By Andrea G. Posadas, 15
Holy Spirit School
Yes, that’s what the kids or CitiZens of KidZania Manila did this Halloween instead of joining a costume parade or going trick-or-treating from door to door. It’s a bit different than the usual Halloween activities but it was fun and exciting all the same.
During KidZania’s Treasure Trove Adventure, all children with Pazzports had the chance to collect treats and prizes from treasure chests at the Main Square. Each participant had a set amount of time to get as much “treasure” as he/she can get from boxes that were bursting with food, drinks, and toys.
The time limit for treasure hunting depended on the participant’s membership level. Naturalized members were given 30 seconds in the treasure trove, distinguished members had 35 seconds, and honorable members had 40 seconds. Kids had to dig for treasure using a small silver shovel and they had to bring and deposit the treats they collected to a nearby bin before they can get more.
Participants younger than seven years old could be accompanied by an adult inside the treasure trove. When the time was up, all the goodies collected were bagged by a friendly KidZania staff member and given to the child.
Nine-year-old Maristella Tienza said she enjoyed the activity. What she liked most was “being able to get many things.” Another nine-year-old, Bea Ventura, was all smiles after treasure hunting and said that her favorite part was “running to get treats from the chest.” Seven-year-old Sky Aguilar had fun, too, and said that for him, the best part was “running and getting prizes.” Twelve-year-old Jada de Leon, who came with her brother and was dressed as a pirate, liked the challenge of “getting as much as you want within a given amount of time.”
Like Jada, a few KidZania CitiZens who joined the Treasure Hunt were in costume. I saw two girls dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White. After treasure hunting, the costumed girls happily posed with their Halloween loot.
I did not join the Treasure Trove Adventure but I had fun watching the kid participants run to and from the treasure chests and interviewing them. I also liked watching the KidZania staff refill the treasure chests repeatedly with snacks, drinks, and small toys. They made sure the boxes were always full so it would be easy for the children to dig for treasure. After that, I went on an adventure of my own in KidZania by walking around and visiting some of the “workplaces.” There’s never a shortage of fun things to do in this cool venue.