Kidzania is an interactive indoor theme park where kids aged between 4 and 17 engage in role play while learning about
- Different careers and
- Earning, spending and managing money.
This is a theme park like none other and it can blow your kid’s mind. My little one totally enjoyed her day trip. Once you enter this imaginary country, you might get a little overwhelmed seeing all the activities. A little bit of planning can help maximize the fun. I have included everything you need to know about Kidzania in this post.
Here is their official website where you can get their address, timings and book your tickets online. Tickets get sold out pretty fast so it is better if you book them ahead of time. Here is their city map that you will get when you check in. If you want, you can print it and plan your activities ahead of time.
There are two branches in India. More details here.
Kidszania is in Singapore’s Sentosa region which is a major tourist attraction. For those traveling from USA to India via Singapore, you can plan a mini vacation and explore this wonderful city country.
This turned out to be a multi-page post because I have a lot of pictures to show you. Adding everything in one page will slow the page loading a lot. The first page will have general instructions.
What happens inside Kidszania?
This is a really well planned imaginary country that has paved streets, shops, hospital, restaurants, theaters, gas station, bank, fire station, police station etc. Kids will either work in the businesses here and earn money or spend it in the shops or eateries. They will get to do what adults do in real world. Each activity will take about 30 to 45 minutes so go early and aim for about 8 to 10 activities.
As you are about to enter, you wont miss their star attraction – the aviation academy. We have been to this theme park twice. Our first trip was on a holiday and the place was very crowded and we were unprepared so we could not enjoy all the activities. For the second trip, we were well prepared and also chose to go on a working day.
We will be entering the country by first purchasing our boarding pass. From this point, give full control to the kids as parents will not be allowed inside any activity area. So let them handle everything by themselves. You will be able to see them only through a glass door.
Each adult and kid will get a wrist watch that looks like this.
Kidszania even has its own immigration office.
Kids will also be given a bank card that is loaded with Kidzos (I think it was 30 kidzos). This is included in the ticket price. The kids will also be given 20 kidzos as cash.
When they work and earn money, it will be added to their card and when they spend it, the money will be taken from their card.
Kidzos can be used in any of their locations.
So first things first…. We go to the bank (Maybank) to deposit the cash. Here, they see first hand how cash is deposited in a bank. Kids can work as a bank teller.
The bank also has a vault and topup kiosks.
Next stop will be the passport office. It is not mandatory that the kids become a citizen here but the passport with the various stamps will be a nice souvenir for the little ones.
This is the passport.
Once they finish an activity, a stamp with the name of the completed activity and date will be stamped in it.
You will see transparent neck pouches (/wallets) being sold in shops there. The kids can keep their bank card, cash and passport inside and hang it around their neck. They will need the card and passport for each activity and this pouch can be very useful and free their hands.
Parents can relax in the lounge if the kids are big enough and can plan and go by themselves from one activity to the next one.
It has coffee and WI-FI.
I did not try their WI-FI connection so no idea if it is fast but I heard people say that phone signal was very weak. So you and your family members can decide a meeting spot if you get separated in the crowd. This place can get really crowded during weekends.
Kids aged below 4 years old and below will be allowed to play only in 2 areas – the Kindergarten and RightZKeepers residence.
It will be easier if both parents (/ 2 adults) go if you have a toddler(s) and older kid(s). One parent can be with the toddler and the other parent can take the older kid(s) to the different activities.
Census board outside each establishment
Outside each establishment, you will see information that tells you
- The name and type of the activity
- Minimum age/ height requirements. Some require basic reading skills.
- Duration of the activity and waiting time
- Number of kids admitted in each batch
- Whether they will earn or spend money.
- Activities where kids touch food will have food allergy warning.
- All food related activities will require hair nets. These will be provided free of cost before they enter the food prep area.
But if you reuse the hair net, you will be paid a reward of 1 kidzo. This is to encourage children to learn to reduce, reuse and recycle.
I liked the systematic way in which they started each activity. They were made to wear their hair nets, then an apron and then they washed their hands before they started the activity.
Activity in progress – If you see this announcement, queue up outside and wait. Parents cannot queue up for their child and hold their place. 🙂
Description of each activity.
Queue waiting outside when another batch is inside.
Recruiting now – No batch is inside. So you are hired! 🙂 If you go early, you will see a lot of these.
Some activities that involve climbing, driving have height requirements.
Driving also requires a driver’s license. To get a license, they have to get an eye check up first – a taste of the real world for the kids.
At the end of each activity, their photographer will take pictures of each child one by one as parents are never allowed inside. You will still be able to take your own pictures through the glass. Photos can be purchased by scanning the wrist watch.
Some more tips before we see the individual activities
- Be prepared to spend an entire day here (Morning to evening)
- Wear comfortable footwear.
- Dress the kids in layers. This is an indoor activity just in case they need a light sweater. This is Singapore so leave your jackets in the hotel room 🙂
- You will be doing a lot of walking and running around. If you have small kids who cannot go from one activity to another by themselves, you will be on your feet the entire day.
- Avoid carrying heavy bags that you will have to haul around. They have restaurants and restrooms inside.
- I did not see anyone with a stroller inside. Call and enquire if you want to be sure. But handling a bulky stroller inside this crowded place might prove to be a bit of a challenge.
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