KidZania set to reopen in Frisco with new sanitation measures

KidZania USA is slated to reopen its Frisco location at Stonebriar Centre on July 31 to a limited capacity of children and parents. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)
KidZania USA is slated to reopen its Frisco location at Stonebriar Centre on July 31 to a limited capacity of children and parents. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

KidZania USA is slated to reopen its Frisco location at Stonebriar Centre on July 31 to a limited capacity of children and parents. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Children practice being dentists at KidZania in November 2019. (Elizabeth Ucles/Community Impact Newspaper)
KidZania USA is slated to reopen its Frisco location on July 31 to a limited number of visitors.

Located at Stonebriar Centre, the interactive education and entertainment center has implemented new sanitation measures throughout the facility, including mandating face coverings for all guests, employees and staff members.

“The park will be operating at 50% capacity as mandated by the state of Texas, which means the park will not see more than 500 people [on] any given day,” KidZania USA marketing and public relations manager Maria Solodilova said via email.

In addition to the sanitation protocols, KidZania will have staff measuring visitors’ temperatures before they enter the facility, its website states.

Solodilova said preregistration on the KidZania website is recommended before visiting the business, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

KidZania’s 85,000-square-foot location at Stonebriar Centre features a scaled city that allows children to role-play different careers.

“Some of the activities that have to do with a lot of surfaces that are hard to clean, [including] Steel Structure, Toddler Neighborhood, Pie Five and Mooyah food activities, will be temporarily closed,” Solodilova said.

She said children will also not use uniforms inside any of the professions because of the same sanitation issues.

In an interview with Community Impact Newspaper earlier this month, KidZania USA chief development officer Gregory P. Knoop said the company’s management staff believes there are parents who are ready to bring their children to the business.

“I think we are going to see groups of organized parents who are looking to get their kids out of the house in a very safe environment,” Knoop said. “[Attendance would be] not for the purposes of free play, but for the benefit of educational interaction and social interaction for their children in a very safe environment.”

Solodilova said the public’s response to KidZania’s planned reopening “has been wonderful” and the business is expecting a “good turnout” this weekend.

The Frisco facility closed on March 15 amid the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. KidZania USA then laid off its retail and corporate employees June 18 after being closed for three months. Knoop previously said some of those employees have since been rehired and the necessary staff is in place to reopen.

KidZania opened its corporate office for all U.S. locations in Frisco in August 2019. The KidZania location at Stonebriar Centre opened in November 2019 as the first location in the U.S. The company started in 1999 in Mexico City and has 29 locations across the globe.

By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is editor of the Frisco edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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