Jun 16, 2016

KidZania Manila.


If you're thinking of what to do on Father's Day, one place I can suggest is KidZania which is a franchise from Mexico and brought to the Philippines last August 2015.  Usually, parents are hands-off inside but for Father's Day, dads are allowed to join their kids in select role-playing activities. KidZania invited me to visit them a while back but since its a place built for kids, I asked T's niece and nephews if they wanted to go with me.  

The whole experience is made as true-to-life as possible.  To get to the city of KidZania, we have to check in to get our Cebu Pacific boarding passes.






After the check in counter is a check point.. Just like in a real airport!




And to complete the experience, we pass through the bag carousel area and the Immigration Office of KidZania.  So cute!








I marvel at the city I see before me.  KidZania has paved streets, a transport system, and a functioning system.  It's a safe, unique, and interactive environment where kids ages 4 to 14 can experience what the adult world is like.   A kid-sized city built just for children.











Exploring KidZania

In this 8,000 square meter play space, children learn life skills through role playing activities.  If you don't know where to start, here's a guide to exploring KidZania.




First stop is The Bank where children can open their own savings account for only a minimum 20 KidZos, which is the currency used in KidZania.  Take note of the schedule of Opening of Accounts. It's only from 4:30pm until 7:30pm.




It's amazing how the different establishments inside KidZania are real companies.  The KidZania Bank is the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) which is set up exactly how it is in the real world.








But what's even cuter is that there are ATM machines all over KidZania where kids can withdraw KidZos which they can use inside the city as well.






Next, drop by the Employment Office to help the kids find the jobs that suit them.




There are over 90 role playing activities in KidZania and that's a lot so I won't be able to discuss all of them.  But here are most of the companies which I will go through based on the areas of development and learning.  For Financial Literacy, there's The Bank I mentioned above, the Supermarket, the Department Store, the Pharmacy, and the Tax Office.

Healthy Options
(Supermarket)

Roles: Employee, Customer
Minimum age required: 4 years old for Customer, 6 years old for Employee
Activity cycle duration: 15 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6 for Employee, 4 for Customer

Do groceries, learn about food choices, and stay within budget. You can also learn to manage the supermarket and attend to customers.






KidZania Department Store
(Department Store)
Roles: Cashier, Stock Manager, Customer
Minimum age required: 4 years old for Stock Manager, 7 years old for Cashier
Activity cycle duration: 10 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 4 for Stock Manager, 1 for Cashier

Manage your KidZos while shopping in the KidZania Department Store. You can also help customers with their purchases and provide excellent customer service.






Mercury Drug
(Pharmacy)

Pharmacy Role: Pharmacist
Minimum age required: 6 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Help manage and stock inventory, ready medicine orders, and prepare special medicine.








KidZania Tax Office
(Tax Office)

Role: Tax Officer
Minimum age required: 6 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 3

Pay your taxes on time. You can also help compute and collect taxes from businesses inside the city.




For Language and Communication, there's the Home Shopping Studio, TV Studio, Magazine Publishing, Radio Station, Newspaper, Bookstore, and Courthouse.

Shopping Studio
(Home Shopping Studio)

Roles: Home Shopping Host
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins
No. of kids per cycle: 5

Create a home shopping program to sell the latest products.








ABS-CBN
TV Studio

Roles: On-Cam talent, Off-Cam talent
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 45 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Work with a team to produce live broadcast news or a variety show. 




Metro
(Magazine Publishing)

Roles: Feature Writer, Comic Artist
Minimum age required: 4 years old for Comic Artist, 6 years old for Feature Writer
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 4 per role

A great place to put your creativity to the test: write a feature story or illustrate your own comic strip to be published!






KidZania Radio Station
(Radio Station)

Role: Radio Host
Minimum age required: 6 years old
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Transmit music, news reports, and radio dramas within the city. Be part of a live radio broadcast!




Philippine Daily Inquirer
(Newspaper)

Role: News Writer
Minimum age required: 6 years old
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Learn newswriting basics and write a story for the city’s newspaper.








National Bookstore
(Bookstore)
Role: Free Reading
Minimum age required: 4 years old
No. of kids per cycle: 2

Role: Creative Sales Agent
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Freely browse different book titles. You can also join the storytelling team and help bring a featured story to life at the Main Square!






Supreme Court of KidZania
(Courthouse)

Roles: Judge, Witness, Defendant, Prosecution Lawyer, Defense Lawyer, Complainant Minimum age required: 6 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 5

Learn about the law and participate in a trial case. Help bring justice to KidZania.







For Physical Education, there's the Climbing Building, the Fire Station, and the Stadium.

Sky Cable
(Climbing Building)

Role: Cable Service Installer
Minimum age required: 7 years old
Activity cycle duration: 15 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 4
Required attire: Pants or knee length shorts and athletic shoes with laces

Service different establishments with cable service connection. 

You have to spend KidZos to join this activity.






Pioneer Insurance
(Fire Station)

Fire Station Role: Firefighter
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Join KidZania’s Fire Brigade where you can learn about fire safety and train to put out fires in the city.










Milo Stadium
(Stadium)

Roles: Athlete
Minimum age required: 7 years old
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 10 for Basketball, 12 for Volleyball, 14 for Football

Train, do drills, practice a sport, and learn to play as a team. (Athletic shoes with laces required)






For Spatial Development, there's the Aviation Academy and the Driving School.

Cebu Pacific
(Aviation Academy)

Roles: Pilot, Cabin Crew
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6 for cabin crew; 10 for pilot training

Receive professional training on tasks that pilots and cabin crew members do before, during, and after each flight.








Oishi
Creative Hub
Role: Treats Inventor
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 25 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Participate in a creative design and product research to design your own original treat!






Honda
Car Design and Dealership

Roles: Customer, Car Designer, Salesperson
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 15 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 2 for salesperson; 6 for car designer.

A display room for showcasing vehicles that customers can actually interact with. You can also make your own custom car design!




Honda
(Pit Crew Training Center)
Role: Car Engineer
Minimum age required: 6 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 4

Replace the tires of a Super Formula car in the fastest time possible.




National Bookstore
(Art and Design Academy)

Roles: Artist, Student
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 15 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Design and create your own work of art. You can also create stained glass art or a wall mural.







Star Magic
(Acting Academy)

Roles: Actor, Performer
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 45 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 16

 Act in a stage play in the Theater or perform in the City Parade.






Star Music
(Music Studio)

Role: Recording Artist
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 25 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 4

Sing and play instruments in your own jam session and be the next recording star!






The kids who work at the Acting Academy or the Fashion Boutique will perform in the Theater found in the middle of KidZania.




Here are the other establishments and companies inside KidZania.

LBC
(Courier)

Roles: Logistics Officer, Pick-up and Delivery Team Member
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 15 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 2 for Logistics Officer, 6 for Pick-up and Delivery Team

Pick-up and deliver packages across the city. You will also learn how to handle and store goods.










Kurlz Beauty Salon
(Beauty Salon)

Roles: Applying Make-up, Hairstyling & Painting Nails
Minimum age required: 6 years old
Activity cycle duration: 15 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Give clients the koolest look, hairstyle, or manicure.






Penshoppe
(Fashion Boutique)

Role: Model
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Model clothes and accessories inside the boutique or be part of the fashion show in the Theater.







Construction Company of KidZania
(Construction Site)

Role: Construction Worker
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 15 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 4

Build the walls of a house under construction using bricks and mortar.






St Luke's Medical Center
Hospital: Operating Room

Roles: Nurse, Doctor

Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 4

Work as a team to perform a transplant operation on a dummy patient.   Note: This establishment is temporarily closed until further notice.






St. Luke's Medical Center
Hospital: Emergency Room

ER Role: Paramedic
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins
No. of kids per cycle: 6

As part of our brave paramedic team, you will respond to emergency calls within the city and perform first aid.




Johnson's
Hospital: Baby Care Center

Role: Nurse
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Practice the basics of baby care.








Shell
Gas Station

Roles: Gas Dispatcher, Mechanic
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 15 mins.\
No. of kids per cycle: 4 for Gas Dispatched, 2 for Mechanic

Operate the gas pump, Pit Crew Training Center Role: Car Engineer (Minimum age required: 6 years old. Activity cycle duration: 20 mins. No. of kids per cycle: 4) Replace the tires of a Super Formula car in the fastest time possible.change oil, check tire pressure, and care for a customer’s car.




ABS-CBN Mobile
(Mobile Phone Shop)

Roles: Customer, Brand Ambassador
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins for Customer, 20 for Brand Ambassador
No. of kids per cycle: 48 for Customer, 2 for Brand Ambassador

Stay connected with friends and explore KidZania with kool apps on your rented mobile device. You can also assist customers in renting phones.






Coca-Cola
(Bottling Plant)

Role: Bottling Plant Engineer
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Learn about beverage bottling process and take home your own bottle.






Farm House Store

Roles: Green Grocer, Urban Farmer
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 3

Learn the importance of fruits and vegetables by planting, harvesting, and delivering produce.




Goldilocks
(Bakeshop)

Role: Pastry Chef
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Decorate your own pastry with icing, toppings, and sprinkles.






Lady's Choice
(Cooking School)

Role: Cooking Student
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 45 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Learn about a healthy plate and make a dish you can take home.






Urban Garden 

Role: Arborist
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Examine and care for trees in the garden and around the city.










Powerade 
(Fitness Lab)

Role: Research Volunteer
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Participate in a health and wellness research by working out. (Athletic shoes with laces required)




Champion
(Laundromat)

Roles: Laundry Operator, Laundry Dispatcher
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Operate the laundry service of the city and learn how to clean, sort, pick-up, and deliver laundry around KidZania!






Veterinary Clinic

Role: Veterinarian
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 4

Are you a real animal lover? As a veterinarian in training, you will learn how to perform a check-up on a dummy dog.






Holiday Inn and Suites
(Hotel)

Roles: Receptionist, Waiter/Waitress, Housekeeper
Minimum age required: 4 years old (6 years old for Receptionist)
Activity cycle duration: 15 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 2 for Receptionist, 4 for Waiter, 4 for Housekeeper

Assist guests and make sure they have a comfortable stay while working in housekeeping, food and dining, or reception.






Police Station & Crime Scene Investigation 

Role: Police Officer, Investigator
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins for Police Officer, 20 mins for Investigator
No. of kids per cycle: 8 per role

Maintain peace and order and keep citizens safe. You can also help solve a case by collecting and analyzing evidence.




Pascual
(Product Lab)

Role: Pharma Scientist
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 25 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Conduct an experiment and manufacture supplements and medicines.






Jack N Jill 
(Snack Factory)

Role: Snack Engineer
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Manufacture a bag of snacks.




Jack N Jill Cream-O
(Cookie Factory)

Role: Cookie Engineer
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 4

Work in the factory and prepare quality chocolate cookies.




Other Establishments

You can also further your studies in KidZania and get a bachelor's or master's degree from Centro Escolar University.

Roles: Student, Assistant Professor
Minimum age required: 6 years old
Activity cycle duration: 30 mins for Master's Degree and 15 mins for Bachelor's Degree
No. of kids per cycle: 1 for Assistant Professor, 10 for Students

Get a Bachelor's or Master's degree and advance your career in the city! You can also assist the University Professor during class. Note: This establishment is temporarily closed until further notice.






There's also the Kindergarten for toddler's who can't join in any of the other activities.  Only one adult may join the toddler inside.








There is also the Sky Zone which is the parents' lounge.




There are couches, a cafe, laptops and free wifi.  The area is off limits to kids aged 0-14.












Where To Eat

There are restaurants inside KidZania but sometimes it's confusing because I don't know if they're real or not :D  After going around, I figured that all of them serve food like Via Mare but some of them may also involve kids' activity.







On the second floor are









McDonald's
Burger Shop
Role: Crew Member
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 12

Prepare a burger recipe.






Magnolia
(Ice Cream Factory)

Role: Ice Cream Production Engineer
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 6

Make ice cream for a cone or cup.






Purefoods
R&D Center

Role: Food Technologist
Minimum age required: 4 years old
Activity cycle duration: 20 mins.
No. of kids per cycle: 8

Preserve the goodness of processed meats through different techniques.






Thank you to the KidZania team for the complimentary passes.  How I wish us adults can also play inside :D  It's so much fun!






KidZania Manila

Park Triangle
North 11th Avenue
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City 

Tel No.: (02) 711-KIDZ (5439)

Official Website
manila.kidzania.com/en-ph

Facebook
www.facebook.com/KidZaniaManila/

Twitter/IG: @KidZaniaManila
Email: info@kidzania.com.ph


1 comment:

  1. Don't celebrate party at Kidzania, they got the worst service ever!!!

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