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Pretend City Children's Museum, Irvine

Categories: Children’s Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
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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  • Pretend City is literally a pint-size city for kids, with streets and a mini bank, food market, theater, etc. Especially good for toddlers and preschoolers. Have fun with your little ones! 
  • All in a nutshell-be is kidzania. Any really-no, children are playing happily. When residing in Los Angeles at the very small children, time is recommended.
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  • We took our two grandchildren here on a weekday. The cost for the four of us was $50. I was expecting that the place would be very nice based on reviews that I saw, but frankly I was very disappointed...  read more »
  • Pretend City is an excellent place to take your kids and spend hours with them as they pretend to be librarians, artists, wait staff, grocery store employees, farmers, firefighters and more. It's a great way to teach values, and even comes fake money to reward "work". It can get a little crowded, especially when there are birthday parties, however on weekends it's manageable. There is a ton of parking, and tons for the kids to do inside. The staff informs parents this is a place to play WITH their children, so they literally ask people don't use their cell phones. Four stars only because there aren't a ton of employees on the floor, so asking for help with something can be a bit of a challenge. In addition, I've seen a kid vomit onto a small plastic vehicle for riding, and the parent whisked them away but didn't notify anyone. Since there aren't a slew of staff on the floor, the incident wasn't noticed. Overall though, a really wonderful place to let imaginations take over!
  • Our son and daughter love this place!! They never seem to get enough. One Day I babysat my nieces and decided to surprise them. It was their first time coming here and they absolutely loved it. Hrs of fun. From arts and crafts to water and pretend play. They got to be super heros for a day!! I suggested to my son's teacher they bring students here on a field trip and they did. Teacher was very grateful because the children loved it. Especially because we went on May 4th and to the children's surprise they got to be jedi's for a day. This is our must go to place. I highly recommend the membership. Trust me, you will be back. :)
  • Attended a birthday party here, wonderful place to have a birthday party for age group 1-5. This is a great place for babies to learn and pretend to be independent in a City. There are many great engaging options for kids, Fire Station, Police station, Gas Station, Water Area, Pretend facilities, Zip Line, etc. Age Group: Strictly for 1-6 years. I will not recommend this place for older than 6 years old, they will get bored. Price: Expensive side. Over 12 months is $12.50. Below 12 months Free Positives: All the above points Great for Birthday Parties Negatives: Parking might get tight Crowded on Weekends due to Birthday Parties Cafe could be better if you want to stay longer. Charging for Adults, not appropriate.
  • Amazing, amazing place! It is set up like a real city but everything is child size. A post office, grocery store, restaurants.. a library, police station, beach and so much more. Kids can really let their imagination run wild and pretend play as long as they want.
  • My 1 year old and 3 year old really enjoyed this place! It's kind of expensive, but they allow you to bring food inside so it's like having unlimited playtime. A lot of different places for the kids to run around and pretend. Nice if your kids like to play pretend!
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