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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 business 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.  Take an ASQ: Ages & Stages Questionnaire  An ages & stages questionnaire is a developmental screening that is designed to show your child’s strength and weaknesses. Upon completion, our child development specialist will send you the results to your screening along with resources and a free admission to the museum. ASQ’s can be taken every 3 months.   Way to Play Days:  Buy One Get One Free Days occur the second Friday of every month. In addition, we provide ASQ’s in which you will receive an additional free admission.  Other special ways to receive coupons to Pretend City include being active on our social media, signing up for our e-newsletter, visiting special outreach events Pretend City visits and attending a birthday party or field trip at […]

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  • Unplugging with your Kids – Pretend City’s Cell Phone Policy

    An in-depth look into Pretend City Children’s Museum Electronic Free Policy It might seem like common sense to put down the phone when you’re watching your child, but studies show parents are finding it more and more difficult to unplug. Pretend City’s cell-phone policy encourages parents to unplug from their devices for the safety and well-being of their children.    Ensuring parents are off their cell-phones and tablets keeps them alert and focused on their children. Our cell-phone policy ensures parents and children do not separate or get lost from one another. The policy also includes parents using laptops and tablets to work from home.  Infants and children look to their caregiver for social cues, praise, or attention. Being responsive to children’s positive behaviors, noticing when they are kind, friendly or sharing improves a child’s social-emotional skills that are crucial for life-long success.    Research shows that the overuse of technology is “detrimental to a child’s emotional health and wellness.” (Taylor, 2017) We know that parents need to stay in touch and understand you might need to communicate with a spouse or take an emergency call, however, overuse of technology or “distracted-parenting” negatively affects children.  Finally, media use eliminates the need for […]

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  • Full Immersion Spanish Camps

    Research shows that elementary school children are at the optimal age for second language acquisition. Children who speak a second language test higher and speak better. Sign your little ones up for Portal Languages’s full immersion Spanish Camps this summer! Time spent in the summer camp is equivalent to months of language classes for your children. This is an excellent opportunity to have children exposed to a second or third language. The language learning program will come alive through playing the various stations and exhibits of the museum. Check out our calendar of events for more information. Sign up now! 

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  • Best Potty Training Tips from Orange County Parents

    Best Potty Training Tips Oh, Potty Training. What a wonderful time in a child’s life. Right? Okay, well it might not be the easiest transition – potty training can be eased a bit with these helpful tips from Orange County parents.   Tip 1: Have a positive outlook on using the restroom.  Oscar G. writes: Make sure everyone in the household looks at going to the bathroom as a positive. — Don’t make faces if it smells, don’t get angry if there are accidents. — Celebrate it instead and be shameless about it when *you* as a parent go, and let them see, watch, ask questions, etc. And then be excited when it’s their turn.   Tip 2: Consistency and Routine  Use the restroom always. Try placing your child’s potty where they are so they don’t have a choice but to use it. Keep it up though and don’t back down.  Tip 3: Don’t push it! All kids are different.  This tip comes from quite a few parents. Shana S. writes, “Wait because when they’re ready to own the decision to use the toilet, it’s pretty seamless.” Christine W. writes, “With one kid, I pushed and she pushed back. I finally backed off and ordered a […]

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  • The Importance of Grandparents at Pretend City

    The Importance of a Grandparent at Pretend City Grandma and Grandpa each hold a big responsibility as a grandparent at Pretend City! Grandparents even hold a very special role in the life of a child. Their roles create a bond deeper than yummy snacks and free caregiving. The staff here at Pretend City fosters this bond by creating special programming and crafts to help grandparents and children better connect. We understand that creating an environment where grandparents and children connect has a profound impact on their grandchild’s child development and emotional well-being.  A study by Boston College researchers found that emotionally close ties between grandparents and their grandchildren reduced depressive symptoms in both groups. While grandchildren offer their grandparents a new life and new ideas, grandparents offer great wisdom and advice. At Pretend City, we encourage our grandparents to use this valuable time to teach their little ones about life through our many exhibits. Knowing that grandparent interaction could lessen anxiety and depression is a big deal! We use this information to even create special days dedicated just for our grandparents. Pretend City is an excellent organization which works to strengthen the bonds between a grandparent and grandchild. You can read together […]

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