The New Café Nongshim at Pretend City Children’s Museum

last week, miss Dani Kat and i took a trip to Pretend City for the Grand Opening of Café Nongshim. it is the new play cafe that Pretend City changes themes a couple times a year. we love the cafe because it is perfect for little hands to explore and create – and expose children to a different cultures. Nongshim is specialty cuisine of Seoul, Korea. so Café Nongshim has a Korean theme. perfect timing for this year’s winter Olympics.

Nongshim translates to instant noodles in English and they specialize in just that, instant noodles in a variety of different flavors and spices. their most popular dishes are the Kimchi Ramyun noodles and the Neoguri noodles. and all of their products are both tasty and convenient! here are some of Nongshim’s instant noodles…

it was fun taking baby Dani to Pretend City for the first time.  she loved everything about it – the water area, the toddler area, the garden area and Trader Joe’s pretend market were her favorite. and of course she loved the new Café Nongshim. we were there for the ribbon cutting and got to here about the Nongshim company from one of the local Nongshim partners.

Nongshim started in 1965 in Seoul, Korea, and became the #1 noodle and snack manufacturer in the country. they then had successful expansion to the neighboring countries throughout Asia. thereafter, Nongshim America, Inc. was established in 1994 as a part of the global expansion which made their noodles available consumers in North America. they have one of their U.S. headquarters right here in Southern California, in Ranch Cucamonga.

the ceremony included a drumlins with Korean drummers, and the ribbon cutting. then the kids were allowed to go into the Café Nongshim and play.

playing in Café Nongshim was so much fun. Dani thought she was so big playing in the kitchen that was stocked with “pretend” supplies to make Korean food.

there’s an area to assemble the noodles…

and then the Café area where you can “pretend” to be a customer or be a restaurant worker. it was so much fun playing with my girl. there is something about Korean Noodles that gets the taste buds going. YUM YUM.

my little niece from When In Huntington also had fun in the cafe. she served us lots one noodles.

Pretend City is so much fun for little kids and parents alike. it allows you to play with you kids in a magical make believe world. we had so much fun at the Grand Opening of Café Nongshim, and hopefully you can take your kids to check it out too.

{This is not a sponsored post. We were invited guests of Pretend City. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.}

Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Etnies come to Pretend City

Wahoo's & Etnies Exhibits at Pretend City #orangecounty #museum

there are two exciting families in town at Pretend City! Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Etnies have joined Pretend City Town. kids can create there own yummy “pretend” food in the Wahoo’s Fish Taco Cafe and the Etnies Family has moved into the Pretend City House.


last week we were invited to attend the opening of these new exhibits, and i would have to say, this has been one of my boys favorite visits to Pretend City. i mean, how exciting to have a skateboard company and their favorite “surfing” food place take over Pretend City. they got to build real life skateboards and skate ramps in the Pretend City house garage, dine in Wahoo’s Cafe that was decorated in surf and skate stickers, hear a live tween band, skate with Etnies, and pretend they were hanging ten! it was AWESOME!


i got to have a quick chat with the owners of Wahoo’s and Etnies, and i was really impressed with their authenticity and energy. wanting people to love life and enjoy the kid in all of us. we should all take this advice.

check out this quick video clip of our visit to Pretend City… 

Valentine’s Day at Pretend City

join Pretend City for a sweetheart soiree of lessons on love this Thursday, February 14th! it’s a Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Soiree – through fun activities that highlight words like “cherish,” “heartfelt,” “caring,” and “tenderness,” your child will learn different ways to share their love with others.

• Sensational Story Time: Woof: A Love Story. Good communication is needed for any true love connection. That’s the lesson learned in this absolutely adorable tale, and as in any good romance, love finds a way. Make sure your children’s love finds its way as you help them write and create their own special Valentine’s Day card.

•  “Good to Go” Game: Hugs & Kisses – This is a fun Valentine’s Day twist on the classic game of Simon Says that will engage your child’s listening and movement skills.

•  Smart Art: Edible Friendship Bracelet – Learn about friendship bracelets as a symbol of love and caring. Then, create a one-of-a-kind bracelet for a friend.

Real Snow at Pretend City

let your kids enjoy real snow at Pretend City’s Snow Day this friday! who would have ever thought it would snow in Orange County. your kiddies will enjoy celebrating the snow with a day full of adventures.  they can experiment with footprints, build snow forts, create snow angels and make snowballs. don’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the first day of winter! *pretend city 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. 
wanna go? here’s the info….
Pretend City Snow Day
friday, december 21st, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Pretend City
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!