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The Ultimate Recycling Machine Challenge @ Pretend City

The Ultimate Recycling Machine Challenge

Opens June 3rd at Pretend City

Ultimate Recycling Challenge @ Pretend City

Ultimate Recycling Challenge @ Pretend City

Last Thursday, my children and I had the opportunity to visit with our friends at Pretend City and experience their new exhibit called the Ultimate Recycling Machine.

The Ultimate Recycling Machine is specifically geared towards school-aged children (6+) and combines engineering, collaboration, and sustainability together in one very unique challenge.

The challenge could be to design and build a machine,“the Ultimate Recycling Invention” that transports a plastic bottle into a recycling bin.  Or to create a roller coaster that carries a ball down a specific pathway.  It always looks different, with combinations of tube structures, zip lines, pulleys, pendulums, and more.

Our challenge for the day was to create a roller coaster.

This is just a small sample of all the cool recyclable materials we got to use for our challenge.

Pretend City

My 4 year old daughter decided to build a fantastic roller coaster that went straight down.  It was simple and to the point!

Field Trip Girl Shows Off Her Roller Coaster

Field Trip Girl’s Fancy Roller Coaster

First she built the core of the coaster.  Then she declared that “it needs to look fancy” and decorated her masterpiece with all sorts of buttons and a whole lot of string.

Field Trip Girl Decorating Her Roller Coaster

Field Trip Girl Decorating Her Roller Coaster

Pretend City's Friendly Staff Helping Field Trip Girl Build A Roller Coaster

Pretend City’s Staff Helps Field Trip Girl Build Her Roller Coaster

In sharp contrast to his sister, Field Trip Boy focused on the logistics of building his roller coaster.  By nature, his two favorite subjects at school are science and technology.

Field Trip Boy Building A Roller Coaster

Field Trip Boy Working With The Volunteers At Pretend City

Pretend City’s Ultimate Recycling challenge is ideal for inter-generational participation.  Grown-ups and children alike will be fully engaged.  I know we were!  In fact, Field Trip Girl gave it two high fives!

Field Trip Girl Gives Pretend City Two High Fives!

Pretend City is located at 29 Hubble in Irvine.

To learn more about The Ultimate Recycling Challenge, please visit

Happy Field Tripping,


Disclosure:  This is a sponsored event.  We received complimentary admission to Pretend City to experience the Ultimate Recycling Challenge.  All views are our own.  Images used by permission.

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