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  • Tips to Know Before Visiting Pretend City

    Tips for your next Pretend City Trip Making a trip to Pretend City? Here’s a helpful guide of all the important details you should know before visiting the Museum! About Pretend City: Pretend City is an educational nonprofit focused on building better brains through play-based exhibits. Learn more here: (link to “about us” page) Buying Tickets: You can purchase tickets online here: The tickets are good for any date after purchase. Best Time to Visit:  Every day is a great day to visit Pretend City! Here are some helpful days for slow traffic days. Field Trip Report: Fieldtrip visits are listed on the front page of our website. This lets guests know how many students will be at Pretend City.  Afternoons are always quieter at Pretend City. You can also visit after 4:00 p.m. during happy hour (Half off admission) Member’s Only Benefits: Want to visit early and often?  Purchase a membership – you’ll be able to enter an hour before we open to the public with no black out times! Parents with Infants: If you are the parent of an infant 18 months and younger, we strongly recommend visiting Baby Steps. This safe, clean, and engaging event is just […]

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  • Early Childhood OC and Pretend City Collaborate

    Early Childhood OC is a community collaborative that was formed to develop Orange County’s Early Childhood Policy Framework to ensure young children reach their developmental potential and are ready to succeed in school and life.  Pretend City is actively involved with this collaborative which aligns with our mission to Build Better Brains. As an educational nonprofit, we recognize that affordable services must be available to families of ALL socioeconomic backgrounds. Our programs like baby steps, free family autism night, and way to play days are designed to empower families and create a safe environment that supports healthy child development while preparing children for life and school success.   The science is clear, children’s early brain development occurs at an explosive rate, with more than one million neural connections formed per second in the first few years of life. Children’s early experiences shape their adulthood, which in turn shapes their community. Research shows that the earlier the investment in children’s health and development, the higher the return. (Orange County Community Indicator’s Report 2018)  Each week, our organization will be sharing how we are following the Early Childhood Policy Framework. We want to educate our community on the importance of play in the City.   All of this is crucial especially as society is having problems with increased […]

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  • Pretend City Coupons

    How to Snag a Coupon to Pretend City Our Museum, first, wants to thank you for your continued support of your facility. Your family’s admission helps to financially support our mission of “building better brains.” This allows us to provide discounted and free admission to thousands of children across Pretend City while also educating parents and businesses of our developmental screenings, child development, and healthy play.    Here are a few tips on how to acquire coupons and free admission to Pretend City.  OC Public Library – Discover and Go Program. When you receive a library card to any library in the OCPL system (not all are in the system) you receive 4 FREE tickets to Pretend City! Simply register on the app for the date of your visit. More information here:  https://ocpl.discoverandgo.net/ Way to Play Days: Buy One Get One Free Days occur on the second Friday of every month. In addition, we provide ASQ’s in which you will receive an additional free admission. COUPON HERE: Sign up for our Newsletter: Receive a Buy One Get One Half Off in our Welcome Email. [Coupon is emailed at the end of every month] Sign up for our Newsletter on our front page and you will receive […]

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  • Pretend City Celebrates Literacy Month all September Long

    September is literacy month and Pretend City is celebrating reading all month long. During this special month, authors from across southern California will join us for storytimes of their books. Bookworms will be excited to read children’s books from some of their favorite authors and illustrators. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase the books right at Pretend City! Angie Flores will kick off literacy month with a storytime from her book, Cub’s Wish on September 4th. National Read a Book Day, on September 6th, will be a day full of storytimes! We hope you join us for a month of book readings as we inspire a love for reading across all age ranges.

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  • Summer Musical Performances for The Music Room

    The Music Room is BACK for an encore! Each Week, Pretend City will be hosting a variety of different musical performers to enhance the Music Room experience. Their performances will help educate our little ones about music and instruments while inspiring a love of the performing arts. Performer & Time: Saturday, June 8th: St. John’s Lutheran – Krista Elliott at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8th: Back to Bach Project: Kids for Classical at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 23rd: Sahara Splash Drumming – Eldar Iz at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Jun 29th: Dance Group – Youth Musicians of OC at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6th: Joe Cardello at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6th: Sahara Splash Drumming – Eldar Iz at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 13th: Jamie Purnell – Proud Penguin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27th: Young Musicians Ensemble – Peyton Chen & Nolan Chen at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 3rd: Jamie Purnell – Proud Penguin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, August 4th: School of Rock – Jordan Heimburger at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17th: Back to Bach: Project: Kids for Classical – Albert Gang at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24th: Heartstrings Quartet – at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 25th: Youth Musicians of […]

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