I can’t stress how children loves to play, and books and experts would say that the best way for children to learn is thru play. That is why there are play-schools sprouting everywhere for children’s alternative form of education. One of children’s favorites is role play. They love mimicking adult activities. Kidzania, inspired by this fact, conceptualized their theme park to be just that. An entire world where children can work and do adult jobs. Kidzania originated in Mexico and is now in 20+ locations around the globe.
Luckily, we have one here in the Philippines. It is located in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig. Last Sunday, we were able to finally experience its wonders and fun-filled activities. Thanks to my balikbayan brother, who sponsored our tickets, my family and our nieces and nephew was able to join him and his daughter at Kidzania. By the way, they pronounce it as kid-za-nia and NOT kid-zey-nia.
I must say, that it was not only the kids who enjoyed it but us, parents too! It somehow brought out the kids in us. It was so fun watching children around, running the world. So what it is that, it is an entire building (2-story high) with child-size replica of a city. In it are shops, restaurants, hotels, theaters and vehicles (yes!). In this city, children 4-14 yrs old can experience working in these different establishments. Then, they earn money called kidzos (the local currency in Kidzania). Their money now can be used for other activities like workshops, studying in a University, or just simply use the money to shop around the department store. As soon as you enter Kidzania, kids will be issued a check worth 50 kidzos. This will be their start-up money. Tip: it is best to let your kids attend the university first, wherein they can earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree. If your kid has a degree, his salary rate on the jobs he/she will take will be higher. Like in the real world, I know. Cool, huh?! Their money can also be deposited back in the bank if they choose to open an account, they can withdraw them too anytime, of course.
There are over 100 jobs/tasks that may be performed by the kids. And what is cooler is that parents are discouraged to get involved in the pretend-jobs of the children. Adults are only allowed to stay outside and take pictures. This is to encourage independence to children, so if you are the stage-parent type, this is going to be very challenging for you, but may be liberating for your kid.
Role-play helps children understand and experience the adult world. They get to wear uniforms and dress-up like real adults while performing their jobs. Each job can be done from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. The stay in Kidzania is a maximum of 5 hours only, so the children may be able to perform 8-12 jobs in average. Make sure they wear comfortable shoes and clothes. That goes to you too as the adult, believe me, this involves a lot of walking around the Kidzania city. You even sometimes can find yourself running around, following your kid perform their task. Also, make sure to bring jackets for you and your little one, certain areas seem to get really chilly.
The staff are great! They have this Disneyland-spirit in them. All kid at heart. They are all very helpful too. Though, a few are obviously bored and tired already, but most of them are really great!
See the price of tickets below:
Kids (4 to 14 years old) Php 1,100.00 Php 900.00
Toddlers (1 to 3 years old) Php 600.00 Php 500.00
Adults (15 years old and above) Php 770.00 Php 630.00
MONDAYS – THURSDAYS: 9AM to 4PM Session
FRIDAYS – SUNDAYS: 9AM to 2PM Session
3PM to 8PM Session
To buy your tickets, click here.
Overall, I totally recommend this activity if you have a kid. A very good alternative way of learning and educating your child. It will surely be memorable for your kids. For more information, check their website here.