We had already watched a YouTube
video but were very eager to see the attraction for ourselves, the concept is
incredible (job role-play) but we wanted to see if the execution of it matched
Entering Kidzania is quite
something else; you go through a proper check-in as if boarding a flight and
jetting off to somewhere exotic. You
can feel the excitement building before you even reach the main complex,
especially for the boys being handed a wad of fifty KidZos (the official
Kidzania currency) to take in with them!
Everyone in our party was given
security bracelets to ensure that our children could not leave the facility
without us there with them. Technically
at seven and eight my boys could have roamed freely but I wanted to see how
they got on myself and of course make notes for this blog post.
We were booked in for 10am but
they did not start official check in until 10am, we were very eager and at the
front of the queue but I was worried for the others much further back. Would the wait be eating into their
allocated slots I wondered? I need not have worried as the time seems to be
added on to the end – so you get the full four hours! The boy’s bracelets would stop scanning for activities at 2:05pm.
The cityscape and individual
themed activity rooms are very realistic; it’s impressive the time and effort
put into creating the attraction.
our time at Kidzania the boys became pilots, surgeons, dentists, hoteliers and
policemen, they worked in a News Station, a chocolate factory and faced a
thrilling time based pit lane tyre change challenge!
A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on May 1, 2016 at 9:21am PDT
The staff seemed friendly and informative, it must be hard going
working with so many children in one day but they looked happy and did there
best to engage with the children. They were very supportive and encouraging, my youngest bless him could not quite get the hang of the autocue controls so it was a bit up and down for my eldest reading it, but the technician always made them feel like a job well done.
A visit to Kidzania is very
educational not only do they learn more about the job roles they have a chance
to experience, they also get to understand the value of money, how hard it is
to earn and how easy it is to spend! The
department store at the end was a bit of a let down as the prices are so
inflated, you could see children leaving frustrated. We told our boys to take the KidZos home as a memory of their day
instead which they seemed to like. It
might be best to align your children’s expectations about the store before they
get there to try and avoid disappointment.
My only other gripe is the photography,
the photographers were lovely but they are taking pictures of up to 10 children
doing activities individually, which eats into your slot time allowance. You can buy pictures afterwards at £12 each,
I was tempted as the boys looked very handsome as pilots but it’s a bit pricey.
Kidzania expect you to complete between 4 and 6 activities in your visit, we managed to squeeze in 8. This is how we made the most of the experience:
Look through the list of
activities on the Kidzania
website with your child, narrow down a list of the ones they would most
like to try to give you a reference point for when you arrive. Otherwise I can imagine it gets quite
overwhelming and you can waste valuable time planning what to do when you’re
already there and your four hours are quickly ticking away.
Use your time wisely
Certain experiences get quite
busy so ideally book a 10am slot and dash to one of them first, we managed to
do pilot before the queues got much bigger.
The Fire & Rescue unit seemed very popular too.
It is probably tempting to go on
the tour bus to learn more about the jobs or go to the employment office for similar
information and see what jobs would most suit you, but we dived in
instead. If you’re off looking around
you have less time to get stuck in to activities. If you have already made a list of the activities you children
would most enjoy you can just point them in the right direction straight away.
Whilst the boys were in one
activity we would make a note of where to head to next on the map, we would
check the queue size and plan an alternative if it looked like it would take an
extra turn of waiting. Even though
parents technically do not get involved in much, we wanted to make ourselves
You can go to the parents room
and have a more relaxing time, but with our way you can help your child squeeze
in more out of Kidzania.
A photo posted by Karen (@missingsleep) on May 1, 2016 at 6:53am PDT
I had already forewarned the boys
that lunch would be after 2pm, we brought a few snacks and a bottle of water
each to keep them going, so we could maximise the time doing activities not
Department Store last
Don’t waste time browsing until
your security bracelet won’t scan any new activities.
It is a shame we live so far away
as I would like to come again, the boys would enjoy trying out the activities
they did not manage to do this time.
Our boys had a wonderful time at Kidzania and I would definitely recommend
a visit, just book in advance to save on the £1.50 per ticket walk-up booking