A few months ago I brought my kid to KidZania Kuala Lumpur. Basically KidZania is a place where kids can pretend to be grown-ups and do grown-up things like work and stuff. Yeah I find that's a silly idea at first and refuse to spend my hard-earned 90 ringgit there. Then after my kid kept asking me to go, I decided to give it a go.
KidZania Kuala Lumpur is located in Mutiara Damansara just next to IKEA & The Curve. You can't miss it, there's an Air Asia plane partially protruding from the building. It's open every day including public holidays. There's only a single session during weekdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm while on weekends they're open from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm in 2 sessions. Entrance is RM55.00 for kids aged 4 to 17 and RM35.00 for adults. Yes you can just let you kids go free and crazy in there but usually you would want to keep an eye for them so in the end you end up paying and going in as well. Kids can go in alone by adults must be accompanied by a children to go in. Very clever.
You get your tickets on the ground floor. Tip: come on weekdays, weekends are always crowded. Then you go up a few levels using the escalator to the actual KidZania attractions.
At the entrance you will be greeted by the (fake) customs people in the arrival hall. Kinda like in an airport. There they'll give you an electronic bracelet as proof of purchase and also to track you and your kids inside the facility.
First thing first you must cash the mock check for KidZos, the currency they use in KidZania at the CIMB counter. You get like 50 Kidzos or something to use around the establishment and on the way out you deposit the balance at the counter again and they'll give you this CIMB debit/ATM card.
The facilities are spread across two levels and the place might look rather small at first sight. The reality is, there are over 60 establishment and 90 activities for your kids to do and they'll be overwhelmed with choices.
The fire department is a popular attraction and there's even a queue to get into the place.
You get to ride the fire engine around the place.
And help put out fire on a burning hotel.
Become a surgeon and perform CPR on a patient.
Be a radio DJ for an hour. You'll get a recording of your voice on radio in a CD.
Read news on TV an bash the Anwar Ibrahim and the opposition!
Climb a four-storey building.
Future computer engineers or slackers?
Artsy pansy people.
This where you learn to cook sardines #LOL
Crazy streets performers banging trash bins and pails.
Some attraction are not very popular. Unlike in real life, not many people want to work at TNB.
For tired or bored parents there's a nice little lounge where you can order drinks and rest on the sofa or surf on the Internet-enabled computers.
There's one praying room for Muslims but it is very small and well-hidden.
There's so much fun and educational things your kids could do and you might not get to do them all even if you spend the whole day there. My advise is come early and pack a lunch. Food is sold inside KidZania but they're a tad expensive for my liking.
Every hour or so the KidZania theme song will be played through the PA system and like robots the employees will sing and dance to the song. It's compulsory and those who did not dance will be fired on the spot! Okay maybe not fired but they'll get into trouble or something I presume. If you hang around until closing time at 5:00 pm, you get to watch the extended version of the song and dance where every staff dance together at the town square. Weird creepy stuff I tell you.
My verdict: KidZania is a pretty cool place to bring your school-going kids. Bringing toddlers or children below 7 would be rather pointless because they don't really understand the point of the attractions and how to do stuff. The entrance fee might be a little expensive for some but trust me it's worth every penny. For more information head on to their website for more information.