Mission: Mission Statement Pretend City is a community which builds better brains through fun, whole body learning experiences and empowers children and their grown-ups to meaningfully connect with and expand their world.
Target demographics: children build "better brains" through fun, whole body learning experiences.
Geographic areas served: Orange County
Programs: During our startup phase, Pretend City operates Community Heroes, a very successful mobile outreach program. Community Heroes is an interactive "city" where students role-play a profession with life-like costumes and real-life tools of the trade. Inside the mobile "museum on wheels" children encounter a real-life scenario that leads them to discover ways in which each profession works together to solve community problems. The Community Heroes curriculum meets the K-4th grade California State Standards for social studies. A comprehensive pre- and post-curriculum package extends into the classroom. Students learn to problem solve and to work in teams, to build career aspirations, to understand the importance of interdependency in a community and about the essential components of a community. Teachers report that following the Community Heroes experience their students "realize that it takes many professions to build and maintain our community" and "now know how important it is to work together to solve problems." Pretend City is able to bring the Community Heroes program to Title One schools through the generosity of foundations, corporations and individual donors. This program provides a "field trip" experience to 5,000 children each year. For most of these students this is their only field trip for the school year.
My daughter had a blast at this museum. She has asked me everyday to return. She went through all of the organized stations and learned so much while she was there. Seeing her excitment in the pretend doctor's office as she was performing a routine physical on a patient in her doctors' jacket was awesome! She loved all parts of this museum but this was her particular favorite besides the pink cadillac and all the pretend roads with stop signs and traffic lights. I feel lucky we have this museum in our city. I receive comments on our pictures from Pretend City all of the time from parents who wish they had a museum like this in their city.
My son Jack, age 3, loves Pretend City and learns a lot. The staff is FANTASTIC and remembers his name every time. My daughter Lila, age 7 months, loves the Toddler Areas and the Chicks. We all especially love the Art Studio. We are members and highly recommend Pretend City.