January Pretend City Events

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!

 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 
 Engaging Afternoons
Tuesday – Friday3:30 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.

December Pretend City Events

one of my kids favorite places in Orange County is Pretend City. and there are lots of fun events happening at Pretend City this month…even a day of real snow! be sure to check them all out.

Celebrate Hanukkah at Pretend City
Sunday, December 9 – Saturday, December 15
Monday – Friday 11:00a.m. • Saturday & Sunday 10:30a.m. 
special circle times will work to explain and teach your child about the Hanukkah miracle and the importance of many of the traditional symbols of the holiday. children can play games, finger play rhymes, art projects and enjoy activities about Hanukah.
Las Posadas Celebration
Sunday, December 16 – Sunday, December 23:
Tuesday – Friday 3:30p.m. •  Saturday & Sunday 2:30p.m. 
every afternoon your children can engage in activities that will help them have an understanding of the cultures that celebrate Las Posadas and traditions associated with the holiday. activities include “Bunuelos” cookie art, piñata party, glitter poinsettia art and the traditional Mexican game of domino trains. 
Christmas Countdown Time
Sunday, December 16 – Sunday, December 23
Monday – Friday 11:00a.m. • Saturday & Sunday 10:30a.m. 
the countdown to Christmas has begun! the week that leads up to Christmas is exciting and magical for children. waiting for Christmas Day can seem endless! this week’s daily morning activities will help to channel your young child’s anticipation into simple activities that celebrate the holiday. 
Festival of Kwanzaa
Wednesday, December 26 – Monday, December 31 
Monday – Friday 11:00a.m. • Saturday & Sunday 10:30a.m. 
Kwanzaa is here, and there are so many fun things to do! children will have the opportunity to participate in lighting another candle on the Kinara each day. we will celebrate the Kwanzaa principle of the day through a variety of activities, such as working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing African games, and even having a “feast”!
Baby Steps through Pretend City
Monday, December 10
2:00 – 3:30p.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.
CHOC Toy Drive Pick Up
Friday, December 14
12:00 p.m 
join us for a special visit from hundreds of Harley Davidson riders as they come to Pretend City to pick up all of the toys we’ve collected for the children at CHOC Children’s Hospital. watch your child’s eyes light up as Santa comes riding in on his motorcycle. the sound of hundreds of motorcycles cruising around the corner is one your child will surely remember! they’ll even have a chance to come out and look at the motorcycles up close, with parent supervision of course! 
Snow Play Day
Friday, December 21
10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. 
what’s in the forecast for Pretend City? Snow! that’s right, real snow. visiting the snow and experiencing a winter wonderland is an ageless, ever-magical experience, and one that is brought to life today at Pretend City. activities will be rich with the magic and delight of the falling snow. your children can enjoy celebrating the snow with a day of adventures–experimenting with footprints, building snow forts, creating snow angels, and making snowballs. don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the first day of winter! *guests will be provided with specific time slots for children based on age. only a certain amount of children will be permitted into the snow play area at once based on the discretion of Pretend City staff. 
New Year’s Eve Party
Monday, December 31, 2012
10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. 
this is one celebration you won’t want to miss. the day will include: Sensational Story Time: Twas’ the Night Before New Year’s will be the featured story of the day. little ones may find inspiration to stay awake until the stroke of New Year! Smart Art: New Year’s Resolution – a colorful art project that will be your opportunity to create a family New Year’s resolution. this might even start a new family tradition! Music & Movement: New Year’s Eve Countdown for the kids! Countdown the New Year and celebrate at 12:00 p.m. with a special rockin’ rollin’ dance party! streamers, blowouts, and noise makers will make this the party of the year for your little ones!

Curious George Pizza Party at Pretend City

speaking of bananas, Pretend City will feature a special night for an exclusive pizza making party with PBS SoCal’s Curious George! your child could be one of 25 children to sauce and toss the night away as we laugh and play with our favorite monkey.

Thursday, September 27, 2012
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m .
$100 per child (includes 2 adults) 

included in the party price for this special V.I.P. event is dinner with dessert bar, access to the museum, a personalized chef apron, autographed Curious George book and a photograph of your little pizza-maker with the Curious George!

you won’t want to miss this exciting event that will have your child going bananas! event capacity is 75 children who will be making pizza in rotations of 25 children at a time. the museum will only be open for registered guests only during the event with fun Curious George-themed activities happening throughout the night.

The Best of OC: Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

have you ever been to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament? if you haven’t been in a while, you should really go and check out their new show that just launched this year.
Medieval Times in Buena Park just happens to be one of my kiddies FAVORITE places to go. we took them earlier this year and they were taken back. they LOVED the show.
as soon as we walked into the castle we felt like we were living in the medieval days. all the castle workers and knights spoke in medieval dialect and were dressed up in medieval attire. and we got to take our picture with the princess of the kingdom.
then we were seated in different color sections that represented each knight and were introduced to our server who would bring us our food and help us during the show.see how excited i am for the tournament to begin…ha!
when the show began….the awesomeness continued.all the knights and horses marched in. the music. the lights. the horses. all was breathtaking.

our knight was the Black & White Knight.
and we all got our own place settings and a flag to cheer our knight on.then the 4-course dinner began!
i didn’t think the food at Medieval Times was going to be very good.  but i was soooooo wrong…..IT WAS GREAT! so much better than i was expecting, and i don’t know if it was because the kids were so into the show or because there was so much food, but the kids ate their meals so well.

our bill of fair included: tomato bisque, focaccia bread with olive oil and seasoning, oven-roasted chicken, BBQ spare rib, herb-basted potato quarters and a braided apple strudel. you also receive a large beverage w/refill and coffee if you want.
we ate, and ate, and ate…..while watching the tournament.
the beautiful horses showed us tricks…..
all the knights marched around the rink to music…..
we watched the knights joust and do amazing stunts…..
then things got dangerous (for pretend) and the safety net dropped down to keep the audience “safe.”  that’s when the weapons came out and the sword fighting began.
at the end of the show, only one Knight prevails….(unfortunately ours was the first one out!)
and someone else was all tuckered out as well.
after the show…my boys were utterly in awe, they absolutely loved the show.
we even got to take pictures with all of the knights. it was the Black & White Knight who we cheered on during the show, so we had to get a picture with him.
my kids still talk about the fun we had at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. it was such a fun family night activity, and i highly recommend it.
wanna go? here is the info…
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament’s
 California Castle
7662 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA
1-888-WE-JOUST (935-6878) or visit www.MedievalTimes.com

You’re Invited to Mickey’s Halloween Party!

i would have to say that one of the highlights from Halloween last year was going to Mickey’s Halloween Party.  the kiddies, my husband and i had a blast at the party last year! and the kiddies are already asking about going this year.

Mickey’s Halloween Party is a separate ticketed event held at the always magical Disneyland Resort. as part of the event, you are allowed dress up in your Halloween costume and come into the park 3 hours before the party begins! once the party starts…you are in for a big treat!

you can go trick-or-treating!
enjoy the “Mickey’s Costume Party” cavalcade, which is performed twice nightly….


take pictures with your favorite Disney characters…
and go on Halloween themed rides such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion Holiday….
my favorite part of Mickey’s Halloween Party is always the Halloween Screams Firework Spectacular. it’s like no other….and is hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies” Jack Skellington.  this special firework show is a treat that only guests of Mickey’s Halloween Party get to experience!
it. is. awesome.
Mickey’s Halloween Party is a great way to make the Halloween season magical! we have so much fun every year….we go again and again!
wanna go? here’s the info….
Mickey’s Halloween Party will be held on
September 28th, October 5, 12, 19, 26 / 7:00pm – 12:00am
October 3, 9, 15, 23, 29 & 31 / 6:00pm – 11:00pm
purchased in advance $54 – $69
purchased same day $64 – $69
complimentary for Mickey’s Halloween Party guests
{images via Paul Hiffmeyer & Scott Brinegar/Disneyland}