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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
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10:00 - 13:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 13:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Fun for young kids

PretemNd City is the place for young children. I take my grandchildren there every time they visit. There are numerous pretend grocery store, library, home, restaurants... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Connie M
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Irvine, California
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Irvine, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

PretemNd City is the place for young children. I take my grandchildren there every time they visit. There are numerous pretend grocery store, library, home, restaurants, building blocks, sea life, etc., plus usually a special exhibit.

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1 Thank Connie M
Pretend C, Manager at Pretend City Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and the great review! More 

San Jose, California
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My granddaughter celebrated her first birthday here yesterday, along with about 40 other partygoers. The ages of the kids ranged from 1 to 15. It was our first time here and we couldn't have been more pleased. The personal service provided to us for the private party room was just amazing; the assistants were friendly, helpful, and genuinely happy we... More 

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1 Thank YohMama58
Pretend C, Manager at Pretend City Children's Museum, responded to this review

Sounds like your party was a hit! Thanks for the great review! More 

Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Trader Joe's and themed market is their favorite. All other attractions are fun too. Been here 3 times and they still love it

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1 Thank j2chan
Pretend C, Manager at Pretend City Children's Museum, responded to this review

We love our new Trader Joe's too! Thanks for visiting and the great review! More 

Switzerland
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77 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

It's probably a good place for young kids up to 10 or 11 years old. it's a huge indoor place (near the Irvine spectrum). A great indoor activity day. Kids will enjoy all the different areas. Its exactly what the title says "pretend city" with a grocery store, bank, restaurant etc...

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1 Thank Expat-in-Schweiz
Pretend C, Manager at Pretend City Children's Museum, responded to this review

Glad you had fun - thanks for the great review! More 

Irvine, California
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We've been to pretend city a handful of times over the years and my children always have so much fun! This last visit was a friend' birthday party. There was a wonderful party room for one hour and the kids had free play at the museum for the entire day after the party. It's basically an entire city all set... More 

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1 Thank anliena
Pretend C, Manager at Pretend City Children's Museum, responded to this review

Sounds like everyone had fun! Thanks for the nice review! More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I took our young boys today and the place is very well run. All the employees were friendly and helpful. We stayed from late morning, had lunch there (you can bring your own food or buy from vending machines), and kids didn't want to leave until 4pm. They had such a great time. Definitely a great place... More 

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1 Thank Dennis J
Pretend C, Manager at Pretend City Children's Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the comments about our employees - we think they are pretty great too! Glad you had a good time - thanks for the great review! More 

Princeton, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is all indoor activity center for kids. It is tinier than the Please Touch Museum of Philly or the Garden State Museum too but it it full of activities. The kids can be busy upto 3-4 hours without the parents having to entertain them. The place is small enough that one can keep an eye without following the kids... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

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!

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1 Thank JaneDeLo
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 

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Orange County, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

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