for the month of January at Pretend City Children’s Museum, the calendar is packed with things that children can do and learn together that will benefit them inside and out. parents can start 2013 off right by helping their children to learn a few small lifestyle adjustments that can make a big difference for their family. with the help of staff and hands-on activities, they can learn about healthy living, eating right, exercise, and personal hygiene. make sure to check out what is happening in the Art Studio, and during the Daily Lil’ Me Mornings and Engaging Afternoons to help your child get the most out of building a “New You,” this New Year!
January Pretend City Events
Art Studio Sessions
engage children’s natural curiosity as they explore healthy foods. children are more likely to make healthy choices when adults have a positive attitude about food and wellness. creative activities make learning fun, and these Pretend City art projects about nutrition and fitness allow children to explore healthy eating and apply their new knowledge.
Mondays – Exploring Fruits and Veggies: Infants (0-12 months)
Tuesdays – Make Your Plate: Young Toddlers (12-24 months), Toddlers (2-3 years)
Wednesdays – Just in Time: Preschool (4-5 years)
Thursdays – My Pyramid Fun: School Ages (6-8 years and up)
Fridays – Fit Art: Kindergartners (5-6 years)
Saturdays – Calendar Creations: Children of all ages
Sundays – Plants to Plates: Children of all ages
Daily Lil’ Me Mornings
Monday – Friday • 11:00 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday • 10:30 a.m.
Lil’ Me Mornings activity times empower your family to create rhythms and routines based on Pretend City’s theme of the month. January’s Lil’ Me Mornings celebrate the growth and development of your child. each facilitated activity incorporates an aspect of traditional preschool circle time.
Mondays – My Moving Body
Tuesdays – Squeaky Clean
Wednesdays – Super Duper Senses
Thursdays – My Bodyworks
Fridays – Fantastic Food
Saturdays – Fitness Fun
Sundays – Natural Nutrition
Tuesday – Friday • 3:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday • 2:30 p.m.
Pretend City will offer:
Tummy Yummy Tuesdays
We Move Wednesdays
Think, Think, Think Thursdays
Fuel Up Fridays
Say It Saturdays
Bend & Stretch Sundays
Hour of Parenting Power
Mondays, January 7-28
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
specifically for Grown-ups, this New Year, give your parenting and family relationships a tune-up with some expert advice. certified behavior and parenting expert Sandee Bandetini MS, MFT will meet with you one-on-one to identify your concerns and offer helpful solutions. you can get a fresh start on common family issues like mealtimes, managing tantrums, sibling relationships, and how to get “me” time. fee: $10 per family, MUST RSVP, 1 Family per 30 min session
Baby Steps through Pretend City!
Monday, January 14th
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
this program is specifically for the comfort of our 0 – 18 months infant guests. (no older siblings please) think you can’t do an art project with your baby? nothing could be further from the truth! 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.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Pretend City Open Full Day
Monday, January 21 • 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
today we will celebrate Martin Luther King’s message of friendship and love as children explore the big ideas and images surrounding Dr. King’s legacy. activities of the day will include: Let’s Join Hands – Martin Luther King Jr. joined hands with people of all colors on his march to freedom. create a wreath of hands to celebrate the similarities and differences of various cultures. Cake of Dreams – Children will write or draw pictures of their dreams on clouds, adding to the décor of Dr. King’s Dream Birthday Cake. the cake will be displayed throughout the week to share the overflowing dreams of peace and tolerance with children.
Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618.