Kidzania is a children playground to play pretend. It looks like a small city complete with all of the amenities and facilities designed with children in mind. No wonder hundreds of children play here everyday.
This is the all time classic question that keeps us wondering what are the options out there anyway?
To some extent Kidzania enlightens children on the available professions in the real life. It is set up as a city with many business establishments that look like small shops.
In each business establishment, the children can apply for a job. For example:
The children also can apply for simple jobs such as window cleaners and shoe polishers :)
Usually children are very eager to apply and perform the jobs, because each business has all the facilities required to fulfill the task, so it looks like real life.
Therefore, the streets are always crowded with people, in addition to the noisy buses, taxis, ambulance, fire engine, and police car.
Since Kidzania is designed like an independent tiny country, we must go through ‘immigration’ complete with a security check at the entrance gates.
Each child receives 50 Kidzos (Kidzanian money) in the form of a cheque. Thus, the next step is going to the bank to disburse the cheque into Kidzos cash.
Children can use the money inside
Kidzania to pay for taxi or bus fares, participate in motorcycle or car
races, apply for a driver license, etc.
Once a kid has a driver license, s/he are allowed to join either car or bike race, depending on the driver license s/he has. This race is one of the most favorite games here, and it is held only few times a day, hence, the queue is long. Therefore, it is important to apply for the right driver license to avoid any disappointment ;)
We only need to apply once for each driver license, because next time we
come here, we can use it again. So keep the driver license in
good care, otherwise we have to reapply if we lost it (which requires
time and Kidzos)
What if the children run out of money? Then it's time to work ;)
Some jobs, such as pilots or firemen, are more favorite than others, resulting in long queue. So, we should manage our time wisely, otherwise we will only pass the time on queuing.
Similar to the real life, the salaries offered by each job varies. Some jobs, such as home appliance technician and pharmacist, pay as high as 20 Kidzos, but jobs such as pilot and window cleaner, pay as low as 5 Kidzos. Other jobs, such as working in nugget, noodle, towel, pizza and chocolate factories pay with some Kidzos and sponsored products. The information on how much the payment, how long the game will be, and how much longer we have to queue are available at the front door of every workshop.
In my experience, we will not be able to do all the works offered in one session. It because most of the pretend play takes approximately 20 minutes per group, plus queuing time.
Anyway, children always have their favorite play pretends, hence, no matter how many times they visit Kidzania, they keep queuing in the same places and ignore to try other professions.
As a children city, only the children can play pretend, adults are not allowed to enter the premise of each business establishment. We can only wait and watch the children through the glass walls. Each business establishment has hosts who will guide the children throughout the activities. It is a good thing because children will learn to be independent. Hence, I think the most appropriate age where children can enjoy playing pretend here is above 6 years old. Nevertheless, children of 2-3 years old can have fun too, they can play at Urbano’s House. This is the only place in this children city where parents can accompany their children.
Although we can directly buy tickets in the ticket booths near the entrance to Kidzania, often we can get a better deal by buying the tickets online. If you prefer to queue in front of the ticket booths, it opens 30 minutes before the opening hour (i.e. 8.30am). However, considering the number of visitors play here everyday, the queue is long and takes some time.
Being a metropolitan, there are many places of interests in Jakarta. You might want to explore Jakarta Aquarium, the old town of Jakarta or see the rich culture of Indonesia in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.