If you’re traveling to Bangkok with kids, it is a MUST that you visit Kidzania!
We went to Bangkok last September 11 to 16, when I was planning our itinerary, I searched for kid-friendly attractions in Bangkok for Gwen. And alas, I learned that there is a Kidzania in Bangkok, I got so excited because Kidzania Manila is still in the works here in the Philippines. Basically, Kidzania is an edutainment (educational entertainment) facility that lets children role-play. They get to do what adults do in real-life which is to work and spend their own money for leisure and food. There are plenty of professions to choose from for the kids, I think every profession in the real-world can be tried out: pilot, doctor, courier, fireman, veterinarian, factory worker, CSI, salesman, convenience store staff, etc. It’s so exciting, even Jeff who accompanied Gwen inside Kidzania had a great time and wants to go again once Kidzania opens here in Manila.
Update: KidZania Manila is now open!
Kidzania Bangkok Ticket Prices
Toddlers (2 to 3 years old): 350 Baht
Kids (4-14 years old): 850 Baht
Adults: 480 Baht
Senior Citizens: 400 Baht
Babies (0 to 1 year old): Free
Gwen is 3 years old, so we can pay 350 baht but the activities for toddlers are very limited, they can play at Urbano’s House which is just a playhouse, and watch a puppet show. Gwen cannot participate in the role-playing activities. I asked if we can get the 850 baht ticket instead so that she can maximize her time and do most of the activities and the Kidzania staff said it’s fine. But some activities like climbing and firefighting is only for 6 years old and above. Since we went all the way to Bangkok, we paid for the 850 baht ticket plus 480 baht for the adult companion. Kids under 8 years old should have a companion inside. The 850 ticket for the kids comes with a 50 kidZos (Kidzania’s currency) and a security bracelet.
The entrance to Kidzania Bangkok looks like an airport. The official airline in Bangkok is Air Asia (Trivia: Kidzania Manila’s official airline is Cebu Pacific). After buying tickets, kids and parents will pass the boarding gate and through what looks like a tube to get inside.
Activities inside Kidzania
Are you ready for a tour inside Kidzania?
After going to the bank to encash the cheque amounting to 50 kidZos, Gwen’s first request is to go to the salon and have her make-up done. She’s into make-up these days and her idea of adult life is wearing make-up, lol!
Kids can work as a firefighter. They will board the firetruck and put out the fire. Fun, but this is for kids 6 years old and above.
There’s a hospital inside Kidzania where kids can perform surgery or take care of a baby. Gwen didn’t want to do this activity.
Working as an interior designer, a staff will tell Gwen what to do, where to place the stuff inside a bedroom. An important life skill tackled is following instructions.
One job Gwen enjoyed is the courier. She picks up and delivers the package to other establishments inside Kidzania. She has a thing with pushcarts that’s why she enjoyed this a lot.
Kids can work in different factories like Coca-Cola, Meiji Milk Factory and Oishi Green Tea. They can keep whatever they produced inside the plant, like a bottle of Coke after working at Coca-Cola.
Work as a custodian in CIMB THAI vault. This is a high-security room where all the kidZos and KidZania gold bars are stored.
Work as a veterinarian. In here, kids are taught how to properly take good care of pets.
Work at KZPD, Kidzania Police District. The kids were assigned a task to look for a suspect, they went around carrying a photo of the wanted person.
And here’s Gwen’s most favorite profession, a detective. They have to look for the lost dog, they were given magnifying glasses and the dog’s photo. They used the magnifying glasses to follow the dog’s footprints. The dog was found inside Urbano’s House, whew!
There are plenty of activities and one day is really not enough to try all the professions. For older kids, I highly suggest to try to be a pilot, and be a sushi maker or staff at McDonalds, you get to keep your sushi or burgers, hehe. Try to go there early and during weekdays to avoid the crowd, some activities inside are more popular than the others so kids might wait for their turns.
If your kids are old enough to go on their own, Kidzania has a Parents Lounge that has free coffee and wifi.
At the end of every task in each profession, kids are given kidZos as salaries. They can use the kidZos to buy their own food at McDonald’s, 7-Eleven, or other restos/establishments or go shopping inside Paragon Department Store (yes, Kidzania has their own department store!). It really teaches kids that money does not grow on trees and that they have to work to earn money. Oh geez, I hope Kidzania opens here in Manila soon because I need to stress this thing out to Gwen.
More photos at the Facebook page: Kidzania Bangkok album
5th Floor, Siam Paragon