Education & Development

  • Sneak Peek: Books Alive Art Gallery

    Grand Opening of the Books Alive Art Gallery Friday, September 5, 2014 All September long, visit Pretend City’s Books Alive Art Gallery.  Our grand opening will kick-off with our first Author’s Day on Friday, September 5th. This unique art exhibit features open-ended art projects that have been created by our guests. This exciting display of children’s art is all based off of children’s books. You’ll see a wide range of creative paintings, weaving and collage and some interesting 3-D art applications. Parents and children will develop an appreciation for the art of other people and cultures, and the confidence to express their own thoughts and feelings through art. Here’s a look at what’s going on behind-the-scenes!  

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  • 5 Easy Tips to Engage Your Kids in Science

    Inspire your children to love science! Pretend City was happy to contribute to OC Register‘s Family Tips section on Tuesday, July 8. Our Senior Director of Education, Linda Hunter, provided 5 easy tips to engage your kids in science. The article appeared in the OC Family Section, titled “Five fun ways to teach kids about science and more.” The article lists five easy and fun things you can do to integrate STEM education into your child’s play. Explore the outdoors Watch a science-oriented TV program together Engineer and build together Recycle your “trash” into something creative. Get inspired by visiting our Ultimate Recycling Machine. USe your child’s next health check up as an opportunity to talk about human health. The article expands on each tip with examples on how to integrate STEM into your child’s play. Try out these 5 tips this summer, and let us know how they worked for your family. We’d love to hear from you! Click here to read a PDF of the article.   

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  • Food Art for Kids! Inspire Healthy Eating through Art!

    7 Food Art Project Ideas for Kids This month, we’re exploring all the fun and exciting things that happen in a Grocery Store. Perhaps your child will take on the roles of a cashier, stocker, customer, or maybe even the store manager! However, in order to make smart choices in the Grocery Store, we need to understand nutrition and healthy eating. So before you head off to the grocery store, stop by the Art Studio to create art projects that will inspire healthy eating as your children explore healthy food options in a fun and unique way – through art! Find the fun, educational lead art activity day that best suits your child’s developmental level: (Pin for later for fun at-home art projects:   Mondays: Art Studio Sessions – Food Fun Specifically for:  Infants (Birth – 12 months) Not everything you buy at the grocery store is just for eating! Edible items are great for art projects with your infants as mouthing is how babies learn about the world- one lick at a time. Join us to see what your child will create.   Tuesdays: Art Studio Sessions – Paint with Your Food Specifically for:  Young Toddler (12 – 24 […]

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