What In The World Is Kidzania?
When your kids turn around and say things like “I wish I was an adult and could do whatever I wanted” you just wish that for a day you could trade places in the hope that they would realize that ‘adulting’ really isn’t all that it is cracked up to be! If your child has ever turned around and said something along those lines to you then keep reading because I’ve found just the place that might help sort them out!
Front foyer area including a real life plane!
KidZania is one of the best learning tools for kids that is cleverly disguised as a theme park. Kids spend a whole day learning life lessons such as patience, independence, reliability, confidence, managing money and much more. So why is it that after a day of this it leaves kids wanting to go back for more?
Bailee learning to be a Water Quality Assurance Specialist
That is because KidZania is awesome! If you don’t believe me then feel free to ask any of the 500,000 people who walk through its doors each year.
What will you find when you visit KidZania?
KidZania is a kid-sized city designed to give kids a taste of the real world. When I say city, I really mean it. The little cobble stone streets weaving between the mini buildings have you feeling like you’re on the set of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. You hear the sounds of sirens and step out-of-the-way for the firetruck to come past and the giggles of the kids sitting in the back about to save the day!
Bailee performing a kidney transplant as a surgeon upstairs while the KidZania Fire Dept. save the day below.
Each building has different businesses and services inside where kids can go and role play in different activities. Parents, you are not allowed inside these buildings. You must stay outside and be a fly on the wall watching through the windows. I promise, this is actually really entertaining! If you do get bored then feel free to grab some food and drink from the parents only lounge upstairs.
Watching Jasper learn what it takes to be a Pharmacist.
Each job or service takes around 6-8 kids at a time and they will spend approximately 20 minutes in each place learning the ins and outs of their chosen profession. This is where the patience comes in… you have to wait outside for your turn at that job. As you can imagine, the popular jobs have significant queues so it is a good idea to prep your kids about this before you go.
Kids will be earning a salary during their time in KidZania. The currency is called kidZos and comes complete with ATM card to deposit and withdraw cash when needed. When you arrive the kids receive their ATM card and 50 kidZos to get them started. They then head straight to the bank to validate their card and register their details. The learning starts here… They have to give the bank teller their full name and birth date which is a big deal for a 4 and 5-year-old. Don’t forget, you can’t go into the bank with them!
Registering their ATM cards at the bank.
Here is the line up of some of the amazing activities available at KidZania – piloting an airplane, putting out fires, being a paramedic, a surgeon or a dentist, hosting and supporting the production of a television program, being a fashion model, a scientist, a CSI agent or a chef. By completing the prescribed tasks successfully, children earn kidZos which can be saved in the bank or spent on anything they wish in KidZania such as food and beverages or even a degree at the KidZania National College. Plus there is a KidZania department store too.
Jasper learning to be a courier. He was taught how to knock, wait, introduce himself and get the paperwork signed. Such simple yet great skills to learn.
Bailee and Jasper enjoyed being a surgeon, learning to drive a car, having eyes tested before heading to driving school, being a pilot and air hostess, a water quality assurance specialist, a courier, window washer, pizza chef, journalist, soccer star and high ropes instructor. Needless to say it was a big day! Which brings me to the daily opening hours that are 10am to 6pm. You can easily fill that whole time so plan on making a huge day of it. Check the website for the full list of activities.
Bailee learning the ropes are The KidZania Post. She wrote an article about the Soccer Stadium in KidZania.
Who is KidZania for?
KidZania is aimed at kids aged 4 to 17 years old, although I would think that most kids over 13 might find it too young. Kids aged 8 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Parents and kids receive a security bracelet when you arrive that connects you as a family and means that your children cannot leave the building without you. Some activities are age specific and younger kids cannot participate. These usually include activities that involve reading or height restrictions.
Jasper practicing drills to become a soccer star while Bailee is scaling the high ropes course in the background.
What food options are there?
There are a bunch of food outlets within KidZania including Pizza Hut, KFC, Soup Kitchen, Noodles and more. Parents can purchase food from these outlets as well as kids learning how to make their own food. Don’t forget there is also the parents lounge with food available.
When Bailee got hungry I showed her the way to Pizza Hut so she could make and pay for her own lunch.
A few tips for KidZania
Two of the most popular jobs is being a pilot and air hostess and kids need to get a hold of a queue for these jobs. Find out what time and where the queue card allocation is happening and make sure you get there in time for this. The spaces fill up fast and you really don’t want to miss out!
KidZos stay with you for life and are exchangeable at other KidZania’s around the world. It is a good idea to withdraw all of your money at the end of your visit in case you find yourself at another KidZania.
When you arrive, take the time to walk around and plan out your day based on the activities your kids want to do. Work out the timing of them all and don’t forget about any queue card activities such as pilot training and air hostess training.
KidZania is located on Sentosa Island, Singapore. You can either stay on Sentosa and enjoy the many other attractions or just head across to KidZania for the day.
I think that gives you a fair idea about KidZania and what to expect. I truly believe this is a fantastic place for kids and, although it may not stop them from wanting to be an adult, it gives them a better understanding of what it takes to do adult things and nothing comes without working for it.
So, what do you want to be when you grow up?
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*KidZania has been on our bucket list for a while and we were so excited when KidZania offered to host us for the day. As always all opinions are my own and if you don’t believe me then I guess you’ll just have to check it out for yourselves!
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