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Let’s Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog

Thursday, February 15 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Gong Hey Fat Choy! That means “Happy Chinese New Year.” Today at Pretend City, immerse your child in a cultural experience as we celebrate Chinese New Year and learn about Chinese traditions!
Morning Activities: Good To Go Game @ 11:00am
Afternoon Activities: Sensational Story Time @ 3:00pm
*Activity times may vary and are subject to change*

  • Smart Art: D is for Dog > Today, in the Art Studio, children will learn about the letter D and it’s sound as they create a D shaped dog in celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Dog.
  • Sensational Story Time (11:00am): My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz > Join us in Orange Plaza as we read a story which follows one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experience all the festivities surrounding it. After this reading, children will enjoy a snack of Tangerine/Orange Slices for good luck.
  • Play Partner Law Enforcement Dog Visit (12:00pm): Bobby, La Habra’s unique narcotics K9 will be here to meet and greet with guests and demonstrate how he finds things for his police officer companions.
  • Sensational Story Time (3:00pm): D is for Dragon Dance by Ying Chang Compestine > A is for Acrobats. B is for Balls. C is for Calligraphy. D is for Dragon Dance. From firecrackers to noodles, from red envelopes to the zodiac, young readers are introduced to the exciting traditions of the Chinese New Year visually stunning homage to the holiday.
  • Cultural Connections (3:30pm): Martial Arts Demonstration > Therapeutic Martial Arts will be here conducting a martial arts demonstration for us in celebration of the Chinese new year!

Play Partner: La Habra Police Department K9 , Therapeutic Martial Arts

Grown-up Tip: Make your own family tradition. Look for pictures from the past year and make a 2017 picture book. Let your child describe what is happening in each picture and write it down. Every year your family can go down memory lane and remember good times. Happy Chinese New Year!!

RSVP: Not required

Fee: Included with museum admission
($2 discount admission for those in a Chinese Cultural, Dog, or Dragon Costume)


Thursday, February 15
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618 United States
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*Activities are subject to change and limited to availability.