Monday, December 7, 2015

Celebrate ALL Holidays & More with Pretend City this Winter

Winter brings festivities and a lot of Holidays to celebrate! Pretend City is creating a lot of COOL fun for all this season...

Not only is this the best indoor pretend play place in OC but young and old can celebrate the season of giving together with so many activities that educate and entertain. 

Sunday, December 6 – Tuesday, December 14: Hooray for Chanukah
Time: Activity times vary
Description:  Celebrate Chanukah at Pretend City. Your child will love these rich and diverse activities about the Hanukkah miracle and the importance of many of the traditions of the holiday. We’ll have fun learning about this wonderful holiday through games, finger play rhymes, art projects and activities.
Featured activities include:
                Sunday, December 6 (A.M. Activity): Menorah
                Monday, December 7 (P.M. Activity): Dreidel, Dreidel
                Tuesday, December 8 (P.M. Activity): Star of David
                Wednesday, December 9 (Art Studio): Chanukah Art
                Thursday, December 10 (P.M. Activity): Tzedakah Box
                Friday, December 11 (A.M. Activity): Chanukah Story Time
                Saturday, December 12 Sunrise-Sunset Song
                Sunday, December 13 Gelt Scavenger hunt
                Monday, December 14 Pretend Honey and spice cookies
*All activities are subject to change and limited to availability.   
RSVP: Not required
Fee: Included with museum admission

Friday, December 11: Harley-Davidson CHOC Toy Drive Pick-Up
Time:    12:00p.m. (Approximately)
Description: See Santa and his Harley Helpers. Hear the rumble as the Harley motorcycles join Santa to pick up the toys that have been collected at Pretend City Children’s Museum for the children at CHOC. We will continue to collect new, unwrapped toys until Tuesday, December 23.
RSVP: Not required
Fee: Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission on the day of your visit. *One discount per ticket per toy; cannot be combined with any other promotions

Saturday, December 12 – Wednesday, December 23: Christmas Countdown
Time: Activity times vary
Description: “First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then well go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie dough as fast as we can, and then…we’ll snuggle” Buddy the Elf.  It’s time to begin the 12 days of Christmas Countdown! The days that lead up to Christmas are an exciting and magical time for young children. Join us each day as we “unwrap” a new activity that celebrates the season. By the end of our Christmas Countdown, we’ll be as excited and full of Christmas spirit as Buddy the Elf!
Featured activities include:
                Saturday, December 12 (P.M. Activity): Gingerbread Man & Houses
                Sunday, December 13 (A.M. Activity): Candy Canes
                Monday, December 14 (P.M. Activity): Visit & Photo with Santa
                Tuesday, December 15 (10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.)Christmas Trees
                Wednesday, December 16 (P.M. Activity): Reindeers
                Thursday, December 17 (P.M. Activity): Christmas Stockings
                Friday, December 18 (A.M. Activity): Twinkly Christmas Lights
                Saturday, December 19 (P.M. Activity): Presents & Sleighs
                Sunday, December 20 (A.M. Activity): Popcorn Decorations
                Monday, December 21 (P.M. Activity): Christmas Snow
                Tuesday, December 22 (A.M. Activity): Christmas Carols
                Wednesday, December 23 (P.M. Activity): Christmas Eve Excitement
*All activities are subject to change and limited to availability.   
RSVP: Not required
Fee: Included with museum admission

Wednesday, December 16: Celebrate Las Posadas!
Time: Activity times vary
Description  Who’s ready for our annual Las Posadas celebration? Visit  Pretend City with your family to celebrate the first day of this 9 day Mexican Christmas celebration. Through special activities and events your children will have fun learning about the history of this celebration. Activities of the day will include:
Smart Art: Visit the Art Studio to make colorful Las Posadas mementos to take home:
Posada Piñata Ornaments - In Mexico the breaking of a piñata accompanies almost every festive occasion. Make your very own Piñata ornament to hang on your tree this holiday season. 
Posada Placemat – On the 9th day of Las Posadas families gather for a delicious feast. Make sure you are prepared by creating your very own holiday placemat.
Luminaria Path- Children will have the opportunity to create their own glowing replica of a Hispanic Christmas Luminaria Path, which is a deep rooted Las Posadas tradition.
Sensational Story Time: Introduce your child to Las Posadas through rich holiday literature. Enjoy special one-on-one story time with your child by reading Las Posadas stories in the Pretend City Library.
RSVP: Not required
Fee: Included with museum admission

Thursday, December 17: Sensitive Santa Visit & Photo Opportunity
Time:    1:00 – 5:00p.m.
Specifically for: Children on the Autism Spectrum only. Sensitive Santa will be in a private room closed to general public.
Description: Santa is coming to Pretend City Children’s Museum! Join us for this great opportunity to meet and tell Santa your holiday wish. This event is especially designed for children on the Autism spectrum. Our “Sensitive Santa” visit and photo opportunity provides a sensory sensitive experience with low Christmas carols, dim lights, and trained Santa to ease some of the anxieties that may come with visiting Santa. This is a wonderful opportunity for grown-ups to capture photos of their child with Santa that might not be possible at a busy mall or crowded event. Don’t forget to bring a camera!
RSVP: Register here (link to
Fee: $5 per family, museum admission neither required nor included

Monday, December 21: Celebrate the Winter Solstice
Time: Activity times vary
Description: Put on your warm mittens and cozy scarves. It’s officially winter! The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Join us as we celebrate the winter solstice through cool activities and art projects. We’ll explain what the winter solstice is and how various cultures throughout history observed the winter solstice. Activities of the day will include:
Smart Art: Visit the Art Studio where we’ll have a flurry of winter-themed art activities for you and your children to create.
Snow Much Fun – A gorgeous winter art activity with a child-directed process and a beautiful result too!
Ice City - This community project will draw inspiration from the glassy snow to create a different type of city.
Winter Prints – See what your child’s little hands will make – a winter tree, a snowflake, or perhaps a cute winter animal?
Sensational Story Time: These classic winter stories will get your children’s imagination and have them enter worlds of white Snowy Day whimsy. Join us in the library every hour for an intimate story time and quick activity.
RSVP: Not required
Fee: Included with museum admission

Wednesday, December 31: Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown! 
Time: Activity times vary  
Description: Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers, blowouts, noise makers, and confetti that will make this the party of all parties!
Confetti Countdown:  10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.  2:00 p.m.  4:00 p.m.
RSVP: Not Required
Fee: Included with admission

We can not wait to join the edufun over at Pretend City this Holiday Season! 

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