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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary thinking! Pretend City Children’s Museum is excited to announce its annual luncheon will be online!

This annual event is a celebration of the impact Pretend City makes on our youngest children’s healthy development and wellbeing. Thanks to feedback from our many members, we’re planning an engaging, informative, and fun short program for you.

Join us for our first ever virtual FUNdraiser

Start Smart: Think Outside the Lunch(eon) Box on Friday, October 23! (time tbd)

Family life is changing by the moment, and Pretend City wants to give you cutting edge tools and resources to feel empowered. You’ll hear from guest speakers that will give you unique tips on how to parent with positivity, how to enhance our children’s ability succeed in school and in relationships, and how to have age appropriate conversations about equity and inclusivity.

You’ll walk away with examples and resources that you can implement right away. We’ll also have some fun surprises along the way that you won’t want to miss!

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We ask that you consider donating what you would typically spend at a fundraising event. With your help, we can continue to provide healthy child development education through our in-person program initiatives, virtual programming, learning spaces (exhibits) and more!

Be a Part of the Show
Here are some fun ways to get more involved in our virtual program:

Think Outside the Lunch(eon) Box Contest

Get your creativity on! Calling all families to submit a creation using any type of cardboard box.  A robot? A castle? A car? The possibilities are endless!

Contest submissions will be featured throughout the program and the winner will be announced at the end of the show. Submit your creation to kristie.kender@pretendcity.org

Submit a Question to Our Guest Speakers

Have a question that you’d like our speakers to address during the program? Submit your question to Kristie.kender@pretendcity.org for a chance to have your question featured during the show!

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To protect the health of Pretend City Children’s Museum community, we ask families to please only come play with us on days that everyone is feeling well.

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