Pretend City Blog

  • Join in a movement of generosity! #GivingTuesday

    We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday a global day dedicated to giving back. Join in this movement of generosity by helping to support healthy early childhood development. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This year, Pretend City Children’s Museum is asking you to consider making a small $5 or $10 donation to our Imagination Playground Indiegogo Campaign as your #GivingTuesday contribution. Help support healthy child development, and families in your community. We are inching closer and closer to our goal, but we can’t make it without your help. Please visit our Indiegogo campaign for more information on bringing this great resource to Pretend City.  

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  • Sneak Peek: Books Alive Art Gallery

    Grand Opening of the Books Alive Art Gallery Friday, September 5, 2014 All September long, visit Pretend City’s Books Alive Art Gallery.  Our grand opening will kick-off with our first Author’s Day on Friday, September 5th. This unique art exhibit features open-ended art projects that have been created by our guests. This exciting display of children’s art is all based off of children’s books. You’ll see a wide range of creative paintings, weaving and collage and some interesting 3-D art applications. Parents and children will develop an appreciation for the art of other people and cultures, and the confidence to express their own thoughts and feelings through art. Here’s a look at what’s going on behind-the-scenes!  

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  • 5 Easy Tips to Engage Your Kids in Science

    Inspire your children to love science! Pretend City was happy to contribute to OC Register‘s Family Tips section on Tuesday, July 8. Our Senior Director of Education, Linda Hunter, provided 5 easy tips to engage your kids in science. The article appeared in the OC Family Section, titled “Five fun ways to teach kids about science and more.” The article lists five easy and fun things you can do to integrate STEM education into your child’s play. Explore the outdoors Watch a science-oriented TV program together Engineer and build together Recycle your “trash” into something creative. Get inspired by visiting our Ultimate Recycling Machine. USe your child’s next health check up as an opportunity to talk about human health. The article expands on each tip with examples on how to integrate STEM into your child’s play. Try out these 5 tips this summer, and let us know how they worked for your family. We’d love to hear from you! Click here to read a PDF of the article.   

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  • Join the Parenting Movement!

    Have you ever struggled with managing your child’s behavior? Childhood Behavior Pathways  is holding parenting workshops to all parents with children ages 3 to 5 years. Child Behavior Pathways is a joint program between CHOC Children’s and UC Irvine. Experienced professionals will lead this 9 week series utilizing evidence-based curriculum. Curriculum will cover the following: Techniques to increase positive parent-child interactions Approaches for preventing disruptive behaviors in the future Tools for responding to common attention getting behaviors Strategies to foster a child’s attention, social skills, and self-esteem Location & Time Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble Irvine, CA 92618 Every Tuesday July 15th to September 9nd 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. Enroll Online Parents can enroll online at Child Behavior Pathways. For more information, please contact Child Behavior Pathways       English: (949) 267-0CBP (267-0227)       Espanol: 949-267-0200        Email:

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  • Creating a Childhood for Your Children

    Have you picked up your OC Family April issue? The cover story is a must read for all parents, educators, and caregivers! The article “Creating a Childhood” is full of advice, tips, and information on how parents can create a childhood for their children. The article is beautifully written by Michele Whiteaker, and delves deep into the various aspects of what it means for children to have an empowered childhood. Some of the topics covered are the importance of play and the age of childhood . At Pretend City, we truly believe that play can change the world. We are honored to have OC Family interview our Senior Director of Education, Linda Hunter to discuss how important play is in a child’s life. “Play equals health, happiness, learning, relationships, and fun. Children need time and acceptability to wonder and explore. Parents have the power to provide that.” – Linda Hunter The article also provides 5 practical tips on what parents can say to encourage childhood. 1. Nothing 2. “Well I wonder? Hmmm,  I see. What do you think?” 3. “You could try that,” or “I wonder if you could?” 4. “Get dirty.” 5. “Tell me a story.” Let us know your thoughts […]

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Upcoming Events
  1. Celebrate Presidents Day

    Monday, February 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Black History Month:

    Thursday, February 20 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
  3. STEAM-ville Festival hosted by Pretend City Youth Leaders

    Saturday, February 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  4. Baby Steps through Pretend City!

    Sunday, February 23 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
  5. Family Autism Night – February

    Monday, February 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm