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Baby Steps


Once a month, Pretend City hosts a special event exclusively for parents and their infants, 18 months and younger. Baby Steps is a great way to introduce your child to new friends without the hustle and bustle of older children playing in the museum.

This special event also allows parents to ask questions about various topics while socializing with other parents in the community. This is your opportunity to engage in developmentally appropriate activities and exhibits alongside other families with similarly aged children.

Bring your young children and enjoy age-appropriate facilitated activities that will teach you about your baby’s developmental milestones. You can also take a FREE Ages & Stages Questionnaire – a reliable way to screen your children for developmental delays in the first 5½ years of life.


April 14th and May 19th* Baby Steps will not require reservations
$12 per person at the door. Babies 0-18 months free.
*May Baby Steps 3rd Sunday in May due to Mother’s Day closure

Beach: Lay your baby tummy down on a blanket or towel while sitting near their head. Use a toy or your voice to encourage your baby to lift their head and shoulders off of the blanket. At 6 months, they may try to reach for the toy while balancing on one arm. Try this to improve movement and strengthen muscles!

Home: Help your baby find small toys that you have hidden in bowls or cups. Show them how to dump the containers to get the toy. This increases their thinking and problem solving abilities!

Grocery Store: Let’s get talking! Help your toddler put away or restock groceries. Hand them specific items while naming and describing them. Your 18 month old may repeat the word.


Please click the button below to reserve your space. Reservations are required! If you have questions please contact Carly Snyder by phone 949.428.3900 ext. 209 or by email carly.snyder@pretendcity.org

Baby Steps is specifically for Infants, 0-18 months of age. 

For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings, please.

 $12 per adult. Infants and Pretend City Members are FREE! Reservations are required!


The Baby Steps program at Pretend City occurs the second Sunday of every month, 8:00 am – 9:30 am.

Visit our Calendar of Events for all Baby Steps dates.

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