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Pretend City Children’s Museum

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29 Hubble
Irvine, 92618

February 2019

Presidents’ Day

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Celebrate America’s past presidents at Pretend City for President's Day!  Are you familiar with America's different presidents? Let's learn a little more about our history and the leaders that lead the country through the good and difficult times. Learn about our nation’s symbols by using them as inspiration for various art projects. We will be Enjoy a little patriotic adventure through the city while learning all about the role of the President!

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March 2019

Read Across America; Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

March 2 @ 10:00 am - March 3 @ 3:00 pm

Today, we are joining thousands of children around the nation in celebrating Read Across America Day. Literacy is such an integral part of a child’s academic success. Pretend City is here to support your child’s love for reading as we read across the city.  “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”  Dr. Seuss said it best, there’s no need to contest. We’ll read, learn, and play, shout, “hip-hip-hooray!” In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, we are celebrating all weekend long with classic stories, whacky activities, and special appearances by some of your favorite characters.

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Ash Wednesday 

March 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, a Christian observance of internal reflection and preparation for the Easter celebration. Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the Catholic calendar. Congregate with us as learn about this religious observance through crafts, stories, and activities.

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Way to Play Day

March 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

"Join us for this month’s Way to Play Day as we enhance your child’s play time to be the best it can be and answer any questions you may have about his/her development! With our stage staff and play partners, we strive to create an educational playtime experience for both parents and children! We will have FREE ASQ screenings with Irvine School Readiness Nurses and Speech/Hearing Screenings with Chapman University. Join us for a fun Way To Play Day, which is specially designed to assist parents in finding answers to questions about their child’s development. With our Way To Play Adventure Guide, there are activities to enhance your play at Pretend City. Good To Go From Head To Toe, Pretend City’s child development initiative, together with our play partners, are here to assist you with: ASQ Developmental Check-Ups - Check to see if your child’s growth and development is on track in the areas of Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Social-Emotional. ASQ Screenings will be performed by the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) and Pretend City’s Good To Go Coordinator. Dental Screenings - Healthy Smiles of Orange County will be here to conduct free dental screenings for all kiddos and supply valuable information about proper dental hygiene! Speech Screenings - Representatives from Speech Pathology Associates will be here to assess children’s speech. Fine and Gross Motor Skills Screenings - Maxum Therapy’s physical therapist and occupational therapist will be here to help assist your child in fine motor skills (grasping, buttoning, turning pages, cutting with scissors, etc.) and gross motor skills (catching a ball, balancing, playing tag, etc.) to ensure proper growth and development. FREE Vision Screenings from 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. by ELKS "

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Daylight Savings – Spring Forward

March 10 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

It’s time to Spring Forward for Daylight Savings! Today in the museum we will have activities that help little ones understand what Daylight Savings is and how we use clocks to tell time! Our programming will focus on numbers and grasping the concept of time.

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Baby Steps Through Pretend City

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

"This month’s Baby Steps is focusing on a Baby’s First Foods and nutrition! Join us as we discuss different topics about baby food including when to introduce solid foods, food allergies, brain foods, avoiding toxins, and how to encourage healthy eating and a good relationship with food as your child grows!  Art Studio: “Footprint Blossoms” Make sure to stop by the Art Studio as we are painting your little one’s tiny toes and making them bloom into beautiful bouquets of spring flowers! Your baby will learn tactile and sensory skills from touching the paint and feeling how paint feels on their skin and in between their toes – and you’ll get a memorable keepsake! Story-Time (2:45 pm): Spring has arrived at Pretend City! Join us as we read a sweet spring time story sure to make your heart bloom!"

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

"It’s the luck of the Irish! Join us for this fun-filled day as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with story time, art, and fun activities. Wear your greenest outfit for our Irish heading home parade at the end of the day. Smart Art (Art Studio-Times Vary): Shamrock Stamping > The art studio has gone to the leprechauns today as we play with, create, and decorate shamrocks of all shapes and sizes!  Sensational Story Time (11:30 am): How to Trap a Leprechaun –Legend says that if you catch a leprechaun, he will grant you any wish. Join the quest to help four children build and set a trap of their own. After the story we will work together to build our own leprechaun trap. Good to Go Activity (3:00 pm): End of the Rainbow Treasure Hunt – Our rainbow has lost its pot of gold! Using your child’s color identification skills go on a treasure hunt through the city to see if you can find the rainbow’s pot of gold."

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Celebrate the Persian New Year

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Nowruz means “New Day” and is a joyful, colorful celebration dating back at least 3,000 years. Families can be seen dressing up, exchange gifts, and visiting family. Join us as we explore and celebrate the Persian New Year through activities, art, and story time!

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Family Autism Event

March 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free to behavioral therapists and children on the spectrum or with other disabilities and their immediate families.

Today at Pretend City, we will be hosting a special event for children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum. This is a fun opportunity for families and children to play and interact in an autism-friendly environment. Pretend City wants to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support.

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