KidZania is headquartered in Mexico City and is privately held. The company currently employs more than 11,000 associates and continues to rapidly expand.
Founded in 1996 by Xavier López Ancona and a group of fellow Mexican businessmen, KidZania has already entertained and engaged over 25 million people in fourteen locations around the world.
Initially known as La Ciudad de los Niños, KidZania's first location opened in Santa Fe, Mexico (a suburb of Mexico City) in September 1999. In its first year, it exceeded all expectations, attracting nearly 800,000 visitors and, to date, some 10 million children have visited this flagship location
The second KidZania opened in 2006 in Monterrey, Mexico. The third KidZania was the company's first international location in Tokyo, which also opened in 2006. This location consistently draws sellout crowds. Unlike the wholly owned and privately held Mexican locations, KidZania Tokyo launched the company's extension into global franchising which is fueling explosive international growth.
In 2016 KidZania opened its 24th facility and new locations are currently being built or in development all over the world.
KidZania is the brainchild of Xavier López Ancona, a Mexican entrepreneur who has always possessed a passion for entertaining and educating children.
Our vision is to ignite the hearts and minds of kids everywhere by empowering them to make the world a better place.
KidZania works under a unique set of Values that allow the company to feature the very best educational entertainment experience for our visitors, stablishing a great alliance with our industry partners, franchisees, investors, collaborators and enhance our surrounding communities.