Summer Fun at Pretend City

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If you haven’t yet taken your children to Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine I have to say it is something you MUST DO this summer! Lots of summer fun is in store for OC kids of all ages at Pretend City.

Recently I took my girls to check out their two new exhibits, the Dentist Office and Library!

First stop was the Dentist Office which is conveniently located next to the Doctor’s Office. Complete with an examining chair, xray bib, super large toothbrush and set of huge chompers to practice “brushing” it was so fun to let the girls play dentist and make the word ‘dentist’ synonymous with FUN!

Next stop was the newly opened Library, which held lots of more pretend fun in store with a “computer” and scanner so one could play librarian and check out the books!  I also loved that right there in the exhibit, you can actually sign up for your own Orange County Public Library card if you don’t already have one! So cool. I am a huge fan of the OC public libraries and everything they offer for kids.  If you don’t have a card, time to get one!  It’s free! And easy to do while you visit the Library at Pretend City!

Also!  There are two amazing classes offered this summer at Pretend City and registration is still open so I wanted to share the info.  I have personally taken two of Dr. Ann’s classes. AMAZING. She will give you a whole new perspective on parenting. I can’t believe the valuable information offered – for FREE!  I wrote about her class here and here. Love Dr. Ann!

Toddler Talk with Dr. Ann Corwin, The Parenting Doctor

Class Series: Tuesdays, July 12, 19, 26 (series; must attend all classes).  First class is tomorrow! Register today by clicking HERE.

It’s time for you as parents to let out your frustrations! During this parent-toddler interactive class, feel free to share your concerns and challenges with everything ranging from:

· Is what my child doing normal?
· Why does my child throw tantrums?
· I’ve tried everything and nothing works, why not?
· Why does it seem like my child is the only one who…?
· Why doesn’t my child listen?

No one person is the expert to all questions regarding your child, but we can learn a great deal from each other. We’ve all been there, now it’s time to share.

Who is it for? Grown-ups and their toddler; grown-up participation required. Is there a fee? Museum admission not required nor included.

Anything else I should know? Dr. Ann Corwin, The Parenting Doctor; presented by Pretend City’s Child Development Initiative, Good To Go From Head To Toe!

The Mad Science Under the Sea and Summer Sun Classes

Fridays during the month of July.

Class Dates: Fridays, July 15 – 29.

Take a break on Friday afternoons to learn to see the ocean and sun in a whole new way during these engaging science classes presented by Mad Science. These Under the Sea and Summer Sun classes will help children explore the beach side from the various sea animals to ocean waves and the sun.

· Friday, July 15 Life In the Sea Class
What is life like under the ocean’s surface? What kind of animals and plants are found in the sea? Examine and investigate sea creatures. Learn about buoyancy and adaptation. Make your own Cartesian diver and find out what humans must do in order to explore the deep, dark depths of our planet’s oceans.

· Friday, July 22 Wacky Waves
Create your own ocean wave bottles while learning about water, waves and the environment. Simulate the effects of an ocean oil spill and develop creative techniques to clean it up!

· Friday, July 29 Solar Science
Learn how to harness the power of the sun and avoid getting burned. Make your own UV detector to check whether it’s time to cover up!

Who is it for? Children ages 5-8 years (Grown-up participation is required) Is there a fee? $15 per child per class; $13 per child per class if you register for all three.

Why should I participate in this? All classes support California State Science Content Standards. Activities done within this class build upon essential skills and knowledge children need to be scientifically literate citizens.

Anything else I should know? Registration for each class required by Tuesday, July 12, Tuesday, July 19, and Tuesday, July 26 to secure your space.  Click HERE to register and get more information.

{Disclosure: Pretend City is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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Free Parenting Class at Pretend City

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I met Dr. Ann Corwin {a.k.a The Parenting Doctor} when I took her free class at Pretend City last Fall. I wrote about her here. What an AWESOME class it was!   So when I heard she was having another one, not only did I sign up immediately, but I wanted to do a post on it so you have the opportunity to attend too!

I love Dr. Ann because everything (in my opinion) that she says about parenting and children’s behaviors MAKES SENSE.  I had several “oh, I GET it!” moments when I was taking her class.

After that series, I felt armed with new techniques and a new understanding of my child and what they were going through.   I actually called her a few months back when I was having a behavioral issue with my oldest and she helped talk me through it.   What helped the most is that she explained WHY my daughter was doing what she was doing from a developmental standpoint.  Again, I hung up, and said, “oh, now I get it!”

By utilizing the techniques and advice Dr. Ann gave me, along with a big dose of understanding and empathy on my part, she made a miraculous turnaround.   So again, I LOVE DR. ANN!

She is holding another FREE workshop compliments of the Good to Go from Head to Toe initiative at Pretend City on February 23rd called Brain Driven Behavior, and you better believe I will be at this one too!   I will take all the information and tips Dr. Ann will give me!

Only 11 spots are still open, so if you want to go, click HERE and reserve your ticket today.

Here is the info:

Brain Driven Behavior:
Make Sense Out of Your Child’s Behaviors {I say, yes please!}

Dr. Ann Corwin, The Parenting Doctor
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

6:00 – 7:30

For adults of children ages birth to 5 years (childcare sold out)

What you will learn:

– Your child’s brain: why it rules their emotions, behaviors and reactions.
– Learn what is developmentally appropriate from your child at their different ages and stages.
– Feelings: what they are, where they come from and how to handle them.

Walk away with real life techniques and simple solutions to help with your parenting frustrations at home!

Light apps and drinks will be served.

CLICK HERE and go to the calendar and click on the event to make your reservation!
CLICK HERE to download a full size flyer!

{Discloser: Pretend City is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

There are still appointments available for Saturday’s fundraiser!
Click here for more details and join us!

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Peace Flow Yoga for OC Moms

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Just reading the word yoga makes me want to take a deep inhale and exhale.  Shall we take a few deep breaths together mamas?   Ahhhhh…

Feeling more centered now?  Then let me share with you new local yoga classes for OC moms in South Orange County taught by Kelly of Peace Flow Yoga.

In the past 7 years, Kelly has lived abroad and taught yoga in Malaysia, Bali, Thailand and most recently Kauai. A trained yoga instructor and also Certified Prenatal Yoga instructor, Kelly has a class for every mom at every level.

Here is a snapshot of the types of classes she offers:

Prenatal Yoga

Nurture yourself and the life you carry inside you.  Connect with other pregnant women who share this journey with you.  Strengthen the body for childbirth and release anxiety and fears.  For all stages of pregnancy.  No previous yoga experience necessary.

Tuesday 5:30 – 6:45 pm  – Beyond Yoga/Fitness Elite, Laguna Niguel (must pre-register/childcare available)

Friday 10:15 – 11:30 am  – Beyond Yoga/Fitness Elite, Laguna Niguel (must pre-register/childcare available)

Sunday 10:30 am – 11:45 am – (Level 1/Prenatal Appropriate) Yoga Bungalow, San Juan Capistrano

Affordable Private & Semi-Private Yoga

At a park, on the beach, a yoga studio, or the comfort & convenience of your own home.  Specializing in yoga for women at every stage in life (prenatal, postnatal & beyond).  Semi-private sessions are great for new moms or a group of friends. Contact Kelly to schedule a session.  Click here for pricing.

Vinyasa Flow/Power Yoga (Regular Yoga – Not Prenatal)

Tuesday 10:45-11:45 am (Power 1) Beyond Yoga/Fitness Elite, Laguna Niguel

Wednesday 9:00 – 10:15 am (Intermediate/Vinyasa Flow) Yoga Bungalow, San Juan Capistrano

808.634.2836 *


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Learn to be Fancy!

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This one goes out to all the little Fancy Nancy’s in OC!  I got word of this class and thought it sounded so cute. Here is the info on an upcoming etiquette and manners class in Old Towne Orange…

“Fancy” Manners Class
January 29, 2011
11:00 AM & 1:00 PM


Learn to be Fancy!
Lessons of Etiquette and Manners

A one hour where girls learn to be “Fancy” according to ” Nancy!”  In this manners class, girls ages 4-7 will learn how to politely greet people, use appropriate table manners, how to write thank you cards as well as general lessons of etiquette. Each girl will receive a tiara, snacks and juice while discussing table manners, a Certificate of Completion, and lessons that last a lifetime!

So come dressed in your best, and get ready to learn what it means to sparkle from the inside out!

Space is limited, so please pre-register.

This class is taught by Rachele Sweetser, owner of Monkey Baby Clothes. As a  mother of 4, Rachele has been teaching Manners classes for girls for 2 years. She has a background as Girl Scout Troop leader, Hospitality Coordinator for MOPS, a volunteer for “Queen for a Day” and many other positions serving her community.

The class will be held at the Dragonfly Shops & Gardens in Old Towne Orange.  To register, call the store at 714-289-4689.

If you miss this Saturday’s event, there will be two more classes on February 19th, 2011. Rachele is also holding a special Valentine’s event on  Saturday, February 5th for kids ages 4 – 8.  Crafts, treats & more.  Click HERE to see the calendar of events for February.

Please note! Each person registered that mentions Tiny Oranges will be entered to win FREE registration for the Valentine’s Workshop on Feb. 5th.  And, for a Brownie Scout, completion of this class qualifies them for a “Manners Try It” with their Troop!

{Disclosure: My own little Fancy Emma will likely be attending one of the
upcoming manners classes compliments of  Ms. Sweetser! Thank you darling!}

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