Tips to Know Before Visiting Pretend City

Tips for your next Pretend City Trip

Making a trip to Pretend City? Here’s a helpful guide of all the important details you should know before visiting the Museum!

About Pretend City:

Pretend City is an educational nonprofit focused on building better brains through play-based exhibits. Learn more here: (link to “about us” page)

Buying Tickets:

You can purchase tickets online here:

The tickets are good for any date after purchase.

Best Time to Visit: 

Every day is a great day to visit Pretend City! Here are some helpful days for slow traffic days.

Field Trip Report: Fieldtrip visits are listed on the front page of our website. This lets guests know how many students will be at Pretend City.  Afternoons are always quieter at Pretend City.

You can also visit after 4:00 p.m. during happy hour (Half off admission)

Member’s Only Benefits: Want to visit early and often?  Purchase a membership – you’ll be able to enter an hour before we open to the public with no black out times!

Parents with Infants:

If you are the parent of an infant 18 months and younger, we strongly recommend visiting Baby Steps. This safe, clean, and engaging event is just for babies! The Museum closes our doors to general admission and opens the doors to babies and their guardians. Click here for more info:


Pretend City is located in an industrial area and parking is limited. This map shows some places you can park. ALSO, on the weekends, you can park in any open space in the lot.

BLUE: You can park Monday thru Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. without the risk of towing or a parking ticket.

YELLOW: You may park here on WEEKENDS ONLY; Saturday & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

RED: DO NOT PARK HERE! You are at risk of being towed.

What to Bring:

Food: You may bring in your own food to the Museum. We strive to be a  a nut-free facility. There are vending machines that provide healthy snacks, beverages, ice cream and sandwiches.

*Please note that café area is not open for birthday parties. To reserve space for a birthday party, please contact*

Strollers: You may bring in your stroller and park in our “stroller lot” located near the front entrance.

Lockers: Lockers are conveniently located in the front of our entrance. You can place your items in a locker for a small fee.

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