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  • Best Halloween Costumes at Pretend City

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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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  • 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.  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 (Message could take a few moments to pop up) Take a Developmental Screening If your child is between 2 months and 5.5 years, you can administer a free developmental screening. Along with their results, you will also receive a FREE ticket back to Pretend City. Results take between 2 – 12 business days to […]

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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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  • Pretend City Celebrates 10 Years of Play in Irvine

    Media Contact  Sommer Garcia  949-428-3900 x208  sommer.garcia@pretendcity.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   PRETEND CITY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF PLAY  IN IRVINE  Celebrating a Decade of Memories and Mission Moments  IRVINE, CA: July 22, 2019. Pretend City Children’s Museum is celebrating their 10th birthday in Irvine with a confetti party for families on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Families may join Pretend City staff for birthday cake, live music and dancing, and 10 stations with various art activities including paper hat making and face painting. At noon, guests will sing a happy birthday anthem after watching a special birthday video commemorating 10 years of play.   Pretend City is offering $10 special admission for all guests that visit the Museum on August 29, 2019.  Pretend City will also be encouraging parents to check out the Pretend City Amazon Wish List to help support the exhibits with new toys, educational items, and décor.   “Pretend City has grown to become a valuable community resource for two million children and families, providing free health and developmental screenings, preparing our children for kindergarten, and offering free programming for those with special needs.  We look forward to celebrating in Irvine for many more years,” said Erin Boyl, Pretend City Board Chair.    Since opening in […]

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Upcoming Events
  1. Universal Children’s Day

    Wednesday, November 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  2. November Baby Steps

    Sunday, November 24 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
  3. Family Autism Night – November

    Monday, November 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Festival Ballet Theatre Performance

    Tuesday, November 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Wednesday, November 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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