Centennial & KidZania Announce Flagship North American Experiential Entertainment Center

Real Estate Investment Firm Advances Property Transformation with First-Ever West Coast KidZania Location, Anticipates 1 Million+ Unique Visitors Annually

DALLAS – May, 2019 – Centennial, a real estate investment firm with a national portfolio of shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations, together with KidZania, a leading global brand of interactive education and entertainment centers for kids, today announced they have reached an agreement to bring the internationally acclaimed, interactive, kid-sized KidZania city to MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, California. Part of its comprehensive redevelopment plan for MainPlace Mall, the addition of KidZania serves as a prime example of Centennial’s vision for the property’s transformation and its commitment to bring experiential entertainment to its properties, a mainstay for future success in retail real estate. The new 85,000+-square-foot KidZania is expected to open at MainPlace Mall in 2022.

“Most American shopping centers were built several decades ago to serve the needs of the consumers of that time. Today, however, what shoppers want has changed,” says Steven Levin, Centennial’s CEO. “Where shopping alone was once the activity that drove people to the mall, today’s consumers want dynamic, immersive experiences. Shopping is still important, but of growing importance today is the experience of being at the mall and spending time creating memories with friends and loved ones there. KidZania is exactly the kind of experiential placemaking we had in mind when we envisioned the changes for MainPlace Mall, and we’re proud to announce that MainPlace will be the very first West Coast KidZania location in the United States.”

The KidZania model is built around kid-size cities that allow them to role-play in realistic simulations like fighting fires, piloting airplanes, acting in plays, designing robots, performing surgery, going on secret missions and more. Consistent with KidZanias around the world, the MainPlace KidZania will include features that reflect its Southern California location, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles and an economy fueled by a currency called kidZos.

“At the new MainPlace KidZania, children will have an opportunity to role-play more than 100 professions within an 85,000+-square-foot indoor city designed just for them,” says Greg Stevens, CEO of KidZania USA. “The KidZania experience allows kids to learn about the world of work while building real-life skills like financial literacy, teamwork and problem solving. With the establishment of our MainPlace KidZania, the fourth KidZania location announced in the U.S., we look forward to taking the next step in bringing this innovative learning experience to children, families and educators throughout the nation.”

At MainPlace Mall, children will enter KidZania from the interior of the mall on the second level through an actual 747 airplane, giving them the realism of being transported to a kid-sized city where anything is possible. Within KidZania, children will interact in a safe environment where they can role-play a profession at a hospital, bank, theater, university, restaurant and more.

“We’re very excited that MainPlace has been chosen as the first-ever West Coast location for KidZania,” says Jonathan Maher, Senior General Manager, MainPlace Mall. “We expect as many as 1 million visitors to KidZania annually, with 80 percent of those visitors being new to the mall, so this is going to be an incredible traffic-builder for the shopping center. For our visitors, the addition of KidZania is going to provide an exciting experience that rivals trips to other prominent Southern California attractions. KidZania truly is that big, that impressive, and bringing it to MainPlace Mall is a clear example of the kind of ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking that’s making Centennial a thought leader in the industry as it reimagines the future of retail real estate.” 

About KidZania USA
At KidZania USA, kids can take part in exciting and educational real-life adventures. Spanning across an average 80,000 square feet indoor facility, KidZania is an inclusive and safe city built just for kids! KidZania provides kids with the opportunity to try more than 100 professions such as a firefighter, journalist, chef, surgeon and more. Each role-playing scenario is developed to teach kids essential life skills including financial literacy, teamwork, critical thinking and independence. KidZania is designed to educate, empower and entertain kids ages 4-14 years old, bridging the gap between school and their future. Founded in 1999, KidZania Global has 27 locations in 21 countries. For more information about the USA openings in Dallas (Fall 2019), Chicago (2020) and New York Metro (2021), visit www.KidZaniaUSA.com

About MainPlace Mall
Conveniently located off the I-5, SR-55 and SR-22 freeways, MainPlace Mall is a three-story super-regional shopping center in Santa Ana, California, just minutes from Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center. Anchored by Macy’s and JCPenney, MainPlace is home to nearly 200 shopping, dining, service and entertainment options including H&M, Bath & Body Works, Disney Store, Francesca’s, Victoria’s Secret, Lucille’s BBQ, California Pizza Kitchen, Boudin SF, 24 Hour Fitness, AT&T, Happy Nails, LensCrafters, Picture Show Theater, and Round One Bowling & Amusement.

The center is owned and operated by Centennial, a national owner of major shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations. In 2016, Centennial completed the first phase of a multi-year redevelopment that will transform MainPlace Mall from a traditional shopping center into an important Orange County retail, restaurant and entertainment destination and social hub. For more information, visit the center’s website at www.shopmainplacemall.com/ and follow MainPlace on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

About Centennial
Centennial is a national owner of major shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations. Rooted in retail since 1997, the company is focused on shaping the evolution of American retail by creating a superior multi-faceted shopping experience. Centennial properties serve not only as a place of commerce, but a place of community. For more information, visit CentennialREC.com

Media Contacts: 
Deborah Blackford
Blackford & Associates
On behalf of Centennial and MainPlace Mall 
blkfrd@earthlink.net 
714-280-8765

Karen Franse
Blackford & Associates
On behalf of Centennial and MainPlace Mall 
karenfranse@gmail.com 
386-649-1887

Carmen Herlihy
Blackford & Associates
On behalf of Centennial and MainPlace Mall 
cherlihypr@gmail.com 
646-770-2623

Renee Cossman
On behalf of KidZania 
renee.cossman@kidzaniausa.com 
972-800-8088 x721