Exhibits

  • How does Pretend City take care of our Beach?

    We love the Beach! Did you know? Pretend City tills our beach sand every week in order to keep it soft and healthy. It is hard work, but you can see our Pretendgineer, Kevin, gets a good workout, too. We work hard on the small details so your kids can enjoy Pretend Play. Click HERE to learn how the beach can serve as learning and development areas for you. As the summer months arrive, you can remember these tips as guides to keep beach play an educational and fulfilling experience. If you are interested in visiting Pretend City, Click Here. Thinking about becoming a member? Click Here to learn more about membership opportunities.

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  • A Taste of Italy with Pretend City

    Ciao! Pretend City would like to welcome our little visitors to our brand new Italian restaurant, La Trattoria Italiano! La Trattoria Italiano is a fully interactive restaurant exhibit where your child can immerse themselves in Italian cuisine and all that it’s got to offer. Come as a patron and watch your little tot play restaurant server by taking your order and sending it to “la cucina,” or the kitchen. The kitchen is fully stocked with assorted spices and ingredients for your child to play chef and get creative. What will they cook up? The menu offers a variety of authentic Italian cuisine with food your child can get messy with to create delectable dishes! Enjoy a delicious plate of spaghetti and meatballs or a nice afternoon Gelato! This meaningful play will teach children how to identify shapes and colors while learning about the food they put into their bodies. This exhibit displays rich Italian culture with images of Italian cities along the walls and popular food and art. Your child will also learn first-hand the responsibilities that come with a restaurant job from taking patrons’ orders as a server to cleaning up afterward as a busser. Utilizing different roles in […]

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  • Trader Joe’s Grocery Store at Pretend City Children’s Museum

    Have you ever thought of a grocery shopping as a learning experience for children? Your grocery store is filled with great literacy and math learning opportunities  including: Counting Addition/subtraction Measuring Learning the value of money Sorting and categorizing Letter recognition On your next visit, incorporate a fun activity to teach your child mathematics while shopping by giving them a go at shopping for apples – they will pick up skills such as: weighing objects identifying differences and similarities in shapes and sizes calculating costs The grocery store is also a great opportunity to teach by example. Your child may have observed how you make one of their favorite meals at home, such as spaghetti. While grocery shopping, ask them what ingredients are needed to make their favorite spaghetti at home and let them pick it out. They will learn things about the grocery store such as: that the store is organized into groups of similar things (i.e. produce, aisles, dairy) that it takes several ingredients to make one thing (the whole is made up of many elements) that the same product can have different costs (consumer literacy) Come to Pretend City and explore our brand new Trader Joe’s grocery store! […]

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  • Why We’re Revolutionizing Our Art Studio…

    New Year; New Art Studio! In 2017, our Art Studio will transition into PROCESS-BASED art! What is PROCESS-BASED art, you ask? Process-based art is about the journey, not the destination. Process-based art is about creating, imagining, and exploring…not replicating. Process-based art does not have instructions, or a sample end product. The opposite of PROCESS-based art is PRODUCT-based art, where children are working toward an art goal. In PRODUCT-based art, children are worried about following the instructions, the “right” and “wrong” way of how it should look, they may even become frustrated if they feel their art does not look like the sample. At Pretend City, we want children to learn through play. We want them to learn through their art projects. This is why one of our resolutions is to switch over to process-based art; where children can create unique, open-ended pieces of art, build confidence, and use their imaginations. Examples of PROCESS-based art include: Easel painting with a variety of colors and brushes Exploring and creating with clay Finger painting Making collages using tissue paper or construction paper of different colors and sizes Using stamps Weaving cloth, yarn, or paper Stringing beads independently and creatively Using unusual tools to paint […]

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  • 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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