Pretend City Blog

  • STEAM in the City! Everything You Need to Know

    STEAM in the City! Everything You Need to Know Here at Pretend City, we believe all learning can be fun – and that fun is learning!  As an educational facility, we cater to children’s needs in all levels of development and know the importance of STEAM in the child’s growing mind.   What is STEAM?   STEAM is a popular acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.   As technologies advance and become more universal in our world, the recognition of its developmental capability’s has grown. Under its wide umbrella of topics, STEAM can help your child strengthen fine motor skills while gaining an understanding of how the world works around them.   Why STEAM?  Why Now?   As a child grows, different neurological pathways are created in their mind. By age 5, most of these important paths are developed. These neurological pathways need to be used or they’ll be pruned away…but utilizing them is easier than you think!  At a young age, children’s naturally curious mind will love the science behind anything they do – washing their hands to worms in the sand. Learn any time when asking “why?’ questions.  How can I bring STEAM to my home?   […]

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  • What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Dental Care

    What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Dental Care Quick question! When should you begin brushing your child’s teeth? When do they start showing teeth? When do they begin losing teeth? Did you know that you start dental hygiene during infancy! Parents should use a baby brush to brush an infant’s gums to rid any leftover milk and bacteria.  Let’s learn more about dental care. Dental Hygiene: There is a lot to learn about dental hygiene – especially for your little ones. Did you know that children need to start flossing at 2? Learning about good oral hygiene is an important factor that seems to be overlooked. Luckily, Pretend City provides FREE monthly dental screenings proudly sponsored by Healthy Smiles of Orange County.   Pretend City Children’s Museum, an educational nonprofit, is joined monthly by Dentists who examine children up to 5 years old. Although tooth decay is one of the most chronic childhood diseases, it is 100 percent preventable. Through the help of various supporters, Healthy Smiles was brought to life and is now a resource that provides pediatric dental services to underserved families throughout Orange County.  Some of the facts they share with parents include:   Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease resulting in 51 […]

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  • Pretend City is the Perfect Place for Your Child’s Birthday Party!

    Where should I have my child’s birthday party? Planning a birthday party for your child can be pretty stressful. Luckily, Pretend City Children’s Museum creates a very streamlined process for the parent. Just take a look at our Party Themed Packages. Along with the package, parents receive a dedicated party host who helps you every step of the way. We want this day to be a special experience for your child – so let us take all the hassle out of party planning. If you are interested in booking a party, please email larisa.benfer@pretendcity.org or click here. Find Your Perfect Birthday Party Theme Birthday Package Always Includes: Pretend City Members receive a 10% discount on all birthday party packages One (1) hour in private party room beginning at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm or 4 pm Unlimited time in the museum following time in the private party room Admission for up to 30 guests total (including both children and adults); additional guests are $10/guest Birthday party child(ren) will be complimentary Children ages 12 months and younger are complimentary Tables, chairs, sink with running water and refrigerator/freezer provided Whiteboard wall and dry-erase markers available for the children’s entertainment 1-2 Pretend City Party Hosts […]

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  • Easy Edible Craft Ideas for Christmas!

    Easy to Make Edible Crafts for Christmas Tired of making gingerbread houses every year? Need a fun family activity to do with the kids this winter break? During our weeklong countdown to Christmas, our guests had special “cooking” activities where they made works of art out of edible treats. These activities were a perfect detour from the usual crafts and are so easy to do at home. Scroll down for these easy, simple, and yummy crafts you can do at home! (Pin for later: https://bit.ly/1gSTpBI)                         Write a letter while baking sweets to Santa Claus.

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  • How does Pretend City take care of our Beach?

    We love the Beach! Did you know? Pretend City tills our beach sand every week in order to keep it soft and healthy. It is hard work, but you can see our Pretendgineer, Kevin, gets a good workout, too. We work hard on the small details so your kids can enjoy Pretend Play. Click HERE to learn how the beach can serve as learning and development areas for you. As the summer months arrive, you can remember these tips as guides to keep beach play an educational and fulfilling experience. If you are interested in visiting Pretend City, Click Here. Thinking about becoming a member? Click Here to learn more about membership opportunities.

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