Pretend City Chanukah Celebration

We went to Pretend City Children’s Museum for their Chanukah celebration and it was fantastic! We got the chanceto sign up for the Olive Press class. So the kids got to learn about Chanukah and they got to make Olive Oil and see it used to light a Menorah.
The Rabbi who led the demonstration was phenomenal he made the stories and the demonstration so lively and interesting both kids loved every moment of it.
Kaia got to help make the Olive Oil in her little test tube.

The table with the olive press. the kids actually chose the best olives to put into the press and then they saw the olive juice come out. As well as seeing the exact process as to how olives turn into olive oil.
There was also a great Chanukah craft in the Cineplex. My only complaint was that the Olive Press class was set at the same time as the Chanukah craft in the Cineplex so we only got to do a little bit of the craft before going into the Olive Press Class. It would have been nice if they were at separate times so we would have been able to do both.
The art studio had two great art projects Kaia chose to paint a HUGE Menorah
While Mikey partook in a Foam Dreidel craft
And of course we did all the fun other Pretend City activities like visiting the Dentist Office (the kids favorite)
And petting the baby Chicks.

More Activities at Pretend City in December:

Christmas Celebration – Friday, December 23rd (All Day)
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…over to Pretend City for this Christmas celebration! This Christmas festival will have you and your child wanting to keep those musical notes and dancing feet jingling throughout the city! Don’t miss out!

* Music & Movement: 11:00a.m. Christmas Concert presented by Young Music Company
* Symbols in a Second: Meet & Greet with Santa – There’s only a few days left before Christmas! Make sure to come and let Santa know what your Christmas wish is while he shares a bit of history with you about his origin.
* Cooking Up Cultures: Crunchy Christmas Tree – This Christmas tree isn’t just for looks, but for eating too! As we learn how the Christmas tree came to be, you will enjoy working on those hand and finger skills to create an edible tree.
* Let’s Move: Rudolph’s Race – When Santa called upon Rudolph they were in a race to save Christmas. Get moving in your Rudolph gear to beat the Christmas clock!

Kwanza Begins – Monday, December 26th (10am-3pm)
Kwanzaa is a Pan-African holiday that was created to reconnect African-Americans to their African roots. The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, meaning the first fruits of the harvest. In honor of this holiday, guests will learn about the Nguzu Saba (“seven principles of blackness”) through creative hands-on art projects, videos, and interactive story times featuring African cloths, drumming, and traditional dolls.

Ring in the Noon Year! New Year’s Eve Celebration- Dec 31st (10am-12 noon)
Spend this New Year’s Eve ringing in the New Year Pretend City style! Today will be the day for family and friends to gather at Pretend City to celebrate the New Year. Festivities of the day will include:

* Let’s Move: Rockin’Dance Party – Ever hour as we countdown to the “Noon Year” we will have a dance party! Featuring the latest and greatest in party songs you will enjoy moving and grooving in the Orange Plaza.
* Colorful Cultures: What New Years is complete without the traditional party wear! Join us in the art studio to find color decorations to signify your New Year’s Resolution.
* Sensational Story Time: The Night Before New Years – It’s the night before New Year’s and all through the house…? Come find out during this story time followed by a fun streamer making activity!
* 12:00p.m. Ring in the Noon Year! Join us in Orange Plaza as we ring in the New Year at Noon! This party comes complete with a countdown, ball drop, and dancing!

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.

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