Come weekends, parents in Delhi NCR search frantically for places well-suited for a day out with family. Isn’t it? During one such weekend, we faced the same dilemma and zeroed in on KidZania Noida.
Kidzania Noida could be your best bet if looking for a non-gaming zone and indoor family entertainment centre in Delhi NCR to spend the day with your kids.
Since our very first visit to KidZania, we have frequented this indoor recreation and learning centre for kids, quite a few times over the years, as we’ve always found it safe, secure, and worth the time. Above all, KidZania Noida’s indoor theme park concept for kids is a winner, especially during summers, as most of the Delhi NCR amusement and theme parks are located outdoors.
Come with me as I take you on a virtual tour of KidZania Noida, and let us explore this one-of-a-kind indoor recreation facility in Delhi NCR. You might also want to consider this write-up and tour, as my honest review of KidZania Noida, as I share the pros and cons of visiting this place.
A guide to planning a visit to KidZania Noida
‘As parents do we ever get holidays?’ Well, we definitely can’t afford an exclusive vacation or holiday sans parenting. Could we? Because, Sunday or Monday, parenting goes hand in gloves with our daily routine.
However, our trip to KidZania Noida did prove to be a blessing, where we were able to spend some time ‘off parenting’. Wondering how? Well, read on…but before that let me answer a few oft-posed questions about the whys and hows of planning a visit to KidZania Noida.
What is KidZania?
KidZania is an indoor recreation and learning centre aka theme park for kids from ages 6-15 years. The indoors of KidZania Noida apart from the KidZania ventures around the world are more or less built and designed along the lines of a model city, with paved roads, workstations, and other facilities, apart from a functioning economy, with its own currency.
Where is KidZania located in Delhi NCR?
KidZania is located in the Entertainment city of Noida. The entrance to KidZania Noida is designed on the lines of an airport. Catchy and apt for kids!
Where and how to book KidZania Noida tickets?
Upon entry into the KidZania Noida premises, we were welcomed by the staff and ushered towards the ticket counters, in order to collect our boarding passes. Basically, the entry tickets are sold here and printed in the form of an airlines’ boarding pass keeping with the theme of KidZania.
It had cost Rs.2500/- for the three of us. However, the rates vary according to the days, shifts, etc.,
Alternatively, tickets could be booked online in advance. Do visit Kidzania’s official website http://delhincr.kidzania.com/en-in for further information.
Security arrangements at KidZania Noida
Along with entry(boarding) passes we were given Wristwatch shaped bands, into which (our) visitors’ information is fed. This information helps to track movements of visitors, the association of points, the amount spent and saved, etc.,
Basically, each child’s watch is linked to the parents’ tag, and children cannot check out if there is no matching adult tag to go with. This takes care of security issues.
Know about KidZo – The KidZania notes
KidZania is a country modelled as a full-fledged city for kids with well-designed, colourful and self-sustainable activities. It has got its own newspaper too for which your child can become a reporter as part of the role-play.
Since KidZania models itself around an independent country, it has got its own currency called ‘KidZo’, its own heroes and symbols.
The kids visiting KidZania are given 50 KidZo currency notes to spend at the beginning.
Kickstarting the tour inside KidZania Noida
Now that I have answered some of the oft-asked queries, let us have a look at the interiors of the KidZania Noida country as well as get to know the various activities for kids.
Where to start the KidZania tour from?
As you enter the KidZania zone, onto your left would be the ‘Information Centre’ from where you can collect a map of the ‘Kidzania’ country. A map makes it easier to navigate through this place.
Ironically, we accidentally discovered the availability of maps at the information centre much later in the day, during our trip to KidZania Noida.
I wish the authorities had given us some guidance while giving us the boarding passes at the ticket counters of Kidzania Noida. 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 in time. Also, since it’s humanly impossible to indulge in all the activities and role-play just in one-day (as we realized half-way through) I suggest you opt for the ‘Citizen Pazzport’ by paying a nominal amount that comes with its own perks.
Do visit Kidzania’s official website to know more about this or approach the Pazzport office inside the KidZania Noida country, located on the first-floor.
Get to know the available Kidzania activities
The KidZania Noida facility boasts of around 80+ activities for kids. Some of the activities help kids to earn KidZos while others make them spend. I found this, an interactive and educative method to teach responsible money handling to kids.
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 Camlin, Kellogs, Shiamak Dance Academy, and many other prominent brands to facilitate this endeavor.
Can parents participate in KidZania activities?
Since all the activities at KidZania Noida are for kids, parents and adults are not allowed inside workplaces. However, parents are allowed to sit and watch kids perform in the auditorium though!
Do read the information boards outside every workplace that reads out the appropriate age of the activity, number of children involved at a time, the duration of every activity and the amount of KidZos to be shelled out/earned through a KidZania activity.
What options do the parents have at KidZania?
Well, parents may stand outside the workplaces while watching their kids perform a role-play or activity, enjoy themselves and keep an eye on their kids, as cameras are installed. Huge screens then relay the happenings, even while the kids are inside underground tunnels performing activities. So fret not!
If you want to let the kids enjoy themselves, then no issues — there is ample seating available inside the KidZania country to sit while the kids indulge in activities. Else, loiter around like I did, capturing the beautiful interiors of the Kidzania country while keeping an eye on my kiddo.
KidZania Noida also provides a lounge for parents. This lounge is stocked with a pool-table, sofa-sets to relax, indoor games and magazines.
You may also want to procure the wifi password of KidZania Noida, by showing an ID proof here. However on the day of our visit to KidZania, the Wifi could not be enabled on either of my devices, and the person in charge was clueless about how to make it work!
So what’s in store at KidZania Noida?
Take a look at some of the workplaces 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 dance steps at the Shiamak Academy and then perform at the auditorium as a group. Parents are allowed to watch their kids perform as part of the audience, as I already mentioned in this post earlier.
The KidZania country also boasts of its own hospital with a fully functional ambulance!
Are there food stalls inside KidZania Noida?
Yes, there are eating joints where families can indulge in lunch or snacks.
The rates of food items aren’t exorbitant 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.
KidZania activities 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.Just reading this blog post may not do justice to this wonderful learning and fun-filled place called KidZania. One has to indeed visit this place to understand and appreciate the concept and the fun involved, especially the kids.
Practical information for planning a visit to KidZania
Now that I have taken you on a virtual tour across the country of KidZania Noida, let me share some practical information that could help you in planning your next visit to this educative and entertaining theme park of Delhi NCR.
How to reach KidZania Noida by Delhi metro?
We reached KidZania Noida by the Blue Line of Delhi Metro from Dwarka, by getting down at Noida Sector-18 metro station.
KidZania is located at a walkable distance from the metro station, however, we opted for a rickshaw as my son wanted to take a ride in it. The rickshaw wallah charged us Rs40 for this ride, 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 to reach KidZania from other parts of Delhi?
You may like to check the official website of ‘KidzaniaDelhiNCR’ for detailed information and maps.
Timings of KidZania Noida
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!
Parting words on KidZania Noida
KidZania activities are designed around an educative methodology, to teach children the importance of ‘dignity of labour’, ‘value of money’, the compulsion and importance of ‘savings’ and ‘time management’, apart from the advantages of being pro-active. All this in a fun-filled way sans ‘gaming gadgets’.
At KidZania, children get to learn things practically rather than theoretically. Also, as a parent, I learnt to give the 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. It would have proved to be another way to create awareness among the kids!
Overall, it was a wonderful family outing after a long long time for us at KidZania Noida, and we were drained out of energy by the time we reached home.
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 in case of queries pertaining to KidZania Noida. Feel free to ask questions or share your experiences with me here in the comments section, in case you have already paid a visit to this wonderful country 🙂