Almost six months since out last visit we returned to Kidzania again as their guests. This time as we were familiar with the layout of the attraction we seemed to cram even more into our allocated time slot. Again we had already made a shortlist of what we hoped to achieve on the day, it had 10 jobs on there so we were delighted when the boys managed to squeeze in even more out of the experience.
In just under four hours they boys had tried 12 different jobs – estate agents, fire & rescue, fruit & bar making, power company maintenance technicians, wrap factory, city clock ringers, smoothie kitchen makers, vault guard apprentices, supermarket cashier (and shopper), animation studio stop motion animator, air conditioning technician and courier. I knew from our last visit that the fire & rescue could get quite busy so we made a beeline for that first.
This time round more of their jobs involved going off into the city and collecting packages (or counterfeit notes!), taking measurements or answering questions, they relished hunting out different buildings and communicating with staff members.
As it’s almost Halloween there is a spooky atmosphere in Kidzania, the music playing is very fitting and you can see a ghost, witches and a mad scientist wondering around. They stop and interact with children and really get stuck into their roles. Even more has been planned for half term itself with the Cadbury Tricky Treasure Trail, special Halloween face painting or even the chance to try a green milkshake at the Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
One witch was especially kind though and opened up the city clock attraction, which didn’t seem to have anyone manning it. The whole attraction seemed very efficient as the boys never waited long and mostly just walked straight into each job. I loved the enthusiasm some of the staff had in their roles, one lady from the Job Centre that the boys collected a package from was a natural with children, she was very animated and had an emotional goodbye with her package before the boys could take it!
On this visit as the boys were less interested in earning KidZos (having seen just how many you need to get anything decent from the department store!) so instead they splashed the cash and did other types of roles they had previously avoided. I heard some people walking away from the fruit and nut makery because it involved a charge of 12 KidZos (your child gets 50 when they check in) but don’t be put off.
These experiences are great AND children tend to leave with a little treat (a smoothie, fruit & nut bar or pack of wraps depending on where they are completing their task!) and on top of that a real sense of satisfaction far greater than the one found from setting foot into the department store.
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