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Pretend City Opens New Bayou Cafe

Dawn attended a guest of Pretend City

Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine held its Grand Opening of their newest exhibit, The Bayou Cafe. I was eager to check this out with my little boy.


When we arrived we were greeted by their very friendly staff. They were all dressed in festive attire, perfect for their Mardi Gras celebration. Once checked in we were escorted through The Gateway. It was adorned with decorations bringing you right into the Mardi Gras spirit.


If you have never visited Pretend City with your children, you should definitely check it out. This Museum is approximately 28,000 square feet of perfection for the young and old alike. Children can roam around a city made just for them. The many themed exhibits are scaled down to their size.


A road goes around the city where your little darlings can drive around in foot powered vehicles. This has always been a huge hit with my older sons on past visits. My youngest loved pushing the cars around the road on this visit, as he is a bit too small for foot to floor cars right now.


Inside the city you can visit many exciting exhibits, for example: a Grocery Store, Post Office, Fire Station, Farm, Construction Site, Bank, Health Center, Library, Police Station, Dispatch, Beach, Home, Marina, Theater, Infant Area, Amphitheater, Art Studio, and last, but not least, The New Cajun Themed Bayou Cafe. All the exhibit areas are filled with costumes and toys pertaining to the theme of the exhibit.


The Bayou Cafe has many things you might find in your very own kitchen at home. These are here for your children to use their imagination and experience hands on play while learning. The new Bayou Cafe was fun to play in. I witnessed little Chefs cooking up Cajun food and Waitresses serving up their Parents and other children a feast of play food in the Cafe.


My son had a lot of fun inside the Cafe, but his main love was the adorable table and chairs on the outdoor patio area in back of the Cafe. He is only 15 months old and has never experienced sitting at a small table and chairs made just for kids while playing with rubber shrimp and kitchen utensils, but you can do that here and much, much more!


Pretend City has areas that will entertain children from infant on up. When my 7 and 9-year-old boys found out we were coming for this Bayou Cafe Grand Opening they were bummed it was a school day for them. They wanted to go check it out too.


We have loved Pretend City since it opened in 2009. Pretend City has so much to offer your family. In addition to the exhibits you can find a real Cafe that serves healthy food and snack options from Lulu’s Crêperié Cafe and a Mini Mall stocked full of educational toys and books for you to purchase extending your children’s imagination and play in your own home.


On this visit we were invited for a private event showcasing the Grand Opening of The Bayou Cafe. We decorated Jazz masks and cardboard floats for the Mardi Gras parade. The Jazz masks were also available to make in the Art Studio.


Once we finished with our masks and floats we were treated to a fantastic lunch served by Chef Ritter, of Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking Restaurant. We feasted on his famous Pan Roast, New England Clam Chowder, Macaroni And Cheese and a very tasty salad. The guests of Pretend City also got to sample his Cajun cooking in front of the Bayou Cafe. I can tell you many Children and their parent’s tastebuds were singing a happy tune when they sampled the amazing Cajun food. I know mine were extremely happy.


After lunch we all joined the line up for the Mardi Gras parade. Children all donned their masks and beads while stepping into their floats waiting to walk in the parade. While we were waiting for the parade to start, Tambourines and other musical instruments were passed out for the children to make music and noise during the parade. This was a huge hit amongst the children. I viewed much excitement and anticipation on the kids smiling faces while they waited for the parade to start.

The time had finally come. A nice Jester kicked off the parade and confetti cannons shot colorful confetti into the air that rained down upon us as we paraded through the city. We had so much fun during the parade. The music was playing. Kids were all laughing and shaking their instruments while walking through the city.

This parade brought the closing to our amazing visit to Pretend City. My son had so much fun running around playing with all the new toys in The Bayou Cafe. I think that topped his love of block building in the Home. If you decide to visit Pretend City, please check out the Bayou Cafe you will not be disappointed. We will be returning real soon.

Maybe we will see you there?

Dawn Maltin is a Loving wife and devoted stay at home mom to three amazing little boys. Her philosophy is family first and everything else second. She is a self proclaimed craft-a-holic. When she is not knee deep in family adventures you can find her making,baking and crafting just about any and everything. If she does not know how to make something, you can be sure she will learn and master it before too long. She also has a love for fine dining,travel and reading.
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