Tuesday, April 17, 2012
School Group Session At KidZania 2 March 2012
I toured KidZania before it officially opened on Feb 2012 and was so amazed with what it has got to offer. I am so sure I will frequent this place for many times to come. KidZania seems to be the place where the children gets to feel the world we are in now. On the other hand, I think, oh well, of course our children knows what exactly the world we are in as they are living on this very place. But at KidZania they get to act in it.
So, here we are on our very first KidZania trip.
Putting on a security bracelet and making sure it fits well and not loosely.
Checking in at fifth floor by scanning the security bracelet.
Children below 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Each child will be given a 50kidzos (KidZania's currency) in a cheque form, at the entrance
The kid cashing the cheque at the bank.
I let the kids decide on what and how they like to go about their day.
Here I am, standing outside the glass door watching the both of them, taking an eye test.
They love the theater so much and at KidZania, they watched every single show they could.
En enjoyed her friend's acting, that at the end of the show, she gave her a tip of 8kidzos!
The show schedule that the kids tried to figure out, in order not to miss the show.
Firefighters kids get to sit on a fire truck.
En took a painting job that paid her 8 kidzos.
I would think the KidZania photographer should have taken her photograph discreetly instead of asking her to pose which made the situation even more artificial.
Information displayed on the glass panel of each establishment, which tells the capacity, duration, suggested age and payment/income.
Hui who felt this place as unfriendly, finally adapted to the concept and atmosphere of KidZania after 2 hours.
Here she was, counting her income.
In the midst of waiting, I suddenly felt this whole place is so artificial and noisy. There are no windows at all,. The trees are fake. I analysed what the kids have done. The moment they walked in, they were being approached to work at the establishment. Questions like 'Do you want to earn money?' "You can buy toys with it". "Do you wanna work here?" At work, kids are being instructed and prodded on what to do. Following instructions to work. Isn't this what school prepares the children to? Conformity. And this place seems to be the live scenario of a school system, I thought.
What I love is, whatever the kids want to buy or do over here, they have to work for it. Then again, this can be also experienced in the real life.
School Group Package RM50 for every child (age 4 and above), inclusive of 1 lunch box & a bottle of water.
RM35 for an adult
Food at KidZania tastes horrible and pricey. We are not allowed to bring food in.