KidZania

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KidZania
Family Entertainment Center
IndustryEntertainment venue
Founded1 September 1999; 21 years ago (1999-09-01)
Headquarters
Number of locations
29
Websitekidzania.com

KidZania is a privately held international chain of indoor family entertainment centers currently operating in 29 locations worldwide, allowing children to role play adult jobs and earn currency.[1][2] KidZania has received more than 68 million visitors since its opening, making it one of the fastest growing global edutainment brands in the world.

Overview[edit]

KidZania, Lisbon, 2014
Mock Court, KidZania Bangkok, 2015

Every KidZania is themed as a child-sized replica of a real city, including buildings, shops and theaters, as well as vehicles and pedestrians moving along its streets. In this city, children aged 4 through 14, work in branded activities from bottling Coca-Cola, working in a Crest-sponsored dentist office, working at a McDonald's restaurant, painting with Corporação Industrial do Norte, washing hands with P&G's Safeguard soap, and using airline tickets from American Airlines, Fly Dubai and Saudia.[3]

The children earn kidZos (KidZania's currency) while performing the tasks, and the money is kept in the KidZania bank for children to spend at the gift shop and on KidZania's activities. Inside every KidZania facility around the world, children wear electronic bracelets that allow parents to keep track of their kids remotely.[4]

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan owns a 26% share in KidZania India and helps promote the brand in India.

History[edit]

KidZania was created and developed by the Mexican entrepreneur Xavier López Ancona, the current KidZania CEO.[5][6] The first KidZania opened in September 1999 in Santa Fe Shopping Mall in Mexico City, and was named La Ciudad de los Niños ("The City of the Children").[5]

Corporate sponsors funded 55% of the initial investment.

In 2007, KidZania hired entertainment strategist Andrew Darrow as executive vice president to expand the operation.[citation needed] Cammie Dunaway joined in late 2010 as the chief marketing officer.[3]

KidZania at Westfield London, cost £20 million to build.[7] In partnership with British Airways, it is operated by Joel Cadbury and Ollie Vigors through their Longshot Ltd company.[7][8][9]

KidZania characters[edit]

The mascots of KidZania are called the RightzKeepers. They represent the rights that all KidZania patrons have, and together, they share an extra sixth right, the Right to Be.

  • Urbano (Right to Know): A 9-year-old, green-haired kid who is ingenious, inquisitive, and adventurous. He is interested in conducting experiments and making inventions.
  • Vita (Right to Care): Urbano's younger sister, a kind and thoughtful blue-haired girl who loves all living things.
  • Bache (Right to Play): Urbano and Vita's blue pet dog. He loves to play, and will eat anything. His dream is to make sure every kid in the world is as happy as he is.
  • Beebop (Right to Create): Urbano's 10-year-old best friend. He is a huge fan of music and is very artistic. He has orange hair, and wears a yellow shirt and headphones.
  • Chika (Right to Share): The fashionista of KidZania, a sociable and cheerful pink-haired girl who wears fake cat ears. She gets her inspiration from her favorite anime and manga characters.
  • Bekha (Right to Be): An 11-year-old dark blue-haired kid who power to be self-determining, unique and free in harmony among humankind. This Right is grounded in the eternal idea of freedom: the power to act, speak and think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

Locations[edit]

Current locations[edit]

Kidzania Bangkok, Dec 2017
  • KidZania Mexico City, opened in September 1999 as La Ciudad de los Niños, rebranded KidZania La Ciudad de los Niños
  • KidZania Monterrey, opened in May 2006; includes a broadcasting experience co-branded with Multimedios Televisión, including live remotes with the network's programming
  • Kidzania Tokyo, opened in October 2006 (franchise)
  • KidZania Jakarta, opened in November 2007 (franchise)
  • KidZania Koshien, opened in March 2009 (franchise)
  • KidZania Lisbon, opened June 2009 (franchise)
  • KidZania Dubai, opened January 2010 (franchise)
  • KidZania Seoul, opened February 2010 (franchise)
  • KidZania Kuala Lumpur, opened February 2012 (franchise)
  • KidZania Santiago, opened May 2012 (franchise)
  • KidZania Cuicuilco in Mexico City, opened June 2012
  • KidZania Bangkok, opened March 2013 (franchise)
  • KidZania Mumbai, opened April 2013 (franchise)
  • KidZania Kuwait, opened June 2013 (franchise)
  • KidZania Cairo, opened September 2013 (franchise)
  • Kidzania Turkey, Istanbul, opened February 2014 (franchise)
  • KidZania Jeddah, opened January 2015 (franchise)
  • KidZania São Paulo, opened January 2015 (franchise)
  • KidZania London,[10] opened June 2015 (franchise)
  • KidZania Moscow,[11] opened 28 January 2016 (franchise, by Innova)
  • KidZania Busan, South Korea, opened in April 2016. This is the second KidZania in South Korea.
  • KidZania Delhi NCR, in Noida India, opened in May 2016
  • KidZania Guadalajara, opened November 2018
  • Kidzania Costa Rica, opened December 2018 (franchise)
  • Kidzania Doha, Qatar, opened May 2019
  • KidZania Abu Dhabi, opened June 2019
  • KidZania Johannesburg, opened 2019
  • KidZania Dallas, opened November 2019 Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas (franchise, by Innova)
  • KidZania Surabaya, opened 2020 (franchise) – This is the second Kidzania in Indonesia.

Upcoming locations[edit]

Former locations[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

KidZania was voted the World's Top Family Entertainment Center by the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) and 2009 Global Leisure Operator of the Year.[16]

From 2011 to 2015, KidZania has been recognized as one of The Best Mexican Companies (Las Mejores Empresas Mexicanas), a recognition promoted by Banamex, Deloitte México and Tecnológico de Monterrey.[17]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ "KidZania and a New Generation of Entrepreneurs in Mexico". www.forbes.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Rubinstein, Dana (19 May 2011). "Playing Grown-Up at KidZania". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  4. ^ Nathaniel Parish Flannery, KidZania and a New Generation of Entrepreneurs in Mexico, Forbes, 18 July 2012
  5. ^ a b Rebecca Mead, When I Grow Up: The theme-park chain where children pretend to be adults., The New Yorker, 19 January 2015
  6. ^ Jude Webber, Lunch with the FT: Xavier López Ancona, Financial Times, 1 August 2014
  7. ^ a b Jonathan Prynn, KidZania: New £20m ‘mini city’ inside Westfield mall will let children 'work' for treats, London Evening Standard, 16 July 2013
  8. ^ Stuart Jeffries, KidZania: the mini-city where children are in charge, The Guardian, 26 October 2014
  9. ^ Christopher Thompson, Longshot to back UK KidZania, Financial Times, 26 February 2012
  10. ^ "KidZania London Harnesses the Power of Role-Play & Fun Learning in 19th Global Location | KidZania Journal". Kzjournal.kidzania.com. 25 June 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Kidzania Moscow Homepage". kidzania.ru. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  12. ^ https://kidzania.us/en/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "KidZania Singapore to shut down for good after four years in Sentosa". straitstimes.com. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Kidzania Manila Homepage". Kidzania.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  15. ^ "After 5 years, KidZania Manila to cease operations". news.abs-cbn.com. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Former Nintendo and Yahoo Executive Recruited to KidZania as U.S. President, Global Marketing Head". Prweb.com. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Empresas Reconocidas – Las Mejores Empresas Mexicanas". Mejoresempresasmexicanas.com. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 19°21′40″N 99°16′49″W / 19.36106°N 99.2802°W / 19.36106; -99.2802