Progress in Motion – KidZania USA Grand Opening

Progress in Motion – KidZania USA Grand Opening

“Without any further delay, let’s cut the ribbon.” Kids it’s time to take a trip to KidZania. “I really want to welcome all of the children boys and girls from Frisco from Dallas from Texas to come here to KidZania Dallas and make this city your own.” The first-ever KidZania in the United States is open for business right here in Frisco at Stonebriar Centre. KidZania is a mini-city for kids run by kids. After the young travelers land in KidZania, they can take a quiz to find out which job suits them best. Then it’s off to work to earn kidZos, KidZania’s own currency, so kids can pay for goods and services in the city. Zupervisors help the children navigate the careers. “The opportunity here for your kids to explore their own imagination, to explore their vision for themselves and their future and how they’re going to integrate into the workforce is just incredible here.” There are more than 100 professions children can try including firefighter, hairstylist, dentist, pilot or construction worker. “Role playing that making children learn by having fun to role play what a great at idea and nobody was really taking role playing seriously. So we thought this would be a very unique thing to really make a difference in the world.” Founder Xavier Lopez Ancona, who brought his idea to KidZania to life more than 20 years ago, now brings it to the U.S. “Frisco was the best bet for us because it was the fastest growing, they were very friendly, they’re really accommodating, they gave us a very warm welcome.” The 4-hour trip to KidZania for children grades Pre-K to 8th grade is about $40. Little ones 2 to 4 years old can visit the Right-Z-Keepers neighborhood for $20. And it’s a $20 flight for parents. But it’s kids only inside the experiences allowing them to ask questions and make their own decisions. “The kids learn how to overcome adversity and how to overcome these challenges and problems that we face every day as adults.” 6-year-old Reese Hancock says she wants to check out firefighting now that she’s been a veterinarian. She sums up her trip to KidZania with a few but important words. “It’s very very fun. It’s cool.” Reese’s mother Michelle says she believes they’ll come back as her daughter gets older and her interests change. “She wants that hand on experience that we can’t give her really on a normal day, so this is perfect for her to experiment. I think we are very very blessed to have this in our community in North Texas because there’s nothing like it in America right now and we need to take advantage of that.” And safety is key in KidZania. Everyone who travels here goes through security including a metal detector. And children are linked to adults through bracelets with the same electronic barcode. Zupervisors say a child cannot leave KidZania without the adult who brought them, and without a few stories to tell their friends. “These are a huge hit around the world right here in Frisco, Texas. First one the United States. Congratulations and welcome.” “This is very special to bring KidZania to the U.S. and most certainly to Frisco.” At the end of the day, it’s about the children and the difference we can make in the lives of those children. Get ready for a better world.”

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