Season’s Greetings, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Habari Gani and Happy Holidays from Pretend City Children’s Museum. One of the best things one can do with a child this holiday is to teach them about the beauty found in different cultures – it is perhaps one of the most important gifts of the season. Pretend City gives families the opportunity to learn about the different cultural celebrations. Let the learning continue this holiday season and during winter breaks.
As an addition this season, there is something special about sending and receiving mail during the holidays. All through December, visit Pretend City Children’s Museum’s City Express and send seasons greetings all throughout the city.
December Activities at Pretend City
Winter Solstice Celebration – Dec 21
Choc Toy Drive – Dec 1- 23
Christmas Countdown – Dec 12 – 23 – Loaded with holiday activities!
Visits with Santa, as well as Sensitive Santa on Dec 16 for a low sensory experience
Festival of Kwanzaa – Dec 26-30
Hooray for Chanukah – Dec 17-23
Noon Years Confetti Countdown – Dec 31
More about the December Holiday Activities:
Monday, December 1 – December 23: CHOC Toy Drive
Help spread Holiday cheer to patients at the CHOC Children’s Hospital. Pretend City Children’s Museum is partnering up once again with Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson to benefit patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital by collecting new and unwrapped toys.
- Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission on the day of your visit.
Monday, December 8: Baby Steps through Pretend City
Time: 2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.
This special event is for infants (0-18 months). Infants will have a chance to do activities like the “big kids” get to do, decorating a tree, opening gifts, and creating holiday cards. A special visit from a guest at the North Pole will make a nice addition to this holiday tradition.
Friday, December 12 – December 23: Christmas Countdown
Friday 12th-(P.M. Activity) Gingerbread Man & Houses
Saturday 13th-(A.M. Activity) Candy Canes
Sunday 14th-(P.M. Activity) Christmas Trees
Monday 15th-(10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.) Visit & Photo with Santa
Tuesday 16th-(P.M. Activity) Reindeers
Wednesday 17th-(P.M. Activity) Christmas Stockings
Thursday 18th-(A.M. Activity) Twinkly Christmas Lights
Friday 19th-(P.M. Activity) Presents & Sleighs
Saturday 20th-(A.M. Activity) Popcorn Decoration
Sunday 21st –(P.M. Activity) Christmas Snow
Monday 22nd- (A.M. Activity) Christmas Carols
Tuesday 23rd-(P.M. Activity) Christmas Eve Excitement
Friday, December 12 : Harley-Davidson CHOC Toy Drive Pick Up
See Santa and his Harley helpers as they pick up the toys that have been previously collected at Pretend City Children’s Museum.
Tuesday, December 16: Celebrate Las Posadas).
Come to Pretend City to celebrate the first day of the 9 day Mexican Christmas celebration. Attendees will learn about the history of the celebration and activities include:
Smart Art: The Art Studio will create colorful Las Posadas mementos to take home.
Posada Pinata Ornaments: Make your own Pinata ornaments to hang on your tree this holiday season.
Posada Placement: Create holiday placemat for the Posada feast.
Luminaria Path: Create glowing replica of Hispanic Christmas Luminaria path.
Sensational Story Time: Introduce children to rich holiday literature in the Pretend City Library.
Tuesday, December 16: Sensitive Santa Visit & Photo Opportunity
Time: 1:00P.M.- 5:00P.M.
This event is for children with autism and will be held in a private room. Come meet Santa and tell him your holiday wishes.
Wednesday, December 17- 23: Hooray for Chanukah
Learn and enjoy activities about the Hanukkah miracle through games, finger play rhymes, art projects and activities.
Wednesday, 17(A.M. Activity): Menorah
Thursday, 18(P.M. Activity): Dreidel, Dreidel
Saturday, 20(P.M. Activity): Star of David
Sunday, 21(Art Studio): Chanukah Art
Monday, 22(P.M. Activity): Tzedakah Box
Tuesday, 23(A.M. Activity): Chanukah Story Time
Sunday, December 21: Celebrate the Winter Solstice
Put on your warm mittens and cozy scarves. It’s officially winter! The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year.
Smart Art: Visit the Art Studio where we’ll have a flurry of winter-themed art activities for you and your children to create.
Snow Much Fun – A gorgeous winter art activity with a child-directed process and a beautiful result too!
Ice City – This community project will draw inspiration from the glassy snow to create a different type of city.
Winter Prints – See what your child’s little hands will make – a winter tree, a snowflake, or perhaps a cute winter animal?
Friday, December 26-30: Festival of Kwanzaa
During the Festival of Kwanzaa to “light” a candle on the Kinara. Every day, we’ll celebrate a new Kwanzaa principle through a variety of activities including working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing Kwanzaa games, and even having a “feast”!
Friday 26th: Kwanzaa Kinara
Saturday 27th: Kwanzaa Placement/Quilt
Sunday 28th: Kwanzaa Corn
Monday 29th: Kwanzaa Necklace
Tuesday 30th: Kwanzaa Kufi & Kwanzaa Unity Cup
Monday, December 29: Author’s Day – Ari Loves the Holidays presented by Reetu Dua
Explore the exciting Holidays that await us in the New Year. Join Ari as he celebrates with fireworks, goes on an Easter egg hunt, passes out a valentine, puts on his favorite costume, and so much more! Each holiday is filled with love, color, family, and cheer. This special story time will be presented by the author Reetu Dua. Happy Holidays!
Wednesday, December 31: Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown!
Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers and festive party hats this is one celebration you won’t want to miss. Confetti Countdown: 12:00p.m. 2:00p.m. 4:00p.m.
Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pretend City Children’s Museum is the first educational facility of its kind in the western United States representing a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, it depends on community-based funding and guest support. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. The museum is a unique community resource where families, educators and community agencies come together to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed for a productive and fulfilling future. Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618.