KidZania Manila is one of the coolest things that happened to kids these days. It’s the place where they can act as adults and do big things. Kids aged 4 to 14 years old can explore, discover, and learn about the adult world by taking on role-play activities like working as a firefighter, pilot, doctor, artist, etc. In a nutshell, KidZania is a world for kids and parents should take a back seat. Parents/adults cannot enter the shops and establishments, you just let them roam around while you follow them until you get tired or you have the option to relax at the Sky Zone Parents’ Lounge.
But what about my child’s security, you may ask. Well, KidZania has 16 years of experience of running a safe facility in different countries around the world. CCTV monitoring cameras are in place and all visitors who enter KidZania Manila will be required to wear an RFID (radio frequency identification) security bracelet.
Now that your child’s security is settled, you can go ahead and relax at the Parents’ Lounge and join the Parent Workshops #ParentTalksKZMNL.
Parent Talks at KidZania Manila
These workshops are absolutely free so I really encourage you to attend if you chanced upon one during your visits.
I was invited to attend one of the Parent Workshops last May 7, 2016. It’s about “Teaching Kids About Money The Fun Way” conducted by Ms. Rose Fres Fausto of www.FQmom.com. It was really an enlightening and insightful experience even if it’s just an hour long. Ms. Rose Fres Fausto engaged us to share our money experiences and learn from them.
Let me share to you one important lesson, the Basic Laws of Money:
- Pay yourself first.
At first, I thought paying myself is to reward myself for getting the job done. This means buying that luxury bag, having a grand vacation, or getting some whole-day salon action of mani-pedi, hair color, etc. I WAS WRONG! Paying myself means SAVING for myself. Whenever I receive my income, savings should be deducted first and put in a bank or invested in the stock market. It should be “Income minus Savings equals Expenses”.
- Get into a business that you understand and seek advice only from the competent people.
You must start a business according to your passion. It should be something that you love doing because as the saying goes, “Do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
- Make your gold work for you. Create an army of gold before you buy luxury.
When buying that signature handbag, make sure that you can pay for it in cash and you still have lots of extra money for your other needs. Ms. Rose Fres Fausto said that if you can’t buy 10 pieces of it, then don’t buy it. Pretty much the same with using your credit card when buying something, if you can’t afford to buy it in cash, then you can’t afford it at all.
We were given time to reflect about money and share it to the group but I’ll make a separate post about that. One thing’s for sure, it’s a very productive learning experience for me and I highly recommend going to one of these Parent Talks.