KidZania: A City Run by Children

NEW YORK, New York. KidZania Journal. January 19, 2015. –The January 19, 2015 edition of the prestigious The New Yorker publishes an extensive article about KidZania. You can read it online here.

UPDATE: In this week’s New Yorker magazine, Rebecca Mead writes about KidZania, a company that operates giant children’s play centers resembling miniature cities. Rather than escape into a fantasy world, at KidZania children take jobs, purchase items branded by corporate sponsors, pay taxes, and even run a legal system.

On this week’s Out Loud, Mead joins Michael Agger, the culture editor of, along with the staff writer Nick Paumgarten, to discuss KidZania’s unusual approach to play. They discuss the parenting and educational philosophies behind various forms of kids’ entertainment, the challenge of finding safe play spaces for children that offer real freedom, and some of the disconcerting aspects of the KidZania model. Like a Vegas casino, Paumgarten says, “on the one hand, you’re impressed by the verisimilitude; on the other it’s spooky and cheesy.”

You can listen to the podcast here.

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