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  • The Importance of Grandparents at Pretend City

    The Importance of a Grandparent at Pretend City Grandma and Grandpa each hold a big responsibility as a grandparent at Pretend City! Grandparents even hold a very special role in the life of a child. Their roles create a bond deeper than yummy snacks and free caregiving. The staff here at Pretend City fosters this bond by creating special programming and crafts to help grandparents and children better connect. We understand that creating an environment where grandparents and children connect has a profound impact on their grandchild’s child development and emotional well-being.  A study by Boston College researchers found that emotionally close ties between grandparents and their grandchildren reduced depressive symptoms in both groups. While grandchildren offer their grandparents a new life and new ideas, grandparents offer great wisdom and advice. At Pretend City, we encourage our grandparents to use this valuable time to teach their little ones about life through our many exhibits. Knowing that grandparent interaction could lessen anxiety and depression is a big deal! We use this information to even create special days dedicated just for our grandparents. Pretend City is an excellent organization which works to strengthen the bonds between a grandparent and grandchild. You can read together […]

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  • Orange County Moms List Best Children’s Books for Your Little One

    20 Best Children’s Books for your Children Pretend City asked the Facebook community what their child’s favorite books where. Their wonderful answers helped us populate a list of 20 BEST books for your children. The Hungry Caterpillar The Giving Tree Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller! Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. Lucy G commented, “Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. We love that Rosie doesn’t give up on her invention and learns from her mistakes.” The 3 Little Pigs Corduroy Goodnight Goodnight Construction “My little one loves construction vehicles. It’s our nightly ritual to read about the end of their day and say goodnight to them!” – Joanne M. World of Whimsy with the Little Unicorn by Sheri Fink “This book always makes my daughter smile! She loves it!! How to Catch a Cold by Adam T. Newman “Seriously Funny!!” The Book With No Pictures “What kid would not love a book that makes their parent say Boo Boo Butt. It is very fun and interactive.” – Lisa C. Too Many Mangos – Tammy Paikai Goodnight Moon A Tale of Two Beasts – “It shows the perspective of 2 characters who see one […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Amazon.com. 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 www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) 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 www.pretendcity.org/amazonsmile 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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