Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 (Get Directions) Phone: 949.428.3900 Hours: Tues. - Sun. 10a.m. - 5p.m. Monday 10a.m. - 1p.m. Ages: Infants to 8 years old

Amphitheater

Preserving the environmental integrity of Orange County beaches is one of the central messages that is conveyed at the Pretend City Beach. Children will be able to explore and test the concept of cause and effect by observing what happens when the beach gets polluted with trash. By looking through a transparent street children will be able to follow the path of the yucky litter and pollutants as they are washed down the drain and out on to Pretend City Beach. When the Beach is polluted, it will be closed. As budding environmentalists, children will be motivated to pick up the trash and dispose of it properly in the trash bin. When the trash is disposed of properly, the Pretend City Beach will be reopened for fun beach activities! In this way, children will experience the outcomes of their actions and make the learning connection that their actions can have a dramatic impact on the environment.

When I learn and sing songs, my brain makes learning connection to:

  • Principles of music and rhythm
  • Use new vocabulary words
  • Improve and practice memory skills and sequencin
  • Be conscious of everyone”s personal space
  • Various concepts emphasized in songs
  • Understand and practice "Auditory Discrimination," or recognize differences in sounds
  • Awareness of and Identification with my culture and the cultures of others
  • Discover connection between music and emotion
  • Practice discriminating phonemes from other sounds
  • Selectively attend to discrete sounds in the auditory foreground and distinguish them from background noise
  • Discriminate between similar sounds
  • Comprehend structured verbal information
  • Develop fine motor skills

When I play rhythm instruments, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Become aware of the changes in the musical rhythms
  • Hear and differentiate the concepts of fast, slow, loud, and soft
  • Express myself in different ways with different instruments
  • Improve listening skills
  • Recognize differences in sounds
  • Interpret and understand musical signals and cues
  • Experiment with how different instruments produce sound
  • Develop fine motor skills

When I dance, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Become aware of the moods and rhythms of the music
  • Express myself physically
  • Become aware of others space requirements and my own
  • Practice the concepts of speed, direction, and location
  • Strengthen my core (torso) balance, coordination, and gross motor skills (legs and arms)
  • Enjoy moving to music
  • Use sequencing
  • Use body energy in a constructive way
  • Recognize body position in space coordinated with by vestibular system (Proprioception)
  • Develop a sense of synchronized physical performance ( Motor Planning)

When I play with puppets, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Express my ideas and words
  • Take on the role of someone else
  • Use voice tones as well as words
  • Use my imagination and creativity
  • Appreciate the effects of gravity (Objects fall to the ground unless something holds them up)
  • Strengthen and control the small muscles in my hands
  • Strengthen my core (torso) balance, coordination, and gross motor skills (legs and arms)
  • Understand patterns and relationships among objects or living things
  • Understand patterns and how they are related (Organizational Skills)
  • Improvise and use things in a symbolic way, a precursor to abstract thinking
  • Learn how ideas have value
  • Learn about and experiment with different textures and dimensions
  • Learn how to create patterns and designs, a math skill
  • Recognize and use the concepts of color, shape, texture, and size

When I pretend play, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Practice flexible thinking and to make decisions
  • Express ideas and words
  • Experiment with different adult roles
  • Sort and organize play things
  • Improvise and use things in a symbolic way to represent something else, abstract thinking
  • Exercise imagination and creativity
  • Use voice tones as well as words
  • Develop theory of mind or knowing that others thoughts are different than my own (Emotional Intelligence)
  • Solve social problems through cooperation and negotiation with others (Teamwork)
  • Develop empathy and sympathy for how others feel and what they need (Emotional Intelligence)
  • Take turns and wait my turn (Emotional Intelligence)
  • Appreciate other cultures and my own (Emotional Intelligence)
  • Strengthen core (torso) balance, coordination, and gross motor skills (legs and arms)
  • Recognize body position in space coordinated with by vestibular system (Proprioception)
  • Develop a sense of synchronized physical performance ( Motor Planning)
  • Develop fine motor skills