Imagine the Irvine Municipal Children’s Museum reopens with COVID-19 security measures

Kids will soon be able to play at the Pretend City Children’s Museum, which is reopening its doors with new COVID-19 security measures.

Imagine reopening the city’s children’s museum

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The museum’s senior education director Linda Hunter said parents can’t wait.

“For a parent this will be a way to just get out of the stress, to have the feeling that you have to teach your children, you have to try to juggle this and that, because this is all about quality of time, building relationships and having fun”, said Hunter.

The facility is equipped with a learning / play environment that allows children to interact with each other while pretending to run a grocery store, put on lights and music on a show, be a firefighter – all things that help develop basic skills for school.

“But most importantly, this is social and emotional development and this is the piece that didn’t happen that often when kids were at home,” Hunter said.

When it reopens, Pretend City will look a little different: capacity will be limited and masks will be required for visitors over 2 years of age.

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According to Leslie Perovich, the museum’s chief operating officer, there will be cleaning stations, signs encouraging hand washing and disinfecting, and hourly exhibition cleanings between turns in addition to a thorough clean between morning and afternoon sessions.

“We have two admissions sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – and when we close at noon we do a thorough cleaning with electrostatic sprayers,” said Perovich.

New exhibits that visitors can expect include a car gas station and a body and mind studio where parents and children can work on communicating their feelings.

Staff said they would continue to guide parents through developmental studies.

“We have a free tool. It’s on our website, and we have the free paper copies here. If you do, you will get a free ticket to Pretend City. So we want to again encourage you to understand more about your child’s development. We want to help you along the way when we can see some leading indicators, “said Perovich.

Since Orange County is in the red when the museum reopens on March 27, capacity is limited to 25%.

Perovich said reservations guarantee entry but are not required.

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