Have you visited the newest grocery store in town? 2017 brought an exciting change to Pretend City Children’s Museum as Trader Joe’s took over one of the most popular exhibits in the museum; the grocery store! Through the generous support of Trader Joe’s, the grocery store exhibit underwent a major rennovation, which resulted in a new life-like Trader Joe’s store, but on a kid-friendly scale.
Trader Joe’s Exhibit at Pretend City
The exhibit invites children to play in an area that resembles a real place from their community. If your child has ever been with you to Trader Joe’s, now they can grocery shop themselves and take pretend play to the next level in a place they are familiar with.
Ealier this month, SoCal Field Trips had the opportunity to be among the first visitors to preview the new exhibit. My daughter, Field Trip Girl, was thrilled with several of the new additions to the exhibit including a play “demo” area, interactive registers, as well as Trader Joe’s Crew Member Hawaiian shirts and Trader Joe’s branded products as props.
Furthermore, she played for over an hour with the new store displays, shelving, and produce areas that resembled a real Trader Joe’s. Immediately upon grabbing a shopping cart, she picked out some out fresh green peppers and bananas in the produce aisle and weighed them on the scale.
Next, Field Trip Girl went up and down the aisles, looking for the usual household items that we buy. She found the Trader Joe’s organic ketchup, dark roast coffee and strawberry cereal bars that we love.
Of course, she couldn’t forget to buy her favorite treat; Trader Joe’s organic pops. Thankfully though, there were no lollipops handed out at the registers like in the real stores!
Field Trip Girl felt very grown up playing in the Trader Joe’s exhibit. Once she picked out her groceries, she scanned them on the Trader Joy’s toy cash register and put them in her cart. Then we heard the sounds of a real grocery store in action! We heard Field Trip Girl’s receipt being printed out on the register, the cash drawer opening and closing and the bell being rung to call for assistance.
Overall, the new Trader Joe’s grocery exhibit is not only fun, but educational!
Pretend City Coupons
How To Purchase A Groupon Deal
Groupon is a great way to save money on local deals in your particular area. It’s a good idea to jump on a deal quickly before they run out, since you wouldn’t want to miss out on something you really want to do.
Here is how to purchase the Pretend City deal on Groupon.
- Visit the Groupon website and type in your email address. Click “Continue.”
- Select which Pretend City Groupon Deal that you would like to purchase.
- Click on the green “Buy!” button.
- Fill out your personal information or click on the Facebook icon to do it through Facebook.
- Fill out your billing information and then click “Complete Order” to purchase the deal.
- You will immediately receive an email confirmation of your order.
- You can either print out your receipt and take it with you to Pretend City or show your receipt on your cell phone at check in.
Pretend City Family Membership Giveaway
Now here’s your chance to enter and win a 1-Year Family Membership to Pretend City in Irvine! This membership is good for any variation of children and grownups for a total of 4 people. The membership also includes an alternate adult.
US Residents Only. No purchase necessary to enter. One winner will be randomly selected via RaffleCopter and notified via email. Winner must respond within 24 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen via RaffleCopter. The prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.
To learn more about Pretend City, please visit www.pretendcity.org.
Happy Field Tripping!