Mexico-based KidZania has opened its largest children’s theme park yet, KidZania Cuicuilco, in Mexico City. The park creates experiences that teach children about career opportunities, environmental stewardship, empathy for kids with different abilities, how to make good food and recreation choices, hands-on driving and road safety via a fleet of kid-sized eco-friendly vehicles, and much more.
Young visitors enter KidZania Cuicuilco through the park’s mock airport into the sprawling 150,000 square-foot kid-sized city complete with 90 establishments, including city hall, a bank, restaurants, a hospital, sports stadium and more. Once in the park, kids choose from among 120 different trades and professions that it takes to run a city. It’s the ultimate role-playing experience for kids ages four to 14.
Some of the park’s highlights include: More than 120 careers (including guide dog trainer (complete with real dog), mechanic, power plant operator, surgeon, CSI investigator, tortilla chef, road paver); an authentic driving experience for children, complete with driver’s education, auto insurance, and the largest fleet of electric kid-sized vehicles (minivans, SUVs, ambulances, city buses and police cars); fully immersive environmental job experiences featuring an electric power plant, wind turbines, solar panels, and water treatment facility to emphasize the global importance of conservation; a recyclables drop-off center for the surrounding community, which is integrated into park activities; three-story disaster center, which simulates flood, fire or earthquake and teaches children how to respond and tools to help special needs children navigate the park independently, as well as activities that allow able kids to experience what it would be like to have a disability.
KidZania Cuicuilco has more than 90 global partners present in the park, including Nestle, LAN, Toyota, DHL, Berlitz, Evenflo, Manpower, Cartoon Network, Banco de Mexico, which are integrated into the career-based, role-playing activities.