Yesterday, we had a chance to visit Kidzania Manila before it officially opens to the public on Friday (and for a discounted price) since my highschool bestfriend works there. Bryce was excited and so we read the Awesome Planet’s blog about Kidzania the night before and checked out their website just so we could plan what “jobs” he would take.
We got there at 3:30pm and the parking in Park Triangle was already full and so were the open parking nearest to the building. We parked in Serendra instead and walked to Kidzania since we were going to ROX after anyway. You can park in Market Market, but I think Serendra is much closer.
From the outside, you can clearly see the Cebu Pacifc check-in counters where visitors can buy their tickets. My husband jokingly asked if there were people who would think that it was an actual Cebu Pacific booking center. Hehe! Once “checked-in”/paid, we were given a map and receipts that look like a boarding pass.Each one of us were also given a Kidzania RFID (radio frequency identification) security bracelet. Bryce’s bracelet was linked to us, his registered accompanying adults. I really love this feature because there is no way Bryce could leave the premises without alerting the security and us, thus no kidnap paranoia on our side. Haha!Upon registration, Bryce was given a check worth 50 KidZos, Kidzania’s own currency. He should go to a bank (BPI) and have it “encashed” so he can use it to pay for products and services. He can also earn more KidZos by working in establishments in the play city! He can also opt to open a bank account and he will be given an ATM card. ATMs are available all around the city so kids can withdraw cash whenever necessary. It’s a good way to teach kids about banking.FIRST JOB: Courier Earnings: 8 KidZos
We were walking aimlessly for more 10 minutes because we were kinda overwhelmed with the miniature city and we actually didn’t know where to start. Good thing, a lady from LBC approached Bryce and asked him if he wanted to deliver packages in exchange for 8 KidZos. And so Bryce went off to his first ever job as a courier! I think he was a checker here. Parents are not allowed inside the establishments so we didn’t know what they were discussing.They were to deliver two packages, one to a pharmacy and one to a newspaper office before they could go back to LBC’s office to get their hard-earned salaries. Didn’t they look cute?For the second activity, he wanted to drive, but before he could, he had to have a driver’s license. It costed him 15 KidZos. Driving the streets costs him another 15 KidZos but if he would to work as a gasoline boy, he could earn 6 KidZos.
Second Job: Construction Worker Earnings: 8 KidZos
The night before, he already planned that he would work in a construction company so he was really excited to be here. I wish they would do more than brick laying, It was kinda boring. Haha!Third Job: Urban Farmer Earnings: 10 KidZos
His third job, a farmer in the Farm House was his favorite. He even went back here again but we told him to try another one since we’re leaving at 7. He said they planted giant seeds, but didn’t harvest them. I had no idea what they were doing but it sure looked nice inside. I even wanted to copy the pallet vertical garden on the left. Haha!
Fourth Job: Pharmacist Earnings: 10 KidZos
His fourth job was a pharmacist in Mercury Drug. And this was the point where I was starting to feel so I tired, I really wanted to go home. But Bryce seemed to enjoy his job in Mercury drug. According to him, they were taught how to measure and mix medicines. I think the use of thermometer was also explained. I just wanted somewhere to sit and put my feet up. Haha!Part our plan was to try being a pilot. As it was already past 6, this was our last activity for the day. There was a line but fortunately, Bryce made the cut off. Hubby went off to Sky’s lounge (or parents’ getaway room. 0-14 years old are not allowed inside) and had McCafe’s latte which, according to him, was surprisingly good. I would have wanted one but it was for P115. I’d rather wait for dinner. After the Aviation Academy experience, we asked Bryce if he loved being a pilot. I didn’t know if he was just tired but that was his least favorite part. Probably because they were left alone “in the cockpit navigating the air” with just a monitor showing the aerial view of places. He loved the farm house, though and the drugstore because things and processes were explained to them. He loves it when he learns new terms and mere physical activities with no further information shared were just a bit boring for him. Oh, well, all kids are different. I wonder what Kenya would be like here…
Knowing Bryce, I know the theater would be the last in his list, maybe not even in the list! But I just find this cute. When Kenya turns four, I’ll bring her here and I know she would be more than willing to perform up there.
For almost four hours, Bryce was only able to do 4 jobs and try 3 activities. He wanted to try pizza making in Yellow Cab Pizza but it wasn’t open yet and so was McDonald’s. The fire station was the most in-demand establishment. If your kids want to try being a fire fighter, I suggest you go in early and go to the fire house immediately before the line starts filling up.
If you can, go on a weekday which is cheaper and has longer shift (7 hours). Weekends only have 4-hour shift which, like us, would probably leave your kids with just 5-8 activities depending on the number of visitors.
There are more than a hundred role playing activities for your kids to try and so, definitely, a single visit is not enough. It may be quite pricey but I think it is an excellent way to supplement a child’s education. I find it especially helpful for homeschooling families like us.
Looking forward to our next visit. But we will make sure to bring older kids with us so we can just stay in the Sky Lounge. The kids will definitely last for seven hours, but I don’t think I can. Maybe they should include a spa in the play city. Hehe!