Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pretend City Events for July

Summer is here and with that, we need a way to keep our kids cool but playing!

Check out what fun you can have all month long at +Pretend City Children's Museum !

Aside from their newest exhibit Growing up in Korea, the summer can be filled if you want it to be...

See you there,
OnTheGoOC & OnTheGoOCKid
#PretendPlay #PretendCity #Irvine #OCFun #SoCalFun #SummerFun #PretendCityIsAwesome


Friday, July 3: Celebrate 4th of July! 
Time:    Activities throughout the day
Specifically for:    Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Come celebrate USA’s birthday the child’s way!  Before the fireworks light up the sky, visit Pretend City as these Independence Day festivities will celebrate life, liberty, and the pursuit of fun! Special events and activities of the day will include: 
  • Smart ArtPatriotic Cap – Red, white, and blue are in fashion today. Children will celebrate this special day by creating their own patriotic hat in the Art Studio.
  • Simple SciencePop, Fizz, Crackle! – Fireworks aren’t the only things that will be exploding this holiday. Join us for some cool science experiments that will get your children excited for the real things.
  • Let’s MoveRed, White, and Blue Tag – Your little one will have fun collecting all the colored tokens in this active game.
  • Sensational Story TimeThe Night Before the Fourth of July is a fun book that captures all the fun, excitement, and pride of the best summer holiday!
Join us at 4:50 in the Orange Plaza to show off your child’s stars and stripes as we proudly wave the U.S. flag through the city for our Independence Day Headin’ Home parade. 
RSVP:    Not required
Fee:    Included with museum admission;
Discount: Wear red, white, and blue for $1.00 off of your general admission ticket!

Friday, July 3: Summer Time Fun Grown-Up & Me Cooking Class
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm (class may run over)
Specifically for:  Children 2 years of age and up; Grown-ups
Celebrate the Fourth of July with food and recipes that play up the colors red, white, and blue. Plus, learn to select healthy choices for picnic foods that children and adults will love.
Play Partners: Kunaal Kumar, Child Development Specialist
RSVP: 20 max; Registration requested by Friday, June 27th 
                *Please make sure to note any allergies or dietary restrictions.
Fee: $5.00 fee per one grown-up and one child pair

Tuesday, July 7: Partner In Play Day – All Aboard!
Time:    11:00 a.m.           
Specifically for:    Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Climb aboard for a journey along our California coast! This “boat” will take you above and below the surface to look at the undersea creatures which inhabit our coast with a special focus on whales. Children will get to grab a pair of binoculars to understand their use on the high seas while using their imaginations to spot various whales in the ocean. Real ocean artifacts will connect their imaginations to reality. Fun take home activities will let the learning continue!
RSVP:    Not required
Fee:    Included with museum admission

Wednesday, July 8: Bring a Bear Day!
Time:    Activities throughout the day
Specifically for:    Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Today we celebrate the iconic children’s teddy bear with a very special picnic and other events. Pretend City will be hosting “Bring a Bear” day in honor of the upcoming Teddy Bear Picnic Day that is celebrated on July 10th. Today’s activities will include:
· Smart Art: Bear-y Cute.  What type of bear-y cute bear will your little one decide to turn into? Children will learn about the different types of bears and then create their very own bear to become.
· Partner In Play: Choco the Bear. Choco will be stopping by for a visit to take pictures and share his experience at CHOC.
· Sensational Story Time: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic – is a fun story and song that children will love to sing. A yummy teddy snack will make sure the picnic is complete!
RSVP:    Not required
Fee:    Included with museum admission

Friday, July 10: FREE Vision Screening 
Time:    10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Specifically for:    Children Ages 2 ½ years and up; Grown-ups
This vision screening focuses on young children from ages 2 ½ to 6 years old.  It is a screening utilized for visual acuity, external eye health, and binocular vision. The HOTV letter chart is used as a fun and developmentally appropriate testing tool.
RSVP:  First-come, first-served basis; limited spaces available
Fee:  Free; Museum admission neither required nor included

Monday, July 13: 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)

Tuesday, July 14: Partner In Play Day – Sea Lion Shenanigans
Time:    11:00 a.m
Specifically for:    Children of all ages; Grown-ups
This special story time is focused on those adorable sea creatures that we see along the California coast – sea lions! This video and story presentation will share facts and a fun tale about these marine mammals. Children will even be able to take their photo with a life-size sea lion. If that wasn’t enough to continue the ocean learning fun at home, children will have the opportunity to create their very own sea lion mask.
RSVP:    Not required
Fee:    Included with museum admission

Tuesday, July 14th: The Three Little Pigs Theater Education Program
Class Session: Tuesday, July 14 – Thursday, July 16 & July 21 – 23 
Time:    Rehearsals (Tuesdays) 1:30-2:30
* Performance Saturday, July 25th at 10:00a.m. *
Specifically for:    Children 3 - 7 (preschool & school age); Parents must remain on the premises.
Musical Theatre helps children learn to express themselves, hone memorization skills, develop literacy skills, work as a team, and learn how to tell a story.  And it is great fun for kids!  Register your child to be in the mini musical The Three Piggy Opera, a spoof of the classic folk tale The Three Little Pigs, and invite all of your friends and family to see the show.  Your child will be so proud!  Children will love being directed by experienced early child development and musical theater instructor Jennifer Estrada.
Rehearsals will take place Tuesday through Thursday from 1:30-2:30 on July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23. It is highly suggested that performers are present each day.
Play Partner: Creative Kids Playhouse
RSVP:    Registration available online at Creative Kids Playhouse
· Class Minimum: 14 children; Class Maximum 25 children
·  Admission to the museum included for parent and child after each class with purchase of class series
Fee:    $134 for 2 week series (6 classes & show) includes all instruction, materials, a cast T-Shirt, rehearsal CD and major costume components.

Sunday, July 19: Celebrate National Ice Cream Day! 
Time:    Activities throughout the day
Specifically for:    Children of all ages; Grown-ups
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream today at Pretend City! This yummy treat is the first thing that comes to mind on a hot summer day. Therefore, it's only fitting that ice cream be given its own special day. We hope you enjoy these fun ice cream themed activities with us:
· Smart Art – Ice Cream Dough will be a sensory experience! Your children will get to mold and create with “ice cream” without the worry of it melting!
· CafĂ© Creations – Ice Cream Cart fun will allow your child to create and sell their very own ice cream creations!
· Math Matters – Taste Test is an especially fun kind of test your child will want to take again and again! Your child will have the opportunity to taste test a variety of flavors and vote for their favorite. Let’s see which flavor comes out on top!
  • Sundae Funday - Create your own ice cream sundae. We have all the ingredients you can imagine!
RSVP:    Not required
Fee:    Included with museum admission

Monday, July 20: Stress Management for Parents Workshop
Time: 6:00-8:00p.m.
Specifically for:  Grown-Ups; childcare not provided
Summertime…and the living is easy—right? Well, not always. While we tend to expect a more relaxed lifestyle during summer, and the season definitely has its perks, summer can bring its share of unexpected stress. Child Development Pathways is here to help give grown-ups some insight into summer stressors. They will help grown-ups understand what stress is and how it can affect the family as a whole, but most particularly, the children. They will provide insight on the importance of relaxation and some tips to help keep grown-ups sane this summer.
Play Partners: Child Behavior Pathways
RSVP: Registration required.
    10 minimum; workshop subject to cancellation if minimum is not met
    Registration requested by Friday, July 17  

Tuesday, July 21: Partner In Play Day – Biggest Animal Ever
Time:    11:00 a.m.            Lil’ Me Morning Activity
Specifically for:    Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Everyone knows whales are large and in charge – but which whale is the biggest? Come find out during this interactive hands-on presentation. Children will not only explore this animal’s size but their body composition as well. A silly science experiment will get them talking all about blubber. They’ll have fun comparing and seeing how they measure up against one of the sea’s largest creatures.
RSVP:    Not required
Fee:    Included with museum admission

Sunday, July 26: Celebrate Parent’s Day!
Time:    Activities throughout the day
Specifically for:    Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Parent’s Day is a special day to recognize, uplift, and support the role of parent’s in the rearing of children. This is our day to say thank you to all the parent’s with fun grown-up and me activities throughout the day, including:
· Family Fun Fitness: Piggy Back Obstacle Course will delight your child and make them feel closer to you! Piggy-back rides can help to strengthen parent-child relationships and enhance attachment because they involve fun and physical closeness.
· Growing Up Great Game: Move Like Me is a fun activity where you will have to move like your child, and they will have to move like you! This mirroring game focuses on eye contact, smiles, and laughs which promotes play and relationships. 
· Sensational Story Time: Only One You is a simple, yet powerful story about the lessons parents can teach their children. Your family will have fun creating your very own rock fish family to take home.
RSVP:    Not required
Fee:    Included with museum admission; Parents receive $1.00 off today with paid child’s general admission ticket!

Tuesday, July 28: Partner in Play Day – Litter for Lunch
Time:    11:00 a.m.
Specifically for:    Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Trash doesn’t look like food! Or does it? Join us as we educate children about the various objects and models which can look like food to sea creatures. They will understand the importance of keeping our beaches clean and making sure to throw garbage away where it is supposed to go. Children will even get to experience Pretend City’s own beach clean-up as they explore our trash interactive.
RSVP:    Not required
Fee:    Included with museum admission

Wednesday, July 29: Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday!
Time:    Activities throughout the day
Specifically for:    School Ages (6 years and up); Grown-ups
Harry Potter books are a great way to introduce fantasy to your school-aged children! These books provide material for children’s imagination, free play, and help them distinguish between what is real and what isn’t. Today, however, we turn make-believe into reality with fun activities based off of the magical Harry Potter Series:
· Smart Art: Harry Potter Art – Fly into the art studio where your children will delight in making their own Hedgwig or magical wand and creating their own version of Hogwarts Castle.
· Nature Tales: Magical Creatures Scavenger Hunt - The magical creatures from the Care of Magical Creatures class have escaped and are lost in the city. Help us use the clues to find them!
· Simple Science: Potions Class - One of the most popular classes at Hogwarts. This fun activity will make sure you have an ample supply of Gillyweed and Hippogriff Gizzards on hand!
RSVP:    Not required
Fee:    Included with museum admission; Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character for $1.00 off general admission ticket!


D23 Updates *60th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse Club to Be Celebrated*

D23 Updates *60th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse Club to Be Celebrated*

Oh my I can not explain how excited I am that this is even happening! I hope I am there for this monumental event! I loved sharing these moments with my mom and I hope that I get to show my daughter the same magical feeling at the expo.



Disney’s Official Fan Club Will Also Present Panels including A Sneak Peek of American Experience: Walt Disney, A Tribute to A Goofy Movie for Its 20th Anniversary, and More.

BURBANK, Calif. – June 30, 2015 – Members of the original Mickey Mouse Club will join the fun at D23 EXPO 2015 during a special presentation to commemorate the show’s 60th anniversary. Celebrating Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club — 60 Magical yEARS, hosted by author Lorraine Santoli (The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book), will take place Sunday, August 16 at 5 p.m. in Stage 23. The panel, featuring original Mouseketeers Sherry Alberoni, Sharon Baird, Bobby Burgess, Tommy Cole, Darlene Gillespie, Cubby O’Brien, and Doreen Tracey, along with actors Tim Considine (Spin Evans) and David Stollery (Marty Markham), will include a one-of-a-kind performance filled with memories, music, and magic. D23 EXPO 2015, presented by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, will take place August 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

In addition to the panel, the Disney Dream Store will offer a small collection of 60th anniversary Mickey Mouse Club items to mark the occasion. Also, several of the Mouseketeers will be available for a signing opportunity at D23 Autograph Central on the EXPO show floor on Sunday from 2:30–3:30 p.m.  Plus, guests will be able to see Mouseketeer Annette Funicello’s original Disney Legend handprints on display for the first time outside the Walt Disney Studios lot. The handprints, taken on October 21, 1992, when Funicello was inducted as a Disney Legend, will be presented in one of the show floor’s “photo spots.” There will also be a collection of props and costumes from Mickey Mouse Club Circus in Walt Disney Archives Presents—Disneyland: The Exhibit.

D23 will also present several other engaging presentations for guests throughout the weekend including:

Charles Phoenix: Big Retro Disneyland Slide Show!
Friday, August 14, 10 a.m., Stage 28
Be prepared for your Disneyland-loving spirit to soar when the Ambassador of Americana takes you to the granddaddy of all theme parks when it opened. With his spectacular collection of “found” mid-century-era Kodachrome images, unbridled enthusiasm, and keen eye for detail, Charles shares the early days of Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. See long-gone attractions, including the Phantom Boats, Flying Saucers, the Indian Village, PeopleMover, House of the Future, Carousel of Progress, and the original Tomorrowland—promoted as “The World of 1986”—and the all-new Tomorrowland in 1967. Your imagination will be inspired! 

Disneyland Home Movies
Friday, August 14, 4:30 p.m., Stage 28
While Disneyland is one of the most photographed places on earth, this collection of one-of-a-kind footage and photography offers a unique viewpoint from another time. From the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of Preservation and Foundation Programs; Lynne Kirste, Special Collections Curator; and surprise special guests will take guests on a journey from Walt’s inspirations for Disneyland to the park’s opening and evolution, as captured on film. Suzanne Lloyd joins the presentation to showcase her grandfather Harold Lloyd’s stunning photography of Disneyland taken the week before the opening and on opening day.

A Goofy Movie 20th Anniversary Reunion!
Friday, August 14, 6 p.m., Stage 28
Fans of A Goofy Movie won’t want to miss this special commemoration of the beloved Disney animated feature, which turns 20 in 2015. Film producer Don Hahn hosts a panel of A Goofy Movie talent––including Disney Legend Bill Farmer (Goofy), Jason Marsden (Max), Jim Cummings (Pete), Rob Paulsen (P.J.), and writer Jymn Magon––who will share behind-the-scenes stories and surprising anecdotes from the fan-favorite musical.

The Making of American Experience: Walt Disney
Saturday, August 15, 4:30 p.m., Stage 28
This fall, PBS will premiere a new two-part, four-hour film exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney as part of the American Experience series. Go behind-the-scenes with the team who brought the project together for a special sneak peek of the film: moderator Don Hahn (film producer, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King), Sarah Colt (director/producer, American Experience: Walt Disney), Neal Gabler (biographer, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination), and Becky Cline, the Director of the Walt Disney Archives.

Best of Destination D
Sunday, August 16, 4:30 p.m., Stage 28
Since 2010, D23 Destination D events have offered D23 Members the chance to celebrate their favorite Disney subjects with unique and in-depth presentations from Disney Legends, Imagineers, animators, and others who have made magic on film, at Disney theme parks, and beyond. At D23 EXPO 2015, D23 is bringing two popular presentations from prior Destination D events together for a celebration of Walt Disney World® Resort—including a look back to its construction, early development, and favorite attractions of the past with Disney Legend and Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith. Then, Imagineer Jason Grandt will provide a modern look at Disney Parks and offer a designer’s point of view of details and “Easter Eggs” found throughout different attractions.

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are $74 for a one-day adult admission and $54 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $65 for a one-day adult admission and $48 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $112 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit D23EXPO.com.

About D23 EXPO 2015
D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit D23EXPO.com. Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23EXPO.

About D23
The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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Celebrate July 4th at Medieval Times

Celebrate July 4th at Medieval Times

We have been to Medieval Times in the last 25 years over 20 times. I have a few posts up about my love for the Castle and taking my own family recently.

Check out the details below on Summer Fun while Celebrating our Independence with a Special Joust!

Have a fun summer!



*Must mention or enter code J4WEB15 at time of purchase. Discount is valid only off of full-priced admission rates. Not valid with other discounts, offers, or group rates. Upgrade packages, tax, gratuity, and applicable fees are additional. Restrictions may apply. Valid only at the Buena Park location thru 7/5/15.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

D23 Expo Discounted Tickets

Get your D23 tickets before the prices go UP!

We have been to this expo 3 times now and will be going again this year! Can not wait to check out all the best Disney everything under one roof. Being a D23 Charter member - I can NOT wait.

There are always special Merchandise Releases and items you can only purchase at the event!

Check out all the details below and get your tickets fast before the price increases and or worse.. they sell out - See you there!

Last Chance to Purchase D23 EXPO 2015 Discounted Tickets!

2015 D23 Expo Logo

D23 EXPO 2015 Advanced Discount Ticket Prices End June 30, 2015

The highly anticipated D23 EXPO 2015: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event returns to the Anaheim Convention Center August 14–16, bringing all worlds of Disney together under one roof, and offering Disney fans exclusive access to Disney films, television, and theme parks as only D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can!

A limited number of discounted tickets are still available for purchase. Visit www.D23EXPO.com to buy yours before prices go up on July 1.

Highlights of D23 EXPO 2015 include:
·        Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars– This EXPO will be the biggest and best to date as D23: The Official Disney Fan Club brings interactive experiences to Disney fans this August.
·        Frozen FANdemonium: A Musical Celebration The Oscar®-winning songwriting team of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez takes fans on a once-in-a-lifetime musical journey through the world ofFrozen.
·        Disney On Broadway’s The Originals– Disney Theatrical productions presents an original concert featuring the stars of Broadway’s Aladdin, Mary Poppins, and Tarzan.
·        Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios– Previews of upcoming films such as Zootopia, Moana, The Good Dinosaur, and Finding Dory; Plus, a look the making of the Disney hit Aladdin.
·        Walt Disney Records– Disney Concerts and D23 present Disney In Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration,featuring a live 32-piece orchestra.
·        Disney Channel– Center Stage musical performances by Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia Holt, and Bea Miller; a dance party with stars from Teen Beach 2; a sneak peek at Disney Junior’s upcoming The Lion Guard; meet-and-greets with beloved characters from top-rated preschool series Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins; the premiere of an all-new Mickey Mouse cartoon short, and more.
·        Walt Disney Archives Presents — Disneyland: The Exhibit– More than 300 classic and contemporary objects celebrating the 60th anniversary of Walt’s first theme park will be on display.
·        D23 EXPO Dream Store– A magical store featuring special logo apparel, product debuts, artist signings, collectibles, and more Disney-inspired items.
·        D23 EXPO Design Challenge and Mousequerade Costume Contest– Twenty-three pieces of fan artwork inspired by Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle will be displayed throughout the show floor.Mousequerade categories include: “Heroes Unmasked,” “Once Upon a Costume,” “The Wonderful Worlds of Disney,” “Best of Star Wars,” and “Weird, Wild, and Goofy!”
·        And much, much more not yet announced, including celebrity appearances, panels and presentations, sneak peeks, and unique experiences—all celebrating the past, present, and future of Disney.

All opinions are my own. The PR release was sent to me with permission to share. It's an exciting event with even more to show for it while walking the floor of Disney Fun! 
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