Parent Resources

  • Helpful Tips to Prevent your Child from Getting Sick

    Will my child get sick after visiting Pretend City? And more FAQ’s… As an educational facility, Pretend City Children’s Museum works diligently to provide a safe, educational and clean environment. We would like to answer our guests frequently asked questions about the cleaning procedures in the Museum. We have also researched what parents can do to ensure their children avoid becoming ill after visiting places where many children gather. What are Pretend City’s cleaning procedures? Pretendgineers start the day early, before we open, with cleaning procedures. Our staff is provided with safe odorless hospital grade cleaners to clean the exhibits, toys, and high-touch areas. Janitorial staff vacuum the floor, clean the restrooms and empty all the trashcans before opening and at the end of each day. Staff also conduct top of the hour sanitizing (you may have seen the sanitizing stations throughout the Museum.) Costumes are washed on a daily rotation. Hand sanitizer, Kleenex and garbage cans can be found throughout the museum for convenient use, and baby wipes in the art area and by the changing table. Staff sanitizes “loose parts” of exhibits regularly, including baby toys, grocery store items, blocks, trucks, etc. We have special baskets for items that have been in […]

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  • Communicating With a Child on The Spectrum

    Communicating with a Child on the Autism Spectrum We all know and love a child on the spectrum, whether you are their parent, grandparent, relative, friend, or even neighbor. With that love is the desire to build a strong relationship with the child, but do we know how? Every month, we will highlight a different topic catered towards understanding and connecting with a child on the spectrum. This month, we are providing a few basic tips on communication between you and the little one! Communication is a vital piece in developing a better relationship with children on the spectrum. Proper communication allows you to understand their current emotions and respond appropriately. This month’s theme is all about helping you communicate at home, at the playground, and even in Pretend City! Our exhibits are ideal for practicing your communication skills in our self-contained and supportive spaces! We reached out to one of our community partners, the Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, for a few tips on enhancing your communication with a child on the spectrum. Michelle L. Wahlquist, MS, CC-SLP, their Lead Speech-Language Pathologist is here to help! Communication Tips: Provide Face-to-Face Directions “Make sure you have [the] child’s undivided attention before you give a direction,” said […]

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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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  • Activities for Visually Impaired Children

    Playtime with Blind and visually impaired children by Wooden Toy Shop

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  • Why are Young Children often Afraid of Santa?

    As a Child Development Specialist for over four decades, a Psychotherapist AND the wife of the best Santa around, I have some degree of expertise about why young children are often afraid of Santa.  And I can tell you that there is no one reason!  But I can give you a variety of reasons and since you know your child better than anyone, I will leave it up to you to identify which may be the reason your child may not automatically jump in his lap and snuggle up to Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. Reasons they are afraid of Santa • Normal Child Development Stages – Children under about age two have very predictable stages of both stranger anxiety and separation anxiety. When a child is handed to Santa from the comfort and familiarity of their parents’ arms, both are triggered. •They are not aware of Santa as a person – Santa has an unfamiliar costume on and lots of facial hair covering his face.  Now you and I see him and feel warm and cozy as it likely evokes pleasant holiday memories.  Not so for a young child.  They see a “mask” and costume much like we see on […]

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