Pretend City Blog

  • FALL into the Season with Pretend City’s Fall Festival!

    Pretend City Children’s Museum is getting busy this fall with our Fall Festival! Throughout the months of October and November we are hosting fun fall-themed events and activities for all our families. Everyday, a new fall-themed art project will be demonstrated in our art studio for all your little ones to make and decorate your house with. So get your calendars ready and read through this go-to guide for our exciting Fall Festival! Sept. 22nd, Fri.: It’s the beginning of Fall! Our Fall Festival Fun Day is filled with fall themed activities, games, and projects! Nestle in for a day of fall exploration with activities from gourd art projects, to leaf huntings, to book readings, to pumpkin exploring and leaf creation projects. Your family will learn about everything Fall, while gaining hands on experience in games and projects all day long! Oct. 22nd-28th: Start digging up your Halloween Costumes for Costume Week! Who will you be this Halloween? Get creative and come dressed up to Pretend City where you will receive 25% off your second admission with a costume all week long! Oct. 27th, Fri.: Monsters are nothing to be scared of! Don’t believe me? Come into Pretend City on […]

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  • Communicating With a Child on The Spectrum

    We all know and love a child on the spectrum, whether you are their parent, grandparent, relative, friend, or even neighbor. With that love is the desire to build a strong relationship with the child, but do we know how? Every month, we will highlight a different topic catered towards understanding and connecting with a child on the spectrum. This month, we are providing a few basic tips on communication between you and the little one! Communication is a vital piece in developing a better relationship with children on the spectrum. The proper communication allows you to understand their current emotions and respond appropriately. This month’s theme is all about helping you communicate at home, at the playground, and even in Pretend City! Our exhibits are ideal for practicing your communication skills in our self-contained and supportive spaces! We reached out to one of our community partners, the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, for a few tips on enhancing your communication with a child on the spectrum. Michelle L. Wahlquist, MS, CC-SLP, their Lead Speech-Language Pathologist is here to help! Communication Tips: Provide Face-to-Face Directions “Make sure you have [the] child’s undivided attention before you give a direction,” said Wahlquist. “To do this, you need to […]

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  • Pretend City Children’s Museum Recognized as 2017 Finalist for National Medal

    Pretend City is a finalist!  Institute of Museum and Library Services announces Pretend City as 2017 Finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service  IRVINE, CA: The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that California’s Pretend City, The Children’s Museum of Orange County, is among the 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities. “We at Pretend City are honored to be nominated for our contribution back to our community through our Good To Go From Head To Toe Program, a Children & Families Commission initiative,” said Sandra Bolton, Executive Director of Pretend City. Good To Go provides free developmental assessments, screenings, and health checkups for children ages 0-5 years by highly qualified and respected professionals. Through community outreach, readily available resources, on-site screening events and educational classes, the Good To Go From Head To Toe initiative educates parents/caretakers about what developmental milestones are, how to assess these milestones […]

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  • Welcome Taymourian Family!

    Pretend City welcomes the Taymourian Family as our new residents in our Home Exhibit! The Taymourians, Kamran, Nadereh, Kourosh, and Kian are from Irvine, California and are of Iranian descent. They speak both English and Persian in their home and enjoy a traditional Iranian meal every night. Each quarter, we model our home after a featured family to highlight our Developing and Discovering Diversity Program. We provide a learning environment that incorporates different cultures, allowing children to experience differences in families in a concrete way. Children can physically play in a different family home and truly immerse themselves in that culture. The Taymourian family shares the museum’s view on the power of diversity and believes it to be an important part of every child’s learning. They believe it’s important to learn tolerance, understanding and appreciation for different cultures. One of the ways to experience a different culture is to learn about the foods people eat. A strong component of a Persian home is fresh brewed tea. It’s traditionally made with loose tea leaves and fresh boiling water in large tea pot. The color of your tea is as important as the smell, so Persian families use transparent or glass cups to […]

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  • A Taste of Italy with Pretend City

    Ciao! Pretend City would like to welcome our little visitors to our brand new Italian restaurant, La Trattoria Italiano! La Trattoria Italiano is a fully interactive restaurant exhibit where your child can immerse themselves in Italian cuisine and all that it’s got to offer. Come as a patron and watch your little tot play restaurant server by taking your order and sending it to “la cucina,” or the kitchen. The kitchen is fully stocked with assorted spices and ingredients for your child to play chef and get creative. What will they cook up? The menu offers a variety of authentic Italian cuisine with food your child can get messy with to create delectable dishes! Enjoy a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs or a nice afternoon Gelato! This meaningful play will teach children how to identify shapes and colors while learning about the food they put into their bodies. This exhibit displays rich Italian culture with images of Italian cities along the walls and popular food and art. Your child will also learn first-hand the responsibilities that come with a restaurant job from taking patrons’ orders as a server to cleaning up afterward as a busser. Utilizing different roles in […]

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Upcoming Events
  1. Fall Festival Fun!

    September 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  2. National Comic Book Day-PretendCON!

    September 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. Family Autism Event

    September 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  4. Author Days featuring Sheri Fink & Derek Taylor Kent

    September 26 @ 11:00 am
  5. Author Days featuring Laura Knight

    September 27 @ 11:00 am
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