Pretend City Children's Museum, Irvine

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Pretend City Children’s Museum is a nonprofit children’s museum in Irvine, CA. The museum features 17 interactive exhibits designed as a small, interconnected city. Pretend City aims to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. In addition, the museum offers community resources such as developmental screenings and tools for families, educators and community agencies.
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  • I took my kids December 30 2021 to the pretend museum. I would like my money back. The staff was so excited and nice. The staff was great. There weren't enough toys for the kids. We legit waited at... 
    I took my kids December 30 2021 to the pretend museum. I would like my money back. The staff was so excited and nice. The staff was great. There weren't enough toys for the kids. We legit waited at...  more »
  • My son is 18 months and I will be taking him back here all the time. We spent 3 hours there. He found 3 things that he focused on, but there were hundreds more. This will be an easy win for me to.....  more
    My son is 18 months and I will be taking him back here all the time. We spent 3 hours there. He found 3 things that he focused on, but there were hundreds more. This will be an easy win for me to.....  more »
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  • My daughter (3 years old) was IN LOVE. All of the things we do as adults, but for children. She loved the grocery shopping, the mail office, everything! This place is also completely wheelchair accessible and I love that so very much. To top it off, they are so smart with the ending "parade" when it's closing time. Because your children will most likely not want to leave, they had a parade that leads up to the exit door, so your child has no choice but to leave (in a fun way). Oh and let's not forget the dinosaurs! But, I don't think children over the age of 7 will love this place as much. It's literally pretend city and older kids might not find the "fake things" as appealing.
  • So much fun, my son loved it. Kids 1-11 would have a good time. Not alot for infants, but toddlers and 4-9 years will thrive. 10/11 year olds will have fun, but it may take time for them to warm up. Pro: Imagination play, family friendly, low maintenance. Con: Very busy/crowded on weekends, Parents need to relax and let the kids play. The space is truly for children, so let's stop the helicopter mom and dad business ❤

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