KL? I have been to for countless times. But this round, we are driving up for one sole purpose, which is for the children to play at Kidzania!
Kidzania is a make-believe kids city where kids are engaged in all kinds of occupation to earn money.
We left Singapore on a late Thursday afternoon towards JB for a sea-food dinner at a kelong-like restaurant near Port Tanjung Pelepas.
The kids walking the long pathway out to sea towards the restaurant.
I got to know this place after a malaysian client took me there after we visited his factory in JB. The food was good but the price ended up a lot higher than i expected especially compared to what we paid when I went with the malaysians the other time! Hmmm!
But we like the breeze, the sea views and the rustic ambience!
We left JB at 6pm and started driving towards KL. This was the first time we are driving up ourselves and it really wasn’t too bad. We took a 30 mins toilet cum snack break and reached our One World Hotel in Damansara at about 10.30pm. Pretty nice 5-star hotel at not so 5-star prices!
Kidzania is in this shopping centre called The Curve not so far away so we took a cab there.
See the aeroplane jutting out from the building? That’s where Kidzania is!
We particularly chose a weekday to go because numerous reviews on other blogs very clearly noted that the weekend crowds are terrible. Besides for the same amount of money, you only get to play for 5 hrs during the weekend whereas its 7 hrs during the weekdays.
Once we reached, and after we “checked in” (the registration counter is just like the check-in counter at the airport), the kids were given a cheque where they would need to go into the bank inside Kidzania to cash it in for cash.
Money money money!!!
The first job that the kids wanted to try was to be pilots
So we headed towards the flight simulators at the Pilot Training Facility which is on the second floor
Every session will take 20 mins with 10 kids max. And after completing the job, they will earn 15 KidZos which they can use later to buy stuff at the shops.
The boy intently studying the map while queuing for his turn to pilot a plane!
The kids are then ushered into the training facility while the poor parents have to peer at them through the glass!
The cockpit area is also hidden from view on the left side. Apparently I was told by the kids later, they were briefed as to what to do and then asked to land the plane.
The little pilots! (all these nice close up shots have to be purchased from them!)
Initially the little girl wanted actually to skip being a pilot and be the flight attendant but we managed to convince her to do both!
She told us she served food to the passengers and it was fun!
Across the street was the hospital and we dashed over.
Talia Ann wanted to be a nurse to take care of babies in the nursery.
She told me that they use real powder on the babies. She was pleased as punch!
And Thaddeus wanted to be a surgeon!
The next hottest job we have been told is to be a fireman. So off we went to the ground floor where the fire station was and sure enough, there was a queue already! Even on a weekday!
The little boy waiting for his turn.
The little girl all decked out in her uniform. I was totally unable to get a shot of the little guy as he was so busy running around!
Once you put on your uniform and your helmet, you got to sit down for a briefing before running and shouting slogans onto the fire engine. With the sirens blaring and the slogans “Kidzania FIRE FIGHTERS”! being belted out as loudly as the children could managed, the fire engine will head towards the scene of the fire! The scene is actually a burning hotel right behind the fire station but the fire engine takes the children one whole round through the ground floor.
Then the children were all directed to water jets where they will try to put out the fire! FUN!
Most of the jobs do not have specified timing except for actors and magicians and a few others which I cannot remember! I tried to keep to the timings of these specified timing jobs but still 7 hours were not enough for us to be able to come back to do these.
Right beside the fire station was the dentist!
There was a dummy with mouth wide opened on the dentist chair for the children to poke their instruments into!
There was also a gigantic set of teeth where the children were taught the correct brushing methods!
By then it was nearly noon and the hubs had the most brillant idea to let them be sushi chefs. There were not much food to be had in the compound unless you leave the premises to try to hunt for food in the shopping centre. We were reluctant to do that.
So a-sushi-making they both went!
And after that they ate the lunch they made! While the adults had some pasta and meat balls!
Right after lunch, the kids queued to become CSI! Not sure what went on inside but it sure looks interesting!
I am looking for clues!
They were then sent out to try to solve a crime. We sneaked after them to see what they were up to!
Apparently they were supposed to find a particular location, asked a particular personnel some questions! Which the two little CSIs did perfectly!
Right beside the CSI lab was the police station with a jail cell. How about we do the job of a prisoner for a while? They thought!
We walked around a bit more and saw that there were no one queuing to be repairman so the little girl climbed up a tall ladder to try to fix a street lamp!
There was a supermarket there too and the children wanted to play customers and shop at the supermarket according to a shopping list given to them. They chose that over being cashiers!
Right beside the supermarket, you can choose to be construction site workers, window cleaners or house painters. There was a queue at the construction site and they were too short to get up the gondola to clean the windows, so off-a-painting they went!
I loved the paint-splattered tiny overalls they were in! and they loved being able to go wild at the walls, something they were never allowed to do at home.
For most of the jobs in Kidzania, you get paid but there are others you pay to have work done on you like manicure or to enjoy an activity like drawing. Talia wanted to do jewellery making and that is one of those jobs you’ve got to pay
She made a little bracelet for herself!
It was almost 5pm already and the boy wanted to be a policeman so the hubs went with him while the girl and I dashed upstairs to the TV station and managed to squeeze ourselves in for the last session of the day. She was chosen to be the cameraman!
She does looked pro, doesn’t she?
With whatever money they have earned, we wanted to buy something so the last stop was the retail shop and geez, we could only get ONE set of cars, tractors and trucks with both of their salaries combined! The girl kept asking us why we can’t buy more and I said its because she didn’t earn enough money and she cheekily said OK, let’s come back here tomorrow to earn more money!
We went into the Curve to try and find dinner and settled down into this restaurant PapaRIch which is selling local delights served in a slightly more atas environment. Pretty decent food! We shopped around a little and trooped back to the hotel. Tired kids with even more tired parents!
The children woke early the next day and we had some fun in the pool with a cool slide!
We spent the day shopping at mid valley and by the evening, our feets were so sore, we drove around looking for foot massage when we chanced upon a happening restaurant in a not-so-hip neighbourhood. Name of place was Souled Out and we decided to give it a try!
The lamb shank was so good that the hubs said he wouldn’t mind driving up just to have it again! ^^”
The last day, we ventured into the adjoining 1 Utama shopping centre and there was an indoor gym that looks like it was hanging from the top of the ceiling called the Starship Galatica. It looked fun and was cheap too! So we dumped the children there and we took turns to go shopping!
By 4pm, we were back to the hotel and checking out!
Bye Bye KL! We will be back!
The kids had so much fun they couldn’t stop talking about Kidzania afterwards! I read that Kidzania will be coming to Singapore by 2014. But since the drive up was really surprising so easy and there were so many other jobs we didn’t manage to do, there’s no reason why we will not make a trip up again! Anyone want to join me?