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Pretend City Children's Museum, Irvine

(4.1/5 based on 110 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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  • A hidden gem for the little ones. Great details for introduction to experience of many customs of foreign lands  more »
  • This is a very nice place for small children under the age of 6 years old. It is good place to take the children to explore and try the out new things.  more »
  • This is great for little ones. Older kids might prefer the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. This place is very popular with school groups, kindergartners and maybe first graders I guess.  more »
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  • This is such a fun and entertaining museum. All of the "exhibits" are fun and educational. It's always a ton of fun and their art studio changes its theme daily. It's never boring at this great spot!
  • Fun, the kids love all the different things they can try. Most of the stuff is well maintained and clean. Lots of staff to teach and assist the kids with activities. Nice small snack and rest area in the back for the parents.
  • Great place for kids up to 10 to play while learning. They even have areas reserved for infants. If you're local think about becoming a member, the fee is partially tax deductible
  • 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!
  • 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.