I was invited for a preview of the new list of role-playing activities for children’s enjoyment at KidZania Kuala Lumpur, the indoor educational and entertainment theme park at the Curve NX. Since I’m single and not the slightest bit fond of kids, I had thought to decline, but instead had passed the opportunity to a close friend of mine; Marcus since he has a little boy.
Here are his pictures and thoughts of the preview. Do pardon him as he’s not a man of many written words.
Kidzania is a mini-city where kids can work, earn money and spend their money in different things! Kids can work as anything from firemen, TV anchors and construction workers to doctors, pizza makers and bank tellers earning money for every job they do and then spend their money in food, buying gadgets or the movies, just like adults! How cool is that?
Another cool thing is that Kidzania was created in Mexico and they now have over 10 venues all around the world. The best part is that you are able to use your passport and kidzos (Kidzania currency) not locally but everywhere in the world! Although the price is a little bit costly than other playgrounds, Kidzania is such an amazing experience that is worth every dollar.
When I visited Kidzania Kuala Lumpur at The Curve, we were very lucky that my son was able to charm his way into the older kid activities. Walking into Kidzania we were submerged in a fantasy-land where everything was kid-sized and designed to appeal anyone young at heart.
My kid’s favorite activity had, of course, to do with riding different vehicles. Other than that, my kid “worked” as a firemen a couple of times.
They have a young kid area where babies as young as one year old can play with fake food, plant some flowers and even play the guitar. The first time we visited, my kid spent most of his time there and earned even more kidzos than at the other areas!
But these are the “older” activities available.
The new ones we experienced that day was the food and beverage industry; great for those who want to experience the industry and channel their inner chef. At the Cadbury chocolate factory, children can look forward to role-play as junior chocolatiers and have a hand at making their favourite chocolate bars. Apart from that, children can also become a milk processing operator at the Vitagen & Marigold milk factory and explore the step-by-step process from cultured milk manufacturing up to its finished packaged product.
Junior chocolatier at the Cadbury chocolate factory.
Milk processing operator at the Vitagen & Marigold milk factor.
Next is the section that brings out the children’s inner creative flair. At the Nippon house painting establishment, children can role-play as a junior house decorator and decorate the interior walls using real paint and stencils.
The Stabilo arts and crafts studio also spells fun by introducing a new activity whereby children can learn to make a unique paper dragon head craft. Apart from inspiring creativity, these activities also help with development of motor skills with the practice of eye-hand coordination through the wielding of a paint brush or assembling craftwork.
Spread over 80,000 sq. ft. across 2 levels, KidZania Kuala Lumpur offers over 90 different role-playing activities in over 60 establishments. We easily spent a few hours there!
Hmm… can I send my kid to pay my bills for me now? 🙂
Actually it’s a great training ground, my kid can starting doing my despatch jobs in a year or 2.
Or my banking.
Aspiring high-flyers has found their place here!
Deejay kiddo anyone?
And so many more!
Give them an early start in their “chosen” careers, and a taste of adult life.
All in all, it was an eye-opening experience for me and my family. Thanks again to Rebecca and Kidzania for the preview!
KidZania is an indoor family education and entertainment centre, which offers an interactive learning and entertainment experience targeted at kids aged 4 to 14.
KidZania combines role-play with real life, creating a kid-centric city experience; from arriving at the airport, to visiting a city centre to exploring the city streets. As in the real world, kids choose activities – such as being a police officer, doctor, journalist or a customer – and earn money, which they can then spend or save.
KidZania operates just like a real city complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles, a functioning economy, and recognisable destinations in the form of “establishments” sponsored and branded by leading international and local brands.