Helpful Tips to Prevent your Child from Getting Sick

Will my child get sick after visiting Pretend City? And more FAQ’s…getting sick

As an educational facility, Pretend City Children’s Museum works diligently to provide a safe, educational and clean environment. We would like to answer our guests frequently asked questions about the cleaning procedures in the Museum. We have also researched what parents can do to ensure their children avoid becoming ill after visiting places where many children gather.

What are Pretend City’s cleaning procedures?

Pretendgineers start the day early, before we open, with cleaning procedures. Our staff is provided with safe odorless hospital grade cleaners to clean the exhibits, toys, and high-touch areas. Janitorial staff vacuum the floor, clean the restrooms and empty all the trashcans before opening and at the end of each day. Staff also conduct top of the hour sanitizing (you may have seen the sanitizing stations throughout the Museum.) Costumes are washed on a daily rotation. Hand sanitizer, Kleenex and garbage cans can be found throughout the museum for convenient use, and baby wipes in the art area and by the changing table. Staff sanitizes “loose parts” of exhibits regularly, including baby toys, grocery store items, blocks, trucks, etc. We have special baskets for items that have been in someone’s mouth so we can clean and dry them before they are used again.

Why do I smell chlorine?

The marina is maintained with chlorine to disinfect the water and keep the water safe for children. The water is tested every day assuring the chemical balance is correct and safe.


How can I make sure my child doesn’t get sick after visiting the Museum?

  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently. It takes 15-20 seconds (the length of the Happy Birthday song) to get them clean enough.
  • Avoid touching a person who is obviously sick, and avoid touching our own eyes and face, as viruses can transmit from our hands into our bodies.
  • Cover our mouths & noses when we sneeze or cough. We should cough and sneeze into our elbow or a tissue, and NOT into our hand.
  • Stay home if we (adults or children) are sick, until 24 hours after fever subsides.
  • Receive your flu vaccine each year.
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What if my child STILL gets sick after visiting the Museum?

In an interview with Cindy L. E. Gellner, M.D., a board-certified physician specializing in pediatrics, she explains more in-depth about child sickness. “The main reason your child is getting all those infections is that he or she is being exposed to new viruses all the time. The viruses are everywhere no matter how much you sanitize and clean. There are at least 200 different cold viruses and they’re getting tricky, mutating all the time,” she explains.  She adds that children under six are sick an average of 6-7 times a year, with the average cold symptoms lingering for an average of 18 days.

Pretend City does all that we can to prevent illness and to maintain a clean and safe environment. We hope this research helps explain a little more in-depth about the child colds and how we can work together to prevent them so everyone enjoys the Pretend City experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions at

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