20 years ago, KidZania, formerly known as The City of Children (La Ciudad de los NiÃ±os in Spanish), opened its first edutainment facility at Santa Fe Shopping Center in Mexico City on September 1999.
Back at that time, the founders of this innovative Mexican concept identified two important aspects: the lack of quality entertainment options for children, and kidsâ€™ innate interest for role-playing. Â The simple, yet powerful idea, of incorporating role-playing activities at a city designed especially for children that combines learning and fun, became the main pillar of the KidZania Concept.
After very successful 6 years of operations in Mexico City, KidZania Monterrey, the second facility in Mexico opened its doors. That same year, the company started growing internationally through a franchise model and KidZania Tokyo was the first KidZania City abroad.
KidZania has crossed cultures, borders & languages and currently operates in 25 countries with 27 founded KidZania Cities and 11 more in different stages of development; including: KidZania Abu Dhabi, KidZania Dallas, KidZania Surabaya, KidZania Nagoya, KidZania Chicago, KidZania Johannesburg, KidZania New York, KidZania Riyadh, KidZania Giza, KidZania Paris and KidZania Toronto.
Regarding the international expansion of this highly formative concept Xavier LÃ³pez Ancona, President of KidZania, mentioned: â€œOur concept is easy to export since children all over the world love to create, explore and collaborate with others. These common interests are perfectly aligned with KidZaniaâ€™s proposal that combines entertainment and learning in equal parts.â€
Each KidZania city includes different experiences that are relevant to that particular culture and geography by way of food, entertainment and professions; and has become of the most progressive and successful edutainment concepts in the world.
Besides celebrating 2 decades of entertaining 80 million people around the world; KidZania reinforces its commitment to continue innovating and developing new & improved experiences for boys & girls worldwide in the years to come!
KidZania is an interactive kidsâ€™ city combining inspiration, fun and learning through realistic role-play for children 1-14.Â Kids independently explore a kid-sized city with over 100 exciting careers. Each ultra-realistic experience is designed to empower kids, giving them the confidence to be their best selves, and inspiration to be great global citizens. With 27 locations in 21 countries and 12 more under development in markets such as USA, Indonesia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and more, KidZania is one of the most inventive and fastest-growing global learning and entertainmentÂ brands in the world.
KidZania, Inc., headquartered in Mexico, was founded in 1997, opened its first center in 1999, and is privately held. For more information about KidZania, visitÂ kidzania.com, follow us at facebook.com/KidZaniaOfficial, or on twitter asÂ @KidZania.