Parent Resources

  • The Importance of Grandparents at Pretend City

    The Importance of a Grandparent at Pretend City Grandma and Grandpa each hold a big responsibility as a grandparent at Pretend City! Grandparents even hold a very special role in the life of a child. Their roles create a bond deeper than yummy snacks and free caregiving. The staff here at Pretend City fosters this bond by creating special programming and crafts to help grandparents and children better connect. We understand that creating an environment where grandparents and children connect has a profound impact on their grandchild’s child development and emotional well-being.  A study by Boston College researchers found that emotionally close ties between grandparents and their grandchildren reduced depressive symptoms in both groups. While grandchildren offer their grandparents a new life and new ideas, grandparents offer great wisdom and advice. At Pretend City, we encourage our grandparents to use this valuable time to teach their little ones about life through our many exhibits. Knowing that grandparent interaction could lessen anxiety and depression is a big deal! We use this information to even create special days dedicated just for our grandparents. Pretend City is an excellent organization which works to strengthen the bonds between a grandparent and grandchild. You can read together […]

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  • Let’s Get Musical: How Music Helps Children Develop

    How Music Helps Children you ask? Hey parents and caregivers! Have you ever noticed the way music seems to always grab your little one’s attention? Have you noticed your child singing to themselves, or trying to sing along to a song in the cutest baby gibberish you’ve ever heard? Do you know why? Yes, we’ll admit, it is possible that you have a musical prodigy in your hands. However, music probably mesmerizes your child and the reason is simple. Music stimulates children and their brains in the most wonderful ways. It helps when developing listening skills, while also helping to build their relationship with YOU. Brain Development According to Noreen Kassem of Livestrong.com, music helps children to develop their brains by activating many important areas. Some of these areas include: The cerebrum and the cerebellum, which both help develop a child’s motor and neuro skills, aiding in physical performance ability. The limbic system, the part of the brain that links emotions and the reason why music often helps soothe or put your child in a good mood (and even changes your mood). The auditory cortex, which helps a child decipher auditory information and increase the ability to analyze content. And the list goes on and on! […]

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  • Orange County Moms List Best Children’s Books for Your Little One

    20 Best Children’s Books for your Children Pretend City asked the Facebook community what their child’s favorite books where. Their wonderful answers helped us populate a list of 20 BEST books for your children. The Hungry Caterpillar The Giving Tree Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller! Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. Lucy G commented, “Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. We love that Rosie doesn’t give up on her invention and learns from her mistakes.” The 3 Little Pigs Corduroy Goodnight Goodnight Construction “My little one loves construction vehicles. It’s our nightly ritual to read about the end of their day and say goodnight to them!” – Joanne M. World of Whimsy with the Little Unicorn by Sheri Fink “This book always makes my daughter smile! She loves it!! How to Catch a Cold by Adam T. Newman “Seriously Funny!!” The Book With No Pictures “What kid would not love a book that makes their parent say Boo Boo Butt. It is very fun and interactive.” – Lisa C. Too Many Mangos – Tammy Paikai Goodnight Moon A Tale of Two Beasts – “It shows the perspective of 2 characters who see one […]

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  • What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Dental Care

    What Parents Need to Know About Their Child’s Dental Care Quick question! When should you begin brushing your child’s teeth? When do they start showing teeth? When do they begin losing teeth? Did you know that you start dental hygiene during infancy! Parents should use a baby brush to brush an infant’s gums to rid any leftover milk and bacteria.  Let’s learn more about dental care. Dental Hygiene: There is a lot to learn about dental hygiene – especially for your little ones. Did you know that children need to start flossing at 2? Learning about good oral hygiene is an important factor that seems to be overlooked. Luckily, Pretend City provides FREE monthly dental screenings proudly sponsored by Healthy Smiles of Orange County.   Pretend City Children’s Museum, an educational nonprofit, is joined monthly by Dentists who examine children up to 5 years old. Although tooth decay is one of the most chronic childhood diseases, it is 100 percent preventable. Through the help of various supporters, Healthy Smiles was brought to life and is now a resource that provides pediatric dental services to underserved families throughout Orange County.  Some of the facts they share with parents include:   Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease resulting in 51 […]

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  • 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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