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Pretend City Childrens Museum Irvine

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Pretend City Childrens Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine
CA
92618
Tel: 949 428 3900

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Pretend City Children’s Museum is located right off the 405 and 5 freeways near the Irvine Spectrum, Verizon Amphitheater and Wild Rivers.

Where are we going today?

Pretend City Children's Museum is a pretty incredible place for kids! This Irvine destination is ALL about kids, as it was specially designed for them to learn all about the real world, and how they might someday fit into it!

It's a place where kids can have unlimited opportunities to develop their creativity, and learn about the world and themselves through play that has a purpose.

Pretend City Children's Museum has 17 interactive exhibits and activities, that are all over seen by the museum's highly trained staff, so your kids are in good hands! In addition to learning about the world and life, some exhibits are geared toward subjects such as reading, math, and science.

They can learn about teamwork, spend time problem solving, express themselves, feed their curiosity, and even foster critical thinking.

The exhibits are wonderfully equipped with great attention to detail and plenty to do! It's also quite realistic!  Kids can visit banks, or beaches. They can visit a farm, or build on a construction site.

Car need filling up? Good thing there is a gas station there! Maybe it's time to visit the post office? From a grocery store, a health center, cafe and even City Hall, there is an entire town for kids to explore and play in!

It's a wonderful place for kids and adults, and really allows the children to be themselves, and explore what our world is about!

Great kids fun in Irvine!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12.50
  • Children$12.50
  • Free Under: 12 months.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tues - Sat / 10am - 5pm Sun / 10am - 1pm Mon

All year round

Teachers corner

Merging fun with learning is what they do best at Pretend City Children’s Museum. Designed to align with California State Content Standards and Preschool Learning Foundations, Pretend City’s Field Trips will engage preschool through third grade children and they have a range of options for you..

I'm Hungry!

Pretend City’s Real Cafe is where you can fill up on that much needed fuel to keep going in the afternoon! They have a seating area too.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe has some great healthy options, including salads, fruit and water.

Any Top Tips?

Have a birthday party at the museum! They have a great birthday packages where you can celebrate in a private room, then go out and play! There are upgrade packages too.

Doing our bit

Not only are they about education, but they offer a free health fair every year! The Wellness Fair is a great way to get a check up, whilst enjoying food, music and information.

Need a little extra help?

They aim to make every child feel special, with equal opportunity. They offer a monthly Family Autism Event with free entry.

Can I get one of those?

Take a piece of Pretend City home with you! Their Mini Mall has everything you need to extend the fun and learning at home!.

More information

Members get to enter the museum one hour before general admission!.

What people are saying?

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    I love, love Pretend City...but more than that, my daughter loves it! The pretend, educational play and activities they have here are amazing. The art studio always has these elaborate and fun art projects, just this alone is worth the money to go. We have been going for a year now and my 3-year-old daughter still can't get enough. Sometimes we even go 3 days a week and she loves it. I highly recommend Pretend City!!

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    The price is a bit steep, but in perspective, well worth it. I paid less at this museum than amusement parks, but I think my daughter (18 months) had AT LEAST as much fun. She also learned a lot. I don't' think she would have ever gotten tired of playing there and learning. I would have hoped that one parent could get in free or the child would be for free, but we will just have to refrain from going as much. I wish they had a donation program (since they take donations) where I could bring costumes or toys or props in lieu of payment. BTW,...Read More

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    We have been to Pretend City often since it opened. I know of no better way to educate children on how the world works, how things are interrelated and connected by systems like money. When my daughter was 5 she immediately went to the grocery store and started loading a cart. At one point I asked her how she was going to pay for all of that and she said, "You've got money!" I told her my money wouldn't work there and that she would have to do something to EARN some money. She was taken aback for a second but then we approached a staff member...Read More

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    I have a family with six children under 9 years. We have a blast every time we go to Pretend City. I am a fan of my kids using their imagination to play and getting away from screens, televisions, computers, etc. The staff is very friendly and all the play areas are almost always clean and orderly. I'd plan on going during the off-hours when it is not as packed with visitors so your kids can get the best experience. Have fun!

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    Pretend City is such a fun place to take your kids to explore and learn and play for the day! The facility is built like a little city inside so there are a ton of things to do! Every staff member that I've had the pleasure of meeting is helpful and friendly. If you have yet to go you should definitely check it out!

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by Anastasia Smith

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The price is a bit steep, but in perspective, well worth it. I paid less at this museum than amusement parks, but I think my daughter (18 months) had AT LEAST as much fun. She also learned a lot. I don't' think she would have ever gotten tired of playing there and learning. I would have hoped that one parent could get in free or the child would be for free, but we will just have to refrain from going as much. I wish they had a donation program (since they take donations) where I could bring costumes or toys or props in lieu of payment. BTW, it's $12.95 per adult and I think it was 9.95 for her? Either way it was $37 for two adults and a child. YOU GO HERE FOR THE KIDS! If you enjoy watching your child have fun and you enjoy playing with your child, that's all an adult needs. Get a sitter and go elsewhere for adult entertainment, imho.

by Bill Lyon

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We have been to Pretend City often since it opened. I know of no better way to educate children on how the world works, how things are interrelated and connected by systems like money. When my daughter was 5 she immediately went to the grocery store and started loading a cart. At one point I asked her how she was going to pay for all of that and she said, "You've got money!" I told her my money wouldn't work there and that she would have to do something to EARN some money. She was taken aback for a second but then we approached a staff member who assigned her some tasks and she was off to the races! Her favorite activity was harvesting produce at the farm and selling it to the grocery store. It was a great learning experience for her then and many years since. Now that she is 9, she has become interested in philanthropy and making the museum accessible to many more children. This is a place for you AND your children. You both will get much more out of it if you engage them in the environment instead of just turning them loose while you return emails.

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