Ever since I learned about Kidzania opening here in the Philippines I have always been interested as I am sure the little man will most definitely have a great experience there. As of press time, 80% of its 10,000 square meters of indoor space has already been completed and the Filipino kids will get to experience this awesome place at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig in a few months. Recently KidZania Manila celebrated its Industry Partner Day at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila in Makati City, and I was fortunate to be among the invited bloggers to witness the momentous occasion.
KidZania is the global leader in children’s educational entertainment, and everyone is excited that they are bringing the ultimate role playing experience to our country this 2015! Among those who are instrumental in bringing this indoor play city to life in the Philippines are more than 40 of our country’s leading and respected brands. These brands signed up as Industry Partners, sealing their commitments towards achieving the goal of helping kids learn how to build a better world.
The highlight of the ceremony was the introduction and the tribute made for the Industry Partners. More than 100 officials that represents the different Industry Partners were present, everyone celebrating the wonderful play experience the Filipino kids are about to experience. The Industry Partners, with their different expertise in different industries, help achieve the goal of making each part of the massive indoor play area as close to reality as possible, providing children with truly engaging activities, as well as with skills that they can use in real life.
According to Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas, State Governor for KidZania Philippines: “We want kids to imagine, to play and have fun, enjoying the amazing role play experiences at KidZania Manila. They will learn, as they play, about the varied, interesting roles and establishments that collaborate and serve to create a good community. Our Industry Partners contribute significantly to make the KidZania Manila experience as authentic and meaningful as possible for the children who will visit our play city. With their years of knowledge and expertise, they help enrich the educational entertainment value of the KidZania concept.”
Cecille Mariño, KidZania Manila Industry Partners Director adds: What makes the KidZania experience unique is immersive, authentic role play, so it is important to incorporate realistic places and recognizable brands that make up a city.
Among the dedicated KidZania Industry Partners are ABS-CBN, Cebu Pacific, A1 Driving, Green Cross, Oreo, First Gen, Goldilocks, BPI, Champion, Coca-Cola, Healthy Options, Honda, Jack N’ Jill, DZMM, Holiday Inn, Johnson’s Baby, Lady’s Choice, LBC, Magnolia Ice Cream, Mercury Drug, Milo, National Bookstore, Nestle Chuckie, O Shopping, Oishi, Pascual Laboratories, Penshoppe, Pet Express, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pioneer, Powerade, Purefoods, Shell, Sky Cable, Sky Zone, Star Music, Star Magic, Toy Kingdom, and Yellow Cab.
A Creative Play Space For Leisure and Learning
Kidzania Manila empowers children to explore, discover, and choose whatever roles they want with more than 100 role playing activities, ranging from a bank, laundromat, bakery, aviation school, to name a few. Children can get to experience how a community works, earn and manage their money, as well as cooperate and work with others. Each experience is entirely hands-on and allows for cultivating the values of teamwork, self-esteem, independence, and other valuable life skills, thereby equipping kids to create a better world in the future. Here, kids will get to explore and experience the adult world, through activities like opening their own bank accounts, attending classes in the university, filing taxes, shopping for essentials at the supermarket, and driving their own car, in a safe and independent environment.
In KidZania Manila kids can be anything they want to be, may that be firefighters, pilots, detectives, or TV stars in one of the many feature establishments and careers that are also popular among kids across the different KidZania locations all over the world. Indeed, it is a city where kids rule, and where they can imagine and actually get to experience what they want to be when they grow up!
By the way, this is how you pronounce it, in case you are having trouble doing it properly! If you are as excited as I am about KidZania Manila, do visit their website, manila.kidzania.com, for updates and more information.
KidZania In A Nutshell
KidZania is an interactive kids’ city combining inspiration, fun and learning through realistic role play for children 3 to 14. Kids can independently explore a kid-sized city with over 100 exciting roles. 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 kid’s educational entertainment concepts, KidZania has 17 locations in 14 countries, as well as five new sites underdevelopment across the globe, including in 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 or follow us on Twitter @KidZaniaManila.
KidZania is locally franchised by Play Innovations, Inc., a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, and is set to open at the Bonifacio Global City in early 2015.