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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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  • Summer Musical Performances for The Music Room

    The Music Room is BACK for an encore! Each Week, Pretend City will be hosting a variety of different musical performers to enhance the Music Room experience. Their performances will help educate our little ones about music and instruments while inspiring a love of the performing arts. Performer & Time: Saturday, June 8th: St. John’s Lutheran – Krista Elliott at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8th: Back to Bach Project: Kids for Classical at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 23rd: Sahara Splash Drumming – Eldar Iz at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Jun 29th: Dance Group – Youth Musicians of OC at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6th: Joe Cardello at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6th: Sahara Splash Drumming – Eldar Iz at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13th: Jamie Purnell – Proud Penguin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27th: Young Musicians Ensemble – Peyton Chen & Nolan Chen at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 3rd: Jamie Purnell – Proud Penguin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, August 4th: School of Rock – Jordan Heimburger at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17th: Back to Bach: Project: Kids for Classical – Albert Gang at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24th: Heartstrings Quartet – at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 25th: Youth Musicians of […]

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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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  • Member’s Only Event – The Great Outdoors – Recap

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Upcoming Events
  1. Fall Festival of Fun!

    Tuesday, September 24 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Lisa Caprelli – Author of the Day

    Wednesday, September 25 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Steve Viele & Ashley McKeown – Authors of the Day

    Friday, September 27 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Ashley I. & Jared, from the Bachelor franchise, are coming to Pretend City!

    Saturday, September 28 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
  5. Keri Collins – Author of the Day

    Saturday, September 28 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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