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


Preserving the environmental integrity of Orange County beaches is one of the central messages that is conveyed at the Pretend City Beach. Children will be able to explore and test the concept of cause and effect by observing what happens when the beach gets polluted with trash. By looking through a transparent street children will be able to follow the path of the yucky litter and pollutants as they are washed down the drain and out on to Pretend City Beach. When the Beach is polluted, it will be closed. As budding environmentalists, children will be motivated to pick up the trash and dispose of it properly in the trash bin. When the trash is disposed of properly, the Pretend City Beach will be reopened for fun beach activities! In this way, children will experience the outcomes of their actions and make the learning connection that their actions can have a dramatic impact on the environment.

When I sort objects found on the beach, my brain is able to make learning connections to:

  • Notice details, likeness, differences and to form categories; essential reading and math skills
  • Use concepts of shape, size, color, location and design; relevant to reading
  • Develop and evaluate assumptions and predictions based on data (Problem solving)
  • Understand patterns and how they are related (Organizational Skills)
  • Develop and evaluate events using inferences and predictions based on data (Logical reasoning

When I experience sand play, my brain and body make learning connections to:

  • Exercise imagination and creativity
  • Appreciate the concepts of size, shape, volume; empty and full
  • Practice solving problems
  • Appreciate the concepts and differentiate between warm, cool, wet damp, dry, heavy, and light
  • Create personal patterns and symbols
  • Observe changes and test cause and effect principles; science skill

When I string seashells, my body and brain make learning connections to:

  • Develop and strengthen hand-eye coordination
  • Practice making choices based on color, shape, texture and size
  • Use number concepts such as more, less, longer, and shorter
  • Practice creating and reproducing patterns
  • Experience a sense of pride in accomplishment
  • Practice sequencing

When I play with sand toys and pretend sea creatures, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Use the concepts of shape, size, length and location; essential to reading and math
  • Create and recognize patterns; math skill
  • Exercise imagination
  • Express ideas
  • Cooperate with others
  • Develop and evaluate assumptions and predictions based on data (Problem solving)