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City Lights

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What is City Lights?

City Lights is a group of generous individuals who support Pretend City’s vision to ensure every young child experiences the joy of learning through play. Collectively donors invest in bringing children and families a high quality and unique environment where foundational skills are built for a lifetime of success and well-being.

A message from our City Lights Co-Chairs, Janice Christensen & Jolie Nguyen Wyatt

What’s the Issue?

Only half of Orange County’s children are developmentally ready for kindergarten, regardless of income level. (Source: Conditions of Children Report, First 5 Orange County)

Children are considered developmentally ready for school if they are on track in all five domains: social competence, physical health & well-being, emotional maturity, communication skills & general knowledge, and language & cognitive development. In a study of our kindergarteners, children were least ready in their prosocial and helping behavior (59% not ready or somewhat ready), communication skills and general knowledge (58%), overall social competence (54%) and gross and fine motor skills (48%).

How Can I Help?

What happens in early childhood sets the course of a child’s whole life. 90% of a child’s critical brain development happens by age 5. (Source: Center on the Developing Child of Harvard University)

In addition to the important immersive play you’re giving young children, you’re helping ensure Pretend City can offer free developmental and health screenings, parent education, Neurodivergent Family Nights and Title 1 field trips, as well as cultural programming.

Let’s Light Up The City, Together!

Join today with your gift of $1,000. There are no limits to what your gift can do for Pretend City’s kids.
Your generosity ignites the boundless opportunities found in Pretend City where play has purpose, learning is endless, and parents find crucial support.

To learn more, contact Barbara Powers at barbara.powers@pretendcity.org

I’m so happy to have discovered the Baby Steps events! What keeps us coming back is the fact that it’s for a relatively small group of kids who are similar in physical size and cognitive development. I love that Stella can be in charge of what we do each time we visit. She always seems to gravitate toward something different, so the variety provided is excellent! – The Zambanini Family 

To learn more, contact Barbara Powers at barbara.powers@pretendcity.org

City Lights Benefits

What can I expect as a City Lights Member?

· Two tickets to our member exclusive Light Up the City Celebration in November

· Invitations to Pretend City’s special events and programs like learning space Grand Openings, Meet Me at the Museum, Volunteer Days, Learning Workshops, and more

· Invitations to Pretend City’s annual fundraising events like Start Smart Luncheon, Summer Soiree, and Annual Poker Challenge

· City Lights member special recognition in our donor appreciation listings

· E-newsletters and impact reports to see what’s happening in the City

· Membership for your family

· And many opportunities to connect with other City Light members and the beneficiaries of your City Lights contribution

Maximizing on the experiences prepared at Pretend City has positively changed Takeo’s life as he’s developed from a 1 to 2-year-old. I am grateful there is a safe place like Pretend City for my son to grow and thrive in. –Elizabeth Kimura

City Lights 2024 Calendar – Save the Date!

Let’s Light Up The City, Together!

Grand Opening of Family moving into Home
March 27

Cultural Celebration – KIDSTOCK Music & Arts Festival
(April 3-14 – event TBD)

Start Smart Luncheon
April 26 at Newport Beach Country Club.
Tickets $175 & sponsorship opportunities available.

Meet Me at the Museum – Grand Opening of Summer Games in the City
May 30 (bring a friend)

Volunteer Impact Day with Second Harvest
June 7

Summer Soiree
July 18 Tickets & sponsorship opportunities available.

National Ice Cream Day Celebration
July 21

Pretend City’s 15th Birthday Celebration
August 30

Grandparents Day
September 8

Annual Poker Challenge
October 24 at Big Canyon Country Club.
Tickets & sponsorship opportunities available.

Exclusive member event
Light Up the City Celebration  TBD

Volunteer Impact Day with Second Harvest
December 6

Thank you for your generosity as a City Lights member!

Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Pretend City is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Our tax ID# is 33-0761254. You will be mailed an official acknowledgment letter with a tax receipt.
The Fair Market Value of Benefits provided to City Lights members is $220 if taken.

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To protect the health of Pretend City Children’s Museum community, we ask families to please only come play with us on days that everyone is feeling well.

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