All posts from sommer garcia

  • Supporting a Child’s Emotional Development through Pretend Play

    Supporting a Child’s Emotional Development through Pretend Play Pretend City’s Play-Based Mission supports Health Emotional Development Pretend City Children’s Museum exists to support healthy child development through play-based learning. In our blog, we cite various scholarly articles that reveal the essential correlation between play and emotional learning.   According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Play is not frivolous; it enhances brain structure and function and promotes learning.” Play is fundamentally important for learning 21st-century skills, such as problem-solving, collaborating and creativity which are critical for adult success.  Emotional development is related to school readiness and adult success. Without the integration of age-appropriate play children, children are at risk for emotional issues such as tantrums, physical outbursts, social delays, and deregulation. Through fun parent-child play opportunities at the Museum, Pretend City educates caring adults and the community at large, about the critical importance of Play in healthy child development.  How does Play help Children Develop? Children need to develop various skills to optimize their development and manage toxic stress and negative emotions. Research demonstrates that developmentally appropriate play with parents and peers is a singular opportunity to promote the social-emotional, cognitive and self-regulation skills that build a prosocial brain.  When children properly develop their emotional competence, they are more likely to sustain learning. […]

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  • Early Childhood OC and Pretend City Collaborate

    Early Childhood OC is a community collaborative that was formed to develop Orange County’s Early Childhood Policy Framework to ensure young children reach their developmental potential and are ready to succeed in school and life.  Pretend City is actively involved with this collaborative which aligns with our mission to Build Better Brains. As an educational nonprofit, we recognize that affordable services must be available to families of ALL socioeconomic backgrounds. Our programs like baby steps, free family autism night, and way to play days are designed to empower families and create a safe environment that supports healthy child development while preparing children for life and school success.   The science is clear, children’s early brain development occurs at an explosive rate, with more than one million neural connections formed per second in the first few years of life. Children’s early experiences shape their adulthood, which in turn shapes their community. Research shows that the earlier the investment in children’s health and development, the higher the return. (Orange County Community Indicator’s Report 2018)  Each week, our organization will be sharing how we are following the Early Childhood Policy Framework. We want to educate our community on the importance of play in the City.   All of this is crucial especially as society is having problems with increased […]

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  • Best Halloween Costumes at Pretend City

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  • Pretend City Coupons

    How to Snag a Coupon to Pretend City Our Museum, first, wants to thank you for your continued support of your facility. Your family’s admission helps to financially support our mission of “building better brains.” This allows us to provide discounted and free admission to thousands of children across Pretend City while also educating parents and businesses of our developmental screenings, child development, and healthy play.    Here are a few tips on how to acquire coupons and free admission to Pretend City.  OC Public Library – Discover and Go Program. When you receive a library card to any library in the OCPL system (not all are in the system) you receive 4 FREE tickets to Pretend City! Simply register on the app for the date of your visit. More information here:  https://ocpl.discoverandgo.net/ Way to Play Days: Buy One Get One Free Days occur on the second Friday of every month. In addition, we provide ASQ’s in which you will receive an additional free admission. COUPON HERE: Sign up for our Newsletter: Receive a Buy One Get One Half Off in our Welcome Email. [Coupon is emailed at the end of every month] Sign up for our Newsletter on our front page and you will receive […]

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  • Pretend City Celebrates Literacy Month all September Long

    September is literacy month and Pretend City is celebrating reading all month long. During this special month, authors from across southern California will join us for storytimes of their books. Bookworms will be excited to read children’s books from some of their favorite authors and illustrators. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase the books right at Pretend City! Angie Flores will kick off literacy month with a storytime from her book, Cub’s Wish on September 4th. National Read a Book Day, on September 6th, will be a day full of storytimes! We hope you join us for a month of book readings as we inspire a love for reading across all age ranges.

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