Opened three years ago, KidZania Singapore still continues to be a ‘must go’ place whenever we visit Singapore. KidZania, a place where kids get to discover what different jobs entails, how are things made, what goes on behind the scenes and a whole lot more. KidZania Singapore is 1 of 27 KidZanias around the world. From. Mexico City to Japan to Singapore, the KidZania concept is universal.

KidZania Singapore is located on Sentosa Island. If you’re taking the Sentosa express (free), you’ll have to get off at Beach station, follow the signs and it’ll direct you to KidZania. As you approach it, you’ll be able to spot the big real life size Qatar Airways aeroplane. Just like going on a plane trip, you’ll ‘check in’ at the counter, get your passport, boarding pass, kidZos, atm card and most importantly, an electronic security wrist band which contains all the important information about your kid. This wrist band needs to stay on for the entire time that you’re inside KidZania, and need to be returned when you exit. After a successful check in, you’re all ready to entire the real world. The fun version of course. Also very important to note, there is a strict rule about no outside food and drinks (except water bottles) allowed inside KidZania. There are food and drinks stalls inside. Also as part of safety, some of the activities require the children to wear enclosed shoes (no open toe sandals and no flip flops).

Inside the exciting interactive world of KidZania, you can choose within a whole long list of jobs to do. Fire fighting, shopkeeping, acting, doctors, dentist, window cleaner, scientists, postman, ice cream making, pizza making, dancing, DJ, the list goes on and on and on.

Upon entering KidZania, kids will receive 20 kidZos and a bank card which they can use to partake in activities, save or spend to purchase goods and services. As with all things in KidZania, kids are given the independence and freedom to manage their finances on their own, either at the bank branch or through the ATMs and iKiosks in the city. They are also able to open a personal savings account at any time during their visit.

At some stations, they get to learn about how things are made. For example, the paddle pop station, kids get to learn how ice creams are made. The best part is also eating the ice cream.

The paramedics and fire fighting stations seem to be the most popular. Perhaps it could be the fact that they get to ride on a real ambulance and sit in a mini version of a fire truck. The whole experience is very hands-on and almost simulating what really goes on real life. There are so much to do at KidZania. Whenever we’re there, the kids will work from opening to closing. And even then they can’t get enough!

At every station, parents are not allowed to go inside with the kids. So it is very important that the child is fairly independent and will be able to follow simple instructions. The host will still be able to assist them if required. Parents can wait outside and watch everything (and take lots of photos) still, with the exception of pilots and aircrew stations.

One thing to note, entry is for one time only and they do not allow re-entry. There are a few food stalls inside. And if your kids are older and independent, there is a parents lounge where you can just sit back and relax while your kids are ‘at work’. Or you can follow them and watch them from behind the glass doors, which is really fun watching them be a mini adult. At the end of the whole experience, they’ll have a greater appreciation of how hard working life is.

I would highly recommend KidZania for kids 4-11. Toddlers (3 and under) enter for free however, they won’t be allowed to participate in any of the activities. They do have a small playroom for them if required. Plan your day well. You will not be able to cover all the activities (there’s just so much to do!), so make sure you study the map and choose the once that are of interest. But of course the more popular ones will have a longer waiting time.

I would also highly recommend you to buy the tickets online as there is a limit on the number of entries (safety reasons). And also follow their Facebook page as they will mention which days are already full or which days there is a school excursion on. You don’t want to make a trip there to be turned away.

If you’re in Singapore or planning a trip there, definitely put KidZania on your itinerary. Find out everything else you need to know and more and also to buy your tickets, go to their website: www.kidzania.com.sg

KidZania Singapore
Sentosa express stop: Beach station
Palawan Kidz City. 31 Beach View #01-01/02 Singapore 098008

About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the co-founder of Buggybuddys. She moved to Perth in 2010 after 11 years of living in London, working in television for the BBC. She is the mother of two daughters aged 10 and 8 and loves the family friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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