Monday, August 13, 2012

Pretend City August Events

Could it be? Pretend City is turning 3? There is no better time to introduce your children to a world on imagination than now.  They are having some fantastic events this month to encourage imaginary play! Come on down and celebrate!

Friday, August 24: 3rd Annual “When I Grow Up Day!”
Specifically for:  Children of all ages; Grown-ups
Programs available on a first come, first served basis. 

As a child becomes aware of their unlimited possibilities, they truly begin to believe they can take on any role! A firefighter, dentist, chef, doctor, dancer, athlete…have you asked your child what they want to be when they grow up? Join us for this special event and find out their dreams! 

As children become more aware of the world around them and all that is available to them, they are able to explore, create and discover in a way that prepares them for a successful future.   Join us for this very special “When I Grow Up Day” and celebrate our birthday with us as we welcome special guests from our community including police officers, firefighters, dancers, doctors, beekeepers, lifeguards, chefs and more!
Fee:  Included with museum admission

Tuesday, August 14: Occupational Therapy Screenings and Audiology Screenings 
(10:00am – Noon)

Occupational therapists will be on hand to screen for difficulties with handwriting, fine-motor, and sensory processing skills. These skills are essential to your child's ability to do activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and eating.  It’s important that you child is developing these skills appropriately as they impact social, emotional, and educational achievement.  
Audiology Screenings

Did you know that problems with hearing can lead to speech development delays? Join us for our free hearing screenings to make sure you little one is developing on track! Automatic hearing tests can see if the brain hears the quiet sounds presented by the small probe tip. Today’s screening will use (OAE) otoacoustic emission testing to make testing easy on your child. Each child will be asked to sit quietly and "listen to the birdie tones singing in your ear". Within seconds, the automatic screening can assess if your child’s auditory system is functioning properly. Don’t you just love technology?! 

Play Partner: Providence Speech and Hearing Center 
RSVP: First come, first served
Fee: FREE; museum admission neither required nor included

Monday, August 20: Baby Steps through Pretend City!  (2:00 – 3:30pm)

Specifically for: : Infants (birth -12 months), Young Toddlers (12-18 months), Grown-ups. For the comfort of our infant guests, no older siblings please.

Pretend City is an exciting adventure for all children, however, there are times when it may be tough for infants to get around and explore. This is why we have created this special time dedicated to all those infants who want to move around the city freely. This exclusive, infant only event offers great resources for parents, an environment that is better suited to your baby’s needs, age-appropriate facilitated activities and a clean, safe, tactile space for infants to explore. Ages & Stages Questionnaires* will be offered to all attendees to ensure your little one is developing on the right track!  They're FREE, fast and easy! * Available for Orange County residents only.
Play Partner: Help Me Grow, Orange County 
RSVP: Maximum 60 adults 
Fee: $10 per adult, infants and Pretend City Members are FREE!

Friday, August 31: Parent’s Night Out, Children’s Night In 
Treasure Hunt! (6:00pm – 9:00pm)

Specifically for: Preschoolers (4-5 years), School Ages (5-8 years)
*All children must be toilet trained.

Calling all cartographers (map makers)! Tonight is your night at Pretend City to have a little map making and reading fun! Enjoy a variety of map based activities that allow our cartographers to explore the city. Tonight’s fun twist will have children creating their very own treasure map of Pretend City. They will have the opportunity to hide their treasure and then make a map of where it is to give to a friend. The night will end with a mini showing of Muppet’s Treasure Island
RSVP:  Reservations required by Wednesday, August 29, 2012 (10:00am deadline) to secure your space. 
  • On-site registration will not be permitted. 
  • Event is subject to cancellation should the minimum amount of attendees not be met. 
  • Maximum: 35 children; Minimum: 20 children
  • Adult/Child Ratio: 1:5
Fee:  $35 per child, $30 per child for two or more children from the same family, $25 per child for members


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