Our KidZania Experience

Yesterday, we were given the privilege of visiting KidZania for their preview. It was through the generosity of the group Homeschoolers of the Philippines that we were able to enjoy the facility at a discounted rate. Today, I will share with you some details about our experience as well some tips to maximize your stay, as you plan your trip to this wonderful play space.

First of all, knowing that this place is designed for play, remember to dress yourselves appropriately. Make sure to wear comfortable garments especially, shoes, as the place is quite big. KidZania’s activity areas are originally designed for children between 4-14 years of age. Younger and older kids are welcome, but they won’t be allowed to enter some establishments and cannot participate in the activities.

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This is Matilda at the check-in counter sponsored by Cebu Pacific. Our personal information such as her name and age, parent’s name and contact number were taken here. We were given our security/ID tags in the form of this bracelet. In Matilda’s case, it was placed on her ankle, so as not to disrupt her from her play. This bracelet is given to all who will enter KidZania, and each one matches with you and your child’s identification to make sure that every child will go out with their original companion. We were also given the map and the city codes as references.

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Matilda holding her boarding pass to KidZania. She personally handed it to the “flight attendant” before we passed through the x-ray machine.

Here’s a look at what you’ll see when you get inside:

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Upon check-in, children classified under 4-14 years of age would receive a total of 50 kidZos to jumpstart their stay in the city. Here are some of the job opportunities designed for ages 4-14 years old:

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By applying for these jobs, children would earn money called the KidZos Currency. This money can be used in different establishments. Each actual job pay differently, so it depends on which job they would choose. Other activities require payment such as the Goldilocks cake decorating as well as the salon. This is where children must learn to earn their money first and then pay for the services they want or spend it on whatever they desire.

Here are the favorites where lines were pretty long:

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This is the hospital sponsored by St. Luke’s Medical Center. It has 3 units, the Baby Care Center by J&J, Emergency Room by Green Cross and an Operating Room, where children are taught the basics of having an organ transplant. All of which have different entry points, but all are beside each other.

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In this hotel sponsored by Holiday Inn, the children have different tasks to fulfill. They can be at the reception, catering or housekeeping.

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The construction and the supermarket were big hits as well.

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This is the Veterinary Clinic where children are taught basic pet care. There are stuffed animals in cages as well to make it look realistic!

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Here at the Urban Garden, they are taught about the basics of gardening.

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It is nice how children can actually work on designing their very own chiffon cake, also known as mamon! Goldilocks, however would need the child to pay for this activity which costs 15 kidZos. 

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This Cebu Pacific plane is really nice, as it looks like a real airplane with all the details. This flight training service requires a child to pay 15 kidZos. I can’t wait for Matilda to be older and get to experience how fun it is inside. πŸ™‚

Here are some of the jobs wherein kids get to explore the city and be like real men and women working in the field:

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LBC: Delivering items

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Firemen responding to a fire and on the side are Paramedics attending to a victim.

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Here we have the ambulance with the Paramedics inside, and on your right are the CSI on patrol.

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This is the RightZKeepers’ House designed specifically for ages 1-3 years old. The place is quite small and only one companion is allowed per child. Each child is permitted to stay for a maximum of 20 minutes only.

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This is the Kindergarten ABZ where toddlers can play with some Play Dough and various molding shapes. They can also paint and learn the alphabet using the different items available. This also has a one companion policy and a limit of 20 minutes per play time.

Now, let me share with you some of the food choices inside the facility:

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I was told that they prohibit bringing in of food and drinks. However,  I didn’t know about this policy and we did bring in some food and water, for snacks which were all tucked inside my bag. Guards checked my bag before entry and they did see it, but it didn’t bother them. I guess, if you will be discreet about it and eat at the designated areas, it won’t be a problem. Just don’t bring in too much, as if you are going on a picnic! πŸ™‚

Going back, the primary goal of the kids here is to be able to find a job and experience it first hand. Because parents are not allowed to enter these establishments, the children are taught independence, and they learn more by interacting with other people. Just the mere exposure to the different jobs available is already a great opportunity for them, truly educational. I wish we had this when I was younger! I believe it can greatly influence a child’s decision later on when they go into college.

It is just amazing to observe the kids and watch how good they are at following instructions even at a very young age. The kidZos money they earn on the other hand, is a good representation of the hard work they were able to provide in the company. Children will learn the value of earning money before they go on spending.

Having the KidZania passport, valued at 250 pesos, is also a plus because a child gets a stamp and eventually becomes a citizen when they complete all of it. Being a “citizen” they claim give you many benefits and perks. Children are also encouraged to open their very own bank account using their hard-earned kidZos money to instill in them good stewardship, which we really appreciate.

Overall, I believe the facility exceeded our expectations and I highly recommend it for children 4-14 years old.

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Lastly, let me show you the one and only job that Matilda was allowed to do where she earned her 8 kidZos.

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As parents, we felt so proud seeing our 2 year and 8 month old toddler ‘working’ at the laundromat. She was a pro at following instructions and she finished her task with minimal assistance even though she wasn’t actually qualified for this activity yet. KidZania is one great place for play and learning. We will surely come back when Matilda is big enough to try the other activities. πŸ™‚

KidZania is set to open for public tomorrow, August 7, 2015. For details such as prices, schedules, rules and regulations, please refer to the details below:

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 below 1 year old FREE FREE
Adults Php 420.00 Php 550.00

Ticket prices 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 below 1 year old FREE FREE
Adults Php 500.00 Php 600.00

*Prices are VAT inclusive and subject to change without prior notice.  

Operating Hours:

  • Mondays to Thursdays:  
    • 9AM to 4PM (1 shift)
  • Fridays to Sundays (and National Holidays):
    • 9AM to 2PM
    • 3PM to 8PM

KidZania is also open for class field trips as well as party celebrations. You can send them an email in the following addresses, tourism@kidzania.com.ph and celebrations@kidzania.com.ph, respectively.

Rules and Regulations: http://manila.kidzania.com/en-ph/pages/city-codes

Source: KidZania Manila Website http://manila.kidzania.com/en-ph

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Our KidZania Experience

  1. Hi Ams! πŸ™‚ I am a fellow homeschooler and we actually were together at the Kindergarten area of KidZania, hehe! Nahiya lang ako to say Hi, but I recognized you from your blog. Anyway, I just wanted to ask: Were you told that you could bring food and drinks inside KidZania? Kasi during the Press Preview and upon reading the City Codes (http://manila.kidzania.com/en-ph/pages/city-codes), they have restrictions on what kind of food and drinks are allowed inside. So I just wanted to be sure, hehe! Para next time, we can bring our own food and drinks! Heehee! I included your post in my blog post about KidZania pala, based on the Press Preview AND the Homeschoolers’ Preview (2 very different experiences, haha!): http://trulyrichmom.com/kidzania-manila/ πŸ™‚ Nice to “meet” you! God bless always!

    • Oh hi Tina! I feel so bad I was thinking of engaging in a conversation, but I was too shy! You were the mom with the HOP pin right? Sayang! Hehe.

      With regards to the food, nobody said in particular that we can’t bring in any and no one said it is allowed as well. As a matter of fact, half of my bag was filled with food and I also had my own bottle of water with me. We also saw some moms feeding their kids food from outside. Maybe you can do that but discreetly, I guess? I might have to edit na rin to be sure! Thanks for pointing that out! πŸ™‚ and thank you for inluding my post in your blog as well! Hope to see you again and finally get to talk to you!

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