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Way to Play Day, A Package of Learning – February

Friday, February 8 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Learning through Purposeful Play – Buy One Get One FREE Day

It’s time to learn through play! Your child will play their way through the city with activities that highlight social and emotional development. 

We will also be offering FREE developmentaldentalvision, and speech screenings from various participating health partners and the Good To Go team! 

In addition to FREE screenings, our play partners are focusing on self-awareness and self-regulation. Self-awareness is a skill that helps your child tune in to his feelings, thoughts, and actions. Also, this awareness is more than just being able to recognize these things. It means understanding that how he or she acts on their thoughts and feelings affects themselves and others. Learning this type of skill is important in order for a child to fully understand how their actions affect their peers.

Purpose Behind the Play: Social interaction, self-awareness, self-regulation, concept development, demonstrate curiosity, language development, using conversational sentences. 

Time:  10:00am – 3:00 pm; Way to Play Days occur on the 2nd Friday of every month 

  • Hourly Guided Play Scenarios: Embrace imagination and practice reading skills throughout the museum.  For example, staff will be teaching the following lessons: 
  • 11:00 am – Who Am I Right Now? Join us as we learn about emotions and self-awareness while we draw simple self-portraits! 
  • 12:00 am – My Favorite! Let’s talk about our favorite things! Learn to utilize your vocabulary skills and descriptive language as we describe in detail our favorite things and why they make us happy!
  • 1:00 pm – Emotions Sorting Game Match various reactions, facial expressions, etc. to the correct emotion!
  • 2:00 pm – Hi, Who Are You? Join us as we learn about our fellow Pretend City Citizens! This simple activity will teach us social interactions and how to talk friendly to our neighbor! 
  • Free Health Screenings* from 10:00am-12:00pm 
  • ASQ Developmental Check-Ups – Check to see if your child’s growth and development is on track in the areas of Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Social-EmotionalASQ Screenings will be performed by the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). 
  • Dental Screenings – Healthy Smiles of Orange County will be here to conduct free dental screenings for all kiddos and supply valuable information about proper dental hygiene! 
  • Speech Screenings – Representatives from Speech Pathology Associates will be here to assess children’s speech. 

RSVP:  Not required 

Fee:  Activities are included with museum admission, BOGO admission (Buy 1, Get 1). All health screenings* are FREE to the public and do not require museum admission to participate.  Also, please print your ticket here!

*First come, first served; limited spaces available. 

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Friday, February 8
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.