All posts from Julissa Orozco

  • Pretend City Hosts Inaugural School Readiness Fair

    Pretend City Launches School Readiness Fair for Families IRVINE, January 29, 2019- Pretend City Children’s Museum is hosting its first annual School Readiness Fair on Saturday, March 23 from 9 am – 2 pm. This is a free community event focusing on providing parents with the core information needed to ensure children are ready to start school.   The School Readiness Fair will provide free health screening services and fun activities. Early learning specialists from several Orange County school districts will be on site to assist with school registration and answer district specific questions. Vendors will also be on site to introduce families to new learning materials, programs, and learning opportunities to further assist each student’s individual needs.   “An education is one of the most valuable tools we can offer to our children alongside assuring they maintain their health,” said Executive Director Sandra Bolton Griffin.  “Pretend City is proud to be able to assist families in both those areas during our School Readiness Fair.”   Last year alone, the Children’s Museum provided over 800 individual health screenings and hopes to provide just as many this year. The School Readiness Fair is free and open to the general public and comes with the opportunity for children to earn a free ticket to the museum after completing at least three screenings. All services and activities will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. the same day.   More […]

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  • ASIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL COMING TO PRETEND CITY

    Pretend City celebrates diversity through learning about different cultures at their Asian inspired festival IRVINE, January 29, 2019- Pretend City Children’s Museum will provide families with an array of different, fun, interactive activities, character visits and performances inspired by traditional Asian culture at the Asian Cultural Festival from Saturday, February 9, to Sunday, February 10 from 10 am to 2 pm.   Pretend City  will provide children and their families with a fun filled learning experience specific to Asian culture. Each day will feature various cultural activities such as cherry blossom painting, a red lantern art project, and martial arts performances to support the development of children’s hand eye coordination, cultural competence and sensory integration. Families will enjoy  visits from a special warrior princess, a dual language story time with Ni Hao Chinese, a karate lesson and other special performances.   “This year’s Asian cultural festival is expected to be full of surprises and performances. We hope all our guests gain a new appreciation and understanding of traditional Asian culture,” said Executive Director Sandra Bolton.   Pretend City encourages parents to allow their little ones to explore the many diverse cultures that contribute to our vibrant, colorful world. Other fun Asian adventures for children to immerse themselves in on Sunday the 10th, […]

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  • Orange County Moms List Best Children’s Books for Your Little One

    20 Best Children’s Books for your Children Pretend City asked the Facebook community what their child’s favorite books where. Their wonderful answers helped us populate a list of 20 BEST books for your children. The Hungry Caterpillar The Giving Tree Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller! Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. Lucy G commented, “Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. We love that Rosie doesn’t give up on her invention and learns from her mistakes.” The 3 Little Pigs Corduroy Goodnight Goodnight Construction “My little one loves construction vehicles. It’s our nightly ritual to read about the end of their day and say goodnight to them!” – Joanne M. World of Whimsy with the Little Unicorn by Sheri Fink “This book always makes my daughter smile! She loves it!! How to Catch a Cold by Adam T. Newman “Seriously Funny!!” The Book With No Pictures “What kid would not love a book that makes their parent say Boo Boo Butt. It is very fun and interactive.” – Lisa C. Too Many Mangos – Tammy Paikai Goodnight Moon A Tale of Two Beasts – “It shows the perspective of 2 characters who see one […]

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  • STEAM in the City! Everything You Need to Know

    STEAM in the City! Everything You Need to Know Here at Pretend City, we believe all learning can be fun – and that fun is learning!  As an educational facility, we cater to children’s needs in all levels of development and know the importance of STEAM in the child’s growing mind.   What is STEAM?   STEAM is a popular acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.   As technologies advance and become more universal in our world, the recognition of its developmental capability’s has grown. Under its wide umbrella of topics, STEAM can help your child strengthen fine motor skills while gaining an understanding of how the world works around them.   Why STEAM?  Why Now?   As a child grows, different neurological pathways are created in their mind. By age 5, most of these important paths are developed. These neurological pathways need to be used or they’ll be pruned away…but utilizing them is easier than you think!  At a young age, children’s naturally curious mind will love the science behind anything they do – washing their hands to worms in the sand. Learn any time when asking “why?’ questions.  How can I bring STEAM to my home?   […]

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  • What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Dental Care

    What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Dental Care Quick question! When should you begin brushing your child’s teeth? When do they start showing teeth? When do they begin losing teeth? Did you know that you start dental hygiene during infancy! Parents should use a baby brush to brush an infant’s gums to rid any leftover milk and bacteria.  Let’s learn more about dental care. Dental Hygiene: There is a lot to learn about dental hygiene – especially for your little ones. Did you know that children need to start flossing at 2? Learning about good oral hygiene is an important factor that seems to be overlooked. Luckily, Pretend City provides FREE monthly dental screenings proudly sponsored by Healthy Smiles of Orange County.   Pretend City Children’s Museum, an educational nonprofit, is joined monthly by Dentists who examine children up to 5 years old. Although tooth decay is one of the most chronic childhood diseases, it is 100 percent preventable. Through the help of various supporters, Healthy Smiles was brought to life and is now a resource that provides pediatric dental services to underserved families throughout Orange County.  Some of the facts they share with parents include:   Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease resulting in 51 […]

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