It was a Sunday well-spent! The fam bam went to the newly-opened KidZania Manila at Park Triangle, BGC. Since it was a weekend, there were 2 shifts for the day. We took the morning shift to avoid the maddening crowd and be able to park comfortably at the building basement.
Upon entering the building, what will welcome you is the “check-in” counter. It is fashioned after the check-in counters at the airport. This is where you will pay for your ticket, secure your bracelet, get your boarding pass and KidZos check (currency in Kidzania)
Then you go up to the “city”. The usual first stop of the kids was the bank (Bank of the Philippine Islands) to encash the check. However, we decided to get passports for the kids first and make them KidZania citizens. This means they’ll earn more KidZos on “earning” establishments.
Then the lil girl’s off on her own! Her adventure started at the bank (by this time, there’s no more line).
Then she headed to where else – Cebu Pacific Aviation Academy (why am I not surprised?) Here, she learned to become a pilot using the flight simulator.
After her flying stint, she spent her KidZos in the Purefoods R&D Center where she made nuggets.
After that, she earned Kidzos at the Pascual Laboratory where she made food supplements.
We went down after that to check on the other establishments. Of course, she wouldn’t pass up the chance to become a model. She tried modeling at Penshoppe where they sashayed in a makeshift runway.
Then a storytelling gig at National Bookstore to earn more KidZos. They were told a story which they later performed at the plaza.
After that, she went to the Star Music recording studio. This one’s still free (no earning, no spending) since they have yet to provide a recording of your performance.
For her last stop, she joined the parade via the Acting Academy. The parade went around the place and they sang and dance while holding pompoms.
There are still a number of establishments we have not visited in that 5-hour shift. In fact, the lil girl was a bit bitin because she wanted to check out the salon. In my case, I want her to be a firefighter since it comes with a fire truck ride, how cool is that, right?! Then there’s the hospital and police station. We had to content ourselves with taking photos. Oh well, we’ll save those for our next visit. Maybe next time, we’ll go on a weekday so we can maximize our time and money. Going on a weekday would mean you’ll have a full day pass.
What took us long was that the activities were averaging 20 minutes. Add the lining up so it took us close to 40 minutes per establishment. I can’t complain because it just meant that the kids were really given a close-to-real experience. I don’t think you can squeeze in info and everything else in a session shorter than that.
For toddlers, they also set up play rooms. Since they can’t go inside the establishments and they’re not given KidZos, they’re encouraged to play at these rooms. There are 2 zones, if I’m not mistaken, but we just went inside 1. The darling bub had a great time too playing with trucks and writing.
Personally, I just brought Kobe along for him to enjoy the site with us and not really for him to experience the place. KidZania is really meant for school-age kids. Maybe he can pass up on our next visit.
For food, I was expecting that they’ll jack up the prices. I was a bit surprised that they’re selling them at the same retail prices. There is McDonald’s, Via Mare and Yellow Cab (there might be more but these are the only ones we saw/ tried).
That Sunday was one of the expensive day-outs for us. Yes, because the KidZania prices aren’t cheap. Then there’s the souvenir shop you can’t say no to. But also, it’s one of the days I’ve seen my kids in their happiest.
Park Triangle, North 11th Avenue,
BGC, Taguig City
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