News

  • Pretend City is a Finalist!

    Pretend City Children’s Museum named National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalist #ShareYourStory on social media of how Pretend City has touched your life! The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in recognition of exceptional service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We are honored to share that Pretend City Children’s Museum was named a finalist for the 2018 National Medal award.   This year’s finalists include public libraries and library systems; a statewide digital library; art, science, and children’s museums; and many other types of institutions that exemplify the great diversity of libraries and museums across the country.   This honor recognizes the contributions of our Good to Go programs and workshops, developmental screenings, and outreach to our underserved community. We are grateful for your continued support, and are honored to be recognized as a 2018 finalist.  “The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored […]

    Continue reading
  • Gear up for our newest addition to Pretend City – The Rigamajig!

    We build better brains. That’s our mission. It’s at the core of every exhibit, educational program, and even in our dance parties. We are continuously creating innovative ways to inspire the youngest generation of movers, shakers, and doers in the community. We asked you to help bring the Rigamajig to Pretend City, and help you did! Now, are you ready to tinker and create? What is a Rigamajig you ask? The Rigamajig is an interactive building kit with specialized wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, and bolts that are all interchangeable and connectable. Picture a large-scale Lego set with pulleys, strings, wheels and builder boards. The possibilities of creations are as endless as your imagination. The Rigamajig aligns perfectly with Pretend City because it not only supports learning through play, but also enhances your child’s confidence and social skills. The set encourages children and grownups to play together and kids to make friends. Watch this quick video by KaBOOM!, creator of the Rigamajig, to see what it’s all about! “The Rigamajig is the exact type of activity that Pretend City is encouraging to address the vulnerabilities in social skills that have been identified in recent data relating to Kindergarten readiness (See […]

    Continue reading
  • 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, […]

    Continue reading
  • 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 […]

    Continue reading
  • 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 […]

    Continue reading
1 2 3 4
Top