Get Creeped Out @ Pretend City (PLUS a Giveaway)!

I am getting chills just thinking about this. In October, creepy crawlers and other cool creatures will invade Pretend City Children’s Museum. What better way to celebrate the spooky month of October than to have your children explore and look for the creatures at the craggy cave, grassy meadow, and frightful farm shed at Pretend City. A special activity for each day of the week throughout the month include: daily bug-themed activities, meeting special “guests”, and creating creatures in the Art Studio. Which one will you want to see?

Photo Credits: Pretend City Children’s Museum

Mondays: Art Studio Sessions
Baby Bugs
“Squishy, Slimy, Creepy Crawly art projects are in store for little ones every Monday! These activities are geared to help children improve fine motor skills through the manipulation of art materials, like paint brushes and pencils.”
Tuesdays: Engaging Afternoons
Build-My-Skills Bugs(Time: 3:30p.m.)
“Watch children’s skills grow as they progress through bug-themed activities. Each week’s activity will gradually increase in difficulty. These activities will utilize social interaction to support a little learner’s development and provide the support structures necessary to get to the next challenging level or stage. Children will stay engaged as they find continuously challenging bug battles to win!”
Wednesdays: Lil’ Me Mornings
Read It! Sing It!(Time: 11:00a.m.)
“Read it, Sing it Lil’ Me Mornings is the coolest thing to happen to bugs! Stories and songs are second to none in their ability to inspire and energize children while enhancing the learning process. Every Wednesday children will have the opportunity to delight in a reading of a bug poem. The poems will transform into songs as they are sung to familiar children’s tunes. With lots of rhyme, rhythm and repetition they will build phonemic awareness as they follow along.”
Thursdays: Engaging Afternoons
Sensational Science(Time: 3:30p.m.)
“Get an up close and personal look at incredible insects during these sensational science afternoon activities! Children will be introduced to and explore specimens that they may have never known of – from a tiger beetle to a lantern fly. As your children participate in a variety of activities, such as matching and sorting, they will build their vocabulary while learning about life cycles, bug body parts, and more!”
Fridays: Art Studio Sessions
Frightful Flyers
“On a special night with the moon shining bright, what will come lurking out of the shadows and sights? All of these frightful flyers are signs of the Halloween holiday. Children will enjoy using these characters and symbols as inspiration for their art.”
Saturdays: Lil’ Me Mornings
Insect Investigation(Time: 10:30a.m.)
“As children explore and examine fascinating insect specimens, they’ll feel just like real scientists making incredible discoveries! Every Saturday they can use the magnifier to investigate amazing specimens—from a silkworm cocoon and a stag beetle to a super-realistic dragonfly fossil. Corresponding activities will follow to help a child remember the exciting facts that they just learned.”
Sundays: Art Studio Sessions
Halloween Haunts
“Bring on the Halloween fun with these ghoulishly great art activities for children of all ages! These take home activities are sure to help you create eerie exteriors and rooms with a boo!”

Photo Credits: Pretend City Children’s Museum

Family Autism HALLOWEEN Night @ Pretend City

If you were the first lucky 80 families to get your hands on tickets to this event (sold out in the first 5 days of October), you will love this night of sensory-friendly Trick-or-Treating. This event is specifically for families with children with autism and the museum will be closed to the general public. They dim the lights and turn of the music to make it that much more enjoyable. Thanks to the generous donations of OC Register and The Festival of Children’s Season of Caring, Possible Dream Grant, it was FREE this month.

Photo Credits: Pretend City Childrens Museum

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 on Monday, October 29th (5:30-7:30pm).

Pretend City Children’s Museum

29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618


Additional October highlights include:

Sun, Oct. 21: Pumpkin Carving Workshop
Time: 1:30-3:30p.m. Fee: $15 per child
Families will have the opportunity to learn to carve pumpkins like a pro! Visit Pretend City to learn specialized tips and tricks from the pumpkin carving master, Jim Morey of VIP Carvings. Our Pumpkin Carving Workshop includes all of the supplies needed along with a pumpkin to take home!
    Wed, Oct. 31: Halloween Bug Bash
    Little ghouls and boys will have a howling good time at our Halloween Bug Bash! There’s something for every little trick-or-treater – two-legs and all! Come dressed to thrill in our creepy, creaky, critter city:
    • Monster Moves, ,Spooky Snacks, Bug Bites, Sensational Story time: Halloween Bugs. There’s the silly, the spooky, the scary, and everything in between during these story times. No tricks here —only treats!
    • FREE Dental Screenings- 10a.m.-12p.m. (first come, first served)

    “Creep and crawl your way through the city as you Trick-or-Treat at each of our exhibit spaces every 2 hours. This party is bound to start off with a scream!” – Pretend City

    * * G I V E A W A Y ! ! **
    2 lucky Let’s Play OC! readers will win 2 tickets to explore Pretend City!
    As you may already know the Family Autism Halloween Night is sold out but one lucky Let’s Play OC! reader will win a Family 5 Pack to the sold out event.
    Please enter below and three lucky winners will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter. 9 different ways to earn extra entries. Be sure to enter the correct ones. Feel free to enter both! Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be randomly chosen the same way.

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    US Residents Only. No purchase necessary to enter. All fans have an equal chance to win, however, you must enter to win. A winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email. No cash value. Winner will have 72 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected the same way. Several different ways to earn entries (some can be done daily). Not liable for unclaimed prizes or fulfillment. Good luck!

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