Pretend City Children's Museum, Irvine

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Pretend City Children's Museum, is a non-profit organization which will stimulate and nurture the intellectual and creative curiosity of children in an innovative community environment.

Designed as a small city, with a grocery store, construction site, art studio, house, café, bank, emergency services, health center and farm, Pretend City will be a familiar environment in which children infant through eight-years-old will have joyful opportunities to build problem solving and critical thinking skills, develop creativity and begin a life long love of learning.
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  • Been here many times with my children, they really love it! This is a hands on interactive museum where children can explore every day places in their community which have been brought to their level....  more »
  • Pretend City is located in Irvine, and like everything else in this city, is well signposted and in good condition. It is not a very economical choice (compared like many others in Southern California) but worth a visit, if not bad memory is $12 per person (adults and children pay) in essence Pretend City is precisely that, a place where children can play in the po station Lycia, fireman, super market, dental / medical, restaurant, beach, post office, farm etc... Unfortunately there were many areas outside of free teaching material and an area of food which consists of a few they machines of beverage and snack service. It has ample parking and a store with all kinds of educational toys. Really expecting much more of the place, not for nothing but the Trompo Magico Museo de Guadalajara is much better (just to name one example) more but it is worth getting to know.
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  • Nice little place for the kids to spend hours playing all different kinds of roles. Even if I prefer close by Adventure land with our 2.5 year old this is a great alternative when the weather is bad.  more »
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  • A great place to take your kids. I recommend getting one of the family passes if you live close. It can get pricey in groups (12.50 per person). Other than that it is an awesome place for young kids to use their imaginations.
  • Awesome place to take toddlers! My kid can stay for 5 hours and not get bored. It has an art studio, tiny library, kid size dentist/hospital/Trader Joe’s/farm/beach and so forth. It’s safe and exciting to do a lot of stuff indoors. It’s near the Irvine Spectrum Center so you can eat and shop afterwards too.
  • A great place for kids to play and run around. Staff is always very friendly and engaging. Everything is really clean too!
  • This place is amazing!!!!!! This is hands down my kids favorite place to go, everyday he asks if we could go back! There’s so much for the little mind here, from pretend houses to a supermarket, to sandboxes at the “beach” with water play and a “police station” with cars for the little ones to drive around all over “town”. This is amazing and if you’re looking for something fun and interactive for your kids and their group of friends to do, this is a great idea!
  • Love this place! Perfect for my 1 and a half year old. She absolutely loved it too. I don't know who liked it more though her or I...

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