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Mardi Gras Festivities

Tuesday, February 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Celebrate Mardi Gras! 

Tuesday, February 25:

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!” is French for “Let the good times roll!” It’s one of the most popular sayings during Mardi Gras. Join us at Pretend City and let the good times roll in our own Mardi Gras celebration! Sing, dance, and bake your way through the museum and end the day with a festive parade down our city streets.

Purpose Behind the Play: Perceptual motor skills and movement and social-emotional development.  

  • Smart Art (Art Studio-Times Vary): Today in the Art Studio children will be able to decorate cardboard box floats to use in Conga line dance party and going home Parade.
  • Family Fitness Fun (11:30 am): No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without fun jazzy music to dance to the beat. Join us in Orange Plaza for a festive conga dance party!
  • Cooking Up Culture (3:00 pm): Visit the Real Café to learn about the traditional Kings Cake and the meaning behind it. After our discussion, we’ll sample some Kings Cake. Will you be the lucky one to get served the special surprise
  • Carnival for Kids (4:45 pm): From the floats to the beads your children will enjoy participating in their very own carnival which will include a dance party. Children will be designing cardboard box floats in the art studio throughout the day and donning them during our going home parade! 

Grown-up Tip: Try a new Cajun recipe at home tonight! Make a grocery list with the ingredients you will need. At the grocery store, let your little shopper find the items on the list. Including your children in choosing these new food items will make them more likely to eat them at home, thus getting your child to try new foods, a challenge many parents struggle with. 

RSVP:    Not required; Purchase your tickets here: 

Fee:    Included with museum admission 

About Mardi Gras:

In the United States, many cities celebrate the day with a Mardi Gras parade. The largest celebration takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. People dress up in bright and crazy looking costumes. The parades have all sorts of colorful floats and marching bands.


Tuesday, February 25
11:00 am - 4:30 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.