No, don’t get me wrong, Kidzania, an indoor, interactive theme park is for kids from 4-16- but I am writing about how a kid who is mentally 16 (or more) can also do justice to his time, considering he’ll have a lot of it this summer! So, The Insider was invited (read disclaimer) to take a taste of the diverse activities for a grown-up kid!
The idea behind Kidzania is to ’empower, inspire and educate kids through real-life role-play activities. Built like a city i.e. the size of 7 Olympic-sized swimming pools, it is complete with paved roads, battery operated cars, buildings, a functioning economy & its own currency. By blending reality with entertainment, it provides an authentic and powerful developmental platform where kids can discover, explore and learn about the real-world. most importantly, there are no RIDES & VIDEO GAMES!'(bliss)
It represents industries present in the real world like private services, public services, entertainment, airline, automobile, retail, restaurants and factories where children can play the role of a Pilot, Surgeon, Detective, Chef, Engineer, TV Producer, Radio Jockey, Car Mechanic and many more.
As you enter the precincts of the property, you are welcomed by an imposing nose of an Airbus, ready to take you off to a city beautiful with cobbled pathways and sanitised environs but not before stamping your very own boarding pass, then past the mandatory security checks and check ins you are inside the mini-city and then the adventure begins!
There’s something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket(yes, there are weekday and weekend packages along with a choice of number of hours) here’s the list of the ones that my 10 year old enjoyed the most:
Archeological sojourn- Yes there is an archaeological site where you can go on an exploration project at an ancient site and discover your own species of Rastasaurus, What’s more, parents can view their child’s shenanigans on a screen upstairs! Also it helps that it’s an earning activity. The city has its own currency called kids plus theres a bank independently accessed by the child to card!
At the job hunt centre for kids- your pre-teen answers queries from a personal questionnaire and voila- most suitable job for him/her appears on the screen! Consider it an offline naukri portal. Good idea for the child to know his preferences real well here!
If this summer you’re looking for fun and safety and challenge to go and in hand- try a Kidzania day! watch out for activities that may not arouse curiosity in the child! While he does the activities in glee if you can lounge in the parents lounge and recharge yourself and your phone – trust me, you’ll be taking a lot of pics!