WHY PLAY IS IMPORTANT >>
Playful learning is fun – and it’s powerful. Play may seem simple, yet it is profound to a child’s development. Play makes learning happen naturally and joyfully. A child learns when he laughs and wonders, explores and imagines.
Pretend City Children’s Museum is committed to serving the needs and interests of children by providing exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity and motivate learning.
Reaching Milestones, One Child at a Time
Since opening in 2009, Pretend City has
- Served over 2 Million visitors
- Provided free or reduced cost field trips for more than 76,000
- Completed more than 7,400 health screenings
- Hosted more than 8,600 people in our free autism programs
- Distributed more than 29,000 Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ’s) developmental health screenings.
Field trips are recognized as important moments in learning; a shared social experience that provides the opportunity for students to encounter and explore novel things in an authentic setting. Their importance is supported by professional organizations such as the National Science Teachers Association which asserts field trips can “deepen and enhance” classroom study (NSTA 1999) and the National Research Council who assert a quality science curriculum is one that extends beyond the walls of the classroom (1996).
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Healthy Kids, Healthy Museum
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.