Finally, KidZania Singapore opens its doors TODAY!
In case you are unfamiliar with the KidZania concept, just know that this is not your typical theme park. In fact, this indoor facility comes with NO rides or arcade attractions at all!
Instead, kids get to participate in a variety of role-playing activities specifically designed to educate and inspire kids aged 4 to 17, creating a kid-centric city experience from arriving at the airport, to visiting a city centre and exploring the city streets. On top of it all, they get to earn a salary (in the form of kidZos, the official currency of KidZania), pay for goods and services and manage an ATM card - all the things they see adults do in real life!
So yes, KidZania Singapore is THE place where kids ditch their parents and go looking for JOBS! And trust me when I say the kids can never get enough of the job-hopping.
KidZania prides itself in offering the COMPLETE experience to its young visitors - starting right from the moment they step into KidZania Singapore. Upon arrival at the indoor city (Palawan Kidz City situated opposite Port of Lost Wonder), kids and parents will be issued with boarding passes at a counter designed to resemble an airport check-in counter.
In addition, every child and adult will be tagged with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) security bracelet.
Kids are only allowed to leave the park with an adult if his/her bracelet matches that of the adult who accompanied them. Kids aged 7 and below must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times while for kids aged 8 and above, an adult has to "check them in" and leave his personal details.
At the point of entry, all kids will receive 20 kidZos and a bank card with a value of 30 kidZos for a starting total of 50 kidZos. The kidZos function like money within KidZania and can be used to participate in activities, save or spend to purchase items at the Department Store.
The items in the Department Store start from 50 kidZos and the store is out of bounds to parents. After all, the aim is to let the kids take responsibility for their own spending decisions.
In KidZania, kids are given the independence and freedom to manage their finances on their own, either at the bank branch or through the ATMs and iKiosks in the city. They are also able to open a personal savings account at any time during their visit so that they can deposit their hard-earned kidZos. iKIOSKs are located around KidZania for kids to check their bank balances.
The kidZos earned need not be spent in that particular visit. The child is able to save and accumulate more on subsequent visits to KidZania Singapore. In fact, did you know that the kidZos earned in other KidZania worldwide can be deposited into the bank account here too? So if you have kidZos from other KidZanias, bring them down to the bank to exchange them. And yes, the currency exchange rate remains at 1:1.
Internally, KidZania Singapore is spread over 2 levels and built to resemble a city.
The streets are paved and there are establishments that one see in our everyday life - police station, fire station, hospital, bank, petrol station, restaurants.
Personally, I feel KidZania Singapore is a tad more spacious than its Kuala Lumpur counterpart. I think it has to do with the wider streets and higher ceilings.
And so, let's get to the most exciting part of KidZania for the kids - earning money, or kidZos!
This is how it is done in the park:
At every establishment, there will be a sign like the one in the above photo. The signs show information with regard to the job scope, as well as the recommended age group and duration of the activity. It also shows the payout of the job, and in the case of the Museum Curator, the payout is 8 kidZos. Not too bad a salary for 20 minutes of work I reckon.
Each task takes between 20 and 40 minutes to complete.
Not all establishments earn an income though. There are some which offer services, like making a burger, going on a high ropes obstacle course or studying for a degree, and these require a payment instead.
While most of the activities are manageable for kids at least 4 years old, there are a few that require kids to be aged either 6 or 7 due to the nature of the jobs.
Some panels also carry additional information on the left column. These may include certain conditions required for that specific job, like minimum height requirements, advance reading skills, or the need for insurance costs. There are some panels that depict a purple star too, which indicate that parents are welcomed to partake as spectators in that particular establishment.
Or should the child have additional qualifications like a university degree, he or she gets to earn an extra 2 kidZos on top of the usual remuneration!
But here's an important point to note: Parents are NOT allowed inside the job establishment areas at all times, unless otherwise stated.
As for kids, look out for the 'QUEUE STARTS HERE' signage on the floor at each establishment to get started on the job hunt!
And here is the complete list of activities that kids will be able to try out:
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AGED 4 AND ABOVE
As a rule of thumb, all of the Research & Development (R&D) nature type of jobs - Health Institute, Ice Cream Factory, Milk Innovation Lab, Science Laboratory and Water Quality Assurance Plant - together with the Aviation Academy are found on Level 2.
Also, there are a total of THREE vehicles that kids can hop on - Fire Engine at the Fire Station, Ambulance at the Hospital's Accident & Emergency and Tour Bus at the Coach Station.
ACTING ACADEMY & THEATRE
Position/s available: Actor
*Parents are welcome as SPECTATORS
At the Nickelodeon Acting Academy and Theatre, kids will get to role-play as their favourite Nickelodeon characters - it is currently Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but the characters get rotated as the weeks roll by. The aspiring thespians will be able to attend acting classes at the Acting Academy, wear character outfits and then perform for an audience at the Theatre.
Position/s available: First Officer – Pilot & Cabin Crew
*Parents are welcome as SPECTATORS (for Cabin Crew only)
As KidZania Singapore's aviation partner, Qatar Airways will bring realistic aviation role-play to kids. Aspiring pilots can experience flying two of Qatar Airways' flagship aircraft - the 787 Dreamliner and the A380 superjumbo aircraft - using the state-of-the-art simulators! The flight simulation facility is specially designed to demonstrate taking off and landing at Qatar Airways home base and hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha and Singapore Changi Airport.
See the life-sized decommissioned Boeing 737 plane? That is where the kids will be having their training as pilots. Besides having the chance to captain the skies, the positions of cabin crew are open to kids too where they will learn how to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers on-board.
|Photo Credit: KidZania Singapore|
BANK & VAULT
Position/s available: Service Manager, Wealth Manager & Cash Officer
At the Bank, kids can assist fellow KidZanians with their enquiries and banking needs, and help them manage their kidZos with a bank account.
At the Vault, take on the job of a Cash Officer and work as a team to prepare, deliver and protect the citizens’ money to ensure they reach their destinations safely!
Position/s available: Candy Design Trainee
Kids will learn how candies of different colours and flavours are made, create their own candy and bring the hand-made candy home!
Position/s available: Chef
Kids who visit the KFC Restaurant will play the role of a KFC Crew member, learn the importance of hygiene in the Food & Beverage Industry, and prepare their very own delicious, finger lickin’ good burger. And they get to consume it after that too!
CITY CLOCK (LEVEL 2)
Position/s available: Performer
Get in the groove and wow the crowd by putting on an unforgettable dance routine during the hourly City Clock performance - and getting paid for it too!
Position/s available: Performer
Also at the Nickelodeon Acting Academy, kids will be able to get loud and parade around the city together with other performers. Dance, sing, clap and make loads of noise: this is one job that truly pays for being loud!
Position/s available: Climber
For kids who love climbing, they will be able to scale the heights of the tall climbing wall! Minimum height is 120cm, and a Personal Accident Plan from the Insurance Office is required.
Position/s available: Tour Guide & Tourist
*Parents are welcome as SPECTATORS
Kids can be a Tour Guide and show tourists all the sights in KidZania Singapore. Or hop on the Tour Bus and witness the monuments and landmarks in KidZania Singapore as a Tourist! Parents can hop on the bus and join in the fun as tourists too.
Position/s available: Junior Cashier, Store Assistant & Customer
Here, kids can role-play three roles in one place! Be a cashier and scan products or be a store assitant and ensure that the store is always well stocked to keep the customers happy! Kids can also role-play as customers and engage in some retail therapy!
Position/s available: Courier
Kids will be able to take on the role of a Courier and deliver packages to designated establishments in KidZania City. Prompt and efficient service is the key!
Position/s available: Crime Scene Investigator
Kids can be a Crime Scene Investigator and keep their eyes peeled for clues and hints to solve a crime. They will be tasked to collect clues that have been spread across the KidZania city.
Position/s available: Junior Dentist
Kids can perform an oral hygiene health check to prevent cavities and flash a bright smile as a dentist at the Sunstar Dental Clinic.
Position/s available: Host & Video Editor
Get the chance to film and host your very own documentary! Kids will learn how to edit their documentary by adding music or stock videos, and bring their finished work home too!
DRIVING SCHOOL & DRIVING STREETS
Position/s available: Trainee Driver & Driver
Kids can apply for a driving license by passing a driving test. But they must have a valid eye test from the Optometrist before they can be issued a driving licence (validity period is for life). Minimum height is 130cm.
Once they acquire that driving licence, they can put their newly acquired driving skills to use at the driving circuit, and get around the circuit in a safe and responsible manner. They will also be able to top up petrol at the Petrol Station. Minimum height is 130cm.
Position/s available: Trainee Model, Visual Merchandiser, Fashion Coordinator & Runway Model
*Parents are welcome as SPECTATORS
At the Camouflage Fashion Boutique, kids can attend the Modelling Class and be a Trainee Model to learn how to catwalk. Mini fashionistas then become fashion gurus as they learn how to curate their own fashion style, and gain confidence by modelling their handpicked outfits in a fashion show. Parents are welcomed to be guests of the Fashion Show.
Position/s available: Fire Fighter
A perennial favourite in all KidZanias around the world, kids will be able to don a Fire Fighter uniform, hop on to a Fire Engine and help put out the 'fire' at the hotel.
HEALTH INSTITUTE (LEVEL 2)
Position/s available: Health Researcher
Kids can be a Health Institute Researcher at Lifebuoy and learn the intricacies of soap making along with the importance of hand hygiene through the first-hand experience of making their very own soap.
ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY, OPERATING THEATRE, CT SCAN ROOM & NURSERY
Position/s available: Paramedic, Surgeon, Radiologist & Baby Expert
Kids will be able to hop onto an ambulance and respond to emergencies as a paramedic. Want something more challenging? Be a surgeon and perform a delicate operation in a fully furnished operating theatre, and learn important health practices.
Or be a radiologist at the CT Scan Room, and analyse scan results while operating a functional CT scan machine, and learn the importance of early detection. For nurses wannabes, be a baby expert at the nursery and take care of newborn babies, learn the basics of diaper change, baby massage techniques and the benefits of baby moisturisers.
ICE CREAM FACTORY (LEVEL 2)
Position/s available: Ice Cream Maker
Let kids 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.
Position/s available: Photographer Student & Photojournalist
Budding photographers can join the professional photographers at the Canon Imaging Academy and learn proper camera techniques, and pick up tips on how to compose beautiful pictures.
Position/s available: Financial Services Consultant, Customer
Just like in real life, kids earn MORE kidZos when they 'sell' more insurance policies! They will be tasked to approach the citizens and protect their future by matching their needs to the available insurance policies. Also, this is the place to go to apply for insurance before the kids attempt the High Ropes Challenge Course at the Mountaineering School and scale the wall at the Climbing Wall.
JOB INFORMATION CENTRE
Position/s available: Candidate, Experienced Worker
Unsure of what job to take on? Kids can take the Skills Set Analysis test here to find out which jobs are recommended for them. They get more kidZos when they complete the list of recommended jobs! And once they have gained some experience, they can head back here to prepare their resume.
MILK INNOVATION LAB (LEVEL 2)
Position/s available: Food Scientist
As a food scientist at the Abbott Milk Innovation Lab, children can learn about the science and processes behind how growing up milk is made and learn the importance of food safety and quality checks.
Position/s available: Mountaineer
Position/s available: Journalist & Newspaper Delivery Crew
Aspiring journalists will be able to write about important events and news happening around the world! Or if they prefer, they can choose to deliver the newspapers fresh off the printer to the citizens of KidZania Singapore.
Position/s available: Optometry Consultant & Customer
Kids offer the gift of healthy sight as an Optometrist at Nanyang Optical, where they can conduct eye tests for customers and learn more about short-sightedness and astigmatism. They can also help customers to select the right lenses and frames once the eye test has been conducted. This is also the place to go if kids wish to obtain their driving licence as a valid eye test is required.
Position/s available: Museum Curator
KidZania Singapore is the ONLY KidZania in the world that has a Peranakan Museum! Kids will be able to learn about the work of a museum curator through taking care and displaying valuable artefacts from the unique Peranakan heritage.
Position/s available: Assistant Petrol Station Manager
For some reason, kids love petrol stations! And this allows them to realisse the dream of being 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.
PIZZA SHOP (LEVEL 2)
Position/s available: Pizza Chef
Young chefs will learn more about the ingredients and the dough, and watch it all come together at the Pizza Kitchen. They get to knead and shape pizza dough, add on their favourite toppings, before sending it to be baked at the Pizza Hut Restaurant. They will also be able to pack their pizzas into boxes to take home and enjoy with their family!
Position/s available: Police Officer
Also a fave among kids, they will be able to assume the role of a police officer and ensure the safety of the citizens of KidZania Singapore by patrolling around the city with fellow officers in blue, and keep a lookout for any signs of danger.
Postion/s available: Radio Presenter & Technical Assistant
Kids can role-play as a radio presenter by running their own radio segment to play chart-topping songs, and co-host programmes with Kiss92 DJs Maddy, Jason & Arnold! As a bonus, they get to bring a copy of the recording home.
Or kids can be introduced to the more technical aspect of radio programming as being a technical assistant and learn more about the high-tech equipment used in a live radio broadcast programme and how it is used to produce a radio program!
Position/s available: Junior Scientist
Working as researchers at the Yakult Research Lab at KidZania Singapore, kids will be able to study and explore different experiments and learn about the benefits and essence of probiotics. As a probiotics scientist, they will be responsible for the differentiation between the good and bad bacteria, and to use the good bacteria to benefit the health of others.
Position/s available: Assistant Soup Chef
Kids will also get to role play as Assistant Soup Chefs at The Soup Spoon establishment. They will learn the steps and ingredients involved in whipping up a hot bowl of soulful soup, and discover its health benefits.
Position/s available: Football Player, Sports Commentator Assistant, Telematch Participant & Cheerleader
*Parents are welcome as SPECTATORS
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.
Kids will be able to try their hands at being football players, sports commentators, or cheerleaders. They can even take part in Telematches too! The full schedule for offpeak (Sun-Thurs) and peak (Fri, Sat, Sch Hols, eve of PHs & PHs) days are as follow:
Parents will be able to cheer their kids on as spectators too.
TRADITIONAL BBQ MEAT STORE
Position/s available: Traditional BBQ Meat Assistant
This is one occupation that is unique to KidZania Singapore! Kids get to 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. And in case you are wondering, NO samples are given.
Position/s available: Undergraduate
The Learning Lab University will be the gateway for children to acquire distinguished academic credentials. There are 3 degrees on offer: Business & Finance, Communication Studies & Biochemical Engineering. Class timings for the various degrees are shown below.
Kids must pay using kidZos to obtain a degree of their choice (Reading skills needed). And once armed with these qualifications, they can earn an extra 2 kidZos on top of the usual remuneration at selected establishments. Just like upgrading oneself in the real world!
WATER QUALITY ASSURANCE PLANT (LEVEL 2)
Position/s available: Water Quality Assurance Specialist & Water Delivery Crew
The Spritzer Bottling Plant offers kids to play the role of a Water Quality Assurance Specialist and learn safety and hygiene matters, testing the purity of the city’s drinking water and ensuring that it is free of bacteria and chemicals. Or they can choose to ensure the smooth delivery of the water all over KidZania city.
Position/s available: Window Washer
Kids will be able to learn the proper way to clean windows - and perhaps help the parents at home after that.
PHEW! That was a HUGE list of activities and truth be told. there is NO way that a child can finish job-hopping every single one in one, two or even three visits. So while all of the job-related activities in KidZania Singapore have a minimum age requirement of 4 years old, where does that leave toddlers who are 3 years and below of age?
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AGED 4 AND BELOW
If you have older kids aged 4 and above who are busying themselves with the activities - and you wish to bring younger kids to KidZania Singapore too, there are 2 exclusive sections on Level 2 that are catered to kids aged 4 and below.
The first one is the RightZKeepers Residence, which is essentially one giant padded indoor playground made to resemble the interior of a house.
There is a Living Room and Kitchen that are filled with toys, and jumping action waiting to be discovered in the Bedroom, where two inflatable beds beckon.
But I think the most fun part of the house has got to be the toilet, where one can go have a dip in the soft balls bathtub!
Situated right beside is the Kindergarten which is stocked with toys and art & craft materials to keep the little ones busy.
Various programmes for toddlers will be conducted throughout the day as well.
Nursing mummies would be glad to know that there is also a Baby Care Centre for private nursing and diaper-changing too.
ACTIVITIES FOR PARENTS
Compared to most KidZanias, KidZania Singapore probably has more than the usual number of activities that parents can partake in as spectators. These include watching their kids strut the runway or showcase their acting chops at the THEATRE, hop on the Tour Bus as a Tourist at the COACH STATION and let the kids role-play as Tour Guides and cheer kiddos on at the STADIUM.
Parents need a moment away from the kids? Head to the PARENTS LOUNGE on Level 2!
This adult-only retreat - yes, NO kids allowed! - provides parents with a place to get away to chill while their kids are slogging away.
The resting corner is furnished with tables, chairs, couches, computer terminals and an F&B kiosk selling snacks and drinks.
Let's face it, if parents are going to be stuck inside KidZania Singapore while the kids are off to earn some dough, then it really helps that the food and beverage options within the city are palatable enough. And judging from first impressions, there seem to be quite a variety of choices.
The food-related industries within KidZania Singapore - Kentucky Fried Chicken (Level 1), Pizza Hut (Level 2) and The Soup Spoon (Level 1) - also retail actual meals to visitors. In addition, there are 2 further dining options.
Traditional coffeehouse KILLINEY KOPITIAM serves up traditional freshly brewed coffee and kaya toast while visitors can enjoy authentic Indonesian cuisine in the WARUNG M NASIR cafeteria. Both are located on Level 1.
In addition to the Department Store, there is a SHOPPING ALLEY which is home to a range of shops that the kids can blow their kidZos on.
On your way out of KidZania Singapore, you will be able to purchase exclusive souvenirs from the KidZania SHOPS (with Singapore currency, not kidZos!).
If you are planning to head back to KidZania again, the child could sign up to be a B-KidZanian and get his or her own PaZZport for a one-time fee of $18. The PaZZport is valid until 18 years old and privileges include earning or saving 2 extra kidZos on every activity the kids complete. The more kidZos earned or saved equate to more activities they can enjoy.
When kids earn 30 stamps, they become Distinguished CitiZens and will earn or save 4 extra KidZos per activity. And when they earn 60 stamps, they'll become Honorable CitiZens of KidZania, earning and saving 6 extra KidZos per activity.
In addition, they get preferential access in KidZania cities that offer the B-KidZanian Programme!
SO... all ready to embark on a KidZanian adventure? Hang on...
Here're 10 tips to maximise your day out at KidZania Singapore!
1. To ensure a pleasant experience in the City, KidZania Singapore has a capacity limit so tickets are on a first come, first served basis. To guarantee entry, book your tickets online beforehand. You may purchase tickets up to two months in advance.
2. Online purchases are entitled to 5% discount off walk-in ticket prices. And if you pay using a Maybank Credit or Debit Card, there is a 10% discount instead.
3. KidZania Singapore is open for 7 hours from Sundays to Thursdays and 10 hours on Fridays, Saturdays, School holidays, eve of and Public Holidays. To maximise your time there, be prepared to stay for the entire day. Re-entry is NOT allowed.
4. Arrive earlier before the opening time of 10am, as there will be a queue waiting to enter.
5. Upon opening, most kids will head to the Bank to deposit their 20 kidZos and to activate the bank card... which translates to long queues at the bank (just like in real life). If the queue at the bank is long, skip it and head straight to the establishments to earn some kidZos first.
6. And avoid going to the bank when it is near closing time. The bank will be swarmed with kids who are either eager to deposit their day's earnings or withdraw their kidZos to spend.
7. Have an early or late lunch. Queues at popular occupations may be relatively shorter come meal times so be sure to take advantage of that.
8. Another trend seen at all theme parks is the crowd usually dwindles near to closing time. This will be a great moment for the kids to earn more kidZos!
9. Getting a degree at the University can help to earn more kidZos, depending on the course and the nature of the job.
10. Realistically, your child will be able to cover about 6 to 8 jobs as a fair amount of time will be spent on queuing. To up the number, parents can scout ahead to ascertain which occupations have a shorter queue. But do note that parents are NOT allowed to queue in place of their kids.
Congratulations to the following 3 winners:
1. Clarice Tan
2. Raymond Seah
3. Jas Ong
You have each won a SET of KidZania Singapore tickets! Each set consists of ONE Adult and ONE child tickets, worth $93 in total. Tickets are valid til 31 July 2016.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your prize redemption details by 5 May 2016. Thanks!
Also, a huge thanks to everyone who have participated. More awesome giveaways are coming up in the month of May so stay tuned! :)
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Address: Palawan Kidz City. 31 Beach View #01-01/02 Singapore 098008 (Opposite Port of Lost Wonder)
Opening Hours: Sundays to Thursdays: 10am to 5pm | Fridays, Saturdays, School holidays, eve of and Public Holidays: 10am to 8pm
Ticket Prices: (For walk-in admission) Infants (under 2 years old) Free | Toddlers aged 2-3 S$25 | Kids aged 4-17 S$58 Adults aged 18-59 S$35 | Senior Citizens (aged 60 & above) S$25
*Online purchases are entitled to 5% discount off walk-in ticket prices
*Enjoy 10% discount off walk-in ticket prices when paying with a Maybank Credit or Debit Card
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