Visiting Jakarta has a lot of things that tag along: meet and greet with my families, hangout with good old friends and of course, entertaining the kids. When we were planning for our Jakarta trip during Eid we wanted to take the kids to a place where they can have fun and play all day long. Being Jakarta, the city has enough to offer. But this time we set our eyes at Kidzania.
Kidzania Jakarta was open in 2007, the fourth after Mexico City, Monterrey and Tokyo. It’s a kids city, which offers various pretend plays where kids are taught to make decision, be responsible and independent. The main concept is educational play for kids between 2 – 16 years old (though in my opinion, it’s more ideal for kids above 5 years old).
Kidzania is designed as a small city with banks, restaurant, fire fighter, police station, mini market and many more where kids take turn to roll play. They even get paycheck each time they finish a roll play.
At the Entrance
It was holiday season when we were there so we had to pay a high season fee of IDR 200,000.- per pax (kids and adult are paying the same rate). Senior citizen of 65 years old above can enter for free. There are two sessions daily, morning is at 10 am – 3 pm and afternoon is at 4 – 9 pm. We took the later. The kids are given a bank cheque of 50 kidzos to start with. This is the currency of Kidzania.
Have Fun at Kidzania
Once in, the kids have to go to a bank first to cash their cheque. No parents allowed to enter the bank with the kids. They have to be independent. Soon after, they are free to choose what they want to roll play at first.
K and little A wanted to do pilot but we were late and had to wait for 20 minutes. So we decided to return later and went to the fire brigade where they experienced how to become a fireman.
Finished fighting the fire K and little A went back to the airlines and played pilot. They were thrilled!
Roll playing in Kidzania includes selling bread (real bread), which you can buy with the kidzos. You can also take a taxi to being driven around the city for 10 kidzos. It was real taxi in mini size.
During sometimes we had to go outside for breaking the fast and meeting my cousin, K and little A stayed behind continued their play. We couldn’t take them because only parents can go out and return with no additional charge. If kids go out they have to pay again to enter. The good thing is in Kidzania kids are encouraged to play by themselves. It’s safe too. So, though a bit hesitant at first, we went downstair to have a feast of sushi while K and little A had fun driving around with the taxi, worked in a construction site, and many more. They even managed to get a driving license working at Honda!
Like I said above every each roll play the kids get a paycheck. K and little A each has 11 kidzos more in their wallet. Unfortunately they didn’t put their money in the bank, otherwise they would have had an ATM card as well.
We would definitely go back to Kidzania Jakarta for more fun. The kids so can’t wait to “work” hard and earn more kidzos ha ha..
Kidzania is spreading their wings and planning to open in Dubai, Osaka and Lisbon.
Pacific Place Shopping Mall, 6th floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman, kav 52-53, Niaga Sudirman area, Jakarta 12190