Thursday, February 18, 2016

Vacation Learning: Colombia #4 Barranquilla

One of the highlights of our stay in Barranquilla was going to Divercity.  It is a venue designed to imitate a city for children ages 3-13. The kids were able to choose to experienced up to 40 different types of community jobs.  It included jobs like police officer, doctor, detective, and pilot, just to name a few.

At the entrance each child is given some city money, and a debit card.  They are instructed to pick a place, do a job, and earn money. Big Sisters' favorite thing was that parents are not allowed inside the work areas.  It is a city ONLY for children.  Parents are welcome to sit on the benches by the street, or head over to the parent-care (instead of childcare) area.  

Above you can see the space for singers, and dancers at the Talent Show area.  Both kids enjoyed performing to the tune of their favorite songs.

Big Sister was able to produced a newspaper.  She was thrilled to see her picture on the first page!

Here are two venues: the factory for pony malta (a drink), and the electric company.

At the farm, Big Sister got to milk the cow.

Both kids decided to become firefighters.  They helped put out a fire, and rode on the firetruck.

The kids got to prepare, and deliver the news at the television station by becoming news anchors. 

Little Guy became a pasta chef.

Finally, they both went to the grocery store. They pretended to be clients and cashiers. 

At the end, they got to choose what to do with their earnings.  They were able to pick a price (a piggy bank), and go to the beauty salon, pictured above, for face painting.

We visited Divercity twice and still the kids were not able to try every job.  It was a wonderful experience.

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