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Greener world in KidZania Community D-10 KidZania revealed that 45,000 children from 50 countries have signed its Greener World Pledge committing to create a cleaner and greener planet. KidZania Nails Quality Award National A-02 KidZania was recognized with Mexico’s National Quality Award. The New Gang Urbano, Vita and Bache welcome Beebop and Chika to its Rightzkeepers Gang! National A-02 KidZania, January 2013 2012 Y e a r b o o k t h e v o i c e o f o u r n at i o n Year 14 / Number 6 Foundation Day at KidZania Kuala Lumpur! KidZania Kuala Lumpur, officially became the ninth KidZania City in the world during its Foundation Day ceremony KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia. February 27, 2012. Continuing the proud KidZania traditions that first originated from Mexico, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education unveiled the Eternal Spirit of KidZania Kuala Lumpur, igniting the path to an awardwinning edutainment center for Kids. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Y.A.B Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Bin Haji Mohd Yassin, was also presented the Key to the City during the event. Tunku Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin, Managing Director and CEO of Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd and Governor of KidZania Malaysia said “KidZania’s Foundation Day is a symbol of the establishment of a new KidZania city. We are proud to bring the fastest growing educational and entertainment brand in the world to the children of Malaysia. KidZania’s Managing Director and CEO of Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd along with KidZania Kuala Lumpur's Industry Partners and international delegates from other KidZania cities around the world. Spread over 7,400 m2 across two levels, KidZania Kuala Lumpur is conveniently located in the Curve NX, opposite the Curve shopping mall in Mutiara Damansara. KidZania Kuala Lumpur offers over 90 different role-plays in 60 different Establishments. unique concept of educationbased entertainment will aid developmental growth and inspire confidence, creativity and innovation among children.” “Kids love to imagine themselves performing adult professions. At KidZania Kuala Lumpur, they can experience the world of adults through 90 authentic role playing activities. The participation of renowned local and international brands adds a further sense of realism to the city, thus enriching the educational experience for the kids.” KidZania Kuala Lumpur also honored its Industry Partners by presenting them with Keys to the KidZania City. Present at the event were Mr. Xavier López Ancona, KidZania’s Founder and President; His Excellency Alfredo Rogerio Pérez Bravo, Mexican Ambassador to Malaysia; Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz, Chairman of Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd; Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Ali Redhauddin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, Chairman of Rakan Riang Sdn Bhd; Tunku Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin, KidZania Opens First Children’s Theme Park in Santiago de Chile KidZania opened its 11th children’s theme park and first South American location in Santiago, Chile SANTIAGO, Chile. June 28, 2012. KidZania combines role play with real life experience in a kid-sized City. “We are thrilled to add KidZania Santiago to our global nation and welcome Chilean children and families to a one-of-a-kind experience where tomorrow’s lessons are today’s fun,” said Xavier López Ancona, President and Founder of KidZania. “Like so many other KidZania centers, we have received an endorsement from the Ministry of Education in Chile for creating experiences that inspire Kids to become their best selves and great global citizens.” KidZania Santiago represents a US $20 million investment and a 7,500 square meter kidsized City designed to educate, inspire and entertain 4- to 14year olds. From police officer to dentist to restauranteur, KidZania Santiago offers nearly 100 role- playing activities in more than 50 Establishments, including a hospital, fire station, bank, radio station and more. KidZania Santiago will also feature unique, one-of-a-kind experiences, including a mine where children learn how to extract copper, as well as conduct usability tests on the copper samples in a state- KidZania Founder and President, Mr. Xavier López Ancona said “We are excited to launch KidZania here in Malaysia and to introduce this unique edutainment concept for the Malaysian market. Partnerships such as this have escalated KidZania to become the leading global brand in children’s experiential educational entertainment. We are very proud of this accomplishment and thank the KidZania team for their hard work, effort and dedication to this project. We look forward to KidZania Kuala Lumpur’s Grand Opening tomorrow and to welcoming the first visitors – both children and parents.” of-the-art laboratory. In addition, KidZania Santiago will feature a gas distribution company, where kids learn the origin, importance and use of liquefied petroleum gas. “It is an honor to join the KidZania world as the first City in South America,” said Raul Matte, Governor of KidZania Santiago. “By blending reality with entertainment, KidZania Chile provides an authentic and powerful developmental experience, helping kids to understand and manage their world. Through each activity, kids learn financial literacy, career opportunities, team work, independence and selfesteem.” Since the first center opened in 1999, more than 20 million guests have visited KidZania Cities around the world. As with each new KidZania opening, KidZania Santiago will herald its debut with a Foundation Celebration introducing KidZania traditions, welcoming local diplomats and the Chilean community. Global partners such as Nestlé, LAN, CocaCola, Sony, Radio Disney, Goodyear, Hyundai, Hertz, Duracell, Pizza Hut and Petrobras, will be part of the on-going fun, enriching the experiences and adding authenticity to the careerbased roleplaying activities on site. KidZania Cuicuilco, the World’s Largest Edutainment City is Founded Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo was the guest of honor, and lit the Eternal Spirit of KidZania, officially founding KidZania Cuicuilco MEXICO CITY, Mexico. May 30, 2012. Mrs. Margarita Zavala was received by Mr. Xavier López Ancona –President of KidZania– and a girl representing Mexican youth, who presented the First Lady of Mexico a travel kit with a boarding pass and all the documents required to travel to KidZania Cuicuilco. After touring the fun-filled city aboard a KidZania City Tour Bus, the First Lady and the President of KidZania arrived to the city downtown, where a group of more than 250 people awaited them. Among the VIP guests were Mexico’s Ministers of Economy, Education, Treasury and Communications & Transportation, 18 ambassadors, Governors of 12 KidZania States, as well as representatives of the 80 Industry Partners —all supporting KidZania’s mission to help children get ready for a better world. Mr. Xavier López bestowed the First Lady with the “Key to the City”, as a token of appreciation for supporting this 100% Mexican concept, and thanked her for supporting the development and well-being of children in Mexico and around the world. KidZania Cuicuilco is the largest, most inventive KidZania children’s theme park to date. Located in Mexico City, KidZania Cuicuilco is home to unmatched experiences for kids that spotlight environmental stewardship, empathy for differently-abled children, practical financial skills and “good-for-you” choices by way of food and recreation. KidZania Cuicuilco is a 14,000 square meter (150,000 square foot) kid-sized city complete with 90 real-world establishments, including a city hall, bank, restaurants, hospital, sport’s stadium and more. Once in the center, kids choose from more than 120 careers, including a dog trainer (complete with reallive dog), mechanic, power plant operator, surgeon, CSI investigator, tortilla chef, road paver and more. KidZania Cuicuilco is located in the Plaza Inbursa Cuicuilco shopping center and is expected to receive more than 1 million visitors per year, revolutionizing the entertainment industry, just like KidZania Santa Fe did almost 13 years ago. As this new center joins 9 others across the globe, empowerment for kids has never been so vast, realistic and fun! KidZania Cuicuilco officially opened to the public in June 21st.

KidZania Journal 2012

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