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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Review of KidZania @ Sentosa

31 Beach View, Sentosa #01-01 / 02 Palawan Kids City, Singapore 098008
Tel:  1800 653 6888

Operating hours:  
10.00am to 5.00pm (weekdays)
10.00am to 8.00pm (weekends, eve of public holidays public holidays, school holidays)

Admission Fees: 
Toddler (2-3 years)      : SGD$25.00
   Kid       (4 - 17 years) : SGD$58.00   
Adults                          : SGD$35.00
Senior Citizens             : SGD$25.00

Every child must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 and above; and every adult can only be admitted with a kid in tow (meaning to say, you must come in together, and they will put a tag around your right wrist).

It is the June school holidays and we decided to bring the Niece to the new holy grail of the kids these days - KidZania, a theme park where the children get to try out different types of jobs through role plays and games.

The building is rather spacious, and there are many stations, partnered with well-known brands such as Mount Elizabeth, Nanyang Optical, Kiss92 FM, Maybank, Soup Spoon, KFC, Yakult, LifeBuoy, 7-11 store, Paddlepop, Lim Chee Guan, etc.

There are also police station, civil defence, acting academy, theatre etc. Some art stations, body art shops etc are available as well. The choices and varieties of  "careers" are pretty comprehensive and interesting.

Okay, there are two floors. First floor is made up mostly of retail outlets such as hospital, bank, food shops, stadium etc, while the upper level consists of laboratories, airplane, schools / pre-schools etc.

The admission tickets are interestingly replicas of flights boarding passes, and each kid is given KidZos (currencies) for spending as well.  Some of the work stations give certificates and "money" (KidZos) for the kids, being their remuneration for their hard work. Service of the staff is polite and helpful overall.

The Niece started with the Yakult Lab (20 minutes' waiting time), where the children don smart white lab coats, being briefed on their tasks, complete a short assignment by viewing the microscope, and collect a bottle of Yakult, 8 KidZos and a Certificate.

Next, she went on to the Paddlepop Lab, 20 minutes' waiting time. This was where they had to put on showercap, blue aprons and were taught to make their own ice-cream. It was a very fast process (around 15 minutes). Instead of earning KidZos, she had to spend 10 KidZos here (I heard that all food-related stations, i.e. Pizza Hut, KFC etc) all cost KidZos instead of earn.

Following that, the Niece enjoyed a Body Art session with some pretty starry temporary tattoos, and then spent 20 minutes at the Art Studio creating a pretty card for her dad.  There was no waiting time for both these sections.

After a light KFC snack, we proceeded to the Peranakan Museum (Intan) where they were given Curator assignments, and learned about Peranakan culture. This earned the Niece 8 KidZos, and the waiting time was only around 10 minutes.

Finally,  one of the most popular stations, Cabin Crew and Pilots. They underwent training in Qatar uniform, and the parents of the crew get to act as passengers onboard the plane and get served.  Yes, we entered the plane mounted at the top of the building (refer photo above, taken at entrance).

Some other stations were pretty adorable too - the tiny policemen investigating "crime scenes", small firemen and firewomen using "hoses" to extinguish fire in a hotel building, retail staff cleaning the storefront windows and bank staff delivering cash to certain shops.

Overall, this is a very educational and enriching children's theme park, where they learn about potential careers and have fun at the same time. They also get to try out roles that they may never get to work as in their lives. When asked the Niece if she would like to return, she happily said yes.

Well, I wish that when I was a kid, we had such educational and fun indoor theme parks as well.

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