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Stowell Family 

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Stowell Family

Pretend City has been an integral part of our family’s life for so many years. We first started going when our son, who is now almost ten years old, was a toddler, and then after our daughter was born (she’s now almost 7), we would bring both kids. We loved how the different learning spaces offered engagement for both kids in different ways and we always had a great time together. When our son started elementary school, my daughter and I had a special weekly playdate at Pretend City. And we’d also still go with both kids on the weekends.   

I was fortunate to later be invited to join Pretend City’s Board of Directors. When I became involved as a Board member, I came to realize that I only knew a small fraction of all the amazing things Pretend City has to offer families and children. I knew about Pretend City’s fun seasonal events and that it offered developmental screenings. But I didn’t know about so many other child development programs, including monthly programs such as baby steps and neurodivergent family night, and the many cultural events and special programs. I encourage everyone to check out Pretend City’s website or follow Pretend City on social media and see what’s going on. There is something new and fun happening every week.   

Even though our kids are older and busier, we still love spending time at the museum. Our daughter had her 6th birthday party at Pretend City and, according to her (and I agree) “it was the best birthday party ever!”  

These days, we love to support Pretend City by attending the Start Smart luncheon in the spring, where we get to network with friends, make new friends, and hear incredible speakers. We also really enjoyed hanging out with Pretend City supporters at the Summer Soiree last year and we look forward to going again this summer.   

We are fortunate to be able to give back to an organization that has been and continues to be such a big part of our family’s life. And we are so excited for the future of Pretend City. Pretend City is such a wonderful resource for the community, and it will be able to do even more in a much bigger new space at the Great Park in Irvine. Many people don’t realize that Pretend City is a non-profit organization. It depends on the support of so many individuals and entities to provide all its programs and keep its learning spaces in top condition. If you’ve never been to Pretend City, or just haven’t been there in a while, please stop by and you’ll see why it is such a special place and a privilege to be a part of its growth. 

Stowell Family

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