Monday, March 9, 2015

Pretend City - March Fun !

We love Pretend City !

Where can you take your kids, indoor, to have fun make believing they are basically anyone they want to be !? +Pretend City Children's Museum

Pretend City Children's Museum is perfect for all ages for a few hours or all day.

I have been taking my now 7yo there for years and now my 3yo loved to terrorize... I mean play too !

There are always a lot of events going on at Pretend City.
Here is a list of the fun you can check out for March !



Fridays, March 6 – 27: Spirit Kids Cheer Class
Class Days: Weekly every Friday
Time: 11:00 – 11:30a.m. (class may run over, depending on children’s interest and ability)
Specifically for:  Children 3 years of age and up; Grown-up supervision required
This March Pretend City has partnered with Pacific Coast Magic, an All-star Cheerleading company, to introduce your children to the fun sport of cheerleading! This energetic class is free with museum admission! The tumbles, jumps, chants, and cheers will give your little one a healthy first step towards an active lifestyle. At the same time your child is learning teamwork, trust, and cooperation. Through the guidance of coaches from Pacific Coast Magic, your child’s skills and confidence will grow. Tumbles and movement teach coordination and balance, while the team environment builds trust. This will be a class you won’t want to miss! Registration is recommended; limited spaces available. 
Cost: Class included with museum admission

Fridays, April 3 – May 8: Kindness Club: Social Skills Program
Class Days: Weekly every Friday
Time: 12:30 – 1:15p.m.
Specifically for: Children 4 – 6 years of age; Grown-up supervision required.
This 6-week class series helps children explore self-awareness, kindness, compassion, and self-control. Each class will include either an art activity or a mindfulness exercise designed to encourage positive behavior. Children will also practice identifying feelings, effective communication and problem solving, as they recognize the benefits that kindness can bring to their lives. Registration is required.
Cost: $60 per child for the 6-week class series
(includes museum admission for 1 adult and 1 child on day of the class)

Monday, March 9: Baby Steps through Pretend City
Time: 2:00-3:30p.m.
Specifically for: Infant (0-18 months), grownups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please. 
Do you have questions about feeding, napping, crawling, or just want to enjoy an event where you and your baby can come and play? If so, Baby Steps through Pretend City is the event for you! This monthly event is a great opportunity to ask questions, meet other parents, and engage your baby in developmentally appropriate activities and exhibits. Pretend City was designed with your infant in mind, but with so many excited, older children playing in the museum, it may be hard for your little one to get around. This monthly event allows you to take advantage of an exclusive, infant only times by engaging in age-appropriate facilitated activities which will teach you about your baby’s developmental milestones.
Cost: Free for infants 0-18 months; Adults are $10. (Free for Pretend City Members)

Friday, March 13: Daisy Day!
Time:  2:00 – 5:00p.m.
Specifically for: Daisy Girl Scouts
Everyone knows being a Daisy Girl Scout is so much fun! Well, Pretend City is here to make the experience even more fun with a special day set aside just for Daisy Girl Scout Troops. Today is a day for all Daisy Girl Scouts to visit and play! Join us for special activities just for troops:
· Sensational Story Time: Join us every half an hour as we read one of the stories from the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting that aligns with our Daisy Girl Scout Troop field trip offerings.
· Growing Up Great: Is your troop ready for their Bridging Ceremony? You’re in luck! Today before our Pretend City Parade your troop can participate in a practice Daisy Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony.
· Photo Fun: Petal Play - Daisy Petal Photo Scavenger Hunt! Take pictures of your troop as they play and highlighting each petals message. This will be a great way to review how the characteristics of the Daisy Petals are reflected on a daily basis.
Discount: $9 per ticket for Daisy Girl Scout troops of 8 or more
                $11.50 per Daisy Girl Scout (without troop)
Purchase Daisy Day tickets here:

Friday, March 13: Way to Play Day
Specifically for: Children 0 – 5½ years
Time: 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
How serious are you about play? Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Come to Pretend City for a fun Way To Play Day, which is specially designed to assist parents in finding answers to questions about their child’s development through play. Use the Way To Play Adventure Guide for activity ideas that will enhance your play at Pretend City. Complete each Way To Play activity sheet during your visit for your chance to take home a prize!
· Play tip for your next visit! Talk to your child about the important jobs within the CafĂ©. Explain to them how each job helps keep people healthy. The chef cooks up nutritious foods, the busser cleans off the tables to keep them free of germs, and the server makes sure to takes your meal correctly – which is very important for those with allergies. 
· Free ASQ Screening: 10:00am - 12:00pm; first come, first served.
On Way to Play Days, Pretend City also hosts ASQ Developmental Screenings. The screenings will assess your child’s speech, motor, cognitive and social areas utilizing the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Early diagnosis and treatment of developmental delays can help give a child the best opportunity to reach his/her full potential.
Cost: Checkups and activities are included with museum admission.

Tuesday, March 17: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Green is the color to wear on this fun filled day! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Pretend City. Activities include a treasure hunt, Irish art, and leprechaun visits.
· Smart Art: Visit the art studio for a variety of Irish and St. Patrick’s themed art activities for your child to create. 
· Good to Go Activity: Visit the Farm to participate in the Irish Potato Hop. Children will learn a traditional rhyme while working on counting and gross motor skills.  
· Let’s Move: Play the Lucky Leprechaun Game to see if you’re the lucky leprechaun of the day. Participate in this fun St. Patti’s Day group game.
· Partner In Play: See if you can bring out the Lucky Leprechaun to share his magic during a fun story time.
Don’t forget to wear your favorite green costume for an Irish inspired heading home parade!
Cost: Activities included with museum admission
Discount: Wear green for $1 off general admission!

Friday, March 20: Celebrate the First Day of Spring!
Spring is in the air! There's nothing like those little buds on the trees, butterflies, birds, bees, and the extended hours of daylight. And what better way to celebrate than with a Spring Fling at Pretend City! Seasonal spring activities include:
· Music & Movement: Spring Sing – This spring themed circle time will introduce your child to spring songs that will help them remember the concepts of the season.
· Good to Go Game: Spring Shapes Relay - As children work in cooperation with one another to complete relays they are building upon their social skills. This special relay will work on identifying and matching spring shapes while working together to complete this movement relay.
· Science Secrets: Planting Party – Spring is the season for growth. Learn all about the life cycle of a plant through song as you plant your very own take-home flower.
· Nature Tales: I is for Inchworm – Children will get to observing & interacting with the worms in this fun, curiosity-inspiring activity time.
Cost: Activities included with museum admission

Friday, March 20: Homeschool Discount Day at Pretend City
Specifically for: Homeschool students
Once a month Pretend City offers homeschool students unlimited access to their interactive at a discounted rate. Use this Homeschool Day to offer your children a learning experience through hands-on educational play. The Pretend City environment allows you to create a plethora of curriculum and activities to surround your students with challenging problems and absorbing questions. When you come to Pretend City on the Homeschool Day, please bring your Homeschool Day ticket and Homeschool ID card (or district letter, private school affidavit, etc). Registration is required by Wednesday, March 18.

Saturday, March 21: Celebrate Persian New Year!
It’ time to celebrate Norooz, which means “New Day” at Pretend City! This holiday commemorates the Persian New Year and Spring Equinox. Bring the kids in to learn about this fun cultural and seasonal holiday!
· Smart Art: Flowers and fun fill the air during Norooz! Enjoy art activities inspired by the Norooz holiday.
· Cultural Creations: The Haft-seen table is an important part of Norooz celebrations. Children will have the opportunity to put together their own Haft-seen table and learn about the traditional items set on the table.
· Sensational Story Time: During the Gala and her Friends Celebrate Norooz! story time, you will follow seven characters and their friends as they prepare for the annual Norooz celebration. Join us as we read
Cost: Activities included with museum admission

Sunday, March 22: Celebrate National Goof Off Day at Pretend City!
Here's a day that just about everybody can relax and enjoy. It's a day to do anything and everything - except what you're supposed to do today! Grown-ups, take the day off from those house-chores and play with your little ones in Pretend City. Fun games, story times, music and movement, and art activities will fill your day. Melt the stresses of adulthood away as you goof off with your child. It will be a memory your children will cherish!
Cost: Activities included with museum admission
Discount: Yell, “I’m here to goof off!” at the Front Desk to receive 50% off general admission (with purchase              of general admission)!

Tuesday, March 24 – Friday, March 27: Guest Appreciation Week at Pretend City!
Time: 2:00 – 5:00p.m.
Pretend City Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization which relies on the contributions of our guests to provide hands-on activities and programs to children and families. During Guest Appreciation Wek, Pretend City is recognizing the support of their guests with a special discounted admission! All week long, guests will receive 50% off general admission beginning at 2:00p.m. SpecialEngaging Afternoon activities will highlight health and wellness for children. Daily activities will include story times, fitness fun games, and nutritious snack times.
Discount: 50% off general admission beginning at 2:00p.m!
                (Admission must be purchased in-store at the Front Desk to receive discount)

Wednesday, March 25: Celebrate Passover at Pretend City’s Model Matzah Bakery!
Time: 3:30 – 4:15p.m.
Passover is right around the corner. Visit Pretend City to start your Passover celebration! Learn about this Jewish holiday by participating in the Matzah Bakery! Silver Gan Israel Day Camp will share the meaning of matzah with all guests. Children will have a chance to dig into the dough as they:
  • Produce flour from wheat kernels, winnow, and separate the chaff from the grain.
  • Collect the grain into a wheat mill and grind it into flour.
  • Knead, roll, and bake the dough into a handmade matzah in the required amount of time.
Delight in taking home their very own freshly baked matzah, a holiday guide and a baker’s hat.

Monday, March 30: Family Autism Event
Specifically for: Families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum; Pretend City will be closed to the general public
Time: 5:00 – 7:30p.m.
This special evening is an opportunity for children and their families to have some fun in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Community partners, who specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum, will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support. Register online.

So much fun, we can't wait to get over there and check it all out !

About Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pretend City Children’s Museum features a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming.  As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving all children, it depends on community-based funding and guest support.  Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization.  The museum is a unique community resource offering developmental screenings and tools for families, educators and community agencies working to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed to discover their potential and build toward a productive and fulfilling future.  Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information, please visit


Enjoy all the fun at Pretend City for the month of March and keep coming back for more details and info on future months too ! #FamilyFun #ThingsToDo #MomTime #KidsPlay #IndoorPlay #OCFun #PretendCity #SafePlay #Irvine #FunForAll #BeAnythingYouWant #Spon 

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