Kai! The long wait is over, the land of cool kids, KidZania Manila, will officially open its doors to the public on August 7, 2015, (Friday) at Park Triangle in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. I know most of you – moms, dads, kids and kids-at-heart are all excited to hear this very great news. Brace yourselves as I tour you to enter this one-of-a-kind edutainment play city where kids rule.
I was privileged to be invited at KidZania Manila’s Press Preview yesterday. Check the hashtag #KZMnlPreview on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for photos and updates. I truly regret that I didn’t bring my daughter along with me, Keisha had 2 scheduled tests in school that’s why I didn’t excuse her in class. Anyhow, I’ll make sure to bring her here this August together with my husband. They have to see and experience the KidZania mania by themselves to personally attest how beautiful and endearing this city is.
What Is KidZania? (Kid-Zaah-Nyaa)
KidZania is a play city built to scale for children 4 to 14 years of age. It’s a place where kids can experience realistic role play – choose a job, earn and save money and simply just have fun while learning. With over 100 roles to choose from supported by real world brands, kids get to explore the adult world in a real community setting and experience it in a safe and independent environment. Every detail is intended to project authenticity; from the activity itself, to uniforms and costumes, to the work gear and tools and even the city interiors. The city is complete with paved streets, transport system, and a functioning economy. Hence, KidZania is one of the fastest growing global educational entertainment brands, with facilities all over the globe from Mexico to Tokyo to London.
At KidZania, kids are empowered to exercise these rights:
- to share
- to care
- to know
- to play
- to create
- to be
KidZania Manila Press Preview
KidZania Manila is the 20th KidZania city in the world, and the first of its kind in the Philippines. The press preview was held last July 29, 2015 hosted by the award winning newscaster, Ms. Karen Davila. The guests were officially welcomed by KidZania Philippines State Governor, Ms. Maricel Arenas.
” We can’t wait for Filipino children to finally enjoy the unique role-play experience that KidZania Manila offers. Play at KidZania will spark dreams and imagination – empowering them to believe that they can make a better world. ” — Ms. Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas
An audio visual presentation featuring the history of KidZania and a glimpse of the other KidZania communities in other countries around the world were showcased. Shortly, Mr. Xavier Lopez Ancona, KidZania Founder and CEO, shared the vision of KidZania which is to ignite the hearts and minds of kids everywhere by empowering them to make the world a better place.
KidZania Manila Checking-In
To enter the facility, you will be checking-in at KidZania International Airport via Cebu Pacific Air, the official airline partner of KidZania in the Philippines. Friendly Zupervisors will greet you with “Kai” which means “Hi” and will assist you. You have to fall in line, check-in your luggage and get your boarding pass just like the real thing.
Kids will be given a boarding pass, a guide map, KidZania City Codes booklet, food voucher, BPI check worth 50 kidZos (the currency inside KidZania) which they can encash in the bank and an RFID (radio frequency identification) security bracelet. Each child will be matched with a corresponding adult who will also wear an RFID security bracelet. Only the registered adult with the matching bracelet will be allowed to pick-up the child for safety measures.
Welcome to KidZania World
Meet the KidZania RightZkeepers
Check out how beautiful KidZania Manila is. It’s indeed a real-life city with restaurants, hotel, salon, fire station, police station, hospital, university, etc., designed for kids with well-defined interiors complete with transportation system, well-lit and spacious streets and even incorporated trees. The sky blue ceiling depicting the clouds reminded me of our family travel at The Venetian in Macau. KidZania Manila makes sure to give children a kid-centric experience where they are the one in charge.
What To Do / Activities For Kids
There are over 100 immersive role-play activities for the kids to choose from where they can play with their imagination and be the person they want to be when they grow up. (NOTE: Parents are not allowed to play inside the business establishments. We were only allowed since this was a PRESS preview.)
Be a banker or a client at BPI KidZania Manila branch
Tip # 1: I highly recommend for the kids to proceed first to the bank – BPI, open an account and acquire an ATM card. They may encash the check given to them upon check-in. Currency in KidZania is called kidZos. They have the liberty to spend or save their money just like in real life. I suggest they focus on working first to earn wages. The more they work, the more they earn. They can opt to spend it for training and for leisure. At the end of their visit, they may use their kidZos to purchase souvenir items or deposit it to theirr ATM account and redeem it on heir next visit.
Tip # 2: Proceed to KidZanian PaZZport Office. Apply for B. KidZanian Citizenship and enjoy more benefits. When you participate in activities and training a unique stamp will be given. Collect 6 stamps to obtain your B. KidZanian Citizenship. Kids will receive an official PaZZport with a special hologram sticker. Continue earning stamps and you’ll gain access to more benefits.
KidZania Manila is a huge play place with 8,000 sqaure meters. Take hold of the Tour Bus, ride and relax as you see the sights of KidZania Manila. This bus stops at popular spots of activities along the KidZania Manila’s main roadway.
Tip # 3: KidZania Manila is big. Expect that you’ll do a lot of walking even up and down the ground and mezzanine floors, make sure you and your kids wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Make sure to wear decent clothing as they exercise a dress code policy which can be found on their website.
Be a pharmacist at Mercury Drug
~help manage and stock inventory, ready medicine orders, and prepare special medicinal compounds
Be a radio host and transmit music, news reports, and radio dramas within the city. You may be part of a live radio broadcast. Actual radio host training happening at my side.
Be a treats inventor at Oishi Creative Hub
~participate in a creative design and product research to design your own original treat
I was totally amazed when I’ve seen the hospital. The nursery with newly born babies swaddled in blankets brought me back to the time when I gave birth. I’m pretty sure Keisha would love to learn how to take care of babies as she has been consistently asking for a baby brother for quite some time. The operating room on the other hand, will teach kids to work as a team to perform a transplant operation on a dummy patient.
To make the concept of the hospital more real, there’s a mini ambulance ready to respond for emergency cases.
Kids can also work as a construction worker and build the walls of a house using bricks and mortar.
Be a student or assistant professor at Centro Escolar University
~get a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and advance your career in the city by enrolling in the university. You can also assist the University Professor during class.
Learn about fire safety by joining KidZania’s Fire Brigade. Check out their cute uniforms! Aside from that, kids are also trained how to put out fire in the city. Too bad, I failed to document the scenario when the kiddie firefighters worked as a team to put out fire that took place at the Flaming-o Hotel.
Enroll at the driving school and learn basic traffic regulations and vehicle operations. You may earn your Driver’s License when you pass the test.
You may have the authority to drive once you acquired your license. Here at the gas station, you may opt to be customer or you may apply as a pit crew member and mechanic.
Dreaming of becoming a judge or a lawyer? Oh, wow! This is a dream come true for me… At the court house, kids can learn about the law and participate in a trial case. to help bring justice to KidZania.
Should you fail to follow KidZania Manila’s rules and regulations, you’ll be sent here at the K.Z.P.D. jail house.
To those who are dreaming of becoming actors, singers, and models, KidZania Manila has several establishments for you.
Be a model, try on different clothes and accessories at the fashion boutique and join the fashion show in the Theater.
Be a recording artist at the Music Studio. Showcase your talent in singing or playing the instruments and be the next recording star. I’m sure my little girl will love this place to bits!
At the mezzanine level, you may find the ABS-CBN studio where you can be one of the hosts of Showtime or a newscaster at TV Patrol. You may also opt to work behind the camera.
Perform on stage and be an actor at the ABS CBN Theater.
One of the highlights of KidZania Manila is its Aviation Academy. Head over to the crew training facility and receive professional training on tasks that pilots and cabin crew members do before, during, and after each flight.
Two kiddie pilots undergoing serious training.
There are several factories – snack, cookie and ice cream, located at the mezzanine level where kids can apply for work and earn kidZos. Kids can be a snack engineer and manufacture a bag of snacks, be an ice cream production engineer and work in the cookie factory and make quality cookies.
Be a food technologist at the R & D Center. Discover how nuggets and hotdogs are made. I’m sure this will be of great interest to kids.
There are more other job offerings and activities that you can do which I will feature next time when my family will visit this place.
A Place For The Little Kids (kids aged 3 and below)
Younger kids aged 3 and below can stay here at Kindergarten ABZ where they can also play and explore new things with their parents.
Visit the RightZKeepers’ House to play and explore the different rooms of the house. Adults are welcome inside.
For The Parents
Wondering where parents can lounge while the kids are busy exploring the city? There is Sky Zone, a wi-fi area zone where parents can relax their tired and aching feet. Please take note that parents can enter the facility but they are not allowed inside the establishments. They can only take photos from the door and the window panels. Go pro cameras, lenses greater than thre-and-one-half inches in length, interchangeable lenses of any kind and any camera mounted to a vehicle, drone, cart, scooter or other moving object are not allowed.
Should you feel hungry, there are several food establishments where you can order refreshments.
Making Friends Cafe / Yellow Cab/ Club House
There’s also Goldilocks, McDonald’s, Purefoods Hotdog Stand, Healthy Options, Mini Stop and Coca-Cola.
Tip # 4: Plan your visit at KidZania to maximize your time. Give your kids idea and background on the different activities they have. Choose what they like best and start from there. I suggest you make a list and take note of the locations of the different establishments of your choice to save time. Each training/activity will take 20-30 minutes, some are even longer. Finish all the activities you want in one area before proceeding to the next. I tell you it’s a huge city you’ll definitely love.
Tip # 5: Have fun and enjoy! Don’t pressure yourself to visit all establishments in one day. You can always go back.
National Store of KidZaniaThere’s a souvenir shop where you can buy KidZania memorabilia. Make sure to get one before heading home. Products are available in Pesos.
Leaving KidZania Manila
You have to pass by the Immigration Office when you check out. They are the one responsible and authorized to remove the security bracelet.
KidZania Manila Ticket Prices:
from August 7 to October 7, 2015:
|Visitor Type||Mondays-Thursdays||Fridays – Sundays|
(and National Holidays)
|Children (4-14 years old)||Php 750.00||Php 1,000.00|
|Toddlers (1-3 years old)||Php 420.00||Php 550.00|
|Babies/ Kids below two (2) feet in height||FREE||FREE|
|Adults||Php 420.00||Php 550.00|
from October 8, 2015 onwards:
|Visitor Type||Mondays-Thursdays||Fridays – Sundays|
(and National Holidays)
|Children (4-14 years old)||Php 900.00||Php 1,100.00|
|Toddlers (1-3 years old)||Php 500.00||Php 600.00|
|Babies/ Kids below two (2) feet in height||FREE||FREE|
|Adults||Php 500.00||Php 600.00|
Tickets will be available for purchase at the KidZania Manila Ticket Counter starting August 7, 2015. Online selling of tickets will be on August 3, 2015.
- Mondays to Thursdays:
- 9AM to 4PM (1 shift)
- Fridays to Sundays (and National Holidays):
- 9AM to 2PM
- 3PM to 8PM
KidZania Manila Map:
How to get here:
Address: Park Triangle, North 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
For detailed direction click HERE.
There is available paid parking at Park Triangle.
Other public paid parking near KidZania Manila:
- Market! Market! parking areas
- 30th East Parking Area on 11th Ave. Cor 32nd St with A, B, and C lot Parking
Zank-U KidZania Manila for having me! I’ll definitely be back with my little girl. Z-U soon! =)
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