Pretend City Announces Reopening Date of October 15th, 2020


IRVINE, CA: (October 9, 2020) ― The Pretend City Children’s Museum will reopen on October 15th. The museum has developed a comprehensive reopening plan that expands on eleven years of experience operating as a clean, safe and fun learning environment. Those principles, Clean - Safe - Fun, will continue to guide our operations as we welcome back our guests. “We know that children need play now more than ever," said Board Chair Erin Boyl. “Our team is excited to reopen in a safe way so we can provide much needed respite for families in Southern California. We can’t wait to see the smiling faces and hear the laughter of curious kids in the museum once again!”

Pretend City recognizes the need for a measured, gradual approach to safely resuming operations. Pretend City is following City, County and State guidelines. The comprehensive reopening plan details the steps the museum has taken to ensure the health and safety of all guests and staff. The plan includes modified operations and exhibits, enhanced cleaning protocol, physical distancing, contactless interactions, PPE accompanied with best practices in hygiene and handwashing. A few specific examples include:

  • Cloth masks are now considered a required part of all staff uniforms
  • Adult guests & children over 5 must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth
  • Certain exhibits will remain closed, while all others will be disinfected frequently
  • The museum will be closed mid-day to focus on cleaning
  • Signage throughout the museum will promote physical distancing

The museum will initially reopen to the public on October 15 at 25% capacity. To manage capacity, admission will require a timed reservation. Guests can purchase timed entry tickets online at starting October 12. Museum members will continue to enjoy free admission. We are continuously monitoring the evolving situation and this plan is subject to change as new guidelines are released by city, county, state, and health agencies. For the latest updates, please visit “As a pillar of this community, Pretend City is committed to serving the children of Southern California,” said Board Chair Erin Boyl. “Children are dealing with the pressures of e-learning, family stress from isolation, and general fear. The museum is steadfast in our mission to provide a safe outlet for imagination and discovery.”

Since closing on March 16, the Pretend City Children’s Museum has been continuing its mission by providing free virtual resources. Through its [email protected] program, the team has been sending fun and educational content straight from their living rooms to yours with experiments, story times, Q & As, and more at

About Pretend City Children’s Museum
Pretend City Children’s Museum features a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. Through interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. The museum is a community resource offering developmental screenings and tools for families, educators and community agencies working to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed to discover their potential and build toward a productive and fulfilling future. The museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618. (949) 428-3900.