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Pretend City Children's Museum

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Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Phone Number:
+1 949-428-3900
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 13:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Pretend City Children's Museum builds better brains by providing a rich...

Pretend City Children's Museum builds better brains by providing a rich learning environment for young children. The Museum features a child-sized, interconnected city designed to stimulate purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. The museum is a unique community resource offering free developmental screenings and tools for families, educators and community agencies working to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed to discover their potential and build toward a productive and fulfilling future.

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For kids and kid at heart

Kids under the age of 10 will thoroughly enjoy. My son who is 8 got hands on learning about irrigation, checked out items at the grocery store, drove around as a police officer... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 August 2016
Orange County, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

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. it is not that the place is bad, but rather that it (1) is not any better than other children's... More 

2 Thank Howard L
Orange County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Kids under the age of 10 will thoroughly enjoy. My son who is 8 got hands on learning about irrigation, checked out items at the grocery store, drove around as a police officer, and withdrew lots of money at the ATM... if only that were real money. Brilliant idea to have the kids stamp their cards to check out each... More 

2 Thank D C
Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

My daughter-in-law brought our year old granddaughter here last week. She had a ball. Lots of different activity areas. It is an indoor facility so it's a good rainy day place. Children under a year are free and over a year it is $12.50. It might seem a little pricey for a one year old but our little one spent... More 

1 Thank Gina M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I took my almost 12 month old baby to this place. they have things for babies and have employees keep things neat at all time. I love the mini cars, pretend beach scene, mini houses with kitchen, bedrooms, living room inside, pretend stage with full lighting buttons that your toddlers can push for fun, kids can wear costumes, fake garden,... More 

1 Thank Jiji A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for babies to learn and pretend to be us. I will not recommend this place for older than 5 years old, they will get bored.

Thank Callie C
Irvine, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

It is for real young kids not for my son (9 years). It is for younger. I went with high expectation but I was disappointed.

Thank Nagui G
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

There are many great engaging options for kids. Even had some unique activities planned for Father's Day. The staff was very helpful and kind. Our kids loved it! The only thing that could have been better was more seating in the café area. But they had great options for snacks in the vending machine and the Kruger Coffee Pod Machine... More 

1 Thank familywithtwins2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

We took my 4.5 year old daughter here and she loved it. She contently played for over 2 hours. Great place to take your kids to get some energy out when it's hot out.

1 Thank Molly F
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Been here many times for birthdays, parties, field trips, etc. Never disappoints. I have heard it gets insane during weekday field trips so I would probably research before making a long drive over. Kids do go a little bonkers and you do have to stay behind your child so they stay safe and things play out fair with other kids.... More 

1 Thank marerod
Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Great place for young kids. My Grandson has a ball each time we go. He plays until he is ready to drop and falls asleep on the way home. Highly recommended.

1 Thank danhardin

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