We already know how much our kids love to ‘play’ shops, doctors, restaurants and the like – so why not create a dedicated theme park that takes all the stuff kids love to role play and turn it the ultimate play space?
Kidaznia is just that place. With 24 parks open around the world, the closest venues to Australia are in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok – each of these family-friendly holiday destinations are fabulous in their own right, and now they’ve gotten a little better thanks to Kidzania!
So what exactly is Kidzania?
Self-described as an interactive kids’ city combining inspiration, fun, and learning through realistic role-play for children aged 3-14, it offers a safe environment where kids can independently explore an 80,000 square foot kid-sized city with over 100 exciting careers that they can try.
With a dress-up costume handed out to match every role-playing situation, this is utter kid heaven! Think fireman hats and hazmat vests, doctors’ white coats and stethoscopes here, coupled with ultra-realistic role-play – with the result that kids of all ages get busy immersing themselves fully into very life-like situations where they can learn about different careers, the inner-workings of a city and the concept of managing money. Each experience is designed to empower kids, giving them the confidence to be their best selves, and inspiration to be great global citizens.
Parents are welcome to play along too – but they’re kept to supporting characters in the role-playing fun. While the kids are sitting in the cockpit flying the plane, parents can sit up the back as passengers if they wish. This is a great way to keep an eye on younger children without spoiling any of their fun or getting in the way of the spirit of role playing.
A big two thumbs up from the kids
With a recent holiday to Kidzania Singapore under their belts, Babyology family, the Gunsbergers came back with glowing reports of their day spent there. The three kids aged 4, 9 and 11 all had equally good memories of their time at Kidzania, despite the range of ages and range of abilities. The sisters were busy, busy, busy all day earning money in their various “careers” that they could then spend in the gift shop later.
What was the best part of the day? Four-year old Audrey says without hesitation, it was her time spent in the hospital looking after the babies. Oh, and working at the water filtration plant. Testing the water was so, so interesting!
Parents are fans too
As an added bonus, parents Mandi and Ben had an especially lovely time NOT doing all the stuff that parents generally dread about a day spent at a theme park – they did NOT stand in endless queues waiting for a 3 minute ride; they did NOT worry about losing a child in the crowds; they did NOT worry about everyone getting sunburnt. In fact, they could spend lovely downtime in the parents’ room.
So a day spent at Kidzania was a family win for everyone!
Admission to Kidzania Singapore costs $58 SGD (approx. $53 AUD) per child and $38 SGD (approx. $32 AUD) per adult. Children must have an accompanying adult.