Underground children’s theme park Kidzania will open in Santiago

Visitors to the miniature replica city opening in October 2011 role play professions and learn the value of work and money.


The children of Chile will have the chance to run their own miniature city at Kidzania, the theme-park franchise coming to Santiago next year.

At the 7,000 square meter Kidzania amusement park, a replica city being built underground in Araucana Park in the Las Condes district in the Chilean capital, children walk the streets and enter buildings, shops and vehicles constructed at a scale of 70 percent of the real-life version.

There, children learn about the value of money and work and get to don uniforms and play the role of a variety of professions, such as doctors and firefighters.

“The idea is that Kidzania receives visitors from all socioeconomic strata and (we think) the park is transverse,” Raul Matte, general manager of the theme park in Santiago, told Chilean daily newspaper La Tercera. “Furthermore, this family fun center this public space will come alive throughout the year and not only in summer and late week.”

The franchise started in Mexico City in 1999 and has since expanded to Tokyo and Koshien, Japan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Lisbon, Portugal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Seoul, Korea Republic.

The Santiago version will include some local flavor. A copper mine with actual rock and mineral where children can learn more about the profession that is of great importance to the Chilean economy.

“Children are going to come with helmets and make extraction like mining, with technical equipment. Learn how much copper there is a rock and how to calculate the ore grade,” Matte said.

There will also be a replica of the Andes mountains, which dominate the skyline from Santiago.

Each of the about 60 activities in Kidzania will be supported by a local brand, La Tercera reports.

For example, a television station in the theme-park where children learn how to make a TV program will be called Channel 13, after one of the country’s terrestrial channels.