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Start Smart
Start Smart Luncheon

Start Smart: Think Outside the Lunch(eon) Box
If you missed the event, you can watch it here now!

This year, Pretend City Children’s Museum annual luncheon went online! This annual event is a celebration of the impact Pretend City makes on our youngest children’s healthy development and wellbeing.

Click below to watch the program. 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. To make a gift to support our programs and services, view the giving options below the video. Thank you!

Your gift to Pretend City help us deliver our mission to build better brains. Thank you!

Text StartSmart to 44-321
to receive the link to give

Scan QR code for PayPal

Super Silent Auction

We have three awesome Pretend City items that you can bid on when you register! Send us your highest and best offer. Bidding has been extended through Friday, November 6th!

  • Slumber Party at the Museum – If you’ve ever dreamed of having a slumber party at Pretend City, now’s your chance! Grab your little ones and camp out here at the museum. Valued at $5,000. Minimum bid = $1,000
  • Pretend City Facility Rental – Have the entire museum to yourself for three hours! You and your guests will enjoy an imaginative, unforgettable event with our unique atmosphere. Valued at $3,000. Minimum bid = $500
  • Family of 4 Pretend City Family Membership – This membership is good for any variation of children and grownups for a total of four people. This membership also includes an alternate adult. Valued at $255. Minimum bid = $50

*Restrictions apply to auction items. 

Place your highest bid here  monica.rodriguez@pretendcity.org

Irvine Moms Network &
Lindsay Dickhout

Outside the Box Mom Hacks!

Hear from a diverse group of moms on creative, outside the box positive parenting tips and hacks. You’ll get ideas and examples you can use immediately to bring some extra joy into your home.

Dr. Valaida L. Wise

Raising Color-Brave Children in a Color-Blind World

The statement, “children don’t see race” is often cited as a reason to avoid talking to children about the difficult topic of race, diversity, and inclusion. Research shows children see differences at a very young age. Dr. Val will help us lay the foundation for our young children to grow up to be color brave.

Sponsored by



Linda Hunter, MA, LMFT

It Doesn’t Happen Naturally Anymore!

How to Be Mindful of the Experiences and Environments We Provide our Children to Spark Curiosity from Which Everything Flows!




Kari and Darin Moore

Mona and Rup Shah


Michelle and Brady Barto 

Jen and Pete Buchheim

Anya Popov & Josh Mermelstein


Barb and Scott Bitzer

Lesley and Colin Davis  

The Montoya Family

Sandy and Lynn Stone 

Adina and Joshua Stowell 

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Museum

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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