Last week the boys and I got to take a tour of Pretend City in Irvine, and their new Super Powers exhibit. It was our first time ever going there, and it’s legitimately my new favorite place to take my kids. This place is amazing, guys! It is quite literally a pretend city for children.
They have a grocery store, a garden, a construction area, a beach, a restaurant, etc. Each area offers several different activities for the kids to do that require them to use motor skills, problem solving, and most importantly, their imaginations.
Declan sat and looked at things through a microscope for ten minutes straight. I repeat: DECLAN, my crazy-hyper-doesn’t-sit-still-for-5-seconds-son, SAT and stared into a microscope— oo-ing and ahhing at all of his discoveries. Needless to say, I was in mama heaven. Did I mention it is 100% indoors? Did I also mention it’s going to be in the high 90s for what seems like forever? Thats, right. I just found you your new summer spot mama— you’re welcome.
Their Super Powers exhibit is only here for summer and let me just say, it is superb (see what I did there? But seriously, it’s awesome!). They have Super Power Headquarters (come on, how cute is that?) where kids (and adults— you bet your sweet toosh I put a mask on) can get dressed up in superhero gear.
After we had fun trying on capes and masks, we made our way to their other eight Super Power stations:
SKY SLIDER: A zip line! (Don’t worry mamas, they have staff right there helping the kids and cushy mats at the bottom)
COMIC CREATION STATION: Both of my boys loved this spot. It’s a giant comic strip where they kids can apply characters and word bubbles to create their very own superhero stories.
WIND TUNNEL: With the use of green screen technology, you can see yourself flying on the tv screen while gusts of wind are blown at you, making your cape (and your hair) look fabulously heroic. Seriously, who doesn’t pretending they are in their own movie?
FUEL CELL BIKES: Declan may have been just a tad too young to grasp this one, but he was still really excited to put on a helmet and pretend to ride a bike. The point of this station however, is to pedal as fast as you can and watch a fuel cell directly in front of you, charge up based on your speed.
MINI HEROES: I really wanted to take B to this area, but since I was solo with the kids and Declan can’t be tamed, I didn’t get a chance. We will absolutely we going back this summer though, so he will definitely get to experience it! The mini heroes section is it’s own little soft city for the 3 and under crowd to climb, roll, and crawl around in. They have soft blocks, puppets, and a reading nook for the smaller babes to explore their inner superhero. Start em’ young, I say!
DECODING STATION: The kids get to write (or draw) a secret message and then put it under the secret decoding light to reveal their message. I think this one is especially fun for kids who are just learning to read and write!
STORM SHOOTER: This is so cute. It’s similar to a mail shoot, only you put in different weather elements like lightning, storm clouds, etc. Pull the handle, and they shoot out into the air!
ROPES MAZE: Ropes are used to represent “labor beams” and the kids have to crawl through to the other side of the maze without letting the “lazor beams” touch them. The boys had a blast with this one too.
I had to drag Declan out of Pretend City, kicking and screaming— which is how I know he had a great time. Seriously though, I feel like I need to do another post on all of the other exhibits here because there is just so much for the kids to do. This is one of those places where you could make an entire day out of it and the kids would never get bored. I was so insanely impressed with the exhibits, the staff, the cleanliness of all of the toys and equipment, etc. If you live in SoCal, this is a must for you and your kids. And I totally recommend going this summer while the Super Powers exhibit is up— I know that both you and your kids will fall in love with it like I did!
You can go to www.pretendcity.org to plan your visit.