10 Hobbies That Make Your KIDS SMARTER!

10 Hobbies that Make your Kids Smarter!

Pretend City Children’s Museum

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This past week the boys and I visited Pretend City Children’s Museum. Before visiting I really didn’t know what to expect, all I knew about the museum was it is designed to teach children, “how the world works.” When we arrived, we were given a tour and learned about each exhibit which made up a miniature city. The exhibit’s are all interactive and designed to allow children to explore them on their own. This gives a child the ability to be creative and to exercise their cognitive thinking skills. Each exhibit will tell you why it was created and how it will help your child’s development. Some of the skills a child will be building include: critical thinking, fine motor skills, social-emotional skills, leadership, appreciation for diversity, and the list goes on!

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Just a small view of “The Farm,” which also features live baby chicks!

What really I liked about the Museum is it has a little something for all ages. Baby Baby is almost 3 and I felt he was a good age to explore all the exhibits. He really enjoyed the farm, amphitheater, grocery store, and science center. For younger children, there is a soft playground area in the center of the city which helps build balance and coordination. For older children, the exhibits will allow them to develop their critical thinking skills. I also learned the Museum hosts different events, from Baby Steps to Autism Event Nights. I love this, since it allows Parents to connect with the community, gain knowledge and support.

There is so much to do at Pretend City, I felt the first visit just got Baby Baby’s brain thinking. I know we will definately be planning to go back. As he grows older, I can see him exploring each exhibit from a different prospective. I’m also excited to see how Little Little will grow with the city, once he learns to crawl. I included some pictures from our adventure. I couldn’t get all the exhibits, we did have other favorites such as the marina, beach, and home. After all, it is just like a city! Stay turned to future adventures, which I’m sure I’ll post on Instagram.

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A glimpse of the bank, grocery store, post office, and gas station!

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Baby Baby grocery shopping! He loved naming the fruits and veggies along with their colors!

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The amphitheater! This was Baby Baby’s favorite, he loved playing with everything from the props to the soundboard =)

 

The Second Year Review 

 

What a Year!! So, many new adventures!

What a Year!! So Much Love, My Heart Could Explode <3

I still can’t believe I’m blogging about the second year already. I reported a strong and healthy 2 year old during the two year checkup post but, didn’t add to some experiences.

 

From Exploring New Foods to Places =)

From Exploring New Foods to Places =)

This year has been amazing. Watching Baby Baby grow, learn and develop into an adventous toddler. As the year started out with our big move, it only has gone up from there. While my most exciting part of being back in California is familiar roads. The ability to share all the adventures that I grew up with along with so much more has been very rewarding.

 

Weekly Adventures to the Parks was introduced during the Second Year!

Weekly Adventures to the Parks was introduced during the Second Year!

I was able to introduce a few new products that helped our journey into the toddler world. I hope to share more as we enter the third year. I also ventured into vlogging which I enjoy a whole lot but, with family first and other priorities have slacked a bit =\ maybe that’s something I can add to my New Years resolutions.

During the Second Year, I weaned Baby Baby off from breastfeeding at 15 months. Which was a hard transition but, went smoothly with persistence and patience. It was great to see Baby Baby still have the connection with me that he did while breastfeeding but, also enjoying new liquids and foods.

 

Brushing those pearly whites, hanging with DaDa, Pool Days, and New Books!

Brushing those pearly whites, hanging with DaDa, Pool Days, and New Books!

Overall, this year has allowed Baby Baby to adapt to creativity, connect his first year discoveries with his second and look forward to the Parks as a weekly adventure.