KidZania Singapore, the theme park with NO rides or arcade attractions to boast of, will be opening by the end of this year! Instead of rides and games, kids get to participate in a variety of role playing activities specifically designed to educate and inspire kids aged 4 to 14, creating a kid-centric city experience from arriving at the airport, to visiting a city centre and exploring the city streets.
So before the year is up, I guess we will all have another fabulous reason to visit Palawan Beach at Sentosa - even more so for the monkies!
Previously announced partners include 7-Eleven, Abbott, Camp Challenge, Canon, Carl Zeiss, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, KFC, Killiney Kopitiam, Kiss92, Maybank, Nanyang Optical, Nickelodeon, PictureAir, Pizza Hut, Sticky, Spritzer, Sunstar, The Learning Lab, The Soup Spoon, Warung M Nasir, WTS Travel and Yakult.
So joining the 22 already on board are a further 10 industry partners to offer a diversifying range of career options for the little people.
Be a petrol station manager at an Esso Petrol Station and help fill up vehicles for customers. Kids can learn more about the different types of fuels used to power vehicles on our roads, and the importance of good customer service.
Culture and Entertainment
Be a Museum curator and docent at The Intan, Singapore’s first private Peranakan home museum. Appreciate the traditional Peranakan culture by curating galleries that focus on iconic Peranakan elements such as the sarong kebaya, nyonya porcelain and Peranakan tile architecture, and proudly share Singapore’s rich Peranakan identity with visitors through the galleries and exhibits.
Be a Health Institute Researcher at Lifebuoy and learn the intricacies of soap making along with the importance of hand hygiene through first-hand experience of making their very own soap.
Be an ice cream maker and mix delicious flavours and ingredients at the Paddle Pop Ice Cream Factory. Kids will learn about nutritionally responsible snacking before enjoying yummy treats.
Be a surgeon and perform a delicate kidney transplant operation in a fully furnished operating theatre at the city’s very own Mount Elizabeth Hospital, and learn important health practices.
Be a radiologist at the Toshiba CT scan room, and analyse scan results while operating a functional CT scan machine, and learn the importance of early detection.
Be a junior nurse at Johnson & Johnson’s nursery, kids are tasked to take care of newborn babies, learn the basics of diaper change, baby massage techniques and the benefits of baby moisturisers.
Mini fashionistas become fashion gurus at the Camouflage Fashion Boutique as they learn how to curate their own fashion style, and gain confidence by modelling their handpicked outfits in a fashion show.
Be a Traditional BBQ meat specialist and discover the secret recipe that goes into the age-old process of making one of Singapore’s best loved traditional snacks at Lim Chee Guan Traditional BBQ Meat Store.
Learn the importance of having protection and savings plans to help other kids take care of themselves and their loved ones as a financial services consultant at AIA Insurance.
Be a telematch participant, footballer, cheerleader or even commentator at one of the few stadiums available in KidZanias world-wide. Kids can take part in an array of different activities from telematches to football games with AIA at the Stadium.
In addition, KidZania Singapore has appointed Singapore Children’s Society as its CSR Partner for a year, starting June 2015. KidZania Singapore will donate the sales proceeds of 3,000 tickets to the Society.
Also, I got a glimpse at KidZania Singapore's layout as well.
Interestingly, districts will be set up within the kid-sized city to group establishments based on the nature of the establishments and role-play activities. The decision is based on the concept of zoning, one of the common techniques adopted by urban planners in most developed countries.
All in all, there will be a diverse range of over 80 (!!!) role-playing activities within KidZania Singapore with the following various districts in KidZania Singapore:
- Culture and Entertainment
- Public Services
- Private Services
- Restaurants (Food and Beverage establishments will be located throughout the city)
From activities that will challenge a child’s physical limits to experiences that will inculcate values such as the importance of better health and caring for others, kids can independently decide and participate in occupations and roles that aid social, emotional and intellectual growth.
One of the more exclusive facility I am looking forward to is the Stadium.
KidZania Singapore will be home to one of the few stadiums available in KidZanias worldwide - the Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta ones do not have one - where kids will be able to try their hands at being a telematch participant, footballer, cheerleader or even commentator.
When we first visited KidZania KL back in 2012, Ale was too young to participate in the activities. This time around, I think she (and her brothers) can hardly wait!
For more information, visit www.kidzania.com.sg.