949.428.3900 29 Hubble, Irvine CA 92618 | Mon & Tues Closed | Wed – Sun 10am – 4pm

Field Trips


Pretend City is fully booked for field trips until June 2024 for the 2023-2024 school year. Please email fieldtrips@pretendcity.org should you wish to book for June 2024 or after.

Pretend City offers fun, educational, and hands-on play for preschool – 2nd graders! Our field trips are aligned with Common Core standards and Preschool Learning Foundations. Field trips are available Wednesday and Thursday only. Reservations required at least 3 weeks in advance. All field trips include:

    • Two (2) hours of free exploration on museum floor
    • ½ hour reserved lunch time in our Community Rooms
    • 15 minute set aside for arrival & departure

Guided Program field trips include a ½ hour lesson at the beginning of the field trip.


Pretend City offers a variety of field trip options for your school. Read more about them below to see which type of field trip is best for your young learners!

Our Play Your Way field trip is a self-guided trip throughout the museum with your chaperones and children! Trained Pretendgineers will go over our community codes that help us keep our city functioning. Your host will also provide wrist bands, additional reminders to chaperones, and explain our timecard and money system! Once we go over the general information of the city and your visit, you and your students will be invited to play and enjoy the city!

Group Size: Minimum 15 Children | Maximum 75 Children

Our Explore With Us field trip focuses on careers in the city! Your children will have the opportunity to explore roles that suit their passions and make an impact in the community! As we work together, we will solve a crisis and instill the idea that every person is just as important as the next! Paired with this experience is time spent on the museum floor exploring, playing and pretending!  

Group Size: Minimum 15 Children | Maximum 60 Children*
*Groups over 30 children will be divided into smaller groups for the field trip program.

Our $mart Citizens field trip is all about financial literacy! Educators will take students through the concepts of earning, spending, saving and donating the money they earn as a working member of society through an interactive lesson! Students will have the opportunity and autonomy to make choices with their hard-earned money! This field trip has a special follow up activity that is sent home with teachers to continue the learning in the classroom! You will also enjoy time on the museum floor to explore, play and pretend!

Group Size: Minimum 15 Children | Maximum 60 Children*
*Groups over 30 children will be divided into smaller groups for the field trip program.


Self-Guided – Limit 75 students
Guided – Limit 30 students
Max. 100 total guests

Guided field trips include Explore With Us!, $mart Citizens, Play Your Way!


$14/student for self-guided field trip
$15/student for guided field trip

Required Chaperones

0-3 year olds – 1 Adult: 3 Children
4-7 year olds – 1 Adult: 5 Children
8+ year olds – 1 Adult: 8 Children

Chaperones in ratio are free! Any additional chaperones above will be the student rate


Below are links to resources to help you plan for your field trip at Pretend City.


Planning a field trip to Pretend City is easy with our step-by-step instructions. All reservations are subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis. All reservations will be processed within 7 days of receipt of the reservation packet.  Reserve your date EARLY.  Spaces fill up quickly!!!

Read up about the different field trip offerings.

Download and complete the appropriate Field Trip Reservation Packet or Scholarship Packet found below.

Reservations required at least 3 weeks in advance.

Return the completed packet and $50 non-refundable* deposit via:

1. Email fieldtrips@pretendcity.org

2. Or mail to: Pretend City Children’s Museum, Attn: Field Trips, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

*Deposit does not apply to scholarships

Upon Pretend City’s receipt of your Field Trip Reservation Packet and deposit we will contact you via email with a Deposit Confirmation & Invoice.

This will include your final payment due date and invoice. Final payment and final count are due 3 weeks prior to your visit date.

Once final payment has been received, a Final Confirmation will be sent to you via e-mail.

This will include your receipt, full itinerary, bus parking map, and chaperone instructions.

Your reservation will be confirmed after you receive the Final Confirmation.


  • Title 1 School with 75% or more children on the free or reduced lunch program
  • Preschool or ECE Center on government assistance program
  • Community Organizations (such as group foster care agencies) who provide service to children ages birth through 8 years from underserved communities.

Applications who do not meet the above criteria will not be eligible for consideration.

Scholarship Sponsors

Thank you to our corporate sponsors for our Scholarship field trips!


For questions, contact our Field Trip Coordinator at 949.428.3900 ext. 217. You can also email fieldtrips@pretendcity.org or fill out the contact form below.


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