It may be a pretend city with pretend jobs but it teaches lessons that will serve children in good stead in the real world.
According to the KidZania Manila website, “role-play is one of the most effective ways to learn. Children can move about, put themselves in someone else’s shoes, wear a costume and use props, communicate and collaborate with other children and make decisions in character. All of these allow them to take risks and explore different experiences.
“At KidZania Manila, kids four to 14 years old have the unique opportunity to explore a multitude of career possibilities in a realistic and interactive environment.”
Children have five hours in which to explore more than 100 role-playing activities in Manila’s newest and biggest edutainment city.
They will receive 50 Kid-Zos; the money is theirs to save, spend on goodies that catch their eye or on specific job training, or on the education that will guarantee better and higher-paying jobs once they graduate a lesson in economics broken down for the consumption of young children and preteens.
They may also donate their KidZos to a charity of their choice, thus opening the eyes of KidZania Manila’s young visitors to the value of giving back.
The value of entrepreneurship is highlighted to teach kids that they don’t necessarily have to work for somebody else, that armed with their ideas, they can form their own company and be their own boss.