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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Sprout Organic Foods for Babies and Toddlers

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Did you know that Sprout Organic Foods makes the only organic toddler snacks on the market combining wholesome fruit and veggie combinations with crispy brown rice?

I was actually a bit shocked when I found this out. What a great and healthy combination. Liam loves these! Not only does Liam love them but so do my older two kiddos. We actually took a day trip to the zoo and I threw a few packs of the Red Berry and Beet Crispy chews in my bag. They were the first snack to be consumed…by my husband! Liam had his fair share and so did the kids. I love the individual pouches which made it easy for me to throw these in my bag and pass them out amongst my family.

Sprout Organic Foods knows that healthy living is important to you and your family. That’s why the mission at Sprout is to create organic products for babies and toddlers that taste great – because a love of healthy foods can last a lifetime!
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Just Right for Toddlers. Perfect for little fingers learning to pick up and self feed. The soft crispy chewy texture is enjoyable to eat. And five single packet portions make on-the-go snacking easy.
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Naturally sweet and wholesome, Sprout recipes are made with certified organic ingredients and contain no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors or other additives. Sprout is also pleased to be able to offer a selection of recipes suitable for those with allergies and food sensitivities.

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Liam loves these chews because they are an easy size for him to pick up and eat. He does not have all his teeth yet in fact he only has two teeth. But he gums and chews these tasty treats vigorously. He really loves all of the different flavors both the fruit and veggie chews and the yogurt bites. I have noticed he seems to eat the banana pumpkin yogurt bites a bit more voraciously then the others. Although it really is a toss up there is not one of these snacks he has not eagerly consumed.
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Pepto-Bismol Party Tips and Pepto Party Prize Pack

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Disclosure: I received a pepto party prize pack in exchange for this post.

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Has your summer BBQ resulted in potato salad overload? Did you consume a couple of hot dogs that you’d prefer not to count?  If summer celebrations leave you feeling less party-animal and more party-pooper, Pepto’s got you covered*!

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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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L O S A N G E L E S
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 OPENS TWO NEW EXHIBITS FOR ITS SUPER SUMMER KICK-OFF AND PRetend City Discount!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Disclosure: I received tickets to this event in exchange for my posting.
PRETEND CITY OPENS TWO NEW EXHIBITS FOR ITS SUPER SUMMER KICK-OFF
The New Exhibits Promote Healthy, Active Lifestyles for Children In The New Pretend Café Featuring Wahoo’s And The Our Home Exhibit Featuring The Family Of Pierre-Andre Senizergues, Owner of Actions Sports Company, etnies!
Pretend City Children’s Museum has teamed up with two Orange County-based action-packed companies, Wahoo’s and etnies to promote the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle.  Wahoo’s makes a splash this summer with the debut of the new Pretend Café exhibit, a first for the taco business that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.  The Our Home exhibit gives guests a peek inside the Senizergues family’s home and tells the story of how Pierre-Andre Senizergues, owner of etnies uses his action sports background to influence active living with his family.
The Pretend Café featuring Wahoo’s highlights eating healthy with fresh meats and vegetables on its menu as a way to help introduce children to interesting ways to eat healthy foods and build lifelong habits to promote good health.  The Pretend Café carries the same playful vibe of their restaurants and features pretend food with Wahoo’s branded items that help add to the “realness” of a child’s play experience.
The family of world-champion professional skateboarder and owner of etnies, Pierre André Senizergues, will be showcased in the Our Home Exhibit as the featured family.  Action sports, like skateboarding, have inspired the family to live an active lifestyle by participating in sports and other fun activities that get the body moving and staying healthy. Likewise, the family complements their active lifestyle with conscious efforts to be strategic about their children’s nutrition.  Their ultimate goal is to inspire families to bring active and healthy together in everyday life and to reap the future benefits this offers.  Guests will hear first hand how they do this when visiting the exhibit as well as play in a fun, skate-inspired house.
Super Summer at Pretend City kicks off on July 2 at 10:00 a.m.
with the exhibits debutspecial ribbon-cutting by the owners of Wahoos, Wing Lam and Ed Lee, as well as Pierre-Andre Senizergues and his family.
The event is packed full of super summer fun to include free Wahoo’s tacos, skateboard building workshop, a skate deck art wall, the youth rock band, One Car Garage and a child-friendly introduction to skateboarding by etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest staff.
The skateboard-building workshop gives children a hands-on opportunity to watch the etnies team show them how to build skateboards. Children will have the creative opportunity to participate in an art project by contributing to the creation of a giant skate deck-shaped wall masterpiece made of 100 shoeboxes.
Wahoo’s will also give children a chance to design their own stickers for one of the walls of the Wahoo’s Pretend Café and strike a surfer pose in front of the pretend Laguna Lifeguard Tower.  Event giveaways include Wahoo’s temporary tattoos for children, etnies sunglasses, sticker pack and more.
The new Pretend Café Exhibit featuring Wahoo’s and the Our Home Exhibit featuring the family of Pierre-Andre Senizergues runs now until October 2013.  With each purchase of a Pretend City ticket throughout the exhibit run, guests will receive a special promotion for a free Wahoo’s taco and a special Pretend City-only discount for shoes purchased on etnies’ online store.
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.
About Wahoo’s
Founded by brothers Wing Lam, Ed Lee and Mingo Lee, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, a community mainstay and worldwide pop culture phenomenon, has been serving up its eclectic Mexican-Brazilian-Asian menu since 1988. Celebrated for its fresh food, pro-athlete support and charity involvement, Wahoo’s is recognized across multiple states for its sticker-covered walls. During the past two decades, the restaurant chain has grown to include more than 56 locations throughout California, Colorado, Texas and Hawaii. To learn more about Wahoo’s Fish Taco, please visit http://www.Wahoos.com.
About etnies
Established in 1986, etnies is the first skateboarder-owned and operated global action sports footwear and apparel company. etnies not only pushed the envelope by creating the first pro model skate shoe, but it pioneered technological advances  and changed the face of skateboard footwear forever. Today, etnies’ vision, led by owner and skateboarder Pierre-André Senizergues, is to remain the leading action sports company committed to creating innovative products that provide the most style, comfort and protection possible.  etnies stays true to its roots by sponsoring world class skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, moto x and BMX teams and continues its dedication by giving back to each of these communities.  For additional information, visit etnies.com.
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