Pretend City Children's Museum

Pretend City Children's Museum Pretend City is an interactive children’s museum that builds better brains through whole body learning experiences, educational programs, and creative exhibits.
Pretend City Children's Museum, is a non-profit organization which stimulates and nurtures 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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Welcome to our online community where you will have access to a wide array of educational tid-bits and take home DIYs that will help you engage, encourage and empower your child's education and developmental growth through their imagination and hands on activities! Every post and activity has been hand selected and designed to educate our parents on the importance of play and exploration just like every exhibit in our museum! We are excited to have you part of our growing community and look forward to you sharing your learning experiences with us!

Mission: Pretend City Builds Better Brains! Pretend City's Good To Go From Head To Toe initiative is designed to educate the community, parents and caretakers about the importance of having children (birth through 5-years-old) receive regular developmental screenings as part of their routine well-child visits. Learn more at www.begood2go.org.

We love our new accountant, Cari! You are such a great addition to our team. Don't forget that tomorrow, Pretend City is...
11/10/2019

We love our new accountant, Cari! You are such a great addition to our team. Don't forget that tomorrow, Pretend City is OPEN full day 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We hope you will observe Veteran's Day with Pretend City.

Today is Buy One Get One Free Day! Today, Pretend City will have screeners to help parents check their child's milestone...
11/08/2019

Today is Buy One Get One Free Day! Today, Pretend City will have screeners to help parents check their child's milestones. These ASQ's help parents understand more about their childhood development to make sure they are reaching milestones online. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Today is #ReadfortheRecord and we want to thank #ThinkTogether for providing some awesome readers. Don't forget to end y...
11/07/2019

Today is #ReadfortheRecord and we want to thank #ThinkTogether for providing some awesome readers. Don't forget to end your day with your child's favorite book!

Today we are reading ALL DAY! #ReadfortheRecord is celebrating with millions of other young readers in reading for the e...
11/07/2019

Today we are reading ALL DAY! #ReadfortheRecord is celebrating with millions of other young readers in reading for the entire day. Will you join us?

Have you checked out our Bugs-Appetite cafe? This little one made a turkey sandwich for her family member. She looked at...
11/05/2019

Have you checked out our Bugs-Appetite cafe? This little one made a turkey sandwich for her family member. She looked at her caregiver and stuck a little bug in the sandwich. She giggled as she gave the sandwich and waited for a response. Adorably mischievous moment.

Hola Amigos! Dia De los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition that celebrates loved ones who have passed. ...
11/02/2019

Hola Amigos! Dia De los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition that celebrates loved ones who have passed. At Pretend City, we are celebrating Dia de los Muertos with vibrant, educational activities for little ones. Bring a photo of your loved one to add to our special Altar and partake in the celebration!

Tomorrow, the Folklorico Echale Porras will join Pretend City for a colorful dance performance at 11:00 a.m. In addition...
11/01/2019

Tomorrow, the Folklorico Echale Porras will join Pretend City for a colorful dance performance at 11:00 a.m. In addition, we will also have a special story time and spanish language. We hope to see you for our Dia de Los Muertos Celebration.

This is a look at our Halloween Celebration at our educational nonprofit Museum.
11/01/2019

This is a look at our Halloween Celebration at our educational nonprofit Museum.

This is a look at our Halloween Celebration at our educational nonprofit Museum.

Fall is here and Pretend City is packed with thankfulness activities and Autumn themed art projects. Pretend City will r...
10/31/2019

Fall is here and Pretend City is packed with thankfulness activities and Autumn themed art projects. Pretend City will remain open for a FULL DAY on Veterans day. See you soon!

We’re all treats & no tricks here in the city! Join us for our special trick-or-treat extravaganza as you stop by our ...
10/31/2019

We’re all treats & no tricks here in the city! Join us for our special trick-or-treat extravaganza as you stop by our exhibits for special goodies!
Time: Members Only Trick or Treating at 9:30am.
General Admission at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

CLOSED CONTEST: Winner: "Taco Belle" What is your child dressing up as for Halloween? Best answer wins 2 tickets for tom...
10/30/2019

CLOSED CONTEST: Winner: "Taco Belle"

What is your child dressing up as for Halloween? Best answer wins 2 tickets for tomorrow!

We are just a few days away from our #Halloween trick-or-treating fun day! You can still come in costume with your famil...
10/29/2019

We are just a few days away from our #Halloween trick-or-treating fun day! You can still come in costume with your family this week until October 30th for 25% off admission when you come in costume #pretendcityhalloween #pretendcity

Don't forget! Tonight is Free #Family #Autism Night. This #freeevent starts at 5:00 p.m. Thank you for supporting our ed...
10/28/2019

Don't forget! Tonight is Free #Family #Autism Night. This #freeevent starts at 5:00 p.m. Thank you for supporting our educational nonprofit Museum!

This week is costume week! Receive 25% off your next visit to Pretend City when you come in costume. Offer applies Octob...
10/27/2019

This week is costume week! Receive 25% off your next visit to Pretend City when you come in costume. Offer applies October 27th - 30th

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is among us! It is a time to light our inner lamp of knowledge to reflect on the v...
10/27/2019

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is among us! It is a time to light our inner lamp of knowledge to reflect on the victory of good. Come celebrate with us we create culturally inspired art and learn about Diwali. Activities are @ 11:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.

We ain’t fraid of no ghosts…especially because the OC #Ghostbusters will be here to handle all of the ghouls and gob...
10/26/2019

We ain’t fraid of no ghosts…especially because the OC #Ghostbusters will be here to handle all of the ghouls and goblins that try to impede on our fun. Join us for a spooky good time with special photo ops with the Ghostbusters and their COOL TRUCK!

Today is Frankenstein Friday! Activities happen promptly at 11:30 a.m.& 3:00 p.m. What is your child dressing up as for ...
10/25/2019

Today is Frankenstein Friday! Activities happen promptly at 11:30 a.m.& 3:00 p.m. What is your child dressing up as for Halloween?

Halloween is just around the corner and we are kicking off the festivities with Frankenstein Friday tomorrow and Ghostbu...
10/24/2019

Halloween is just around the corner and we are kicking off the festivities with Frankenstein Friday tomorrow and Ghostbuster visit on Saturday! 25% off your second visit admission when you wear your costume from October 27 - October 30th. Are you ready to have a ghouly time?

First 5 Orange County, Children and Families Commission
10/23/2019

First 5 Orange County, Children and Families Commission

Last week, Kim Goll, Executive Director of First 5 Orange County attended the Pretend City Children's Museum Start Smart Luncheon 2019. Topics focused on discussing how to advance early learning and ensuring a healthy future for young children in Orange County.

Kim also had the opportunity to connect with Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, pictured below.

Pretend City's annual Start Smart Luncheon. Check out the photos of the largest fundraiser for our kids!
10/23/2019

Pretend City's annual Start Smart Luncheon. Check out the photos of the largest fundraiser for our kids!

Pretend City's annual Start Smart Luncheon. Check out the photos of the largest fundraiser for our kids!

When your child engages in pretend (or dramatic) play, they are actively experimenting with the social and emotional rol...
10/23/2019

When your child engages in pretend (or dramatic) play, they are actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. Through cooperative play, your child learns how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve. Play is the BEST way to learn!

Fine motor skills help build and strengthen hand muscles. In the art studio, Pretend City always has a fine motor skill....
10/22/2019

Fine motor skills help build and strengthen hand muscles. In the art studio, Pretend City always has a fine motor skill. This child is putting candles in the birthday cake! What are other ways you practice fine motor skills at home?

If you are a member, don't forget that tonight is the members glow party! This is a private, members only event that sta...
10/21/2019

If you are a member, don't forget that tonight is the members glow party! This is a private, members only event that starts tonight at 5:00 p.m. The glow in the dark party will allow you to experience Pretend City in the dark! Will we see you there?

We love our staff members! Thank you staff for always going above and beyond for our guests to create memorable and educ...
10/20/2019

We love our staff members! Thank you staff for always going above and beyond for our guests to create memorable and educational experiences. #staffmemberappreciation

This is what happens when we ask the kiddos to make a funny face! So many laughs and smiles at Pretend City. How is your...
10/19/2019

This is what happens when we ask the kiddos to make a funny face! So many laughs and smiles at Pretend City. How is your weekend going? Let us know in the comments :D

Since 1981, Griffin Structures has provided program and construction management services to deliver hundreds of faciliti...
10/17/2019

Since 1981, Griffin Structures has provided program and construction management services to deliver hundreds of facilities and projects. They are also helping to shape OC's children into creative and collaborative leaders. Join Griffin Structures at this year's Start Smart Luncheon. www.pretendcity.org/startsmart

Thank You Lyon Living / Lyon Living Development, a proud sponsor of Pretend City and our mission to build better brains....
10/17/2019

Thank You Lyon Living / Lyon Living Development, a proud sponsor of Pretend City and our mission to build better brains. Lyon Living is responsible for ground-up development, construction and management of elite apartments across the country. Will you join them at our annual Start Smart Luncheon on October 18th?

Capital Group has been helping people get from "Can I?" to "I can." Their sponsorship is a driving force for the success...
10/16/2019

Capital Group has been helping people get from "Can I?" to "I can." Their sponsorship is a driving force for the success of Pretend City's future. Will you join us at this year's Start Smart Luncheon?

Both the Buchheim Family and Sandra & Thomas Griffin have generously chosen to support our educational nonprofit. Their ...
10/15/2019

Both the Buchheim Family and Sandra & Thomas Griffin have generously chosen to support our educational nonprofit. Their contributions pave a way for more free family autism nights, free developmental screenings, and cultural programming. Will you join these families by making a donation or sponsoring the Start Smart Luncheon?

Thank you Mona and Rup Shah! Their family has generously made a donation to Pretend City and our 3rd Annual Start Smart ...
10/14/2019

Thank you Mona and Rup Shah! Their family has generously made a donation to Pretend City and our 3rd Annual Start Smart fundraising event on October 18th! 47% of OC's kids are not ready for kindergarten and fall behind. That's why Pretend City matters!

KPMG works to help build confidence in the capital markets and strengthen the economy. They also support literacy at Pre...
10/14/2019

KPMG works to help build confidence in the capital markets and strengthen the economy. They also support literacy at Pretend City. Will you join KPMG as a proud and generous sponsor of our annual Start Smart Luncheon on October 18th?

Thank you Board member Kari Moore for proudly sponsoring Pretend City's Start Smart fundraising event. Join us on Octobe...
10/13/2019

Thank you Board member Kari Moore for proudly sponsoring Pretend City's Start Smart fundraising event. Join us on October 18th for an afternoon of thoughtful discussion and delicious lunch at the beautiful Lido House. We have an awesome panel lined up - come learn and be inspired! Visit www.pretendcity.org/startsmart. This event will sell out!

FivePoint has designed and developed vibrant and sustainable communities in Irvine and throughout Orange County. FivePoi...
10/12/2019

FivePoint has designed and developed vibrant and sustainable communities in Irvine and throughout Orange County. FivePoint has decided to join forces in our mission to Build Better Brains! Thank you FivePoint for becoming a proud sponsor of Pretend City's Start Smart Luncheon.

Thank you Ernst & Young! At EY, helping clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies is their passion. EY is a proud ...
10/11/2019

Thank you Ernst & Young! At EY, helping clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies is their passion. EY is a proud sponsor of Pretend City Children's Museum. Their support will help us continue our mission. Thank you to our Board member and EY partner, Mark Montoya, for his service and dedication to early childhood education.

Thank you Erin & Jack Boyl! Their incredible support and passionate leadership allows Pretend City to fund free developm...
10/10/2019

Thank you Erin & Jack Boyl! Their incredible support and passionate leadership allows Pretend City to fund free developmental screenings so important for school readiness. 47% of OC's kindergartners are not prepared for school success. Join Erin and Jack at our Start Smart Luncheon. Visit www.pretendcity.org/startsmart.

Applied Medical is committed to improving the accessibility and affordability of high-quality healthcare globally. They ...
10/09/2019

Applied Medical is committed to improving the accessibility and affordability of high-quality healthcare globally. They continue to generously support our educational nonprofit. They are a proud sponsor of our Start Smart Luncheon. Will you join them?

Come observe Yom Kippur with Pretend City. This day of atonement and forgiveness is one of the most important Jewish hol...
10/08/2019

Come observe Yom Kippur with Pretend City. This day of atonement and forgiveness is one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year. Children will learn a bit about the history of Yom Kippur and practice their pro-social skills. #yomkippur

10/07/2019
Uncle Mike Visits Pretend City

Uncle Mike Visits Pretend City! Check out his video as he interviews Sheri Fink!

Today Uncle Mike visits Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine, CA. and interviews authors Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent. Join us! *More below* Want to ...

#Healthy #children are happy children! Join us as we celebrate Child Health Day with activities that will get your littl...
10/07/2019

#Healthy #children are happy children! Join us as we celebrate Child Health Day with activities that will get your little one movin’ and form some healthy habits. Activities are from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. #pretendcity

Experience the Pride of William Lyon Homes! Their company has been helping keep Pretend City's mission flourishing from ...
10/07/2019

Experience the Pride of William Lyon Homes! Their company has been helping keep Pretend City's mission flourishing from the very beginning. We are grateful that they are proudly sponsoring our 3rd Annual Start Smart Luncheon in support of building better brains and school readiness.

Today is Mad Hatter Day and we are celebrating YOUR UNBIRTHDAY! Come on in for a special tea party at 11:30 a.m.
10/06/2019

Today is Mad Hatter Day and we are celebrating YOUR UNBIRTHDAY! Come on in for a special tea party at 11:30 a.m.

Tomorrow is the best tea party celebration. Join us for Mad Hatter's Tea Party! Get your photo opp with our very special...
10/05/2019

Tomorrow is the best tea party celebration. Join us for Mad Hatter's Tea Party! Get your photo opp with our very special guest. #pretendcity

Thank you Alteryx for being a proud sponsor of Pretend City's Start Smart Luncheon. Alteryx is a computer software compa...
10/05/2019

Thank you Alteryx for being a proud sponsor of Pretend City's Start Smart Luncheon. Alteryx is a computer software company based in Irvine. The advanced software helps companies better track data science and analytics. Pretty cool, huh?

Pretend City Children's Museum's cover photo
10/03/2019

Pretend City Children's Museum's cover photo

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10/03/2019

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29 Hubble
Irvine, CA
92618

General information

Hours: Mon 10am-1pm Tues-Sun 10am-5pm Prices: $13.95 per person (children 12 months and younger are FREE!) $11.95 for seniors $10.95 for military and immediate family members* *must show proof of ID $7.45 after 4:00 pm

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 13:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(949) 428-3900

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