live, love, laugh. Just the way I like it.
Kids these days are so lucky.
Everyone is talking about this cool place, Kidzania and the first thought that came to mind was, "Oh must be one of those places with play balls and inflatable slides" for kids (of course).
But boy, was I wrong.
Barely 10 mins inside Kidzania and I want to go back there again. Not kidding, this is how it looks like inside:
A theatre for children into performing arts and drama
(inside looks exactly like a two-storey auditorium with red carpet)
The place reminds me of London and before I continue, we were there to recce the place for an event. We were instantly blown away by the interior and things you can do inside Kidzania.
"What is the minimum age to enter?"
"17 years old"
*light bulb shines*
"Hmmm.. maybe one day I can get Lydia to tie her hair and I'll pretend to be a parent and take her there so we can both play"
In case you don't know, Kidzania is a place for kids to explore various occupations through activities (also known as the land of cool kids) it's a place for interactive education and an outlet for fun activities.
Once you enter Kidzania, it is as though you are in a miniature world created for the littles ones. The currency in Kidzania is called Kidzo. Without straying to far off from the real world, you have corporate brands and shops such as TM, CIMB Bank, Sushi King, Kraft and Media Prima giving kids the experience to live their ambitions.
I remember back when we were in primary school, our teacher would ask us, ''what do you want to be when you grow up''?
"I want to be a mother. I want to be happy. I want to be a millionaire"
Then when reality kicked in.
"I think I want to become a doctor. No, maybe a lawyer. Or a scientist."
Then when teacher asked me again a few months down the road my top three ambitions were - A veterinarian, an air stewardess or a lawyer. Although I'm none of them today that doesn't mean I'm not happy doing what I'm doing, it just means I didn't know what I wanted to do then.
As I grew older, I wanted to become a broadcaster (in my teens). Either on the radio or a news broadcaster.
Can you imagine what life would have been if Kidzania was invented back in the 80s?
Set up is an exact replica as the studios in Media Prima. Except this is for kids!
Basically the whole idea is to try and experience what you think you might like then pursue your dream career.
How the currency works - Kids earn money when they learn and go for classes, they can also spend if they want to eat, buy souvenirs, etc. and when you're done for the day, check out at the bank and keep some savings in your CIMB Kidzania account *whatt ?!! I know this sounds ridiculous but it's no joke)
Do you want to become a Japanese Chef when you grow up?
Kids make their own sushis and eat them off the counter
Or learn how to cook local delicacies?
Sorry, pictures are a little blurry because I didn't want to look all jakun snapping with the camera so these are snapshots from the phone when their staff wasn't looking =P
Here comes my favourite part.
Learn how to make your own Vitagen.
Or even Oreo cookies.
Heck, even as an adult most of us don't get the chance to make Oreo cookies or fill up our own bottle of Vitagen. Too much.
I know a friend who wanted to become a pilot.
Hey man, it's not too late.
There's even a club / lounge for the little ones.
What surprised me the most though was the fire engine that went around every 20 mins (filled with children learning to become firemen) to put out the fire at a nearby 'motel'
They are also given outfits and costumes for each profession. There's even rock climbing for kids inside the office tower (below)
Found this cute looking penguin at one of their souvenir shops.
Parents who are there to accompany their kids can take a rest at their lounge for adults with Internet access and mani/pedi. HOW COOL IS THAT!
That's it, I'm bringing my nephews and friends who look like their under 18 again, soon.