Visiting Divercity – A Great Education Tool

Visiting Diversity  – A Great Education Tool For Travelling Kids

Today we are visiting Divercity. It is a three-floor center on the side of a shopping center. Here kids learn all about careers and jobs. They roleplay in an educational way. They have their own bank and are given some starter currency.

Getting to Diversity

To get here from Bogota city center we took the Transmileno and then a short bus and then a short walk.

What is Diversity?

But, they can spend their ‘wages’ on leisure, or earn a salary. So off to the bank, Explorason goes. No adults (unless they work there) can participate. We are fortunate that a worker knows some English, and he helps my son which is great for international families visiting Divercity.

Stations

Each station is a lock-in. There is a timer and the parents can leave. Parents and their child have matching swipe wrist security tags. It is a fantastic set-up.

Vehicles

They learn the basics of car maintenance, and how to drive as part of their education when visiting Divercity. They even get their own drivers license.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – learning to drive – the kids receive a drivers license when they pass the test

Become a Chef

Next, my son goes to cooking school at what they call a station. So I am free to go and participate in adult activities, or just watch on from a distance.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – the start of the cooking class – I am not allowed inside so photos are taken through the window

Attending University

The first educational station when visiting Diversity my son attends is the University of the Future.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Attending University

Hitting the Gymnasium

Explorason then spends some of his hard earned wages at the gym. He loves interactive boxing and spends time working out. I couldn’t get him out of this gym.

Working At The Lab (Chocolate Lab that is)

Next is the Chocolate Lab, and he sets to work again in his station. I head off to the café for a Colombian coffee. All stations including the bank are brand names of Colombian companies.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – working in the lab

Making New Friends

Whilst Explorason enjoys his education, I meet an American-Colombian Christian family and the kids speak English. Yeah! And my son loves it. The kids team up for activities together and the parents chat. We head to the adult floor for relaxation time and we also do a Colombian cooking class.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – The parents can enjoy a cooking lesson also

Train To Be A Firefighter

Meanwhile, the kids are training to be firefighters whilst visiting Divercity today. They simulate a real fire for them to put out – and they ride the truck.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason loved being a firefighter

TV Production

The highlight of the afternoon was a long 2-hour production. The kids go to the TV station to make their own news program. As we have to help with Spanish – English interpretation, this is a long, long event. But my son gets to do his own news spot. They can see themselves on the monitor.

Our new friend’s son David is so lovely as he reads his spot. He is really confident.

The kids finally make their mock “live” production and we are able to buy the DVD at the end.

Time

We spent the entire day here.  It was well worth it and there was enough to do to fill the day and more.

Conclusion

What a fabulous educational day. As we take the bus back to our area, I am absolutely wiped out. We safely get back just by dark. A great day visiting Diversity that I’d highly recommend to all families visiting Bogota.

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©Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason reads the news that evening

Questions and Comments

  • Has your family ever been to a Diversity?
  • If so which one and what did you think?
  • Would you take your kids here if you visit Bogota?

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