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  • Pretend City Celebrates 10 Years of Play in Irvine

    Media Contact  Sommer Garcia  949-428-3900 x208  sommer.garcia@pretendcity.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   PRETEND CITY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF PLAY  IN IRVINE  Celebrating a Decade of Memories and Mission Moments  IRVINE, CA: July 22, 2019. Pretend City Children’s Museum is celebrating their 10th birthday in Irvine with a confetti party for families on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Families may join Pretend City staff for birthday cake, live music and dancing, and 10 stations with various art activities including paper hat making and face painting. At noon, guests will sing a happy birthday anthem after watching a special birthday video commemorating 10 years of play.   Pretend City is offering $10 special admission for all guests that visit the Museum on August 29, 2019.  Pretend City will also be encouraging parents to check out the Pretend City Amazon Wish List to help support the exhibits with new toys, educational items, and décor.   “Pretend City has grown to become a valuable community resource for two million children and families, providing free health and developmental screenings, preparing our children for kindergarten, and offering free programming for those with special needs.  We look forward to celebrating in Irvine for many more years,” said Erin Boyl, Pretend City Board Chair.    Since opening in […]

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  • Pretend City Hosts Inaugural School Readiness Fair

    Pretend City Launches School Readiness Fair for Families IRVINE, January 29, 2019- Pretend City Children’s Museum is hosting its first annual School Readiness Fair on Saturday, March 23 from 9 am – 2 pm. This is a free community event focusing on providing parents with the core information needed to ensure children are ready to start school.   The School Readiness Fair will provide free health screening services and fun activities. Early learning specialists from several Orange County school districts will be on site to assist with school registration and answer district specific questions. Vendors will also be on site to introduce families to new learning materials, programs, and learning opportunities to further assist each student’s individual needs.   “An education is one of the most valuable tools we can offer to our children alongside assuring they maintain their health,” said Executive Director Sandra Bolton Griffin.  “Pretend City is proud to be able to assist families in both those areas during our School Readiness Fair.”   Last year alone, the Children’s Museum provided over 800 individual health screenings and hopes to provide just as many this year. The School Readiness Fair is free and open to the general public and comes with the opportunity for children to earn a free ticket to the museum after completing at least three screenings. All services and activities will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. the same day.   More […]

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  • ASIAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL COMING TO PRETEND CITY

    Pretend City celebrates diversity through learning about different cultures at their Asian inspired festival IRVINE, January 29, 2019- Pretend City Children’s Museum will provide families with an array of different, fun, interactive activities, character visits and performances inspired by traditional Asian culture at the Asian Cultural Festival from Saturday, February 9, to Sunday, February 10 from 10 am to 2 pm.   Pretend City  will provide children and their families with a fun filled learning experience specific to Asian culture. Each day will feature various cultural activities such as cherry blossom painting, a red lantern art project, and martial arts performances to support the development of children’s hand eye coordination, cultural competence and sensory integration. Families will enjoy  visits from a special warrior princess, a dual language story time with Ni Hao Chinese, a karate lesson and other special performances.   “This year’s Asian cultural festival is expected to be full of surprises and performances. We hope all our guests gain a new appreciation and understanding of traditional Asian culture,” said Executive Director Sandra Bolton.   Pretend City encourages parents to allow their little ones to explore the many diverse cultures that contribute to our vibrant, colorful world. Other fun Asian adventures for children to immerse themselves in on Sunday the 10th, […]

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  • Children of Orange County Bring in 2019 with Confetti Countdown Extravaganza

    Media Contact Sommer Garcia 949-428-3900 x208 Sommer.garcia@pretendcity.org   CHILDREN OF ORANGE COUNTY BRING IN 2019 WITH CONFETTI COUNTDOWN EXTRAVAGANZA   Irvine, California (December 4, 2018)—Pretend City Children’s Museum is hosting their annual “It’s Midnight Somewhere” Noon Year’s Eve Bash on Dec. 31st! The New Year occurs at different times in cities all around the world. This celebration allows young children to ring in the New Year at the reasonable hours of 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm. “Our annual New Year’s Eve celebration allows kids to embrace this holiday unlike any other place in the area,” said Sandra Bolton Griffin, Executive Director of Pretend City Children’s Museum. “It provides families with a lively and safe place to celebrate the New Year!” Pretend City Children’s Museum aims to make this “adult holiday” a family holiday.   Our event helps children learn how to tell time, grasp the concept of this widely celebrated holiday, and make memories celebrating with their families for years to come! Guests of all ages will decorate their own party hats and noisemakers, as well as take part in a one of a kind confetti dance party. A New Year’s countdown will take place just before […]

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  • 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 […]

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