We recently spent an eventful week and a half in Mexico City, Mexico. We loved visiting the different museums the city has to offer. And we also enjoyed playing at the local public parks and exploring the city on the subway. As a splurge, we even treated our kids to a day of KidZania activities in one of Mexico City’s KidZania amusement parks.
Our first taste of KidZania was in Mumbai, India a few years ago. I was looking for things to do for kids in the city, and decided to spend an afternoon at KidZania. Since then, my daughter has been begging me to take them to KidZania again. So when I found out there were a couple KidZania locations in Mexico City, I knew I had to take the kids for a visit.
What is KidZania?
KidZania is an international chain of kid-centered amusement parks. It’s set up like a city, just for kids. There are stores, offices, hotels, factories, gas stations, sports stadiums, and even a fire station! KidZania partners with actual business. So the brands you see are real-life businesses! At KidZania, kids get a chance to either earn or spend KidZania-branded money. It all depends on the KidZania activities they do. It’s great for kids as young as four, and as old as fourteen.
KidZania actually started in Mexico. But now there are 26 KidZania locations in 20 countries around the world. Most of the KidZania locations are in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. But there are also three European locations. They are located in Lisbon, Moscow, and London. Currently, there are no U.S. KidZania locations. But I’ve read there is a location opening near Dallas this fall. Plus, two more KidZania locations will open near Chicago and New York in 2020.
In Mexico, there are four KidZania locations. Two of them are near Mexico City. The hours are 9am to 7pm on Tuesdays to Thursdays, 9am to 8pm on Fridays, and 10am to 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays. As with many museums and attractions in the country, KidZania locations in Mexico are closed on Mondays. Hours and days in other countries may be different.
How to buy KidZania tickets
There are two ways to buy KidZania tickets. You can buy them online, or you can go to KidZania and purchase tickets at the door. Each Kidzania location has its own dedicated page. So you can get information about ticket costs, hours, and special programs for that particular location. Prices vary depending on the location. In Mexico City, tickets were a bit on the higher side of Mexico City attractions, but still relatively affordable.
When buying KidZania tickets at the door, you can just walk up to the counter. The entrance of KidZania is set up like and airport ticket counter. It makes you feel like you’re leaving the city and entering into KidZania! The KidZania tickets are designed to look like boarding passes. And once you get your tickets, you go through “security and customs” before you can enter KidZania. The kids love the realistic aspect of the experience!
Why we love KidZania activities
I’m a sucker for amusement parks, it’s my guilty pleasure. But I don’t feel guilty at all about having my kids do KidZania activities. There is so much learning that they do during their play at KidZania, it’s like being in an amped up children’s museum! Here are a few reasons why we love KidZania activities.
Reason #1: It’s fun for kids
My kids have so much fun every time they visit KidZania. The decor of KidZania really makes it look like a city. There are street signs, benches, fountains, and street lamps. And the building facades are all decorated differently depending on the business. But I think what’s most fun for the kids is that they get to pretend like they’re real grown-ups doing real jobs for the day.
Reason #2: There are so many different types of KidZania activities to choose from
The first time we visited KidZania, my kids were five and two. I was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough KidZania activities for the kids to do, especially for my youngest. But I was pleasantly surprised. My kids got to be fire-fighters, package delivery people, and builders. This time around, my kids had a hand at working in a potato chip factory, being a pilot, and driving a motorcycle.
Reason #3: The educational component
At KidZania, kids are initially given a check, which they’ll need to cash at a bank. They can use that money to buy activities, or they can do jobs to earn more KidZania money. For all the KidZania activities, there’s a KidZania employee (a grown-up) who’s there to provide instructions and supervise the kids. I love that the kids get to try out real-life activites (and learn!) in a fun environment.
Reason #4: Consistency around the world
Since KidZania is a franchise, there is a certain level of consistency that you can find at KidZania locations around the world. Our two experiences in Mumbai and Mexico City were quite similar, even though they were in two different countries. We enjoyed that consistency, and it made the experience a lot more familiar to us.
Making KidZania part of our world schooling experience
An important aspect of my world schooling philosophy is showing my kids all the different jobs that people do around the world. Traditional school sometimes puts kids in a bubble. They don’t always see that there are so many different things that people can do with their lives. Even though KidZania is pretend, the jobs they see exist in real life. And that is such an important social lesson for the kids.
It may seem a bit silly, but I like having KidZania be a part of my kids’ world schooling experience. As far as amusement parks go, KidZania is one that I can get behind!
Have you been to KidZania during your travels? Share your kids’ favorite KidZania activities in the comments! Or send me a picture of your little ones at a KidZania,
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