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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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  • 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 smile.amazon.com 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 smile.amazon.com 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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  • #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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  • Shop Amazon Smile with Pretend City!

    Amazon Smile. You Shop. Amazon Gives. It’s that time of the year! Holiday shopping is on our minds (already!) and I know a lot of you use Amazon to get great deals on your holiday presents. Did you know you can purchase your Amazon items while supporting Pretend City Children’s Museum! It’s easy! Just use this link, login, and it will instruct you to choose a charitable organization to contribute to. You can search for Pretend City Children’s Museum in the search bar, select our location, and voila! Start shopping and watch those dollars grow towards our museum and building better brains! While you are buying your holiday items, be sure to use that link and give back to your favorite children’s museum! We use these charitable donations towards art supplies for our monthly Family Autism Nights. These free events are specifically for families with a member on the spectrum, and allows them to enjoy our museum at their own pace. During this holiday season, Amazon is looking for inspirational charity stories to share! If you have a story of how your Amazon Smile purchase can impact Pretend City, please spread the word! Post a photo or a video of […]

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  • Music Matters in Early Childhood Development

    Music Exposure can be an Essential Component in Early Childhood Education and Development. Pretend City worked together with musicians, educators and others to open a musical exhibit dedicated to a musical learning environment. It is important for parents and educators to understand the importance of this type of play and learning. Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. Like language development, young children develop musically through a predictable sequence that can be triggered through singing in tune and marching to a beat. Children practice and engage different parts of the brain when experimenting and observing different instruments. Including this type of activity ensures a comprehensive learning experience. Our new exhibit will encourage active participation in a life-long appreciation of music. Our exhibit will host a variety of authentic percussion and string instruments to introduce young children to key developmental concepts such as rhythm, tone, and expressive movement. Parents and caregivers can help children identify high and low tones, show them different rhythms, and join them in making melodies and singing their own songs. Follow Pretend City on Facebook! Purchase your tickets to the grand opening today! Gardner, H. Frames of Mind. New York: Basic Books, […]

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