You want to work to play?
That was exactly what I told the boys before I brought them down to KidZania Singapore. In case you are new to KidZania, it is NOT the latest playground in town ( though kids would dispute that). Instead you will be stepping into a multi award winning interactive indoor edutainment center where children can experience the world of adults in a mini replica of a real city.
Targeting children age 4 and above, this is the place where children live out their aspirations in KidZania. Here, children can engage in various role-playing activities that will allow them to earn KidZos , make a living and get rewarded at the end of their experience.
If you are driving , park at Palawan Beach carpark and follow the directions above.
|Kidzania in Sentosa|
To gain entrance to KidZania, you would have to first check in to the world inside. Fashioned like the airport ticketing terminals, here you would either purchase a ticket or exchange your online tickets for the essential check in items.
Upon checking in, you would receive entrance tickets as well as money. Well , not exactly money, but 20 KidZos and a debit card with 30 KidZos loaded. In addition, you will have to wear a watch tag which is used during play as well as security. Each watch tag is link to the parent's tag and the child cannot check out if there is no matching adult tag to go with it.
Playing in KidZania is actually a very simple concept. You can take on a variety of jobs that either pay you in KidZo or charge you in KidZo. Thereafter accumulate your earnings at the end of the day and go to shop for a gift. There are no restrictions to the kind of work you decide to do.
Simply put, KidZania is a place where kids play to work.
So let's start your tour with KAI ( a 'local' term for hello)
1 Go early
KidZania officially opens it's doors at 10am. However judging from the queue when we were there, I would suggest to be there by 830am. Else processing time might take a while and you might end up gaining entry only a year later.
2 Book online
For weekends, forget about getting a ticket at KidZania. With a limit of 1500 people at any one time, tickets get sold out pretty fast. So book online for faster entry. Book with Maybank credit card and get an additional 10% off.
3 Activate your Debit Card
Once you are in there, head straight to the bank first to activate your child's debit card. Queues do form throughout the day and you might end up waiting in line for up to an hour just to activate it. You could use your credit card to withdraw cash at ATM to spend. At the end of the day, you could also save the money earn for your future trips to KidZania.
|Get a PaZZport|
To start off with, an entry level citizen gets 2 extra KidZo for every activity and a 5 kidZo discount on redemption of items at Department Shops. In addition, B*KidZanian gets priority queue at the main entrance for entry to KidZania
Not bad huh?
5 Go for paid activities with food in return ( that will be lunch!)
6 Go for less popular jobs
There are jobs that have lesser queues. We would strongly suggest you take them up especially when Kidzania gets too crowded. Waiting for an hour per activity can be draining on the kids and also limit their chances at earning more KidZo.
7 Some jobs earn more than others
Do check the signage on each station . Like in the real world, different jobs have different remunerations. To maximise your returns, go for the high paying jobs.
8 Get a degree from University to earn more
In order to boost your earning, go to the university first to get your degree. With a degree , you can earn extra 2 KidZo or more for selected jobs.
10 Look for the queue signs
11 Skip the paid activities unless it pays off in food or a necessity for career enhancement
12 Plan your career beforehand
1 First Office - Pilot @ Qatar
Parents are not allowed in the Aviation academy. However I had a peek and am impress with the cockpit set up as well as the interior decoration that mimics a real life cabin. Each session last about 30 Min
Join the Nickelodeon Acting academy and role play as Nickelodeon characters such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Spongebox Square pants. There is a capacity of 8 kids per session and each session last for 30 mins. Each session is conducted by 'Zupervisors' who has experience in performing arts and undergone studies at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
The kids would don Ninja turtle gear and rehearse for their moment of fame at the impressive 2 storey 109 seater theatre.
Since the audience would be mostly made up of the children's parents, it will be a delight to perform live in front of your family and love ones. The role pays well too with each kid earning 10 KidZos. During school holidays, visitors will also have a chance to attend meet and greet session with Nickelodeon characters and take home exclusive goodie bags.
|Nickelodeon @ KidZania|
3 Fire Fighter @ SCDF
Wear a cool uniform... check
Sit in a portable fire engine around KidZania... check
Put out fire and save the hotel... check
With all the above, how can you say no to being a fire fighter?
4 Chef @ Pizza hut
5 Courier Service
It's also great to see your child interact with the adults. Given that there is a time limit to complete the job, it is quite interesting to observe the children handling stress in the job.
There are over 60 jobs in KidZania. As mentioned earlier, there are jobs that pays you and jobs or activities that require you to pay for the role. We decided to list the different jobs as paying jobs or paid activities for easy navigation
Aviation Academy (Level 2)
First Officer - Pilot, Cabin crew
Bank and Vault
Service Manager, Wealth Manager , Cash Officer
City Clock (Level 2)
Head down to the clock tower and prepare for a performance for the crowd when the clock strikes at every hour.
Continue your love for performing by signing up as a city parade performer at the Acting Academy.
Junior Cashier, Store Assistant, Customer
Be a junior cashier or store assistant. You can also choose to be a customer if you want. There are no payment made or given as a customer.
The courier service crew looks suave in their blue uniform and yellow caps. Grab a trolley and start delivering the package to various units in KidZania.
Crime Scene Investigator
Be a Crime Scene Investigator and solve all the crimes in KidZania.
There is a dummy patient waiting for junior dentist to operate on them. At the end of the activity, you might even take home a token toothpaste.
Host , Video Editor
Visual Merchandiser, Fashion Coordinator, Runaway Model
Join the SCDF fire fighters and save the city from the blazing flames. This is also a high demand job in Kidzania with waiting time in excess of an hour.
Hospital , Accident & Emergency, Operating Theatre, Nursery and CT Scan Room
Paramedic, Surgeon, Baby Expert, Radiologist
My parents always wanted me to be doctor. I guess you could fulfill your parent's dream by being a surgeon at Mount Elizabeth. Other roles includes paramedic, baby expert and radiologist.
Health Institute (Level 2)
Financial Services Consultant
Job Information Centre
Milk Innovation Lab (Level 2)
Be a food scientist at Abbott milk innovation lab
Journalist, Newspaper Delivery Crew
Radio Presenter, Technical Assistant
Head down to Kiss 92 radio station and be a radio presenter.
Want to know how radio works?
Be a technical assistant to find out more.
Assistant Petrol Station Manager
Go to Esso Station and be a Petrol station manager.
Science Laboratory ( Level 2)
Sports Commentator Assistant
The Sports Commentator Assistant is the best job for you!
Traditional BBQ Meat Store
BBQ Meat Assistance
Kids love to eat Ba Kwa during Chinese New Year. At Lim Chee Guan , you can learn to make your own Ba Kwa.
Water Quality Assurance Specialist, Water Delivery Crew
Not all jobs have a shop front. Jobs like the window washer requires you to wash shop fronts instead.
Candy Design Trainee
Driving School / Driving Streets
Trainee Driver/ Driver
Want to be a fashion model? First you have to learn the ropes.
Ice Cream Factory (Level 2)
Ice Cream Maker
Be an ice cream maker and make your own ice cream.
To be a photojournalist, you would need to be a photographer student first.
Job Information Center
Find out what job suits you at the job information center.
Be a mountaineer to conquer greater heights.
Pizza Shop ( Level 2)
Assistant Soup Chef
Telematch Participant, Trainee Football Player, Trainee Cheerleader, Football Player, Cheerleader
Want to earn more KidZos for selected jobs, join the university to get your degree first.
Aviation Academy (Level 2)
Parents can also be spectators and cheer for your favourite team at the stadium.
For children under 4, KidZania has a spot for them too on the Mezzanine floor.
Kidzania's department store
There is a mini shopping arcade that comprises of activity that require you to pay in either cash or Kidzo ( depending on activity)
- Body Art
- Mini Shopping Mall
Activities in Kidzo
- The Intan Peranakan Art Gallery
- Art Studio
- Cest Moi Makeup Atelier
If you intend to have a party for your friends, you could book a room at the clubhouse. There are a total of 3 locations for booking. The whole KidZania can be booked too for corporate events. If you can find 1500 kids to celebrate birthdays with , you can technically opt to book the whole of KidZania too!
Pizza Hut (Level 2)
The Soup Spoon
Kidzania has its own language. It may be a little confusing at first, but you would get used to words like Kai ( Hello) , Kidzos ( Money) and Z-u (See U).
Be prepared for NO telecom service in Kidzania . Guess parents just have to concentrate on the kids at KidZania
Teaches them economics
Makes them pay attention
Interact with adults
Explore Career Choices
Hard Work pays off
Entrance fee is not cheap in KidZania, especially when adults have to pay a fee for minimum participation. Nonetheless, you can maximize your cost with activities such as chef that allows the kids to make their own lunch using KidZos instead of cash.
To sweeten the deal, book online for 5% discount or use Maybank card for 10% discount.
31 Beach View
We had finally come to an end to this review. KidZania is surprisingly a very fun place for kids to explore. Do go with a friend as it will definitely double the fun. Wait time can be pretty long, so we do suggest a weekday visit, especially during the school holidays!
The Wacky Duo were invited for a day out at Kidzania. No monetary incentives were given and all opinions are of our own.