Every parent wants their kids to realize their potential and grow up to become successful, accomplished adults who make a difference in their own lives as well as the lives of those around them. In today’s world, that’s no easy feat, especially considering the constant barrage of 21st century distractions and a limited realm of exploration that stack the odds against children and youngsters.
What today’s kids really need is ‘an escape to the real world’; a trip to a place that builds their character and grooms their skills and talents, without feeling like a bore.
Fortunately, Doha has recently introduced an answer to that challenge for families and parents who have big aspirations for their kids. It began with a bold idea that has culminated into the construction of an entire city with one purpose in mind; blending education and entertainment to prepare children for adulthood and prime them to become tomorrow’s, skilled professionals, talented artists and responsible citizens.
Since KidzMondo Doha, Qatar’s first ever edutainment city, opened its doors for families at the Mall of Qatar, parents have been converging at the entrance of the theme park ready to send their kids on a mental and physical voyage of investigation, exploration, and adults’ role play; an adventure of a worth waiting for is what they got.
At KidzMondo Doha, a child’s journey begins with a trip. Upon checking in, every young visitor to the city claims their own boarding pass, an RFID (radio-frequency ID) tracking bracelet – to ensure their safety and constantly keep track of each child’s whereabouts – and a check for 50 Kidlars, the exclusive currency of KidzMondo, along with a map of the city.
Once through the KidzMondo International Airport, children become a part of an amazing experience as they enter KidzMondo-Doha, where they officially become ‘Kidizens’ of the city. Their first stop is at the city’s bank, QIIB; where they can cash their checks for Kidlars, which they can spend the way they like. With a detailed map in their hands and Kidlars in their pockets, Kidizens can follow directional signs to visit KidzMondo’s myriad establishments, where they can have fun interacting with peers, gaining new knowledge and developing fresh skills, all while learning how to earn and spend Kidlars – depending on their preferred activity.
To help them decide for themselves, the door to each establishment features a sign that indicates whether they will be spending Kidlars, or earning them for their participation.
Founded on its own written constitution, functioning infrastructure and curricula that have been especially designed to holistically educate children and enrich their experience, KidzMondo Doha’s young visitors’ journey at the indoor theme park has equally been designed with the end in mind. Before they ‘live the role’ of their adult counterparts, Kidizens have already experienced the ‘at-first-glance’ inner-workings of an adults world, like learning how to cash a check at the bank and read a map of the city where their opportunities to learn are endless, as well as follow direction.
Whether they are excited to learn driving and race in a track, enroll at the Acting Academy, secure the neighborhood as police officers, or build a new house at the Construction Site, all that is left for Kidizens to do is to explore a ‘city of opportunities’, and develop their cognitive, emotional, psychomotor and social abilities along the way.