As you might have already heard, Kidzania is coming to Singapore in 2015! Kidzania is an indoor theme park like no other. It is an entertainment and education centre for children 4 to 14 years old. It offers interactive learning experiences through role-playing set in a kid-sized city. As in the real world, kids choose activities such as being a police man, doctor, journalist, fire fighter or supreme court judge (from a long list of available professions), earning Kidzos (the Kidzania currency) for the work that they do. They even have the option to spend Kidzos upgrading themselves at the 'local' university, thereby opening doors to more career options.
The industry partners for Kidzania Singapore include Killiney Kopitiam, KFC, The Learning Lab, Maybank, Pizza Hut, Yakult and WTS Travel, amongst several others.
I hope they'll inject some local flavour to Kidzania Singapore... like have a Kopitiam where kids get to flip pratas, make rojak and brew teh tarik... and have a construction site where construction workers work together to build HDB high-rise flats... and offer a city tour onboard an amphibious vehicle like in our popular Singapore Duck Tours. Judging from the list of industry partners, I'm guessing that kids will also get to bottle their own Yakult, make pizzas, and serve as KFC crew.
Other than working, kids can also choose to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies as The Learning Lab University. Modelled after great real-world universities like Oxford and Cambridge, The Learning Lab University will be the nurturing ground of a new generation of passionate, energetic and inspired learners. Kids can pick the professions they prefer: Cardiovascular surgeon, millionaire private equity investor, Supreme Court judge, and undertake studies to attain the requisite qualifications. The University is envisioned as an experiential facility, where kids have fun while learning collaboratively in a technology-enabled learning environment. Students 'graduate' with qualifications which allow them to earn more kidzos, opening the doors to better job prospects.
My boys and I had a blast at Kidzania Bangkok and we can't wait to visit Kidzania Singapore!