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Cooking in the City

February 9, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Cooking in the City

Art Studio:

Exploration No. 1> Paint using different types of tea and watercolor to engage your sense of smell! 

Exploration No. 2> Discover dough and learn about fufu, a swallow food from West Africa! 

Exploration No. 3 (Sensory Table)> Explore orange rice and glitter spices in our sensory bin, and serve up a delicious plate for friends and family! 

Purpose: Children will be able to engage all of their senses through these activities, and build neuropathways through sensory play. They will also have a chance to learn about other cultures and foods, gain strength in their hands, and practice their fine motor skills. 


Taste the food of Nigeria and learn about their customs!

Join us in imaginative cooking with REAL tasty food.

Have you tried Nigerian food? Would you like to?  

Cooking Activities: 11:00 am & 2:30 pm 

Have you heard of the Jollof Rice Wars?  Come taste Nigerian Jollof Rice and Plantain.  “The Jollof Rice Wars are the clashes on social media, mass media and in person across the world and different West African countries. Senegal, Nigeria and Ghana take the lead over who makes the best Jollof rice, in a bid to claim the Jollof rice throne.”  Quote from https://mamaashanti.co.ke/  

Purpose: Food helps bridge the gap between cultures and people, children are developing their sense of taste and providing a wide variety of foods support children in their understanding of textures, foods and cultures. Trying new foods increases a healthy relationship with food in adolescent and adult years and supports nutritional benefits and understanding.   

About the play partner: I am a Nigerian mom and a home cook who lives in Orange County California. I love making Nigerian food because it is a personal passion for me. My desire is make Nigerian food known to non-Africans one person at a time and to make sure Nigerian and Africans in Orange County have easy access to Nigerian food. 

Ude Ohuche is the Fund Development Manager at Pretend City.  She’s half-Nigerian and grew up in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria.   


February 9, 2023
11:00 am - 2:30 pm


Pretend City Children’s Museum
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29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618 United States
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