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

Orange Plaza

In small communities, often the town center is where people start their days with coffee and the newspaper before going off to work. At the end of the day it is often where they return to share stories, relax and watch children play. Pretend City embraces the concept of the town center in our very own Orange Plaza, and provides Orange County children an idea of a common community meeting area for all to enjoy. In Pretend City’s Orange Plaza, people gather to listen to storytelling, watch live performances, greet long time friends and make new ones before going on to visit the rest of the City.

When I participate and engage in activities with groups of people in the Orange Plaza, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Listen, sit still and understand spoken words
  • Know that ideas added to the discussion have value
  • Wait my turn when others are talking
  • Hear and practice new vocabulary words
  • Recite and recall the words of songs and finger plays.
  • Cooperate and be considerate of the needs of others in the group

When I listen to stories and read, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • See why learning to read is important and enjoyable
  • See how letters on a page represent words
  • Interpret pictures to represent words and ideas
  • Listen to spoken language
  • Recognize certain words when seen in print
  • Follow the development of thoughts and ideas in the plot of a story
  • Predict outcomes
  • Appreciate different cultures and languages

When I role- play in the Orange Plaza area, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Express myself with words
  • Try on different adult roles
  • Solve social problems through negotiation with others
  • Sort and organize play things
  • Improvise and use things in a symbolic way to represent something else (abstract thinking)
  • Carry out ideas with the cooperation of others
  • Exercise imagination and creativity
  • Solve social problems through negotiation with others (Teamwork)

When I play hop scotch, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Improve physical strength, coordination and balance
  • Use imagination
  • Co-operate with others when involved in group play
  • Solve problems
  • Improve self-confidence as I develop new skills
  • Recognize and appreciate relationship between cause and effect

When I play jump rope, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Improve physical strength, coordination and balance
  • Use imagination
  • Co-operate with others when involved in group play
  • Solve problems
  • Improve self-confidence as I develop new skills

When I play tug of war, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Improve strength, balance, and large muscle coordination (legs, torso and arms)
  • Use energy in a constructive way
  • Recognize and use the concepts of speed, direction, and location
  • Negotiate and take turns
  • Solve problems
  • Gain self-confidence as I master new skills