Classes & Workshops

  • Providing A Fun Learning Environment

    Pretend City Children’s Museum strives to provide classes and workshops that are diverse, educational, and developmentally appropriate for the young children in our community and their families. All of our classes are taught by experts in their field that have a heart and passion for the education of young hearts and minds. In the past we have offered classes in music, cooking, healthy eating, kid’s yoga, mindfulness, dancing, language, parenting strategies, and science.

    Please check back periodically for our current class schedule and pricing. Advanced registration is recommended since many of our classes tend to fill up fast. Most classes do not require museum admission to participate so they are open to the general public. We know that you will find a class or workshop that you and your child will love here at Pretend City!

    Partnership Opportunities

    Do you have a passion for working with young children and their families? Are you qualified to teach a class for young children and/or their parents? We are always looking for new partners to work with in developing classes that our museum guests will appreciate and enjoy. Contact our Director of Education, Shannon Huston, at 949.428.3900 ext. 220 or shannon.huston@pretendcity.org.

    Class Offerings

    Members who enroll in paid classes/workshops also receive  free general admission tickets to Pretend City. Become a member today! Learn more about our class offerings or register below.

    • Good To Go Workshop: Purposeful Play with Children’s Stories

      April 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

      Explore opportunities for learning as we engage in children’s stories and extend the fun with playful activities. The activities will integrate learning in literacy, science, engineering, art, and math that will support foundational skills in the California Preschool Learning Foundations. Regi...

    • Jedi Training Academy with Party Karacters

      May 12 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

      Grab your lightsabers and Jedi robes, the galaxy needs your help! Join us for a crash course in Jedi training and help Pretend City protect our citizens! Class Days & Times: 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m. Specifically, for:  Children 3-12 & their Grown-Ups Join us for this out of this world fun ...

    • Three Nanny Goats Gruff

      Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theatre of OC, Tom Thumb Players

      March 21 @ 8:00 am - May 16 @ 5:00 pm

      Have fun being in a darling production of the classic tale “The Three Nanny Goats Gruff.” The children will have fun being directed by our energetic Tom Thumb Staff. They will love being taught improvisational skills, creating a story on stage and other music, movement and drama exercises. Child...

    • ASQ Developmental Screenings & Vision Screenings

      June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

      Time:    10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Specifically for:    Children of all ages and their grown-ups! Regular developmental screening in the early years makes sure that children are on track, and helps identify areas where additional support may be needed. Today, Pretend City Children’s Museum’s chil...

    • Way to Play Day, A Package of Learning!

      June 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

      Join us for this month’s Way to Play Day as we focus on language and communication skills! Play your way through the museum and find out how you can make your play as educational as it can be! We will be offering ASQ screenings and vision screenings for FREE! Exhibit Focus: Health Center Developme...

    • Good To Go Workshop: Prepping For Summer

      June 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

      Understand the importance of routine, establishing rules for summer, and ideas for planning fun summer activities for your kids. Register Here: Fee: $5 for Pretend City and OCAEYC members, $10 for Guests and Non-Members *Child care will not be provided. Museum admission is not included. Classes are ...

    • Good To Go Workshop: Getting Ready for the New School Year

      July 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

        Preparing your child for school, sticking with morning and bedtime routines, and separation anxiety and saying goodbye. Register Here: Fee: $5 for Pretend City and OCAEYC members, $10 for Guests and Non-Members *Child care will not be provided. Museum admission is not included. Classes are su...

    • Good To Go Workshop: Stress Management for Parents

      August 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

      Discussing the meaning of stress, the effects of stress, and learning the importance of relaxation for you and your family. Register Here: Fee: $5 for Pretend City and OCAEYC members, $10 for Guests and Non-Members *Child care will not be provided. Museum admission is not included. Classes are subje...

    • Good To Go Workshop: Fostering a “Can Do” Mindset in Early Childhood

      September 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

      Learn about basic brain functions that support independent learning of children. Self-assertive behaviors in early childhood can be supported to enable children to develop a “can do” mindset that is not stymied by mistakes. Register Here: Fee: $5 for Pretend City and OCAEYC members, $10 for Gues...

    • Good To Go Workshop: Healthy Holidays

      October 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

      Learn how to make the holidays as healthy as you can for you and your family. Learn about the psychology of feeding children and great strategies to do so during this busy time of the year! Join us to also receive complimentary recipes and other tools to continue this throughout the new year and on.

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