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

Youth, Scout & Afternoon Field Trips

Calling all Youth, Scout, and Afternoon Field Trips! Pretend City Children’s Museum invites you to come explore the city and earn a Pretend City Community Patch. This special afternoon field trip is specifically designed to offer groups the chance to engage in fun, hands-on activities within the museum.

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Field Trip Options

Self-Guided “Play Your Way” Field Trip

“Play your Way” field trips allow students, chaperones and teachers to explore the museum at their own pace for a two hour period. This field trip provides teachers the opportunity to customize their exploration time in the museum to most appropriately meet their educational goals for the field trip.

Explore With Us!

In this dynamic lesson, students learn what it means to be a community from the literal meaning of who makes up a community to the abstract meaning of the values and support of community. As your students identify their particular community careers they will not only explore these careers but review how their career impacts and influences the way a community works.

Process questions will follow an engaging newscast which helps the student’s to determine who the most important community helper is. Using their critical thinking skills students will come to the ultimate conclusion that every career is equally important and will recognize the interconnectivity of the city and its careers.

$mart Citizens!

The $mart Citizens field trip is a specially designed field trip that focuses on financial literacy. This fieldtrip will teach children how various career professionals earn money and what they do with their money. Through discussion and hands on activities children will learn to differentiate between saving, spending and donating money. They will use their critical thinking skills to determine what they would do with their money in a variety of different situations. In the end children will learn that their decisions to save, spend or donate money affect more than just themselves, but the community as a whole.

Recycle City

This field trip is part of our Pretend City Goes Green Educational Initiative and focuses on a variety of recycling concepts, including the creation and collection of waste, developing attitudes against littering, recycling as an alternative to disposal, and learning about the environmental cost of disposal

During the lunch hour, a second component of our fieldtrip is added with the institution of our “Zero Waste Challenge”. Students are challenged to produce zero food waste at their mealtime while learning about the amount of food waste produced every year that could productively go to a compost pile. As various classes from each school attend Pretend City, we will keep a running total of the number of bags of waste created by each school. The school that produces the least waste during each quarter will receive one ticket to Pretend City per fieldtrip participant!

Field Trip FAQ’s

Field trip visit days are offered on: Tuesday through Friday

* Please note that scout and youth group field trip visits are not offered on Mondays, Pretend City block out dates, and national holidays.

Field Trip Cost

All scout and youth field trips include the Pretend City Community Patch.

Youth, Scout & Afternoon Guided Field Trip
Youth, Scout & Afternoon Self-Guided Field Trip
Additional Chaperones*
Pretend City Community Patch
$9.50 per child
$8.50 per child
$8.50 per additional chaperone
$3.00 each

* Admission waived for required chaperones. Chaperone costs are only applicable if paid in advance with final payment. Should additional students and/or chaperones be in attendance on the visit date general admission fees will apply.

Length: 2 ½ – 3 hours; snack room may be available upon special request

Sample Field Trip Itinerary and Times*

Guided Field Trip: Self-Guided Field Trip:
2:00 – 2:15p.m.
2:15 – 2:45p.m.
2:45 – 4:45p.m.
4:45 – 5:00p.m.
Arrival & Community Codes
Guided Field Trip Lesson
Free Exploration
2:30 – 2:45p.m.
2:45 – 4:45p.m.
4:45 – 5:00p.m.
Arrival & Community Codes
Free Exploration


Youth, Scout & Afternoon Group Size: Chaperone/Child Ratio Requirements:
Group Minimum: 7 children
Group Guided Maximum: 60 children
Group Self-Guided Maximum: 120 children
Children 5-8 years: 1 Chaperone/5 Students
Children 8+ years: 1 Chaperone/10 Students

For more information please review our Youth, Scout & Afternoon Field Trip Frequently Asked Questions.

General Field Trip Information

Youth, Scout & Afternoon Field Trip Reservation Request Form