11.08.2012

November events at Pretend City

by Pattie Cordova

Pretend City has just released their November schedule! Take note of the special screenings that are not only FREE, they also do not require museum entrance. Also, if you have kids under 18 months, I greatly recommend baby steps. It's a great bonding experience with your kid and you get to have A LOT of fun in a not-crowded Pretend City. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 10: AAA Road Safety Day

Time: 10:30am - with last activity starting at 2:30pm
Teaching traffic safety to children is very important. Children who are pedestrians or bike riders need to learn the rules of the road to ensure their safety. That’s what these AAA Road Safety Days are all about! While the old adage Stop, Look and Listen is good advice, Pretend City is extending this through fun activities.

Tuesday, November 13: Fine and Gross Motor Screenings

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Friendly Occupational Therapists will be on hand to screen for difficulties with handwriting, fine-motor, and sensory processing skills. These skills are essential to your child’s ability to perform daily living activities, such a dressing, bathing, and eating. They impact your child’s social, emotional, and educational achievement so it’s important to be sure these skills are developing appropriately.
Fee: FREE; museum admission neither required nor included

Tuesday, November 13: Audiology Screenings

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Did you know that problems with hearing can lead to speech development delays? Join us for free hearing screenings to make sure your little one is developing on track! Automatic hearing tests can see if the brain hears the quiet sounds presented by the small probe tip. Today’s screening will use (OAE) otoacoustic emission testing to make testing easy on your child. Each child will be asked to sit quietly and “listen to the birdie tons singing in your ear.” Within seconds, the automatic screening can assess if your child’s auditory system is functioning properly. Don’t you just love technology?!
Fee: FREE; museum admission neither required nor included

Monday, November 19: Baby Steps through Pretend City!

Time: 6:00-7:30p.m.
Specifically for: Infants (0-18 months) For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please.
Think you can’t do an art project with your baby? Nothing could be further from the truth! To complement our monthly theme, this baby steps event will focus on infant art activities with your little ones to help in their development, as well as fun bonding time with Baby and Me Yoga. Make sure to visit the Art Studio, Beach, and Grocery Store to take advantage of this exclusive infant and young toddler only time and engage in age-appropriate facilitated activities. Don’t forget to pick up a free Ages & Stages Questionnaire! to ensure your little one is developing on track! They’re FREE, fact and easy!
RSVP: Maximum 60
Fee: $10 per adult, infants and Pretend City Members are FREE!

Wednesday, November 21: Celebrate Thanksgiving!

Time: 11:00am - with last activity starting at 3:30pm
Thanksgiving is known for the pilgrims, history, and turkey, but most importantly, Thanksgiving is for giving thanks; it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Today, let’s celebrate family, friends, and the holiday that brings everyone together through fun activities.

Monday, November 26: Family Autism Event

Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm
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, November 13, 2012 from 10:00-11:00am, or 4:00-5:00pm.
RSVP: Maximum 80 families; only those families who have a reservation and a confirmation number will be admitted.
Fee: FREE

Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: 949.428.3900