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


One of the most popular places in the City is the café. Role-play opportunities abound in an area rich with pretend menus, ovens, stoves, and a variety of pretend foods just waiting to be prepared and served up to eager parents and grandparents. Pretend City is committed to providing children with exposure to many diverse cultures and ways of life. To help accomplish this, the Café exhibit will change every four months to feature different foods from around the world!

When I play with pretend food, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Concepts of shape, size, length and location; reading and math skills
  • Create and repeat patterns; math skill
  • Develop and exercise imagination and creativity
  • Express myself using words
  • Cooperate with others

When I sort things, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Notice details, likeness, differences and to form categories; reading and math skills
  • Concepts of color, size and shape
  • Distinguish between number concepts such as more and less
  • Develop and evaluate events using inferences and predictions based on data (Logical reasoning)
  • Understand patterns and how they are related (Organizational Skills)

When I role-play, my brain makes learning connections to:

  • Express myself using words
  • Experiment with various adult roles
  • Solve social problems through negotiation with others
  • Sort and organize play things
  • Improvise and use things in a symbolic way to represent something else (abstract thinking)
  • Exercise imagination and creativity
  • Practice carrying out ideas with the cooperation of others (Teamwork)