Explore Your Imagination at Pretend City
We visited as a guest of the venue
If you have ever enjoyed playing dress up or playing make believe as a child, plan a visit to Pretend City with your kiddos! Whether you were running around in your firefighter jacket and fire boots or having a cup of tea in your princess dress with matching tiara, give your kids the chance to explore their imaginations. I wish Pretend City was around when I was a child, even now as an adult, I can’t wait to go back and see my boys play and learn so much.
Pretend City is exactly that; an entire city for your kids to explore hands on and truly be a part of a magical world.
Let’s start with what this exciting kid-sized city offers:
Bank with ATMs
The beach with BBQ area
A gated section designed for children two years and under
An arts and crafts room
I hope I didn’t forget anything; this place was full of fun, to say the least. Honestly, there’s so much to do; we’re going back soon to explore more.
Each station has its own coordinating gadgets, gizmos, and outfits for your kids to physically play with and really immerse themselves in that particular play zone. Not only are they physically involved, but each station is also full of information designed to teach children about what they are doing. It was the ultimate adventure for all of us. I watched my boys discover and consistently stay engaged in their activity, as well as continuously asking questions about how certain processes work.
For example, last week I took my sons for their dentist appointment. At Pretend City, both my sons, Piercen, 4, and Harlen, 2, were switching outfits as dentist and assistant and were each using all the appropriate tools and machines pretending I was their patient. Piercen was explaining why he was going to use certain tools on me. I then realized they know so much more than I imagined them knowing or understanding. I had underestimated them, yikes!
My boys were able to gain insight on what ‘grown-up’ things they see mommy and daddy doing. For example, like going to a bank or ATM and withdrawing cash, dropping mail off at the post office, grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning the home. Harlen and Piercen were taking turns vacuuming the home and putting the dishes away in the home station.
Their favorite play station was the construction site. They put on a vest and hard hat, grabbed a toolbox full of various tools and had at it. There were different sized piping available to build a plumbing system, along with wood pieces to build a house, gate, etc.
There is a farm station for sorting different fruits and vegetables and learning where they grow. As well as a hatching station, with real chicks!
Every station teaches about the subject. After our visit, both of my sons understood more processes and the steps it takes to complete various tasks, such as going to the ATM and grocery shopping.
Also, I noticed a few perks I’d like to mention. Pretend City strives to be a nut-free facility. They have an excellent staff dedicated to cleaning up and reorganizing the stations, so the clutter doesn’t become unsafe. They have antibacterial dispensaries throughout the City, stroller parking, and lockers to hold belongings.
Pretend City also offers memberships which come with many fun extras for the family. My sons and I were fortunate enough to have breakfast with Santa before our Pretend City adventure! The staff had a beautiful and delicious breakfast freshly made, a creative ornament decorating station and of course, a sleigh for taking pictures with Santa. Santa arrived, and my boys were ecstatic. They couldn’t believe Santa sat down next to them while they were eating their pancakes. We decorated a few ornaments and were excited to hang them on our tree at home. Thank you, Pretend City!
It was our first time and will not be the last. In fact, I couldn’t wait to share this day with everyone; it was incredible!
For more information about Pretend City and becoming a member, please visit pretendcity.org.
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