Pretend City holds kid-sized Torch Run for Olympics

Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine is getting into the Olympics spirit.

To celebrate the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the museum hosted its own child-sized Torch Run through Pretend City on Friday. The run ended with the lighting of the “torch” in the city center, according to a news release.

To add to the Olympics spirit, the museum is also hanging up flags from nations around the world, and there is an awards podium where kids can get their picture taken with pretend medals.

The Torch Run was the launch event for the museum’s latest exhibit, a Pretend Café. The museum partnered up with Daphne’s California Greek to create a mini version of the restaurant where kids can play various roles, from manning the cash register to serving up food, according to the release.

One of the goals of this exhibit is to teach kids how important it is to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, according to the release.

Pretend City Children’s Museum is at 29 Hubble in Irvine. For more information, visit

To see a video of children working in the new Pretend Café, scroll down. 

--Kelly Parker

Twitter: @KellyParkerTCN

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