What's wonderful about this place is that children learn about their world through purposeful play. The museum's website explains that exploration at Pretend City promotes "curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization." These are all important skills for school-readiness. The website also provides fantastic age-specific literacy tips that you can practice at home with your baby, 1-year-old, 2-year-old, 3-year-old and 4 to 5-year-old. To track your child's growth, check out these developmental milestones and fill out an Ages & Stages Questionnaire to receive a FREE admission ticket.
Families who have children with special needs benefit from discounted memberships, free therapist admission, fine motor manipulatives, sensory items and more. Pretend City periodically hosts Autism Events, where the museum is open exclusively to families with children on the autism spectrum. Click here to learn more about support for families with special needs.
Pretend City Children's Museum
Irvine, CA 92618
Hours: Tues-Sun 10 am-5 pm, Mon 10 am-1 pm