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First look inside KidZania Manila at Bonifacio Global City
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“Wow. Look at this place. Imagine if we had this growing up,” Grace said thoughtfully as we went up the second level of Kidzania at the Fort.

Kidzania in Manila

“Yup. When I was a kid, the only toy store in Manila was Unimart’s toy section,” I said.
And there was Fiesta Carnival which I vaguely remember.
So what we did, we mostly role played, like “doctor, doctor”, “teacher, teacher”, and my personal favorite—”poor, poor”—where my sister played the mother and me and my cousin Enet were her kids. We were beggars 🙂 Our food was butong pakwan (salted watermelon seeds) which my sister cracked with her teeth till her lips turned white.

Now our kids are so lucky. I consider it a sign of progress when a society considers the well-being of its children.
At the Fort alone, we have the Mind Museum, Active Fun, Bonifacio High Street, and Kizville at SM Aura. Dreamplay by Dreamworks recently opened at City of Dreams.
And now the latest one is KidZania Manila—with 8,000 square meters of fun and activities.

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila

From the looks of it, it’s going to be packed when it opens to the public on August 7, 2015.
As a mom of three boys, I feel lucky to have been invited to the press preview, since adults won’t be allowed inside the activity areas.
First, you line up for tickets.

Lining up for tickets

Entrance fee is Php 750 per child (ages 4 to 14) and Php 420 each for adults and toddlers.
Upon entry, each child will be given special KidZania currency worth 50 kidzos to get them started.

Kidzo

Gentle warning: Be prepared to be greeted in KidZania dialect. For example, all the staff will say “kai” to you instead of “hi”—with matching Star Trek-like hand gesture. They will also “zenk you” when you buy at the gift shop.
Personally I wanted to kill all of them, but after one hour I kind of got used to it.

Kidzania in Manila
The gift shop where they “zenked” me for purchasing a slap strap.

KidZania is an indoor metropolis that allows kids to take “jobs” and earn kidzos, which they can spend inside or deposit and withdraw from the BPI bank.

Kidzania in Manila

Tip: If you want a higher salary, best to take a course first at CEU

CEU

Each job or activity takes about 20 minutes. They can choose from many jobs within a span of five hours—that’s the maximum time any child can stay inside the venue.
They can work at LBC

LBC

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Philippine Daily Inquirer

The gas station

Kidzania in Manila

Learn driving

Driving school

Be a construction worker

Construction work

Play in a band

Kidzania in Manila

Be a Star Magic actor

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
ABS-CBN Theater

Learn about fire safety

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila

Work at a radio station

Kidzania in Manila

Mercury Drug

Kidzania in Manila

or a beauty salon

Kidzania in Manila

They can climb a building

Kidzania in Manila

Read and listen to stories at National Bookstore

Kidzania in Manila

Take care of babies at St. Luke’s

Nursery
Nursery

Or be a surgeon

Operating room
Ambulance

The can assemble burgers at McDonald’s

McDonald's

Be a pilot at Cebu Pacific

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila

Or a flight attendant

Kidzania in Manila

Or they could be me—the terrified passenger

Kidzania in Manila

On the second level there are activities for smaller children (three years and below) who just want to play

Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kidzania in Manila
Kitchen

It’s perfectly safe to leave them there since there are hundreds of trained staff to take care of kids.
If you’re concerned about your child’s safety, all visitors are required to wear an RFID (radio frequency identification) security bracelet. Each child will be matched with a corresponding adult who will also wear an RFID security bracelet. No child is allowed to leave the facility without being accompanied or fetched by the registered adult. Other security measures include CCTV monitoring cameras and a paging system.
Parents, guardians and nannies are only allowed in certain areas but most establishments have glass windows so you could still see the children and what they are doing.

Are you hungry now? Aside from McDonald’s, there’s a Via Mare inside. Glenda Barretto said she will teach cooking classes.

Kidzania in Manila

There’s a Purefoods stand

Nuggets

and Goldilocks

Goldilocks

Can’t wait to take my kids!
KidZania (pronounced kid-zahn-ya) is built to scale with paved streets, a transport system and a functioning economy.
“We have our own economy, our own currency,” said KidZania chief executive Xavier López, who founded the company in 1997. Now there are 20 locations in 17 countries, including Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal, United Arab Emirates and Turkey.

Kidzania in Manila

KidZania is franchised in the Philippines by Play Innovations Inc., a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corp. It will open to the public on August 7, 2015 with operating hours from 9 AM to 4 PM Mondays through Thursdays. There will be two shifts (9 AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 8 PM) on weekends and holidays.

Online ticketing goes live beginning August 3, 2015.
To know more, go to http://manila.kidzania.com/en-ph/.

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