A Day out at ‘KidZania’
I had promised in my yesterday’s post that I shall tell you -all about our wonderful trip to Kidzania, a couple of days back. So, here is a guided tour as well as the review for the same.
If you are looking for a non-gaming zone in Delhi to spend the day with your kids, then Kidzania at Noida is the place to visit.The entrance of ‘KidZania’ is designed on the lines of an Airport- very aptly for kids and is catchy…
Where and how to book tickets?
As we entered we were welcomed by the staff and ushered towards the ticket counters to collect our boarding passes.
The rates vary according to the days , shifts etc.,. One can also book tickets in advance online.
Do visit Kidzania’s official website http://delhincr.kidzania.com/en-in for further information.It costed Rs.2500/- for the three of us. Along with the passes we were given bands designed like a Wrist Watch into which information about my son and our details were fed, so that- tracking and association of points, amount spent/saved etc.,.could be taken care of.
Basically, each watch is linked to the parents’ tag and the child cannot check out if there is no matching adult tag to go with , which takes care of the security issues. The kids are given 50 kidZo currency notes to spend in the beginning.
Wondering what kidZos are?
KidZania is a country modelled like a full fledged city for kids that is well designed, colourful and is self sustainable.It has got its own Newspaper too for which your child can become a reporter as part of the role-play.
Since it’s supposed to be an independent country, it has got its own currency called ‘KidZo’and its own heroes and symbols.
Where to start from ?
As you enter, onto your left would be the ‘Information Centre’ from where you can collect the map of the ‘Kidzania’ country. Ironically, this information about the information centre itself was found by us only by late afternoon. I wish the authorities had given us some guidance while giving us the boarding passes! Sigh….
Should we only transact with currency in hand?
No, instead of carrying the KidZos around, the best option for a kid would be to get a Debit card at the ‘Yes Bank’ inside the country. Now a child can freely roam around, work and do the role-plays to earn their salary in the form of KidZos and spend them on indulging in the activities all the while using his/her card.There are even ATMs for kids to churn out kidZos and check their balance at any point of time. Also , since it’s humanly impossible to indulge in all the activities and role-play just in one-day (as we realised half-way through) I suggest you to opt for the ‘Citizen Pazzport’ by paying a nominal amount that comes with its own perks.Do visit Kidzania.com to know more about this or approach the Pazzport office inside the country.
What activities are available for kids?
The facility boasts of around 80+ activities for kids.Some of the activities help the kids to earn while some make them spend.This is a nice and educative method for teaching money handling to kids by making them responsible.
For example, there are Pizza and Doughnut outlets where children can work, learn to make pizzas/doughnuts and eat them too..Kidzania is associated with brands like Camlin, Kellogs , Shiamak Dance Academy and many others.
Since all the activities are for kids, parents and adults are not allowed inside the work place.However, you are allowed to sit and watch your kids perform in the Auditorium though! Do read the Information boards put up outside every workplace that reads out the appropriate age of the activity, No.of children involved at a time, the duration of the activity and the amount of KidZos to be shelled out/earned through the activity.
What can parents do instead?
Either you may stand outside and watch your kids work and enjoy themselves and take pride in it as cameras are installed for some of the underground work places aswell 🙂 or if you want to let the kids enjoy themselves, then no issues-there are ample seating available inside the country and the best part is that Kidzania also provides a lounge for Parents stocked with a Pool-table,Sofa sets to relax, Indoor games and magazines.One can procure the Wifi password by showing an ID proof here,however on the day I visited -the Wifi could not be enabled on both my devices and the person in charge was clueless about how to make it work!
Or loiter around like I did -capturing the beautiful locale while keeping an eye on my kid :p
So what’s in store ?
Take a look at some of the work places for the kids….It is indeed a miniature country with beautiful buildings, a clock tower, a police station with a small jail,a fire-station and it has even got its own petrol bunk.
The kids can learn some dance steps at the Shiamak Academy and then give a performance at the auditorium that can be witnessed by the parents as I already mentioned in this post.The country also boasts of its own Hospital with a fully functional ambulance!
Are there places inside that sell eatables?
Yes, there are eating joints where families can indulge in Lunch or Snacks.The charges are not exhorbitant as I expected it to be. For once my son was super-excited to share his Pizza with us which he himself prepared at the Domino’s Workplace.
I will not be able to do justice to this wonderful place called Kidzania just through blog posts.One has to indeed visit this place to understand and appreciate the concept and fun involved.
Any options for kids below +3 age?
There are a handful of options for toddlers and kids below 3 years of age like the ‘Dance Floor’ and ‘Pre-school’ area…
How to reach KidZania from other parts of Delhi?
You may like to check the official website of ‘KidzaniaDelhiNCR’ for detailed information and maps.
How I reached Kidzania?
We reached Kidzania by Delhi Metro, by getting down at Noida Sector-18 metro station and took a rickshaw from there as my son wanted to go by one.This is hardly a distance and the rickshawallah charged Rs40 for this ride, which is quite reasonable considering we were two adults and one child.One should get down at Gate-11 of the Entertainment City to make a quick entry into Kidzania.
How long were we there?
The timings of ‘Kidzania’ can be verified from their official site.
On the Day we went…It was open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and we had to literally beg the kiddo to stop patrolling the country as he was performing his duty of a Police Man!!
Take-Aways from this outing?
KidZania is an educative methodology of teaching children the importance of ‘Dignity of Labour’, ‘Value of Money’, compulsion of ‘Savings’ and ‘Time Management’ and advantages of being Pro-active. All this in a fun-filled way sans ‘Gaming gadgets’.Children learn to do things practically rather than theoretically. Also, as a parent I learnt to give responsibility of ‘Money management’ to my child and taught him to ‘keep going’ without ‘losing hope’!
My only rue is KidZania’s worldwide model has been replicated as it is in India .I wish the architecture of some of the buildings inside this miniature country was of Indian designs!
Overall , it was a wonderful family outing after a long long time for us and we were drained out of energy by the time we reached home.
Before I conclude this post, I would like to clarify few points:
- I am not endorsing either Kidzania NCR or the brand in any way.
- I have not been paid either in cash/kind to do this write-up (Not a Sponsored post)
- All the views expressed in this article are my honest opinions.
- Some of the pics have been deliberately blurred as children were involved and would be insensitive on my part to put of the pics online!
I sincerely hope that you enjoyed taking a virtual tour of KidZania through my lens and write-up.
I would be more than happy to guide the readers incase of queries pertaining to ‘Kidzania’. Feel free to ask questions or share your experiences with me here, incase you have already paid a visit to this wonderful country 🙂
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