Pretend City is a children’s museum with a wealth of “pretend” city establishments: a gas station, Ralph’s grocery store, a library (with actual books to read!), a gas station, a house, a sort of farm, and more! While it’s geared toward children, adults who go with youngsters are sure to have a blast watching kids experience nothing but enjoyment riding around in plastic cars and purchasing empty boxes of food at pretend Ralph’s. It’s also fun to reminisce on childhood days by being in this museum. In addition to the fun toys to play with, kids can get stamps at certain stations and earn pretend money after getting all their stamps. Admission is $12.50 for adults and children, and $9.50 for military and their family. Parking is free, and while the lot is small, there is free street parking available. (Just read the signs for any restrictions.) There are vending machines inside for snack food that is usually $1 each. Highly recommended if you’re looking for something to do in Irvine with kids!
Quail Hill Loop is an easy 1.8-mile hike in Irvine’s Quail Hill Preserve. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to embark on a laid back trail AND for those who have dogs! It’s the only trail in Irvine that allows you to bring dogs along, but of course you’ll have to pick up after any nuisances. It’s a dirt trail that’s nearly entirely flat, except for a little bit of incline near the Vista Point, which is located pretty close by if you take the trail clockwise. (P.S. You get a cool view of the 405 freeway along the trail and at Vista Point!) Although this is easy, it can be tiring to complete when the sun is high because there is no shade. So, it’s best to do it either closer to sunrise or sunset. Parking at the trailhead is free! Quail Hill Loop is a great family- and dog-friendly trail.