Celebrate IHOP’s 58th Birthday With 58 Cent Pancakes July 12!

IHOP, the pioneer of the breakfast all-day, every-day movement celebrates their 58th birthday this summer! Since its inception in 1958, IHOP and their world famous buttermilk pancakes have remained a beloved All-American institution and breakfast icon for nearly six decades. On Tuesday July 12, IHOP is offering a 58 cent short stack of buttermilk pancakes to celebrate their 58th birthday. Fun fact: The original cost of an IHOP short stack when the restaurant was founded in 1958 was 62 cents!

BLING Animated Movie in Theaters May

Now is your chance to head to the to your local theater and rock out with the whole family to a new superhero adventure, BLING! Featuring the voice talents of Taylor Kitsch, Carla Gugino and James Woods, BLING follows the tale of theme park mechanic Sam whose plan to marry the girl of his dreams is thwarted by a super villain. Suddenly, its up to him and his team of superhero robots to save the city. Can this accident-prone amusement park mechanic get back his ring, stop the villain, and win the girl before it’s too late? This family-friendly, feature-length animated adventure will be available in Select Theaters starting May 6th.

Check your local movie theater for listing times

Disney’s Jungle Book Released April 15, 2016


Genre: Live-Action/Action-Adventure TBD
Rating: PG
U.S. Release Date: April 15, 2016

Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Neel Sethi and Christopher Walken

Director: Jon Favreau

Producers: Jon Favreau, Brigham Taylor

Screenplay by: Justin Marks

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self- discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.

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My family and I were lucky enough to see this film in 3D. I was unsure as to how my 6 and 3 year old would do. My 6 year old usually has a hard time sitting though movies even at home. He sat through this entire film as did my 3 year old and all three of my children loved the movie. When I asked them about what they thought my 9 year old said she liked it better than its cartoon counter part. While I will admit that the cartoon musical version will always be my favorite this movie does show a different side to the story. It is definitely darker it shows a side to the Jungle that is rough and quite sad but brings the beat up with humor and the true friendship and caring between Mowgli and his animal family and friends. I really enjoyed this film and so did my husband. It is one of those kid films that adults can watch and enjoy as well. the voices were absolutely fantastic. I adore Idris Elba and in this it was no different his part in this film was absolutely fantastic in fact every character was so well cast that I couldn’t imagine a better person to play each role. I think this is really a movie for everyone that all will enjoy.

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THE JUNGLE BOOK is now playing in theatres everywhere in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D!

I was given tickets to go see this film for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Amazon Introduces Prime Day – More Deals Than Black Friday


Next week, Amazon turns 20 and on the eve of its birthday, the company introduces Prime Day, a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members. But Prime Day will include more than just deals.

Prime Music ‘Listen to Win’: On July 15, Prime members who listen to any song on Prime Music will automatically be entered to win up-to $25,000 in Amazon Gift Cards. Prizes range from $1,000 to the Grand Prize of $25,000 in Amazon Gift Cards. Official rules here.

Prime Music launched just over year ago, and has more than one million songs, over a thousand Prime Playlists and hundreds of Prime Stations available to US Prime members at no additional cost to their membership. After just one year, Prime Music has become one of the top streaming music services in the US, with several million Prime members listening to Prime Music each month. Prime Music is an ad-free listening experience; Prime members can even download their favorite music to their mobile devices for anytime, anywhere listening, regardless of connection. The Prime membership is $99 yr. which is $8.25 mo—less than other streaming services, with much more than music available to enjoy. www.primemusic.com



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

Time: 12:00p.m.

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

Time: 11:00A.M.

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.