KidZania Kuala Lumpur : Where KIDS grow UP!
Get ready for a better world at KidZania – an indoor educational and entertainment theme park based on the concept of fostering independence and autonomy in kids aged 4 to 14.
The first KidZania in Malaysia (there are 8 other KidZanias around the world), is constructed on 7,400sq m (80,000sq ft) over two levels in Curve NX in Mutiara Damansara.
Ethan, Darling and I finally packed our suitcase and flew our way here today.
KidZania Kuala Lumpur
Admission: RM55 (child) RM35 (adult)
To enter, Ethan went through an airline check-in counter by AirAsia, get his boarding pass and a cheque for 50 kidzos to start him off. Refer to my previous post here.
Once in the city, he has to go to the bank (CIMB) to cash his cheque. He can either use the cash or deposit it in an account at the bank. If he opens an account, he will get an ATM card, which can be used at the ATM machines within the city.
In KidZania, jobs are aplenty. You’ll never go jobless!
First thing first. You can either opt to drop off your kid(s) and go enjoy your ME time or you can enter the facility as well at RM35 per adult.
I was told that it is safe to drop Ethan off as he is given an ID bracelet. He will be scanned each time he enters or leave an establishment. I will know where he is at any time based on this tracking system. BUT there’s a loop hole. Ethan is scanned when he ENTERS or LEAVES an establishment. What happens during the time between one establishment to the next goes unsupervised. Hence, in my opinion, I won’t leave him there alone unless he is older, say, 21 years old? Muahahahaha… I know, I know… you’ll do the same! :P
Anyway adults for kids below 8 years old need to remain inside KidZania throughout the duration of the visit.
The first establishment Ethan visited was AirAsia where he pilot the plane. This took roughly 20 minutes from briefing to take off until landing. He was paid 15 Kidzos for a completed flight.
Next he chose to be a mechanic.
This was really fun for him as they let him try starting a stalled car. Since it won’t start, the Zupervisor guided Ethan to check the engine oil, coolant lubricant and more. They even get to pour oil, tighten tyres and at the end of the session, try starting the car again to which a LOUD broom, broom sound signaling that they’ve successfully repaired the car! :D
Then came the fun part. He chose to be a Fire Fighter. He first went through a very educational talk about fire and safety when the alarm suddenly rang. They hurried into the waiting Fire Truck and off to the burning hotel where they fight fire with real hose and water! Kids who were playing police helped to control the crowd while kids paramedics were on scene to treat ‘injured’ victim. It was all organised so real that it looked like a real disaster scene!
Watch this video for full fire-fighting scene.
Cool eh? The coordination between the police kids and the fire-fighting team is so well done!
It was all so real from the siren to the blaze to the waterhose and also glasses shattering from the hotel fire!
Little firemen on the fire truck in a smoky street after putting out fire heading back to the fire station. MY HERO! :D
After battling with fire, the ‘injured’ firemen were taken to the Emergency Room to be treated by little medical attendants and nurses. My hero is there to get his ‘burn’ treated ^_^
Look at the plaster on his arm. Like so real liddat! Haha..
The next job, Ethan chose to be contractor. My little Phua Chu Kang :D Here he gets to lay bricks to build a wall. Since he loves playing with building blocks, he loves this a lot!
We visited the hospital next where Ethan tried his hands as Surgical Technologist in the Endoscopy Room. Here he got to insert the tube into the patient and they get to view the insides of the patient. Very gross I would say. Look at the Indian boy in the picture who is more engrossed in the patient’s feet! LoL!
Being a dentist is a MUST. It is very educational as the kids learn about hygiene and taking care of their teeth.
Ethan learnt the proper way of brushing his teeth and tongue. He also learnt about cavities and how important it is to get his teeth checked. He gets to check the patient’s teeth. Do a marking on the sheet to label the rotten teeth and extract it! Extremely cool!
I tell you a kid is a kid. It is cute when you let them CHOOSE what they want to be instead of TELLING them what to be. Here at KidZania Darling and I let Ethan decide for himself what he wants to be and you can see from the choice of his ‘jobs’, it is not the high flying, glamorous jobs that he often chose. Instead, he chose jobs that connects to him.
He was very determine to try cleaning windows. We walked pass through this place countless times but the queue was always long so I told him to come back and he MAKES SURE we really do. Each time after finishing any other job, he’ll make me go back to this place to see if any vacancy is open for him. He’s so desperate to clean windows! Actually, what interest him was the fact that he gets to climb on that thing to clean windows on Level Two! :D
See, he cleans windows so PERFECTLY that he got interviewed after that :P
Another must go is Marry Brown to try making your own burger. Here, instead of being paid for your work done, you have to pay them 15 Kidzos to enter. You’ll be guided to make your very own chicken burger and eat it too!
Everything here at KidZania is so real! From the AirAsia cockpit to the operation theatre in KPJ Hospital to the fire in the hotel, everything is real.
Ethan actually believes he was flying the plane, the simulation is that good. He believes he put out the hotel fire. He told Darling, “Now I know why you are always so tired when you gets home from work. Working is TIRING!” Hehe.. FINALLY he gets it!
At the end of the session, he exchanged his Kidzos for some gifts at the gift shop. Any kidzos left can be banked into his CIMB account or just bring them home and be used for next visit.
5 hours is definitely not enough. We will definitely be back!
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