October marks the changing of seasons and Pretend City is celebrating with Fall Festival. Journey through the city and take in all the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes that Fall has to offer. Keep an eye out for tricks and treats and listen carefully for spooky sounds around every corner as Halloween will be celebrated all month with fun activities, book readings and special events.
Other activities at Pretend City in October:

Family Fun Fridays & Families Night Out – EVERY FRIDAY (5-8pm)
These evening hours are designed for the whole family to have fun, play and learn together! At Pretend City, we support healthy, happy families. Join other families in our community to support your child’s optimal health and promote family learning through play!

Read for the Record Day – Thursday, October 6 (All day)
Join us as we partner with Jumpstart for our 3rd annual Read for the Record event! This year’s book, Llama Llama Red Pajama, visits a topic that all grown-ups can relate to: nighttime blues. When baby llama goes to bed and mama leaves him alone, he wants her to come back. When he calls for her and she doesn’t come, he wonders where she has gone; a feeling that many children have at the end of the night. The activities hosted at the museum this day will help grown-ups and children alike work through their fears in a fun way! So don your red pajamas and help us raise our numbers as we Read for the Record

Baby Steps through Pretend City – Monday, October 24 (2-3:30pm)
Meet babies from all over the community, while enjoying Pretend City and all it has to offer your infant! Take advantage of this exclusive, infant only event by engaging in age-appropriate facilitated activities, which will teach you about your baby’s developmental milestones.
Specifically for: Infants (0-16 months) No older siblings please.
RSVP:; max 150
Fee: $11 per adult, infants are FREE! *
*Pretend City members receive free admission

Halloween A Day Early! – Sunday, October 30 (10am-3pm)
Pretend City offers the perfect weekend venue for families to come out and celebrate Halloween a Day Early! Dress up in your favorite Halloween costumes and explore the city for all sorts of frightfully fun surprises. As an extra bonus, special guest, Super Why! will be on site to play with the children. Brought to you by PBS SoCal.

Family Autism Event: Safe Trick-or-Treating – Monday, October 31 (5:30-7:30pm)
This special evening is an opportunity for children and their parents/siblings/caretakers to share in some safe “Trick-or-Treating” fun in an autism-friendly environment along with other families. Many of our community partners who specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum or with Pervasive Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with their welcoming smiles and practical support. Only those families who have a reservation and a confirmation number will be admitted.
RSVP: Please call 949.428.3900 extension 233 or visit max 80 families (1 ticket per family of up to 5 people)
Fee: This event is FREE thanks to the OC Register and The Festival of Children’s Season of Caring, Possible Dream Grant

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 15 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 online.

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