Pretend City Valentine’s Day 2 for 1


During the month of February, the heart shape is all around us! One vital developmental milestone for children is to recognize shapes which strengthen classification and problem solving skills, but we are going to take the heart to a whole other level! This month we will be focusing on the body and it’s most important organ, the heart! How early should a child know about body parts? It’s never too early to learn! Even as small infants, children begin to show curiosity about parts of their bodies like staring at their hands and bringing their toes up to their mouths. Join us during this “heartastic” month as we delve into the secrets of the heart not only from the organic way but the symbolic way while we celebrate Valentine’s Day – the day of love!

Daily Valentine Themed Art Activities- All Month Long
This month in the art studio do something for the little one in your life by allowing them to creatively express themselves through artistic creation. Choose the day that will best suit your little ones developmental level:

* Tuesdays – Young Toddler (12 – 24 months), Toddler (2-3 years): Close to My Heart – These special art projects are designed as keepsakes that you will keep close to your heart forever.
* Wednesdays – Preschool (4-5 years): Paper Party – Today your preschooler will have a paper party while using recycled paper to create heartastic projects!
* Thursday – School Ages (6 years and up): Hearty Holidays – As your children enter school they become more aware of the calendar and all of the special days within the year. On Thursdays, let’s focus on all of those special holidays in February by creating works of art!
* Fridays- Kindergartners (5-6 years): Heart Art – Hearts not only keep your bodies moving, but in a symbolic form are an expression of love and poetically refer to one’s soul. Using these meanings and this symbol, your child will work to create their very own heart art.

Valentine’s Day Celebration- Tuesday, February 14th
Fun activities all day long, including:

* Sensational Story Time: The Kissing Hand – What better way to celebrate the day than with a story about the love of family!
* Poetry Play: Love Poem – Poetry is another language used to express love and it only needs a few words. By 2 years of age your child can express themselves in simple words. Use these words to create a love poem to remind you of these special times.
* Symbols in a Second: Hearts, Cupids, and Roses – oh my! During this holiday many symbols are seen in the community that represents Valentine’s Day and so much more. Today is your chance to learn more about these symbols and what they represent.
* Good to Go Game: Pin the Arrow on the Heart – Watch your child turn into cupid as they try to pin the arrow on the heart!

Other February Activities at Pretend City Children’s Museum:

Our Home Exhibit – Welcome the Meyers Family! – Tuesday, Feb 7th
Join us today as we welcome the Meyers family! Visit the newly decorated Home Exhibit to learn about their special customs and social practices. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about the Meyer’s family beliefs and celebrations around being a culturally blended family. Throughout the day, your child will have the chance to participate in special activities that highlight our featured family:

* Smart Art: Camping Art- The Meyer’s family loves to go camping and are active in the Boy Scouts of America. Create a fish print painting or add something special to our artistic depiction of a campsite.
* Let’s Move!: Simon Says… Dance! – Do you have a good memory? What about remembering a catchy tune or dance steps? We are going to play musical, “Simon Says”! Come learn some new moves while playing this fun interactive game!
* Sensational Story Times: Join us for readings of a few special books that share unique stories on adoption, special needs and scouting including: I Wished for You: an Adoption Story and Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale.

Way to Play Day: A Package of Learning! – Friday Feb 10th (10am-3pm)
Prepare your child for playgroups, preschool and even kindergarten! Learn to understand your children’s developmental progress and successfully prepare them for the world.

* Developmental Check-ups from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.: Assesses speech, motor, cognitive and social areas (first come, first served; limited spaces available)
* Story times, tips for learning at home and a chance to spin the wheel for a take home prize!

Baby Steps through Pretend City! – Monday, Feb 13th (2-3:30pm)
Share your love of Pretend City with even the littlest of learners. Pretend City has amazing learning opportunities for every age, even infants! Your infant’s heart will go out to you as you explore Pretend City in a way that was designed with them in mind. This exclusive, infant only hour engages your infant in age-appropriate facilitated activities, which will teach you about your baby’s developmental milestones. Don’t forget to pick up a free Ages & Stages Questionnaire!* to ensure your little one is developing on track! They’re FREE, fast and easy! * Available for Orange County residents only
RSVP: Required at http://pretendcity.org/education/classes/; max 150
Fee: $11 per adult, infants and Pretend City Members are FREE!

Connect With Your Child Through Play- Thursday, Feb 16th (9-10am)
Did you know that children learn best through their play? Discover the connections between learning and play during this hands-on seminar. Learn why play is important and how to play with your child while fostering attachment, development, language and social skills, all while having fun! In addition, receive an introduction to Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), which places an emphasis on improving the quality of your parent-child relationship and parent-child interaction patterns. Learn more about the PCIT here (link http://www.cgcoc.org/nbc_tv_video_clip.php) and keep an eye out for therapy sessions at Pretend City!
RSVP: http://pretendcity.org/education/upcoming; max 25; min 5 or subject to cancelation
Fee: $10 per adult (price includes children)

Family Autism Event- Monday, Feb 27th (5-7:30pm)
This special evening 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 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.
RSVP: Please call 949.428.3900 extension 233 or visit: http://pretendcity.org/education/classes/; max 80 families (1 ticket per family of up to 5 people); only those families who have a reservation and a confirmation number will be admitted.
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 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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