I”ve been wanting to take Sairah to Kidzania in KL since before we moved last year but didn’t get the chance as I felt she might be too young then. So during our trip back to Malaysia a few weeks ago we took the opportunity to check it out. A whole freaking day was allocated for Sairah to explore Kidzania. FUN!
We bought our tickets online (managed to score a 20% discount) and made our way to the entrance.
Each kid gets a ‘cheque’ at the entry point so that they can cash it at the bank.
Here ya go kiddo, some ‘cash’ to spend in our outlets.
Kidzania is basically split into two floors of miniature size companies that you can find in Malaysia. Interestingly enough, different Kidzanias around the world cater to the local market hence have local companies. Definitely makes it more relate-able.
It does get a lil overwhelming as they have tons of career options/company set up to start with. And nobody actually tells you what you need to do (take note Kidzania!). Some had decent size queues while some were empty. We decided on KPMJ’s paramedic section for starters. Asian parents be like hmpfff, who the heck wants to be a paramedic
I LOVE how each ‘company’ only allows the kids in without any parent supervision because let’s face it, over-bearing parents are the horrendous kind and trust me you will encounter a few around there. When we decided to check out the hospital, this lil kid was asked which he wanted to play – doctor or nurse. And with much enthusiasm he said nurse only for his father to literally BARK (and crush his choice!) and proceed to say, NO NO, DOCTOR like as though the son was given a choice for some scholarship of some sort on the spot! Like honestly for fucks sake really, this is suppose to be a FUN exercise for the kids – no matter what role THEY decide for themselves and not for a bloody over-bearing parent to realize HIS dream instead. Guess some things in life won’t change.
#doctor #lawyer #engineer #professional
But back to Kidzania’s concept – KUDOS for only letting the kids in and deciding for themselves. Parents just have to quietly sit their kepoh asses outside of the ‘company’ and WAIT till their kid finishes the session. Which usually takes about 20 minutes or so. Of course, feel free to take countless photos like I did Just be prepared for annoying parents pushing their way around to take photos of their kids in action.
Compulsory shot standing in front of an Ambulance.
We moved on next to the supermarket section where Sairah decided to play both customer and cashier! This section was pretty empty, lol go figure.
Hmm, let’s go through this shopping list to see what I need to buy.
And how much do I owe you for these groceries? Can I put em in my 555 note pad until pay day?
Gotta say, she really did enjoy checking out these grocery items as a cashier, and I”m pretty sure it has to do with her own checkout counter at home which we bought her.
The ground floor was quite crowded with school excursions (read: chaos thanks to teachers letting the kids behave in an unruly manner) so we decided to head upstairs…
Lo and behold – the bomba department was VERY popular among the kids and the role play looked absolutely interesting and realistic. There was a long Q for this so we decided to skip it.
Moving up, we came across Pharma Niaga which was empty. Of all the employees there, this lady was really hands on and made it super fun for Sairah.
Alright – let’s start making vitamins and medicines! But first, you need to suit up!
Aight, we’ll start with this side…
And slowly move onto this side to get our vitamins out. Eventually Sairah came out with a packet of gummy-bear like sweet/vitamin. Well played Pharma Niaga, well played, haha.
Then she moved on to bottling water. There was an Oreo and Cadbury ‘manufacturing’ company but unfortunately its only allowed for kids age 8 and above. In general, most booths cater to kids starting from 4 onwards..
This is how you bottle your own water..
Patiently waiting for her ‘hand-made’ water bottle to come out
Nothing like your own bottled water. She found this to be really fun.
There was also a vitagen factory!
Moved on to the hospital where Sairah chose to be a nurse. And I was calm as F unlike the other over-bearing parent because I”m cool like that
They were taught how to care for newborns like feed, change diapers and burp them which I thought was really cute. And let’s face it, if everyone wanted to be doctors, who would eventually get down to do these things hmm?!
Got to the Air Asia booth where she chose to play pilot. Have no idea what really went on as we were standing outside and couldn’t see. But I take it she had tons of fun as per the photo they captured while she was in action.
I asked her if she wanted to pilot the plane on our back to Melbourne and she said she was good at it so no problem mommy, haha.
Ground floor view from the top – very well decked up I have to say.
We finally moved on to the Pos Laju booth.
When you go to Pos Laju, do they REALLY do this welcome sign?
Photographer on stand by mode. So that you can end up paying RM30 per picture on your way out at the gift shop
Okay, I have 3 parcels that I need to deliver…
A map was given so we helped her a bit to find the address she needed to deliver.
Hello Kak, ada parcel ni, tolong ambik dan sign okay?
Half way through they had a dance performance in the middle of the stage so off she went to participate, lol.
Then we moved on to the CIMB vault where she was asked to collect a bag of money from 3 different companies.
Sign pls and gimme the money!
To run away with this bag of money or not?
Well baby girl, kinda pointless since ringgit is at an all-time low.
Okay okay, cheap shot joke! Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Painting time to make things even more exciting.
Said RM30 photo we were talking about.
And that ends our wonderful trip out to Kidzania. There were tons of other companies that we had to forgo since kids are not allowed to leave the premise once in and I desperately wanted to dine at our favorite Kim Gary All in we were there for a total of 3.5 hours and had fun regardless. Only grip would for Kidzania to let kids leave and come back within the day coz who the heck wants to lunch on premise when you have better restaurants in Curve #foodieproblems.
Overall, a highly recommended experience for the kids. Not too shabbily run either. But please parents – keep it fun by letting your kids decide for themselves which roles they want. It’s only PRETEND! And the fun part- they do get paid with ‘money’ for each tasks done coz hey, that’s what the working world is all about. An added bonus if you love what you’re doing