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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  • Excellent for kids.... I visited because my friends came with kids, and I can see that this is paradise for children.  more »
  • This is such an adorable place to take the kiddos! I took my toddler one afternoon and he had the best time. There are so many things for the kids to do here, they can really pretend to be just about ...  more »
  • Fun place for kids and adults. Safe and clean. Lots for kids to do and they learn in a fun atmosphere.  more »
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  • Nice place to visit, equipment was a bit old. I know they're doing some remodeling but my boys of 9 and 3 had a blast. Great theme and gives the kids a chance to dream up a future job and actually get some great photo ops with their many props and costumes.
  • Fun little museum. My biggest complaint was that i planned our trip around a day that they were going to have a special sushi event on their website, but then they changed it. So, don't listen to their website.
  • My wife and kids had a great experience. There were so many fun and interactive things for my kids to experience. The staff was kind and quick to clean up anything out of order.
  • Wow, Wow, Wow. If you have a toddler through elementary aged child, you really need to check this place out. It basically is exactly as the name implies; an entire Pretend City for kids, all under one roof. Kids can "shop" at Trader Joe's, or dress up as a firefighter or post office worker. They can perform on stage with pretend instruments or be a farmer taking their produce to market. It goes on and on. A little expensive if you choose to "pay as you go" every time, ($12.50 per person per day) but try it out once and if you think you will be returning, they will credit that expense towards an annual membership. We signed up our grandson and one adult (and you may name alternate adults also) for a whole year of visits for $140. Whether it is raining out or really hot (or even if it's not) I promise you that your kids are going to love going here. It is all about imagination and nothing electronic or digital! Even parents are discouraged from using their devices while on premise -- play with your kid!
  • Great fun for the kids under 8. Older kids will probably be bored unless they have big imaginations. A few of the exhibits were broken or missing pieces, but overall pretty well maintained and clean.

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