What are you doing this weekend? Have you gone to KidZania Manila? It’s a kid-sized city built for children at Park Triangle Mall in Bonifacio Global City. Providing a unique and realistic educational environment, KidZania Manila allows kids between the ages of four and 14 to get hands-on experience on their dream jobs.
Built to scale for children, KidZania Manila is the first-of-its-kind indoor play city for kids, where they can explore a myriad of opportunities. But what makes the KidZania experience truly meaningful and authentic are the realistic places and recognizable brands that make up an actual city—from paved streets and kid-sized vehicles, to hospitals, shops and, dining destinations.
KidZania Manila banks on the power of personal experience as a learning tool to help kids find out about how society functions, and develop their independence, self-esteem and real-life skills, so they can get ready for a better world. The goal is to spark kids’ imaginations, ignite their minds, nurture creativity, and inspire real-world exploration.
Here are 10 big things kids can do at KidZania Manila:
1. Become a CitiZen.
KidZania Manila establishes itself as a fully-functional society for kids, primarily promoting good citizenship. Here, kids can apply for a paZZport to become naturalized CitiZens and fully enjoy the benefits of belonging to this great nation. They can enroll in the B•KidZanian program that has three Citizenship levels. With each visit, KidZanians accumulate stamps that allow them to upgrade their citizenship level and thus unlock privileges, earn more kidZos, the currency in KidZania, and have more fun.
2. Seek employment.
There are over 100 professions to choose from at KidZania but first, they’ll need to go through an orientation that will help them identify their strengths and careers that fit them. Kids get better direction in the jobs that they wish to pursue inside the city after consulting the employment office.
3. Tell the story of KidZanians.
Children’s storytelling skills can be developed further as they play the role of a journalist in KidZania Manila’s Newspaper office. Here, they learn the basics of newswriting after which, they are given the chance to write their own story for the city. They can also let their creativity soar at the Magazine Publishing Company, and write a feature story or illustrate their very own comic strip.
4. Investigate a crime.
For kids who dream of helping keep the peace and order in the real world, KidZania also has its own law and order institutions, such as a Court House and a Police Department. When they sign up to work at the Police Station and Crime Scene Investigation unit, they will get to play detectives investigating and solving cases. At the the Courthouse, they’ll participate in court cases either as judge, witness, defendant, prosecution lawyer, defense lawyer, or complainant.
5. Learn how to fly a plane.
Wannabe pilots will be in awe once they step inside the Aviation Academy where they train on real flight simulators, and learn how to take off and land an aircraft. Aside from being a pilot, they can train to be a cabin crew member, too!
6. Save lives.
Becoming a doctor is a top choice among children, and they can live out this dream at KidZania Manila. They can role-play as surgeons, paramedics, or veterinarians, and perform simulated procedures, giving them a glimpse of what it is like to save lives for a living.
7. Earn as they work.
Inside KidZania Manila, kids will learn the value of their hard work. Kids earn kidZos for every job they perform. Through this, they get an introduction to financial literacy through basic transactions involving their earnings. They can use their kidZos to buy items from stores like the Joy Basket and Department Store, and avail of services inside the city.
KidZos earned from other KidZania facilities are accepted at KidZania Manila after having them exchanged at the bank. This leads to another fun learning opportunity for kids that entail managing their finances.
8. Open a bank account.
On their first visit, kids can open their own personal bank account and will be given their own personalized ATM card which can be used at any of the city’s ATMs to withdraw their kidZos. Kids learn about saving money by apportioning their earned KidZos and enrolling for a savings account.
9. Get the license to drive.
Getting their hands on the steering wheel is always an exciting activity that kids can’t wait to learn. KidZania Manila has its own driving school where kids can eventually secure a driver’s license and be able to operate a car within the play city.
It also has a car dealership shop where kids can know more about car design and assembly and a gas station where they can learn how to check tire pressure, change oil, and operate a gas pump.
10. Discover their green thumb
Kids can foster an improved appreciation for food as they learn its value and also the responsibility of growing something through KidZania’s Farm House Store and Urban Garden. As green grocers and urban farmers, KidZanians will understand how fruits and vegetables find their way into their homes as they go through the process of planting, harvesting, and delivering the produce.
They also get to examine and care for trees in the garden and around the city as they assume the role of an arborist. They are taught how to take care of the native trees—narra, bitaog and balete—seen in the city.
KidZania Manila is open every day. From Mondays through Fridays, the play city’s shift is 9AM-4PM. From Saturdays through Sundays, there are two shifts: 9AM-2PM and 3PM-8PM. However, from October 16 to December 18, Sundays will only be one shift, from 9AM to 5PM, giving misters and misses 8 hours of playtime! Plan your visit ahead so you can enjoy the ultimate role-play experience! Book tickets online at manila.kidzania.com. KidZania Manila is located at Park Triangle Mall, North 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
KidZania is an interactive kids’ city combining inspiration, fun, and learning through realistic role play for kids four to 14. Kids can independently explore the kid-sized city with over 70 establishments and over 100 role-playing activities. Each experience is designed to empower kids, giving them the confidence to be their best selves, and inspiration to be great global citizens. One of the world’s most inventive, most awarded, and fastest-growing kids' educational entertainment concepts, KidZania has 24 locations in 19 countries, including the Philippines.
KidZania, Inc., headquartered in Mexico, was founded in 1997, opened its first park in 1999, and is privately held. For more information about KidZania Manila, visit manila.kidzania.com.
KidZania is locally franchised by Play Innovations, Inc., whose majority stakeholder is ABS-CBN.