KidZania USA is now open in Frisco at Stonebriar Centre! It’s a city run by kids for kids! I will admit that I was a bit skeptical, but after experiencing it first hand, I am a believer. Here’s what you can expect at this one-of-a-kind family attraction located in the heart of North Texas.
I love that my kids can learn through role-play. It’s an immersive experience unlike anything I have seen in our area – and that says a lot with the number of fun things for kids to do in Dallas. Kids are learning while having fun away from tablets, gaming devices, and television. Honestly, I am jealous I didn’t grow up with something like this. The staff told me they plan to host adult-only events in the future! How fun will that be? Keep reading to learn more!
I was given complimentary passes but all opinions are my own and are 100% honest.
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Know before you go: KidZania USA
Where is KidZania USA located?
KidZania Dallas is now open at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, TX. It’s located on the second floor of the Stonebriar Centre near the Dillard’s wing and across from the kid play area.
How much does KidZania cost?
The number one question I get asked is “Is it worth the price?” On opening day, the prices were initially set higher than some families expected. That being said, KidZania recently changed their pricing for an all-day pass (subject to change) to the following:
- Children Under 4 Years: FREE
- Children 4-5 Years: $14.95
- Children 6-14 Years: $39.95
- Adults 15+ Years: $14.95
Keep in mind parents can drop off kids 8 and up and shop in the mall or hang out elsewhere. Kids are given RFID security bracelets with GPS tracking devices. They can not leave without that assigned parent with them. Kids 8 years old and under must be accompanied by a guardian and remain in the city at all times.
Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the counter if space is available.
Is it worth the price?
Back to the question if this experience is worth the ticket prices. My honest opinion is yes, it is worth the expense. After seeing all the hands-on real-life experiences my six-year-old experienced, I was convinced. The attention to detail is incredible. All areas are super clean and the employees are polite and highly engaged with the children. Surely, this level of service will stick beyond the opening season. The company culture is positive and 100% focused on empowering kids to take on various roles and responsibilities throughout the city.
Is there an annual pass?
No, there is not an option to purchase annual passes. However, they do offer B•KidZanian PaZZport membership program that offers perks and benefits. Parents can sign-up for their kids at the PaZZport Office.
Things to do at KidZania
Once inside KidZania USA, kids and parents can explore the city. There are several professions to choose from. At each, kids get paid kidZos (KidZania’s currency). With this money, they can spend, save or invest. There is a gift shop that kids can use their kidZos to spend money on. Note: There is also a KidZania merchandise store that takes real money at check out.
Kids independently role-play authentic professions such as:
Actor, Chef, Doctor, Fire Fighter, News Anchor, Optometrist, Pilot, Podcaster, Police Officer and Veterinarian
Businesses and Industries including the Airport, Aviation Academy, Bank, Dental Clinic, Eye Care Center, Fire Station, Hospital, Podcast Studio, Restaurants, Sports Training Center, Theater and TV Studio!
What do parents do during their visit to KidZania USA?
One of the goals of KidZania is to teach children how to be independent thinkers. Parents are asked to sit outside and either watch or find something else to do. Each activity takes approx. 20 minutes. Coming from someone who has worked with children, I think this concept is great. Parents can still see their kids through the glass from a distance to take photos. After each experience, my daughter filled me in on what they learned. I didn’t feel left out at all. I took a few moments to walk around and enjoy my cup of coffee in peace. It was nice!
Parents can also take advantage of the Parent Lounge located on the second floor or frequent any of the restaurants on-site. Dining options include Pie Five Pizza, MOOYAH Burger, Happy Taco, 7-Eleven and more, where cash and credit cards are accepted.
There are plenty of benches and tables for parents to take a break. I will go back and work while my daughter plays. With the tracking devices located in their bracelets, parents can check in with staff who will locate the last activity their kids enrolled in.
Is KidZania good for toddlers?
Initially, my answer was no because the price was too expensive for the experience. There is a Toddler Neighborhood area for them to play in the grocery store and a few other areas. Knowing my toddler gets bored easily, he would’ve been done in less than an hour and wanted to chase his older sibling around. I opted to leave him home so I could fully focus on my six-year-old daughter. I think KidZania is best suited for kids 5 and up or mature four-year-olds. Now that kids under four years old are free, I may bring back my little man while my daughter finishes the activities she did not get to during the first visit.
What are KidZania USA’s operating hours?
General park hours are:
- Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday – 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Seasonal and holiday hours may vary – please check their website for the latest park hours.
Can you host a birthday party at KidZania?
On the second floor, there are plenty of party rooms. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Here’s your chance to get (4) KidZania Dallas VIP Guest passes to KidZania! Hurry, the giveaway ends December 5, 2019. See the rules in the giveaway below. No purchase necessary to enter.