I grew up in Southern California – Riverside and Los Angeles area to be exact. But every time I’m home to visit family and friends, I realize how much of the area I didn’t explore while I lived there. Aren’t we all guilty of that? Living in Reno now I try to take advantage of the fact that I live so close to Tahoe, one of the most beautiful places in America. I don’t want to look back and wish I had spent more time outdoors in this beautiful place.
My favorite thing about visiting Southern California now is going there with my kids. Everything is different when you travel with your offspring. Disneyland, for example, is much more magical, and you uncover must-see things you never even knew existed.
One such fun discovery was Pretend City in Irvine. The funny thing is one of my dear friends without kids told me about this place. My niece and daughter are within two months of one another, so planning family outings with my sister is easy and fun – we’re trying to entertain two girls of the same age, and they typically tire out around the same time. (The Child only lasted 2 hours at the museum before calling it quits.)
Pretend City is super affordable and tons of fun. As you would suspect (and hope) the entire museum is hands-on – from the arts and crafts room, to the grocery store, gas station and pretend farm, kids can touch, do and play wherever they like. For the older kids, they even learn the value of hard work. The more places you stamp your time card, the more money the ATM spits out!
Below are a few of my favorite photos from Pretend City. What’s your favorite kids museum?