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Pretend City Children's Museum

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A magical, interactive "city" where children have an opportunity to play grown-up by going to work, buying groceries, visiting the doctor and collecting their pay from an ATM.

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Family Autism Event

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Mar 28 Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 4th Monday Times: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

"Specifically for: Families with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum; Pretend City will be closed to the general public This special evening is an opportunity for children and their parents/siblings/caretakers to have some fun in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Many of our 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. If you would like to visit our museum prior to the event (adult only pre-tours), you are welcome to stop in on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 10:00a.m.-11:00a.m. or 4:00-5:00p.m. Watch a video tour of our museum here. Play Partners: Pretendgineers and More »

Labor Day & The Last Day of Our Adventure Under the Sea Theme

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 04 Recurrence: Times: 11am-5pm

Hard work pays off! Labor Day is a great way to teach children about working hard and being a part of a community! At Pretend City, we will be open all day on Labor Day and participating in activities that teach children about different jobs and careers in a community! More »

Mermaid Mondays at Pretend City

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 04 Recurrence: Times: 11-12:30

On Mondays, Mermaids will be visiting Pretend City to share delightful ocean themed stories with the children. There will also be time for photos and meet and greet before and after our story time. Visit Pretend City all summer long for an Adventure Under the Sea! Say hello to the Ariel Mermaid today! More »

Author Days featuring Laura Tovar

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 05 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 12 PM

Singing songs and jingles are great ways to enhance your child’s education! Laura Tovar is joining us to celebrate our month of literacy, and will lead children by singing her catalog of “teaching tunes” that are a fun, catchy way to help your child learn! More »

National Read a Book Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 06 Recurrence: Times: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Be a bookworm! It’s National Read a Book Day and we’re excited to share the gift of reading with all our friends! Reading prepares a child for a lifetime of learning and sets them up for success! We will be sharing our favorite books/stories with our friends and inspiring little ones to get excited about reading! More »

Author Days featuring Adam T. Newman

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 07 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 12 PM

Carlee woke up to discover that she had lost her voice! In the book, The Girl Who Lost Her Voice, children will help Carlee and her family retrace their steps and look for clues to help locate her missing voice. Any child who has ever built a couch fort to escape to a far-off world, will certainly relate to this silly, imaginative and AWARD WINNING tale by Adam T. Newman. More »

Way to Play Day, A Package of Learning!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 08 Recurrence: Times: 10 AM - 3 PM

Back to school! We’re making sure kids are ready for the school year with our Way to Play Day! This month, we’re focusing on communication and language! Our Way to Play Day Adventure Guide will help you enhance your play experience in Pretend City while focusing on developing your child’s communication and language skills! There will also be ASQ Developmental screenings as well as FREE Dental screenings with our friends at Healthy Smiles and Irvine Unified School District! Don’t miss out! More »

Grandparents Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 10 Recurrence: Times: 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Grandparents can be a huge part of any child’s life and that’s why we want to give them their own day of celebration! Today we will be celebrating grandparents with special activities that highlight their roles in a child’s life! More »

Baby Steps through Pretend City!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 11 Recurrence: Times: 2 PM - 3:30 PM

This month’s Baby Steps is all about books, stories, and reading! We’re showing you how to incorporate books in your child’s life at different ages through cloth books, bright & colorful books, and interactive books to navigate the appropriate “reading levels” for your baby! Introducing your little ones to books at a young age will help them tremendously as they grow up! More »

Day of Remembrance

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 11 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 1 PM

September 11th is an important day in any American’s life, no matter how old they are. At Pretend City, we are remembering this day and honoring the lives that were lost. We will have different activities for children to show their patriotism and learn more about the day in a kid-friendly way. More »

Author Days featuring Jen Chiou

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 12 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 12 PM

Computer coding is all about telling the computer (or robot) what to do in a way that the computer will understand. Jen Chiou will be sharing her new coding for kids book with us today called How to Turn Your Grown-Up into a Robot and Other Coding Stories. In this fun story, children will learn simple coding concepts while having fun getting their grown-ups to make silly sounds and motions.  More »

Author Days featuring Alva Sachs

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 13 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 12 PM

Alva Sachs will be sharing her book, I'm 5, with us today! Learn about Julie and her 5th birthday party! More »

Author Days featuring Dr. Patricia Riba

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 14 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 12 PM

Dr. Patricia will be here reading her new children’s book, The Dreaming Tree which uses guided visualization techniques to lull your child to sleep on a journey to sweet and positive dreams. This book works so well that your child may fall asleep before the books is even over! More »

Build Your Own Scarecrow Workshop

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 14 Recurrence: Times: 3:30 - 5 PM

Fall into the autumn season with our scarecrow workshop! Join us in building a small scarecrow that you can keep as decoration all season long! More »

Homeschool Day & Make a Hat Day!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 15 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 4 PM

On the 3rd Friday of every month, we welcome homeschooled kids into the museum to enjoy unlimited access to all of our exhibits! This field experience offers learning through hands-on educational play. Our environment at Pretend City opens a new world of curriculum and activities that challenge students to ask questions and exercise their brains! More »

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah - Shofar Factory 

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 18 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 1 PM

Sound the Shofar! It’s time to celebrate the festival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with a Shofar Factory. Children will learn about the importance of the Shofar in the celebration of the Rosh Hashanah through the traditional blasts and learning to blow the Shofar*. Children will also learn and participate in the process involved in making a shofar from a kosher animal. *Additional fee and registration required to make your own Shofar.* More »

Talk Like a Pirate Day & Pirate Party!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 19 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 4 PM

Ahoy Mateys! Hoist up the anchor and sail away with us as we celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with a Pirate Party! It’ll be a swashbuckling adventure as we play pirate games, tell pirate tales, and create pirate art! We’ll take over the city and learn all about pirates and make some pirate friends along the way! Yo ho, yo ho, a Pretend City life for me! More »

Author Days featuring Angie Flores

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 20 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 12 PM

Join us as we take an evening walk to find a wishing star with Papa Panda, his cub, and best selling, award winning author, Angie Flores! She will be joining us at Pretend City to share her story, Cub’s Wish. In this delightful tale, Papa helps Cub realize that all you need to do is wish from the heart. More »

Author Days featuring Gayle Pitman

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 21 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 12 PM

When You Look Out the Window is a colorful tale written by Gayle Pitman about the city of San Francisco and the evolution of women’s and LGBTQ rights. This book tells the story of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin describing the view from Phyllis and Del's window. This book shows how one couple's activism transformed their community and had ripple effects throughout the world! More »

Fall Festival Fun!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 21 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 4 PM

FALL into this season as the leaves change colors and the weather gets colder! This season brings lots of exciting things for families, including holidays, fall themed foods, and maybe some family traditions in the making! Pretend City is celebrating Fall with our Fall Festival Day! Join us as we create art, play games, and do activities all focusing on fall, leaves, pumpkins, and gourds! More »

Let’s Celebrate Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play with First Step Fitness!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 21 Recurrence: Times: 12 and 1:30

Does your child love your iPad or have a favorite TV show? Today we’re celebrating Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play where we emphasize minimizing screen time and maximizing playtime! Get your child movin’, groovin’, and excited about playing! Join us as we partake in activities that inspire kids to get off the iPad and into play time! More »

Family Autism Event

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 25 Recurrence: Times: 5-7:30pm

Join us for this special evening where we create an opportunity for children and their parents/siblings/caretakers to have some fun in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Many of our 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. More »

Good To Go Workshop: Fostering a "Can Do" Mindset in Early Childhood

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 25 Recurrence: Times: 5:30-7pm

Learn about basic brain functions that support independent learning of children. Self-assertive behaviors in early childhood can be supported to enable children to develop a “can do” mindset that is not stymied by mistakes. More »

National Comic Book Day-PretendCON!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 25 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 1 PM

Good eventually prevails over evil in all the best comic book stories. In celebration of National Comic Book Day we will be hosting our very first PretendCON at Pretend City! Come dressed in your favorite comic book character costume and get your superpowers ready as we put our teamwork skills to the test in our Superhero Relay Race! More »

Author Days featuring Sheri Fink & Derek Taylor Kent

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 26 Recurrence: Times: 11am

Join us as we venture into the whimsical world of best-selling, award-winning children’s author Sheri Fink! She will be joining us at Pretend City to share her newest stories about, The Little Seahorse! Co-author Derek Taylor Kent will also be here to share their newest book, Counting Sea Life. More »

Author’s Day featuring Ashley Mills Monaghan

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 28 Recurrence: Times: 11am

Today we’re welcoming in our special guest Ashley Mills Monaghan! We will be reading her book A Little Goes a Long Way and enjoying a special performance of the song that she wrote to go with it! This story will inspire your little one to help out around the house just like the characters! More »

Let’s Celebrate Yom Kippur

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Sep 30 Recurrence: Times: 11am-4pm

Celebrate Yom Kippur with Pretend City! This day of atonement and forgiveness is one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year! Children will learn how important it is to say I’m sorry when they have hurt someone. More »

Celebrate Child Health Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 02 Recurrence: Times: 10:30am - 12:30pm

It's Child Health Day and we're celebrating at Pretend City! Our partners, Serving Kids Hope, will be playing with us and inviting everyone to take part in some physical activities, including tug-ofwar and stretching! More »

Celebrate Mad Hatter Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 06 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 4 PM

It's tea time! Join us as we celebrate the Mad Hatter and become a little mad ourselves! We will have fun activities all day long including hat making, a tea party, dancing and art projects! Alice and the Hare will make an appearance as well! More »

Fire Prevention Week

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 08 - Oct 14 Recurrence: Recurring daily Times: 11:30

Grab your firefighter gear and head to Pretend City! It's Fire Prevention Week and we are lighting up the city with engaging activities all week long! More »

Baby Steps through Pretend City!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 09 Recurrence: Times: 2 PM - 3:30 PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are focusing on breastfeeding and breast health for this month's Baby Steps. Join us to learn about these topics and bring your little ones to play as we provide fun, fall-themed activities for infants. We encourage you to bring your little ones all dressed up in their Halloween costumes for a fun Halloween Parade! More »

ASQ Developmental Screenings

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 13 Recurrence: Times: 10 AM - 12 PM

Every month, we provie FREE developmental screenings for your little one to ensure they are developmentally on track. Nurses from Irvine and Laguna Beach unified school districts are here to assess your child's speech, motor, cognitive and social areas using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires. These ASQs are always available to check on your child's health, and early diagnosis of developmental delays can give your child the best opportunity to reach his/her full potential. More »

Way to Play Day, A Package of Learning!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 13 Recurrence: Times: 10 AM - 3 PM

October's Way to Play Day is focusing on Gross Motor Skills! We will have guided play scenarios in the Farm that challenge little ones to get moving, and offer parents resources about their child's development. Our screenings this month include ASQ Developmental Screenings and Vision Screenings with our partners, Irvine Unified School District and California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc More »

White Cane Safety Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 15 Recurrence: Times: 10 AM - 3 PM

White Cane Safety Day celebrates the independence and ability of people who are visually impaired. Today at Pretend City, children will learn about the challenges that children with visual impairments experience. The Blind Children's Learning Center will help your child "see" the world in a new light as he/she partakes in diferent experiences that visually impaired children undergo. More »

The Return of the Ultimate Recycling Machine

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 16 - Nov 30 Recurrence: Recurring daily Times: 11 AM - 4 PM

Our man's trash is another man's treasure! Join us at Pretend City as we engineer our own recycling machines! Childrens will work together with peers and adults to design an "invention" that transports a plastic bottle into a recycling machine, using different tubes, pulleys, pendulums, and zip-lines! More »

Read for the Record-Quackers by Liz Wong

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 19 Recurrence: Times: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Jumpstart's Read for the Record highlights the importance of high quality early learning for all children, while also raising funds to support Jumpstart's programming across the country. The Featured book for 2017 is Quackers by Liz Wong. This delightful book tells a tale about understanding, acceptance, and learning that it's okay to be yourself! More »

Homeschool Field Experience Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 20 Recurrence: Times: 11:30 AM - 3:30PM

On the 3rd Friday of every month, we welcome homeschooled kids into the museum to enjoy unlimited access to all of our exhibits! This field experience offers learning through hands-on educational play. Our environment at Pretend City opens a new world of curriculum and activities that challenge students to ask questions and exercise their brains! More »

Costume Week

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 22 - Oct 28 Recurrence: Recurring daily Times: 10 AM - 4 PM

Black cats and witch's brew, we want to dress up with you! Wear your costume to Pretend City this whole week and receive 25% off your second admission! More »

United Nations Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 24 Recurrence: Times: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

United Nations Day will teach little ones about other naitons and children around the world! They will also learn how their actions can affect others through activities like flag making, dancing, and story time! More »

World Pasta Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 25 Recurrence: Times: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Carb lovers rejoice! It's World Pasta Day and at Pretend City we are celebrating this fun food with lessons full of pasta in all shapes and sizes! Buon appetito! More »

Frankenstein Friday

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 27 Recurrence: Times: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Have a monster of a time at Pretend City and pay tribute to Mary Shelley's classic fictional character, Frankenstein with these monstrously fun activites, We will be dancing to the Monster Mash, making Frankenprints, and doing some Monster Science and Math Activities. Let's have a monster of a time! More »

Family Autism Event

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 30 Recurrence: Times: 5 -7:30 pm

Once a month, we host a special night for our autistic friends and their families. Come by the museum and PLAY in an autism-friendly environment with the support and help from our community partners who specialize in the autism spectrum. We will have staff on-hand to enrich your learning/play experience to its fullest potential. More »

Good To Go Workshop: Healthy Holidays

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 30 Recurrence: Times: 5:30 PM - 7pm

Learn how to make the holidays as healthy as you can for you and your family. Learn about the psychology of feeding children and great strategies to do so during this busy time of the year! Join us to also receive complimentary recipes and other tools to continue this throughout the new year! More »

Healthy Halloween

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 30 Recurrence: Times: 11 AM - 12 PM

Happy Healthy Halloween! This time of year brings lots of treats and sweets into kids' lives that may make them fall into a junk food funk. Serving Kids Hope is joing us at Pretend City to share fun tips and tricks to keep your kids eating health this Halloween! More »

Trick-Or-Treat Through the City

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Oct 31 Recurrence: Times: 9:30 AM - 3 PM

Pirates, Ghosts, & Princesses Pretty! Come Trick-Or-Treating at Pretend City! On Halloween, we are having a special trick-or-treat extravaganza for all our friends! Stop by the museum and take part in our Halloween Bug Bash as well as trick-ir-treat at different stations through the city! We will surely have a ghouly good time! More »

Family Autism Event

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Mar 01 Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Times: 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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. More »

Homeschool Field Experience Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Mar 01 Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Times: 11.30am-3.30pm

Once a month we offer Homeschool students unlimited access to our interactive exhibits offering learning through fun experiences. A field experience to Pretend City offers your students 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. More »

Way to Play Day, A Package of Learning!

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Apr 01 Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Times: 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. More »

Baby Steps Through Pretend City

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Feb 13 Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Monday Times: 2pm-3:30pm

This month’s Baby Steps is focusing on teething tots and how to soothe the painful stages of teething. Parents can come to Pretend City and learn how to soothe their baby’s aching teeth and learn infant dental health remedies. More »

Homeschool Field Experience Day

Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 Dates: Jul 15 Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday Times: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

On the 3rd Friday of every month, we welcome homeschooled kids into the museum to enjoy unlimited access to all of our exhibits! This field experience offers learning through hands-on educational play. Our environment at Pretend City opens a new world of curriculum and activities that challenge students to ask questions and exercise their brains! More »

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