I have never been to any Kidzania prior to the opening of Kidzania Singapore. I was very fortunate to have been invited for a media tour of Kidzania Singapore to understand how Kidzania Singapore worked prior to bringing my children there. Otherwise, I think I would have been like…
In this post, I shall share with you 15 simple steps to ensure you visit Kidzania without appearing like a ‘mountain tortoise’.
Step 1: Wait for your kids to turn 4
I’ll be honest. I don’t think Kidzania is a place for children below 4. Kidzania is about role-playing for kids – and there is a minimum age requirement of 4 years old to participate in the role-plays. Leave the young ones at home, or just wait till they are old enough. You do not want to spend a bomb paying for them to go there and having to endure the terrible 2 and 3s’ “Why can’t I do this?? Why can’t I do that?? BUT I WANT!! *cry cry cry*”
Step 2: Do not solo parent if you have children below & above 4
You can only be in one place at a time. Imagine bringing a child below 4 and a child above 4 on your own. The child below 4 is pretty much limited to the toddlers area on Level 2. The older child needs to go around the two levels to do the role-playing. Unless your older child is old enough to go around and play on his or her own without your help, or you have the ability to teleport, make sure you have another adult with you. But then again, I wouldn’t want to pay for an extra adult ($35!) to help look after the toddler. I would.. just not bring the toddler. Back to Step 1.
Step 3: Prepare your kids
Parents are strictly NOT allowed to follow their children into the role-playing areas. So if your child tends to stick to you like superglue, tell him or her beforehand that he or she will need to do the activities on their own while you can only watch from outside. Make sure he or she is okay with it before you go. Don’t go there and beg the staff to allow you in – Not gonna happen and you’re just wasting the time of everybody waiting in the queue.
Step 4: Entrance procedure
Purchase your tickets online beforehand to get 5% discount. Use a Maybank credit card for 10% discount.
When you arrive, proceed to the check-in counters to get your wrist tags. Everyone (adult & children) will need to be tagged. Children aged 4 and above will receive 20 Kidzos (currency used in Kidzania) in cash and an ATM card containing 30 Kidzos inside.
Step 5: Head to the bank to activate your ATM card
That ATM card needs to be activated and linked to the child’s wristband. So the moment you enter Kidzania Singapore, activate the ATM card at the big Maybank so that you can use the Kidzos inside anytime required. You don’t want to spend half an hour queuing up, thinking you can pay for the activity with your ATM card, then realising your ATM card is not activated when it is finally your turn.
Step 6: Apply for the Pazzport first
Kidzania has a loyalty program called CitiZen Pazzport. It cost $18 per child. With this passport, your child will start as a Neutralised CitiZen and benefits include
- Earn / save 2 extra Kidzos per activity.
- 5 Kidzos discount on redemption items at Department Store
- 5% discount at the KidZania Shops
And each time your child completes an activity, he or she will receive a chop in the Pazzport. When your child reaches 30 / 60 stamps, he or she will get upgraded to Distinguished Citizen / Honourable Citizen respectively for further benefits!
Not all Kidzania around the world have this program. But for those that do, the same Pazzport can be used at the various Kidzanias.
If you planning to sign your kids’ up for the Pazzport, go up to LEVEL 2 to enrol for it at the Pazzport Office before you start any activities. If you apply for the Pazzport later on, the activities you have done prior to that will not earn you any chops and you lose out on the extra earnings / savings that come with the Pazzport benefits!
Step 7: Check age limit
Do not assume just because your child is above 4, they can participate in anything. While MOST of them says +4 Years, some occupations are recommended older children (like +6 Years), so skip those that your child does not meet the age requirement for.
Step 8: Check minimum height requirement
Some activities have height requirements. So again, don’t waste time queuing for activities that your child does not meet the height requirement for.
Step 9: Check the capacity of the activity
If the capacity says 6 and there are already 6 children in the queue, move on to find a queue where the number of children in the queue is less than the capacity to reduce your waiting time in the queues.
Step 10: Check that you have enough Kidzos to pay
Not all occupations earn you money. Some occupations require you to pay. Check the ‘Economy’ to see if it is a + or – sign carefully. -10 means you need to pay 10 Kidzos to play. Make sure you have sufficient Kidzos with you before joining these queues. If not, go find something that has + Kidzos to earn money first.
Step 11: Be ready to survive without 4G
Your phone is going to stop working in Kidzania Singapore. Don’t make promises like, “Let’s split up, whatsapp me later to tell me where you are.” that you can’t keep. And if you do need the 4G, you can find it at the main souvenir shop near the exit. WIFI is also available in the Parents’ Lounge on Level 2.
Step 12: Save $ on lunch
Hungry? Time to bring your kids for some chef role-playing. The KFC, Pizza Hut and Soup Spoon role-plays will get you and your child enough food for lunch (provided neither of you are huge eaters). You can even go to Paddle Pop role-play for dessert.
Step 13: Cash out your Kidzos before leaving
Kidzos are recognised in ALL Kidzania around the world. But only in cash form. Kidzos in the ATM card are unique to Kidzania Singapore. So if you want to bring the Kidzos to Kidzania in other countries to use, cash them out at the bank before leaving.
Step 14: Know where to exit
Don’t be the ultimate ‘mountain tortoise’ by getting stuck inside Kidzania Singapore and not knowing how to exit. The exit is through the Immigration Office. They may cordon off the Immigration and make you exit through the souvenir shop next to it though. The souvenir shop is a dangerous place for your wallet. That is if you still have money left after paying the admission.
And also note that while your admission ticket is for the whole day, there is strictly no re-entry after exiting.
Step 15: Be prepared to come back
Kidzania is seriously addictive. It is impossible to finish all the role-playing in one day. You will find yourself wanting to return again for more. Or worse, wanting to check out Kidzania all over the world after this. This was the start of our family’s Kidzania journey, and I assure you it will not end here. You have been warned – Enter at your own risk.
Want to read more about what the boys did at Kidzania Singapore?
See our post on Kidzania Singapore – Review of First Visit!
INFORMATION ON KIDZANIA SINGAPORE
Address: 31 Beach View, Palawan Kidz City, Singapore 098008
- Sundays – Thursdays (non school holidays): 10am – 5pm
- Fridays, Saturdays, Eve of Public Holidays, Public Holidays, School Holidays: 10am – 8pm
- Infant (Under 2): Free
- Toddler (2 – 3 Years Old): $25
- Kid (4 – 17 Years Old): $58
- Adult (18 – 59 Years Old): $35
- Sennior (60 Year Old and above): $25
Tel: +65 6653 6888
Getting to Kidzania Singapore
Take the MRT to Harbourfront station (NE1 / CC29). Go to Vivocity level 3 and take the Sentosa Express to Beach Station. From Beach station, walk along the Coach Park and all the way to the end of the corridor.
Go up the escalator at the end of the Coach Park and take the sheltered overhead bridge leading all the way to Palawan Kidz City and you would have arrived at Kidzania Singapore.
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