1. Go on a weekday. Check KidZania’s calendar to ensure it’s not Malaysian Public Holidays or School Holidays as it would mean double the crowd and waiting time. If you visit KidZania on a weekend, your children is limited to only 1 session of play (5 hours) instead of a full day (7 hours).
|Welcome to KidZania International Airport – your flight of adventure is about to begin shortly…|
2. Arrive early before the KidZania officially opens at 10am. Head directly to the Check-in Counters (at Ground Level) to purchase your boarding passes. It’s strongly advisable to book online to beat the queue as KidZania is highly popular with local families and school-going kids on excursions. The entrance fee costs RM75 for Kids and RM50 (for International Visitors).
|Check-in Counters where you receive your Boarding Passes (a.k.a Entrance Tickets)|
3. After you’ve gotten the boarding passes, head to Level 5 Immigration to check in. You will be given a special security bracelet and an ‘advanced’ cheque. Remember to greet all the staff you meet in KidZania with their own KidZania greeting -“Kai” which means “hello.”
|Checking-in at the Immigration…|
4. With your cheque, head directly to the CIMB Bank to cash out 50 Kidzos (name of the currency used in KidZania). Let the kids handle their own Kidzos as it instills in them a sense of responsibility to be in-charge of their own money (salary).
|Dana with her first Kidzos!|
5. Go to the KidZania Information Counter and grab a facility map to help you navigate the two levels (you may also refer to the online map here if you wish to do some pre-trip research). With the map in hand, proceed to queue at those ‘popular’ jobs such as Pilot, Flight Attendants and Fire Fighters. Our wait to be a Fire Fighter took us a good 60 minutes on a Thursday!
|Map of Ground Level|
|Map of Upper Level|
|Starting her day with a stint as an Air Asia Pilot!|
|A job both girls enjoyed – being Flight Attendants|
|KidZania Fire Department – the MOST popular job in whole of KidZania KL!|
|Always happy to be of service!|
|Our enthusiastic Fire Fighters in training…|
|Little troopers to the rescue!|
|Putting out a simulated fire with real water pumps…|
|And our brave little Fire Fighters saved the day!|
6. Try to attempt those jobs with relatively shorter queues to sustain kids’ enthusiasm and earn Kidzos first. They would need Kidzos to pay for services such as Face Painting, Jewellery Making and Studio Painting. At the end of the working day, they would require at least 100 Kidzos to redeem souvenirs at the KidZania Departmental Store. A helpful tip would be to try the jobs located at Upper Level for the first half of your visit (as they tend to have shorter queues) or do those jobs that pay more (such as Dentist!).
|The highest paying job in KidZania KL which pays 12 Kidzos!|
|Learning proper dental hygiene is Dentistry 101…|
|First theory, then practical…|
|Helping a patient extract a decayed tooth…|
7. When it’s nearing lunch time, go and queue at those jobs where kids can make their own food. There are 3 choices: Sushi King, Marry Brown Burgers and Ayam Brand Pizzas. Kids can also try making their own bottle of Vitagen or Ice-cream! Do note though kids have to pay kidzos to engage in these culinary activities. For parents, there are food outlets to grab a quick bite. Alternatively, you can exit temporarily to have your lunch at McDonalds right below KidZania.
|One of the places where kids can learn to make their own lunch…|
|Line of Sushi Chefs…|
|Delighted to make her own Sushis…|
|Ayam Brand Cooking Studio|
|Paid 10 kidzos to bake pizzas…|
|Enjoying her lunch on the go…|
8. Let your kids have a say in what jobs they want to try. Their choices may be ‘unorthodox’ but you’ll be surprised how much enjoyment and satisfaction they derive from being given autonomy in deciding their ‘career choice’. Dana and Aly had tons of fun role-playing as Supermarket Shopper, Courier, Newspaper Deliveryman and Paramedic.
|Shopping with a grocery list…|
|Happy with their shopping experience…|
|Delivering a parcel for a courier company…|
|Delivering newspapers to three locations…|
|Responding to an emergency 911 call…|
|Our young aspiring Paramedic Dana…|
|Our helpful Paramedic Aly…|
9. If you still have time to spare, try to persuade your kids to try jobs which were once your own career aspirations or those which they would never have a chance to try otherwise. Under our suggestions, the girls tried their hands at being CSI Field Investigators and News Presenter.
|A team of junior CSIs…|
|Analysing clues to solve the case…|
|Part of a CSI’s work involves being Field Investigators…|
|At the NTV 7 Studio…|
|Auditioning for the role of the News Anchor…|
|You are watching News Edition 7…|
|Having a fun time on air…|
10. Come back another day to try those other jobs which you didn’t get a chance to do during this visit. E.g. DJs in Radio Stations, Runway Models, Car Mechanic etc. With over 90 occupations, there are bound to be reasons for a repeat visit!
|Repairing the faulty power line…|
|A team of Surgeons operating on a patient…min height 1.2M required.|
11. Bring a friend – the fun and enjoyment doubles when you have company! Wear comfortable shoes, be prepared to stand in queue and do lots of waiting around for approximately 7 hours (that is, if you stay from opening to closing).
|Great company make all the difference in KidZania!|
|Our Happy Girls with their hard-earned Kidzos!|
12. After your KidZania visit, reward everyone for their hardwork (kids for taking their role-playing seriously and parents for waiting around) by hopping over to The Curve Shopping Mall next door for a nice meal. We had a sumptuous and affordable dinner at this Dragon-i 龙的传人Restaurant which we highly recommend! Their Xiao Long Baos (Shanghainese Steamed Meat Dumpling) and La Mian (hand-pulled noodles) are really yummy! After dinner, head back to your hotel for a well-deserved rest and foot bath! We chose to stay at the One World Hotel which provides complimentary shuttle service to and fro KidZania and The Curve Shopping Mall – how convenient! We’ll review the hotel in our next post.
|Complimentary Shuttle Bus from One World Hotel to KidZania and The Curve!|
With good planning and wise tips from our friends, we managed to enjoy a very fruitful day in KidZania KL. Dana and Aly each managed 13 and 11 jobs respectively during out visit – quite a feat! Given a choice, they would want to return to KidZania in a heartbeat. The next time a long weekend or school vacation beckons, consider bringing your kids to KidZania for some interactive immersion fun! I forgot to add that the main language used in KidZania KL is English. For more info, please visit KidZania KL’s Website.
|Thumbs up for KidZania KL!|
|Bidding our reluctant goodbyes to KidZania town…|