We took our four year old, Jenson, yesterday. He was so excited, I almost melted! We arrived just before our slot which was four hours long at 1.30pm! Everyone had boarding passes – the main idea is that you go through airport security to the different city so British Airways is the main focus point. It was manic with schools when we first arrived but by 2.30 they had eventually started to leave and Kidzania was quiet again.
Kidzania is a children’s city where they earn money to spend in the city. It had mini scenarios and role-play settings, the children take part in different jobs and they earn wages. They can also open a bank account to keep their money safe. Adults are essentially ‘banned’, you can stay with your children but there is also a family room where adults can go to relax and children roam free – I didn’t feel totally comfortable with that. We stayed with Jenson the whole time. The schools let the children go around on their own which is expected but this is daunting for the younger children, there was also a child who was intimidating Jenson which I did not stand for, the child had uniform on so I did go and tell the school staff, equally there was a kind boy who helped and looked after Jenson so I made sure I told his teacher too.
Jenson had watched the advert on YouTube constantly in the lead up to our trip, he knew exactly what he wanted to do which of course was to be a fireman!
Jenson was so lucky to have lots of experiences, going during term time was a winner! He had the opportunity to be a:
- Doctor at accident and emergency
- Delivery man
- Chocolate maker
- Shop keeper
There are so many other scenarios too that the children can join in on, food companies like innocent drinks, walls ice cream, gourmet burger kitchen and a few others. The children could also take part in:
- To presenting
- Radio presenting
- Estate agents
That’s just a sample!
Jenson smiled from ear to ear all day! The day was brilliant, he enjoyed challenges as well as meeting his wants and dreams, a fireman is exactly what he wants to be when he grows up. Kidzania is perfect for all ages, it had so many different opportunities for different ages. We pushed Emeline around in her pram with no problems either. The staff were so helpful and happy! We will definitely be going back!