Address: 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618 (Get Directions) Phone: 949.428.3900 Hours: Tues. - Sun.. 10a.m. - 5p.m. Monday 10a.m. - 1p.m. Ages: Infants to 8 years old

Café & Mini-Mall


Pretend City’s Real Café now proudly serves healthy food and snacks provided by Lulu’s Créperie Café.

Lulu’s Créperie Café from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily.

Lulu's Créperie Café

Mini Mall

Take a piece of Pretend City home with you! Our Mini Mall has everything you need to extend the fun and learning at home!

Pretend City’s Mini-Mall is the retail shop that has everything a visitor could want to extend the learning that takes places within the museum into the home. If your child worked as a firefighter at Pretend City Children’s Museum today, stop by the Mini-Mall and pick up a book about firefighters, some props, and maybe even a firefighter uniform so that your child’s imaginative play can extend to your home.

Did your child’s curiosity peak at the Marina or Beach Exhibit today? You can find plenty of age-appropriate books on sea life and conserving our oceans. The wonder is ignited in the exhibits, and continues through the resources found in the Mini-Mall to feed that new curiosity. You can count on Pretend City’s Mini-Mall to have what you need to keep those little brains churning!


Authors Day

September is National Literacy Month and Pretend City has teamed up with award-winning children’s authors to bring the love of books and reading to children all month! Join us on Author’s Day held every Friday in the month of September to meet our featured authors and participate in special activities. Author activities are free for the public; museum admission is not required nor included.

Each featured author will have their book available in the Mini-Mall for purchase.
Make sure to pick up a book to get 20% off general admission into the museum.

Author’s Days Dates & Times
Friday, September 5
11:00 a.m. – Featuring Gladys Barbieri
• Rubber Shoes: A Lesson in Gratitude
and Pink Fire Trucks
sheri fink12:30p.m. – Featuring Sheri Fink
Available Now in the Mini-Mall
• The Little Rose
• The Little Seahorse
Friday, September 12
11:00a.m. – Featuring Ashley Monaghan
Available Now in the Mini-Mall
• A Little Goes a Long Way
michael smith12:30p.m. – Featuring Michael Smith
• Thomas the T. Rex

Available Now in the Mini-Mall
• Questions for Kids
• My Ducky Buddy
• Grasshopper Buddy

Friday, September 19
11:00a.m. – Featuring Crystal Smith
Available Now in the Mini-Mall
• Daddy, My Favorite Guy
authors-day-oc-animal-care12:30p.m. – Featuring OC Animal Care
• Reading With Fido – Story time with one of OC Animal Care’s certified pediatric therapy dog
Friday, September 26
jenni garick11:00a.m. – Featuring Jenni Garrick
Available Now in the Mini-Mall
• Pigs & Strawberries
• Pigs & Peacocks