Parents have the best dreams about their child's future -- doctor, lawyer, or president. However, it's still up to the child to decide what he or she wants to be when he grows up. The best thing you can do is expose him to the multitude of options available for him and support him all the way.
At KidZania, kids ages 4 to 14 years old get to try different grown-up jobs, without their parents constantly hovering. The realistic role-play activities are so real, which makes it both fun and enjoyable for kids. But beyond that, children also get to learn about how the world works. When KidZania first opened, the little ones get to be a pilot, police officer, race car driver, crime scene investigator, newspaper or TV reporter, and many more for hours at a time. And now, the kids can also try their hand at being marine scientists with the Marine Research Laboratory.
The newest addition to the kiddie play city is the first-ever in all of the 24 KidZania cities all around the world, thanks to Century Tuna and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), a non-profit organization that aims to help spread awareness about conservation and preservation of the environment for the generations to come. "Our country’s waters and its marine life are among our most important treasures. All of us, including our future environmental stewards, have a big responsibility to protect it, especially as our communities depend on them for food, livelihood, and sustenance,” said Maricel Arenas KidZania Philippines state governor .
At KidZania’s Marine Research lab, kids will learn about the basics of marine ecosystems, how to sustain them and help the communities that rely on the water ecosystems for livelihood, and the importance of caring for our seas and its inhabitants. It’s designed as an underwater facility, which gives you a sense of being inside a submarine, complete with aquariums and research workstations. The main console is so cool because it looks so realistic.
So what can your budding marine scientists do here? First, the kids are given a mission. They'll watch a video and learn about issues that concerns our seas and its inhabitants. Depending on what's presented to them, the kids will need to study marine ecosystems, analyze the problem at hand, and come up with possible solutions. The Marine Research Lab houses everything they need: a microscope to test water samples, charts to jot down their findings about the fish, underwater maps, and more.
At the touch pool, kids can get their hands on live marine species, such as star fish and sea urchin. These marine animals were recommended by an in-house biologist, and it’s totally safe for the kids. The kids will also have an aquarist with them to guide them on how to properly handle the marine species. There are rules such as washing their hands beforehand and implementing a two-finger rule, which means only two fingers should be used to touch and feel the species. This is also to protect and ensure the safety of the marine species. Preserving the marine ecosystem and protecting the marine species, is after all, the main objective of the Marine Research Lab's hands-on experience.
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As many as 10 kids can be a marine scientist for 30 minutes and earn 12 KidZos (the currency in KidZania) after completing the mission. KidZania is open daily: Mondays to Friday (9AM-4PM), Saturdays (9AM-2PM and 3-8PM), and Sundays (9AM-5PM). To book tickets and for more information, visit manila.kidzania.com.