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PRETEND CITY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM HITS THE BOOKS AND THE HIGH SEAS FOR THIS FALL’S ACTIVITIES

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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Shiver me timbers! Pretend City Children’s Museum is calling all little and big explorers this month to sail away and find the treasure in reading. Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day and take a literary peek into a pirate’s life on the rolling seas in September! Because this month is also National Literacy Month, Pretend City celebrates the love of reading and promotes literacy as a fundamental skill for children’s success as they focus on a favorite childhood interest–the life of a pirate. Your little ones can join their pirate crew every day this month and build the literacy and social skills necessary for literacy development. It’s a month-long pirate adventure, so hang up those swords, and get ready to read!
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Fridays, September 6-27: Pirate and Princess Ballet Class
Time: 3:00p.m. – 3:35p.m.
Final Recital and Party – Friday, September 27 from 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m.
Specifically for: Preschoolers (4-5 years old) and Kindergartners (5-6 years old).
Introduce your children to the world of ballet and pirates as they delight in the magic of pirate and princess life through dance! Children have the chance to utilize wings, crowns and chiffon scarves as they transform into ballet princesses and ballet swashbucklers will transform into pirates as they walk the plank and express themselves through dance.
RSVP: max 15; please visit Pretend City online under Visit and click Calendar of Events to register
Fee: $10 for 4-week session. Museum admission is not required nor included.
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Thursday, September 19: National Talk Like A Pirate Day and Pirate Party!
Time: 11:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.; Pirate Dance Party is at 11:00a.m. and 2p.m.
Visit Pretend City for a swashbuckling adventure to celebrate National Talk Like a Pirate Day! You and your little buccaneers can participate in pirate speak all day at Pretend City, dance to the rhythm of the beat at the Pirate Dance Party in the Orange Plaza and stomp your boots in the fun pirate parade and don’t forget to test your little one’s gross motor skills by walking the plank! Special pirate-themed story times will occur every hour along with facilitated activities throughout the day. This is a journey you won’t want to miss!

Lil’ Me Morning: Ye Old Snack Map – Even pirates need to eat healthy! Follow this map for a healthy eating adventure.
Engaging Afternoon: Word Wallet – See what pirate tales children will tell as they create their own word wallet to construct surprise sentences.

Special Promotion: Buy one admission ticket and receive one free admission ticket when child dresses up in their best pirate garb.

Additional September Highlights include:

Sunday, September 8: Celebrate Grandparents Day!
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Specifically for: Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Come celebrate Grandparents Day at Pretend City and take part in some “grandpa and grandma” story time! Children can participate in fun, pirate-themed activities as part of their morning start and finish the afternoon with grandma’s fun activities .

Lil Me Morning: Sensational Story Time – How to Babysit a Grandpa is a hilarious how-to guide. You won’t want to miss this story time filled with tips for your buccaneer family, including how to build a pirate cave! As a bonus, children can create their own “how-to” pages.
Engaging Afternoon: Grandma Games—41 Uses for a Grandma explains all the reasons why grandmas are great! Children can participate in some of grandma’s fun activities in the follow-up literacy games.

Monday, September 9: Baby Steps through Pretend City!
Time: 2:00-3:30p.m.
Specifically for: Infant (0-18 months), Grown-ups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please.
Bond with your baby and spark your baby’s development in this monthly Baby Steps event that focuses on infant art activities. Join other parents and share your child’s developmental milestones as you and your baby visit the Art Studio, Beach, and Grocery Store. Take advantage of the Ages & Stages Questionnaire to check that your little one is developing on track. They’re FREE, fast and easy!
RSVP: max 60; please visit Pretend City online under Visit and click Calendar of Events to register
Fee: $10 per adult, FREE for infants and Pretend City Members
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Friday, September 13: Way to Play Day, Package of Learning!
Time: 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.; Way to Play Days occur on the 2nd Friday of every month
Specifically for: Infant (0-12 months), Young Toddlers (12-24 months), Toddlers (2-4 years), Preschoolers (4-5 years)
Join us as we assist you to find the answers to questions about your child’s development at Way to Play Day. Our play partners (Help Me Grow OC and Irvine/Laguna Beach School Readiness Nurses) are here to assist with the following:

Parenting resources: connecting families to developmental, behavioral, learning, parenting, educational and support services
ASQ developmental check-ups from 10a.m. to noon: assess speech, motor, cognitive and social areas (first come, first served; limited spaces available)

RSVP: Not required
Fee: Check-ups and activities are included with museum admission.

Monday, September 30: Family Autism Event
Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
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 event 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.
RSVP: max 80 families; please visit Pretend City online under Visit and click Calendar of Events to register
Fee: Free

About Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pretend City Children’s Museum features 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 serving all children, 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 offering developmental screenings and tools for families, educators and community agencies working to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed to discover their potential and build toward a productive and fulfilling future. Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information, please visit www.pretendcity.org.

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Ringling Bros. AND Barnum & Bailey Present “Built to Amaze!” July 10th to August 4th–Buy Your Tickets Now!!!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Disclosure: I received Tickets to Ringling Bros. AND Barnum & Bailey “Built to Amaze!”in exchange for this post
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The All-New Design Of Circus Excitement Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents BUILT TO AMAZE! Coming to the Southland, July 10 – August 4

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built To Amaze!, an extraordinarily engineered circus experience custom-built for family fun where Children Of All Ages find out what it takes to construct The Greatest Show On Earth. The visionary blueprints have been assembled with a contemporary toolbox of unparalleled imagination that will be unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes for the all-new circus spectacular Built To Amaze! coming to the STAPLES Center Los Angeles (7/10-7/16); Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario (7/19-7/23); and Honda Center, Anaheim (7/26-8/4).
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Ringmaster Andre McClain takes the Ringling Bros. reins accompanied by his horse Comanche, to lead his funny and mischievous circus supervisors to construct a fantastic design of heart-pounding and wondrous performances sure to amaze and thrill audiences. With more than 110 of the world’s best artists & athletes representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals assembled together, Built to Amaze! is highlighted by several unique acts this year including:

Nine-time international award-winning comedic animal presenting duo Alex and Irina Emelin of Russia introduce their uniquely-designed brand of magic and humor with their remarkable trained animals including poodles, ferrets, rabbits, snakes and more!

The Trampoline Tower Tumblers, a troupe of ten competitive aerial athletes from the Ukraine who launch themselves from trampolines to scale, repel and pass through a three-story high translucent tower.

The popular King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City brings one-wheeled excitement to the ring with a spirited and comedic basketball competition featuring ten whirling unicyclists.
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In addition, the show features the electrifying high-wire acrobats, daredevil stunts on The Steel Vortex, the youngest female Human Cannonball, remarkable hand-balancing duos, the always hilarious Clown Alley…and of course no Ringling Bros. circus experience would be complete without our four-legged star performers including the majestic Bengal tigers presented by the charismatic “Taba” and a fun-filled Asian elephant dance party.

Be sure to arrive early to join us for several exciting interactive elements before the show starts! Opening 90 minutes prior to each performance, all ticket holders are invited to tour the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animals. Then one hour before show time, families can step onto the arena floor to meet our circus performers and animals at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, FREE admission to all ticket holders.
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WHEN: Wednesday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 16
Wednesday, July 10 7:30 PM
Thursday, July 11 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Friday, July 12 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 13 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 14 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Monday, July 15 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 16 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
**All shows include All Access Pre-Show experience

WHERE: STAPLES Center (1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015)
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $26, $30, $45-$50 (VIP), $70-$80 (Front Row) and $100-$120 (Circus Celebrity); Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

O N T A R I O
WHEN: Friday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 23
Friday, July 19 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 20 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 21 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Monday, July 22 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 23 12:00 PM and 7:30 PM
**All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show experience
WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena (4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764)
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com or CBBankArena.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

A N A H E I M
WHEN: Friday, July 26 – Sunday, August 4
Friday, July 26 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 27 11:30 PM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 28 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 31 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 1 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM
Friday, August 2 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 3 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 4 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
**All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show experience
WHERE: Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806)
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity) Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)
Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or HondaCenter.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office. *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees

For more information, visit www.Ringling.com or on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Pretend City May Events

Friday, May 3rd, 2013


May Madness spotlights sports and the competitive spirit that drives us all. This month’s activities highlight your child’s social, emotional, and physical development along with the fierce independence and teamwork that sports foster. Sports fans and spectators alike will enjoy a deeper understanding of the games that children relish.

In addition to the sports activities this month, Pretend City Children’s Museum is hosting a Cinco De Mayo Fiesta, as well as a Mother’s Day Celebration!

Highlights for May include:

Sunday, May 5: Cinco De Mayo Fiesta!
Time: 10:30a.m. – Lil’ Me Morning: Sensational Story Time
2:30p.m. – Engaging Afternoon: “Good to Go” Game
Throughout the day – Art Studio: Smart Art
Specifically for: Children of all ages; grown-ups
Pretend City provides an enriching environment for children to experience new cultures and learn to appreciate Southern California’s wonderful diversity. Celebrate Mexican culture on Cinco de Mayo, a day to honor the memory and bravery of the Mexican soldiers who fought for their country.
Sensational Story Time: Cinco De Mouse-O! – Que felicidad! It’s Cinco de Mayo, and Mouse follows his nose to the festival, where musicians play, dancers stomp, and delicious treats abound. This story time finishes with word play and a piñata.
Good to Go Game: Jalepeño Hop – Don your sombreros and do the jalepeño hop to authentic Mexican music. Once the music stops, be sure to freeze!
Art Studio Smart Art Activity: Personal Piñatas – Traditionally, piñatas were a religious symbol, but nowadays, they a symbol of all sorts of festivities. Piñatas come in all shapes and sizes. What will yours look like?
RSVP: Not required Fee: Included with museum admission

Saturday, May 11: Mother’s Day Celebration
Time: 10:30a.m. – Lil’ Me Morning: Sensational Story Time
2:30p.m. – Engaging Afternoon: Growing Up Great Throughout the day – Art Studio: Smart Art
Specifically for: Children of all ages; Grown-ups Mother’s Day is a special occasion to honor mothers everywhere, showering them with love, care, and warmth. On this Mother’s Day eve, Pretend City brings you some splendid celebration activities that are sure to create wonderful memories for mommies and children.
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Sensational Story Time: The Night Before Mother’s Day – This sweet story is a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day’s. Continue all the antics at home with your very own mommy-and-me grab bag full of supplies to make your Mother’s Day the best!
Growing Up Great: Mommy & Me Yoga – Mommies, take some time to relax with your child during this mommy-and-me yoga session. Doing yoga together enhances your child’s cognitive development, improves social skills, and is just plain fun.
Art Studio Smart Art Activity: Mommy & Me Puppets – Get creative and have some fun with these personalized puppets! Pretend play with puppets builds your child’s social and emotional skills.
Fee: Included with museum admission

Sunday, May 12 – Pretend City Closed in honor of Mother’s Day

Daily Lil’ Me Mornings
Time: Monday – Friday 11:00a.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10:30a.m.
Hit a home run every morning and visit Pretend City for Lil’ Me Mornings. These facilitated activity times are specially designed to empower your family to create rhythms and routines that joyfully celebrate sports.

Mondays – Sports Songs
Tuesdays – Sports Math
Wednesdays – Sports Science
Thursdays – Sensational Sports Story Time
Fridays – Good “Sports”
Saturdays – Sports Shapes
Sundays – Sports Snacks

Daily Engaging Afternoons
Time: Tuesday – Friday 3:30p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 2:30p.m.
Children just love to play games! Provide a little music and a competitive element, and … bingo! Everyone is enjoying a sports activity together. These facilitated, interactive, team-centered activities are just the thing to kindle your child’s team spirit.

Tuesdays – Soccer Shots
Wednesdays – Football Friends
Thursdays – T-ball for Tykes
Fridays – Beginning Ballet
Saturdays – Basketball Bonanza
Sundays – Cheer City Kids

Monday, May 13: Baby Steps through Pretend City!
Time: 2:00-3:30p.m.
Specifically for: Infant (0-18 months) and their grown-ups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please.
It’s never too early to explore play and artistic expression with your baby, and Pretend City shows you how. This Baby Steps event includes activities that help your little ones in their development and provide lots of bonding time. Be sure to visit the Art Studio, Beach, and Grocery Store for age- appropriate, facilitated activities exclusively for infants and young toddlers only. Don’t forget to pick up a free Ages & Stages Questionnaire to check how your little one is developing! They’re FREE, fast, and easy!
RSVP: max 60
Fee: $10 per adult, FREE for infants and Pretend City Members

Monday, May 27 – Pretend City Open Full Day in honor of Memorial Day

About 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. For more information, please visit Pretend City.org

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PRETEND CITY: Exclusive pre-screening of the new PBS show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Pretend City has an opportunity to do an exclusive pre-screening of the new PBS show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, that is airing next Monday.

They are doing 2 screenings at the museum this Saturday at 10:30am & 1:30pm. The episode will air in the community room. This is a very highly anticipated release!

About Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood:
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD
DEBUTS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, ON PBS KIDS

New Animated Series Produced by The Fred Rogers Company

A new generation of preschool “neighbors” will get to experience the Neighborhood of Make-Believe when Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood premieres this fall on PBS KIDS. The first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood from The Fred Rogers Company stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid’s-eye view of his life. As they closely follow and share Daniel’s everyday adventures, preschoolers ages 2-4 and their families learn fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood premieres Monday, September 3, on PBS KIDS with a special one-hour block of two back-to-back episodes. The series will air daily following its Labor Day premiere (check local listings).

The education department at Pretend City will also have some related programming that day to facilitate discussion about the show between parents and their children.

About 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. For more information, please visit www.pretendcity.org.

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Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus Presents DRAGONS

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


Are you ready for the circus! We are. My kids are literally counting down the days. Kaia has picked out her outfit and her brothers and has them sitting out and ready to go. They are beyond excited. I can’t wait to see them there last year they spent the entire time yelling “Did you see that?!” They could hardly contain there excitement and amazement of what they they were seeing. This year with the addition of Dragons I know it will be even more exciting for them. Whether you have kids or not the Circus has something for everyone. I am sure you will have a few moments when you are ready to yell out “Did you see that?!” as well!

All-New Circus Production
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS
Tickets On Sale For Greater Los Angeles Shows Starting Sunday, June 10

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents DRAGONS it is a once-in-a-millennium event that honors The Year of the Dragon! Circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth have assembled for Ringling Bros. Presents DRAGONS to showcase their astounding acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism. Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson presides over this fantastical celebratory tournament of circus champions that brings together mystic dragon lore with authentic circus feats. DRAGONS is a never-before-seen circus adventure of renowned legends and real-life spectacle that is coming to the Southland for three weeks of action-packed summer shows from July 11 – August 5 at the STAPLES Center, Los Angeles; Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario and Honda Center, Anaheim. Tickets will go on sale, Sunday, June 10 – available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the arena box office.

The anticipation builds throughout Ringling Bros. Presents DRAGONS as Children Of All Ages® bear witness to one phenomenal Ringling Bros. circus act after another, from Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors, charging Cossack riders, magnificent Asian elephants, fierce tigers to the frenzied motorcycle Globe of Steel. As the audience observes these and even more real-world displays that pay tribute to the dragon, their continued excitement will bring glimpses of the elusive beast. But, the big question remains; will the audience have the Strength, Courage, Wisdom and Heart to lure a true dragon from its golden lair?

Be sure to arrive early to join us for several exciting interactive elements before the show starts! Open 90 minutes prior to each performance, ticket holders are invited to tour the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animals – this experience is available for the first time ever at the Citizens Business Bank Arena and returning once again to the Honda Center.

One hour before every show guests can visit the interactive All Access Pre-Show, FREE admission with your ticket! Families can join Pre-Show Host Andre McClain on the arena floor and participate in hands-on experiences such as learning juggling and balancing skills, get performer autographs, see one of Ringling Bros. majestic Asian elephant’s paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and meet the Ringling Bros. Clowns, whose side-splitting spoofs, absurd antics and comical parody are guaranteed to keep audiences roaring with laughter! The All Access Pre-Show is available before all Southland shows at STAPLES Center, Citizens Business Bank Arena and Honda Center.

Showtimes:

Friday, July 27 – Sunday, August 5
Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806)
Friday, July 27 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 28 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 29 1:30 PM and 5:30 PM
Wednesday, August 1 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 2 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM
Friday, August 3 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 4 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 5 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Tickets:
$20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)
Opening Night tickets are $12 (not valid for VIP or premium tickets)

All seats are reserved; tickets available thru Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue box office.

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