Pretend City Blog

  • Children of Orange County Bring in 2019 with Confetti Countdown Extravaganza

    Media Contact Sommer Garcia 949-428-3900 x208   CHILDREN OF ORANGE COUNTY BRING IN 2019 WITH CONFETTI COUNTDOWN EXTRAVAGANZA   Irvine, California (December 4, 2018)—Pretend City Children’s Museum is hosting their annual “It’s Midnight Somewhere” Noon Year’s Eve Bash on Dec. 31st! The New Year occurs at different times in cities all around the world. This celebration allows young children to ring in the New Year at the reasonable hours of 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm. “Our annual New Year’s Eve celebration allows kids to embrace this holiday unlike any other place in the area,” said Sandra Bolton Griffin, Executive Director of Pretend City Children’s Museum. “It provides families with a lively and safe place to celebrate the New Year!” Pretend City Children’s Museum aims to make this “adult holiday” a family holiday.   Our event helps children learn how to tell time, grasp the concept of this widely celebrated holiday, and make memories celebrating with their families for years to come! Guests of all ages will decorate their own party hats and noisemakers, as well as take part in a one of a kind confetti dance party. A New Year’s countdown will take place just before […]

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  • Amazon is Donating to Pretend City. Here’s How YOU can Help!

    Helping Pretend City through AmazonSmile AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Visit our step-by-step guide on setting up your Amazon Smile account to donate directly to Pretend City. For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to Why should I choose Pretend City as my charitable organization? Pretend City Children’s Museum mission is to “build better brains.” The mission drives our organization to provide crucial resources to the community including FREE developmental, vision, dental, and speech screenings. Your donation, provides free and reduced cost field trips to Pretend City, provides families with FREE family autism nights, gives thousands of tickets to families in need and local non-profit organizations. Your donation helps to keep Pretend City thriving. Please consider making a donation today. click here.  How else can I help Pretend City? Donating to Pretend City doesn’t […]

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  • How to Donate to Pretend City through Amazon

    Donating to Pretend City through Amazon We’re giving a step by step guide for our supporters on How-To Set up your Amazon Smile Account Did you know you can donate to Pretend City Children’s Museum while shopping through Amazon? Amazon Smile is an amazing program that donates a portion of all your shopping directly to the nonprofit of your choice. Your donation helps Pretend City host free family autism nights, provide crucial dental, vision, speech and developmental screenings, celebrate cultural traditions, and provide free or reduced field trips to all children who visit the Museum. Setting up your Amazon account to donate directly to Pretend City is super easy! First, visit A pop-up will let you know you haven’t chosen a charity. You will then have the option to choose your own charitable organization. Type in “Pretend City.” You will then Select Pretend City as your charitable nonprofit organization.   Once you’ve selected Pretend City Children’s Museum, you’ll be able to see your impact! Make sure you type EVERY time you visit Amazon. This will ensure that Pretend City receives a portion of your purchase. Interested in coming to the City? Click Here for visitor information.  

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  • Helpful Tips to Prevent your Child from Getting Sick

    Will my child get sick after visiting Pretend City? And more FAQ’s… As an educational facility, Pretend City Children’s Museum works diligently to provide a safe, educational and clean environment. We would like to answer our guests frequently asked questions about the cleaning procedures in the Museum. We have also researched what parents can do to ensure their children avoid becoming ill after visiting places where many children gather. What are Pretend City’s cleaning procedures? Pretendgineers start the day early, before we open, with cleaning procedures. Our staff is provided with safe odorless hospital grade cleaners to clean the exhibits, toys, and high-touch areas. Janitorial staff vacuum the floor, clean the restrooms and empty all the trashcans before opening and at the end of each day. Staff also conduct top of the hour sanitizing (you may have seen the sanitizing stations throughout the Museum.) Costumes are washed on a daily rotation. Hand sanitizer, Kleenex and garbage cans can be found throughout the museum for convenient use, and baby wipes in the art area and by the changing table. Staff sanitizes “loose parts” of exhibits regularly, including baby toys, grocery store items, blocks, trucks, etc. We have special baskets for items that have been in […]

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  • #GivingTuesday – Donate Today

    Today is  #GivingTuesday! We are asking you to help enrich the Pretend City Developing and Discovering Diversity Program. Wouldn’t you agree? We want our children to grow up feeling great about themselves, their family, and their community. Wouldn’t you agree? We want our children to appreciate our cultural differences and similarities while feeling comfortable in experiencing new cultures. Wouldn’t you agree? We want our children to grow up with positive experiences that challenge stereotypical thinking. So do we! Pretend City’s Developing and Discovering Diversity Program allows us to celebrate the many cultures and traditions that make up the tapestry of Orange County and beyond. Pretend City’s Lunar New Year Celebration 2017 Your donation, big or small, will directly benefit the children at Pretend City by providing meaningful, fun, and age-appropriate cultural experiences including: Expanding cultural celebrations Cafe exhibit – each cafe changeover brings new programming Home Exhibit – How are our families alike and different? Professional Development Community Partnerships We can’t do it alone. Please give here. Thank you!

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Upcoming Events
  1. Family Autism Night – March

    Monday, March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  2. March Baby Steps through Pretend City!

    Sunday, March 31 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
  3. Kidstock, Family Friendly Music & Arts Festival – TIMES VARY

    Monday, April 1 @ 10:00 am - Wednesday, April 10 @ 3:30 pm
  4. Light it Up Blue, An Autism Awareness Day of Commemoration

    Tuesday, April 2 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Luis Rebolledo at Kidstock!

    Tuesday, April 2 @ 11:30 am