School holidays is when your kids’ uneasiness goes up to new highs. But you cannot pack them up and send them over to grandma’s place for the week. So what do you do?
We would suggest that you take a trip to KidZania in Kuala Lumpur. KidZania is the place to be. Unlike other theme parks, KidZania is Malaysia’s first and only interactive edutainment theme park where kids and teenagers between the ages of four and 14 get hands-on experience and involvement in real-life jobs through the attractions and activities.
So, your kids told you they wanted to be a pilot, doctor, or even a firefighter?
At KidZania Kuala Lumpur, they’d get to douse blazing ‘flames,’ ‘perform’ surgeries, and even ‘fly’ an airplane. You and your kids will have so much fun in just one day!
Book Tickets And Visit Early
As KidZania is popular with families and school-going kids on excursions, you may want to skip the long lines to get the tickets. We suggest you book the tickets online! The theme park opens at 10 a.m., but with more than 60 establishments and over 100 activities, you should arrive early to get a head start before the crowd kicks in. Checking in is a breeze – scan your ‘boarding pass, and you’re in!
KIDZANIA KUALA LUMPUR
Earn Some KidZos
At KidZania, the kidZos is the official currency. Your kids earn kidZos by ‘working’ and then use them to buy services and goods. It’s an exceptional way for kids to learn about financial knowledge, instill independence, and sense responsibility as they are in charge of their own ‘money. Upon checking in, the kids can cash their kidZo cheque at the ‘bank’ and get 50 kidZos to spend.
From here onwards, KidZania ticket holders will begin the activities without their parents (all in the name of boosting confidence and independence!). If they need help, the KidZania staff are available for assistance.
Get A Map
Before your kids start the activities, go to the KidZania Information Counter and grab a map to navigate the two-level theme park. It will also help map your time around popular attractions such as the Pilot, Flight Attendants, and Firefighters. The queue for these attractions could get as long as 60 minutes each, so we’d recommend the kids to do these popular ‘jobs’ first.
Try Jobs With Lesser Queues
In between the long queue for the more popular ‘jobs,’ maximize your time at KidZania by joining activities to earn some kidZos. They would need to spend kidZos on Face Painting, Jewellery Making, and Studio Painting. To make more kidZos, they could try working at a higher-paying job such as the Dentist.
Pro tip: Try out the ‘jobs’ on the theme park’s upper level first as they tend to have shorter queues.
Make Your Own Lunch
Is your child a foodie? When it’s nearing lunchtime, the kids can go to any of the three food-making jobs: Choose among three ‘jobs’: Cook using a healthy diet recipe at Mission, learn how to make their own McDonald’s burgers, or make chocolates at the Chocolate Factory. For parents, there are a few places where you can grab a bite or chill over coffee at the parents’ lounge on the second floor while the kids get working.
Let Your Kids Experiment
Helicopter moms, this is the time for you to let your kids do what they want for a change! Their ‘career choice’ might be unconventional at times, but we think that is okay. For instance, at the Junior Slipper Maker attraction, kids can learn to assemble a pair of slippers and design one of their own! Not many job prospects, you think? Just take a look at what an average Malaysian wears daily, and you might change your mind!
Let Them Try Your Job!
If you are a working parent, you may want your kids to try doing your job. There are several good reasons for this: They get a taste of what exactly you do daily, and with that understanding, they may become more empathetic to you (your job is hard, we know) once they’ve tried it. You could also let them try what was once (or still is!) your career aspiration, such as a secret agent or a milkman!
Bring A Friend
The queues tend to be quite long, especially on weekends and during the school holidays. So it might be a good idea to bring your kid’s friends along (or yours) to pass the time with. Some kids may need more time to warm up their social skills and be more comfortable if they have familiar faces. As you’ll be spending a lot of time waiting for your kids to finish ‘working,’ it is also the perfect time to bring your good friend along for a leisurely catch-up.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
The kids will be spending a lot of time on their feet, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes. We suggest a pair of covered shoes as some jobs like the Climber would require the ‘workers’ to climb on the facade of a building and learn about courage and safety along the way.
Reward The Kids
After a long and tiring day of ‘working,’ it’s time to reward the kids with a sumptuous meal at The Curve Shopping Mall just next door. There are many kinds of cheap to mid-range restaurants you could choose from, depending on what strikes your or your kid’s fancy, from conveyor-belt sushi restaurants to Italian pasta and cakes. After all, they deserve it!