After days of counting down till the ‘Kidzania Day’ as how my little boy named it, we finally went to see and experience this most-talked-about-education-and-entertainment-themed attraction for kids last weekend. Kyle and his little cousin Mia have been counting the days till the ‘Kidzania Day’ and their excitement mounted when the buzz went around in their respective classrooms, just when stories about this ‘awesome place for kids’ erupted. So how was their experience in this world governed by Kidzania laws, where little kids do big things?
“Tita, this is like an airport.” Mushed the little girl with eyes brimming in excitement just when we arrived at Kidzania airport to ‘check in’. Upon check in, we were given matching RFID bracelets. The bracelets ensure that the kids cannot leave the park without me, and to identify their whereabouts as well.”I’m guessing, Kidzania is our destination in this travel!” She added. “That’s expected!” My boy replied. Then, the kids got their boarding pass along with 50 KidZos.
KidZania Manila is a gigantic playground where kids can enjoy a myriad of opportunities. The place has more than 40 “establishments” and over a hundred of role-play activities that kids can choose from!
My niece and my child were supposed to go to the bank first to cash their checks but since the queue was long, they were convinced by the ‘staff’ at a magazine production department to try how it is like to work for a magazine. I was a bit hesitant initially as I thought they could be too young for such activity but they said they wanted to try and so I allowed them. Surprisingly, their first stop was a delight! “Mom, I can’t believe I could now create my own comic magazine!” said the boy, proudly flashing his work.
While exploring the place, my niece said, “You know what Tita, this is like a true city for me. I can live here, actually!” My child overheard it. “Mom, can we live here?”
Kidzania is a kid-sized city. It has transport system, banks, paved streets, food stores, a hotel and several other infrastructures we commonly see in our surroundings. And in this ‘city’ built for kids, the little ones will have the opportunity to try hands-on the different jobs that they’ve been curious or dreaming about. Jobs that will let them experience, for example, how it’s like to be a nurse, a doctor, a fireman, a gasoline boy, a construction worker and a news writer. They can also explore urban farming and veterinary medicine plus the kids will also get the chance to earn their first ‘driving licence’ and so son!
For example, the two kids entered the performing arts studio and were taught the basics of mime performance. About 20 minutes later, I was pleasantly surprised when they went out to perform in front of the City Clock of which I shared a snap on my Instagram!
Kyle and Mia explored the place for five hours. They tried working for different departments and enjoyed several role-playing games. Their patience was tested as the line for some activities were long. They’ve also practiced independence as parents and guardians were not allowed to enter in activity areas.
Just when we were about to go home, I asked the kids if they liked their experience at Kidzania and they both said yes. “It’s the true place for kids!” Said my five-year-old boy. “I can live here!” Said my six-year-old niece again.
“So what was your favorite activity?” I asked the kids. “When we became firefighters!” Said my boy. “I tried my best to put off the fire mom because you’re in the place!” He said. “That was not real, Kyle” said my niece. “Yes I know, but I first thought it was!” said Kyle. And we all laughed.
The kids were actually hesitant to leave Kidzania Manila because according to them, “There are more to explore”, but then it would be impossible to try all the activities in one visit. “We’ll be back!” I said. And you know that the countdown to their ‘Kidzania Day’ started again.
Haven’t taken your children to Kidzania Manila just yet but planning to? Here are some questions that you might want to ask:
1. Are we allowed to bring food inside Kidzania?
No, you cannot bring food in Kidzania. Only the following are allowed:
- Drinking water
- Food required for medical purposes
- Baby food
2. Can we leave our kids at Kidzania?
Kids that are aged 7 years old and below should be accompanied by parents or guardians. If your kid is aged 8 and up, then you may leave them there alone for as long as they are already independent.
3. My child is not independent yet, can I accompany him inside the activity areas?
There are areas designated for kids aged 3 and below, but for kids aged 4 and up and would like to try the other role-playing activities, parents are not allowed to enter. Don’t worry, the walls are glass so you can see your kids from the outside.
4. Is it worth paying the amount?
When your child is 5 years old up, then yes. With the fun and the learning that they get in the place, it’s worth the investment.
5. What is your most recommended activity?
Our kids Mia and Kyle enjoyed being ‘firefighters’ the most and I’ve seen why! (You just need to be patient in queuing though, you could wait there for as long as 40 minutes so if you arrive at Kidzania early, I suggest that you go there first!)
6. What are the prices of the tickets? Where can they be purchased?
Tickets can be booked online at manila.kidzania.com. You may walk-in, but slots are not guaranteed.
- Mondays to Thursdays / Fridays to Sundays
- Infants 1 year old and below: FREE / FREE
- Toddlers 1-3 years old: P420 / P550
- Children 4-14 years old: P750 / P1,000
- Adults 15 years old and above: P450 / P550
7. Where is Kidzania located? What time does it operate?
KidZania Manila is located at Park Triangle Mall, North 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. It’s open every day. From Mondays through Thursdays, the play city’s shift is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Fridays through Sundays, there are two shifts: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit manila.kidzania.com or follow us on Twitterand Instagram.