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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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  • Help Bring Music to Pretend City!

    Imagine your little one strumming on a guitar, banging on the drums and shaking the tambourine. Not only are they having a blast, but they are also learning while they play. Pretend City wants to provide that experience for you and your family where you can shake, rattle, and roll together! Our new music pop-up exhibit will feature a variety of large-scale percussion and stringed instruments for you and your little one. Music stimulates and awakens different parts of the brain, immersing the child in language and helping them develop memory while movement helps to develop their coordination. Music is a natural way for all children to express themselves and a great way to explore how sounds work. A wealth of scientific research over the last decade is proving that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social, and creative potential. Research indicates the brain of a musician works differently than that of a non-musician due to an increase in neural activity. USC neuroscientists at The Brain and Creativity Institute confirm that music instruction accelerates brain development in young children. The areas of the brain most impacted are responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception, […]

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  • FALL into the Season with Pretend City’s Fall Festival!

    Pretend City Children’s Museum is getting busy this fall with our Fall Festival! Throughout the months of October and November we are hosting fun fall-themed events and activities for all our families. Everyday, a new fall-themed art project will be demonstrated in our art studio for all your little ones to make and decorate your house with. So get your calendars ready and read through this go-to guide for our exciting Fall Festival! Sept. 22nd, Fri.: It’s the beginning of Fall! Our Fall Festival Fun Day is filled with fall themed activities, games, and projects! Nestle in for a day of fall exploration with activities from gourd art projects, to leaf huntings, to book readings, to pumpkin exploring and leaf creation projects. Your family will learn about everything Fall, while gaining hands on experience in games and projects all day long! Oct. 22nd-28th: Start digging up your Halloween Costumes for Costume Week! Who will you be this Halloween? Get creative and come dressed up to Pretend City where you will receive 25% off your second admission with a costume all week long! Oct. 27th, Fri.: Monsters are nothing to be scared of! Don’t believe me? Come into Pretend City on […]

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  • Pretend City Children’s Museum Recognized as 2017 Finalist for National Medal

    Pretend City is a finalist!  Institute of Museum and Library Services announces Pretend City as 2017 Finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service  IRVINE, CA: The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that California’s Pretend City, The Children’s Museum of Orange County, is among the 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities. “We at Pretend City are honored to be nominated for our contribution back to our community through our Good To Go From Head To Toe Program, a Children & Families Commission initiative,” said Sandra Bolton, Executive Director of Pretend City. Good To Go provides free developmental assessments, screenings, and health checkups for children ages 0-5 years by highly qualified and respected professionals. Through community outreach, readily available resources, on-site screening events and educational classes, the Good To Go From Head To Toe initiative educates parents/caretakers about what developmental milestones are, how to assess these milestones […]

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  • Developing and Discovering Diversity

    “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie The holiday season is in full swing, bringing cheer and happiness to the world. During this time, our hearts open up to those around us and we accept others during this season of love and giving. At Pretend City Children’s Museum, we strive to teach acceptance and diversity to all our guests, young and old. One of the ways we teach these concepts is through our Developing and Discovering Diversity Program. This program brings new cultures and traditions into Pretend City and introduces our guests to new ideas. Throughout the year, we celebrate all different holidays from all different religions. Coming up in December, we are celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Chanukah through festive programming and cultural activities. When children are exposed to different holidays other than the ones they celebrate at home, they are more likely to accept other cultures than their own.  In addition, each quarter we transition our Home and Cafe exhibits to reflect a different culture in Orange County. In the Home exhibit, we invite a real family from our community to “move in” and bring their cultural traditions with […]

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