations happen when we talk to our children and early learners through difficult situations and topics. Last week during our Parent Webinar series, Wilma Gold, an...

Family Mental Health 

To ensure that the home environment we provide our little ones with supports positive mental health, we can embrace protective factors. Protective factors are characteristics of our family and community that reduce the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences, or trauma that our family experiences and affects our children.

The Importance of Parent Self-Care 

By Adrie Van Wonterghem   One of the most important ways we can care for our children and the children we serve, is by first caring for ourselves. The moment our children enter our lives, our attention is consumed with their wellbeing, happiness, and...

Challenging Behaviors: Approaching Regression with Peace  

By Adrie Van Wonterghem, Assistant Manager of Education Programs and Ana Page, Director of Education   Last week, we tackled ways to help manage the challenging behaviors our little one’s exhibit. By looking at the motivation behind the...

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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Healthy Kids, Healthy Museum

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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