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Halloween Bug Bash at Pretend City

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With this Pretend City coupon above you can receive $1 off general admission to Pretend City on Halloween day to the Halloween Bug Bash, Thursday, 10/31/13 from 10am – 5pm. This is a Halloween Party at Pretend City your little ones won’t want to miss!

Kids of all ages will have a boo-tiful time at the Bug Bash on Halloween, where there is something for every little trick-or-treater.

Come dressed to thrill in their creepy, creaky, critter city as you trick-or-treat at each of the exhibit spaces every two hours.

The Bug Bash event includes:

Monster Moves with Disco Dracula: Jammin’ tunes for dancing and grooving
Spooky Snacks: Make sure your Halloween is a healthy one with these adorable, healthy Halloween snacks
Bug Bites at Kiosk Cafe: Crickets, bugs, worms is what’s on the menu at Bug Bite Cafe.
Halloween Bugs Story Time: Silly, spooky, scary bugs are featured in this story.
FREE dental screenings: 10am – 12pm (first come, first served.)

Sounds like such a fun event to take your little ones to! If I had a baby or toddler, this would be a great way to spend day day on Halloween because sometimes it can be hard to find OC Halloween events for toddlers.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your cuties. Enjoy!

Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
949-428-3900

Join the Kidsguide Culture Club!

Kidsguide magazine has started a very fun program to inspire families to get out there and experience cultural activities for kids in Orange County.

Did you know that most every top cultural venue in Southern California offers different festivals, ticket deals, and special programs for kids?

Kidsguide found so many family-friendly cultural activities for kids in Orange County they started the Kidsguide Culture Club just in time for summer exploration.

How to sign up for the Kidsguide Culture Club

Send your name, age, email and mailing address to editor@kidsguidemagazine.com and you will receive a member magnet and special notifications on cultural deals throughout the summer.

Get cultured & be entered to win a prize!

Take your kids to at least three cultural activities by the end of summer 2013. You can pick from the list of activities in this editorial or visit these sections of the Kidsguide directory: Arts & CraftsMuseumsMusicTheater Arts.

Email Kidsguide where you have been  (include a photo for fun) and you will be entered to win prizes like a party at Kitchen Den Bar or Pretend City, tickets to cultural performances, Pretend City tickets and gift certificates to Dave & Buster’s.

You can also check out these special deals just for Culture Club members.

I think this is the cutest idea and a great way to not only expose your children to cultural experiences in Orange County, but also have an incentive to do so.  Thanks Kidsguide for sharing this program!

 Kidsguide magazine is a free resource guide to local activities and services in and around Southern California for kids, teens and families. In addition to print issues, kidsguidemagazine.com offers daily blog posts, a lively calendar of events and a comprehensive directory of local services for families. Sign up for their weekly e-letter, The Buzzz, and you’ll get a calendar of fun events sent to your inbox every Thursday.  www.kidsguidemagazine.com

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope you have a very special day celebrating with your beautiful families. Enjoy every minute – you deserve it. XO

Pretend City’s Egg-cellent Easter Extravaganza

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down to Pretend City Children’s Museum for an Egg-cellent Easter Extravaganza and an OC Easter event for the entire family!

This Easter party will be filled with sweet treats, beautiful bright Easter hats, and a few egg-xtravagant surprises. Word on the street is they have invited a special long-eared guest—could it be the Easter bunny himself? Come and find out!

Activities will be held between 10am – 3pm and include:

Lil Me Morning: Sensational Story Time – Play and learning will go hand in hand as children learn about the Easter holiday through a story, song, and activities.

“Good to Go” Activity: Egg-cellent Easter Games – Hop on over for some very bunny fun! These bunny-themed games will have children hopping, twisting, turning, twirling, and building their gross motor skills.

Engaging Afternoon: Symbols of the Season – These sweet Easter treats are sure to delight your little one’s taste buds as they learn about the symbols of Easter.

Pretend City Parade: Bunny Hop – We’ll close the day with a fun twist to our daily Pretend City Parade! Hop on over to join us in the Bunny Hop complete with new egg-cellent instruments.

Pretend City Easter Extravaganza 
Saturday, March 30th, 2013
10am – 3pm

Have a wonderful Easter everyone!  

[Pretend City is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

Health & Wellness Fair at Pretend City

Top of the morning to you all! Pretend City is hosting it’s 3rd annual Health & Wellness Fair this Saturday, March 17th, 2012 from 9am – 2pm (thus the St. Patty’s Day green!)

The event is FREE for the general public and is a part of a child development initiative called Good to Go From Head to Toe! Click here to view a full size flyer about the event.

The fair will take place outside of Pretend City Museum and will include food, live music, performance by Claddagh Irish Dance Company (FUN!), face painting, giveaways and more.

Plus, every child that participates in at least 3 free screenings will receive a free ticket to Pretend City with purchase of a regular adult admission.

Some of the free screenings include:

* Speech & language
* Developmental
* Fine, gross & oral motor skills
* Social / emotional
* Hearing
* Dental
* Orthodontics
* Health & nutrition
* Body Mass Index (BMI)
* Ages & stages developmental questionaires

I happened to be at Pretend City with my two year old one day a couple months back when they were holding a free speech & language screening.  Even though I didn’t have any concerns, it was still fascinating to watch her go through the process and I learned a lot about her speech development at her age.

If you don’t have any St. Patrick’s day plans, this is a super fun OC family event!

www.PretendCity.org * www.begood2go.org
29 Hubble, Irvine

[Disclosure: Pretend City is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

Dora & Diego Let’s Explore DSC Giveaway!

Da da Dora…da da Dora…da da Dora…da da Dora..get ready to explore with Dora and Diego at Discovery Science Center (DSC) in the new traveling exhibit Dora & Diego – Let’s Explore! Plus, enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to take your family in this DSC giveaway below!

The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for your preschooler as they learn and play along.

My girls have been Dora-obsessed for years.  No joke, I might have seen every single episode. And I have to admit, I don’t totally get her magical appeal.

What is it Dora? The catchy tunes? Your ample head and angular bob? That sneaky fox? I am not totally sure, but whatever it is, your pint-sized fans are going to go crazy for this fun exhibit which will be on display now through May 6, 2012.

Click HERE for pictures and descriptions of the many interactive exhibit areas and join DSC on 2/11 and 2/12 to meet Dora and take your photo with her and partake in a special Dance Along with Dora at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm (times subject to change.)

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive four general admission tickets to Discovery Science Center!

To enter, please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each entry option!

1. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges  - Under main nav bar up top. Enter email, then confirm subscription and head back here to tell me you are a subscriber! BTW, your emails are private and safe and you will get an email anytime there is a new post. If you find it annoying, unsubscribe anytime! – 1 ENTRY

2. Fans of Tiny Oranges and Discovery Science Center on Facebook get automatic entries so let us know if you “like” us and leave a separate comment for each! – up to 2 ENTRIES

3. Follow @TinyOrangesOC and @DiscoveryCube on Twitter – up to 2 ENTRIES (leave two separate comments if you follow both of us.)

4. Tweet up to once per day, “I just entered to win 4 tickets to take my family to @DiscoveryCube today on @TinyOrangesOC! http://wp.me/p1MmcT-2Hw

5. Simply comment and tell me what you think it is about Dora and Diego that makes kids love them so much! – 1 ENTRY

Contest runs through Friday, 2/17/12 at 5pm PST. Winner will be drawn at random and notified via email so make sure to leave your email address in the comment field (won’t be published.)

GOOD LUCK & Happy Weekend!

[Disclosure: Discovery Science Center is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and all images above provided by DSC. I also received complimentary tickets to take my family to see this exhibit a few weeks ago. Kiddos LOVED it!]