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!
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