Its Easter and if you are in London or visiting then, check out this post on Kidzania.
Kidzania, is a kids world, now open at Westfield in West London.
I went unprepared, what a mistake! I don’t normally write about kids activities but I am doing this for you, the parents.
You have to book and print out all the passes before you arrive, otherwise you face a queuing fiasco. We drove and parked in level -2 , if you park near aisle 50, you can take the lift straight up to floor 1st floor by Marks and Spencer, is the entrance to Kidzania.
I bought my tickets on line and printed them off , they cost just over thirty pounds a child and adults seventeen pounds.
After a few escalators you enter an arrival hall like a British Airways airport check in and you have to queue to get your pass. I would recommend you bringing a pass holder, to avoid the pass being lost at the first activity. You can buy them a Kidzania, but I am sure they are cheaper on Amazon.
All the children get given Kidzania money, which they use to pay for the activities that cost money and at the same time they can earn money on other activities, the plastic wallet also keeps the money safe.
There is a sign outside each activity, you can see here there is one on the right side of the door. It tells the kids how much they have to pay or they can earn and the number of children they take at a time. No adults can queue, so you have to remind the children not to wander off, otherwise they loose their place.
There is a lot of queueing for the popular activities, we waited for 20 minutes on average per activity.
Make sure the kids have a backpack with carry their water as though they say there are water fonts, we couldn’t find any.
There is no way my 6 year old could have done it on her own but my 8 year old got the hang of it quickly and if he had been with a friend and had a mobile, I would have been comfortable leaving him ( officially you can drop them if they are over eight) . They have a system that monitors the children’s where abouts but only if they scan in to an activity. I saw so many agitated parents combing Kidzania, as the kids were hanging out in the restaurant and this doesn’t come up on the tracker. There is a lot of overt advertising but the children didn’t really notice it but it did seem over the top.
Next time I would ensure both kids take a friend s,o if they want to do separate activities they have someone to queue with.
Bring your own water as it cost a fortune and we had to queue to get it! The food was OK but again more queuing.
The best activities were the Capital Studios, The Formula One Race Car, The Chocolate Making and Ice Cream Making. We never got to do the BA flight or the Fire Engine, the queue was too long but they looked great.
They also have a bank, where the children can deposit their money if they have 70 units and get a credit card in return. My kids loved this and then they can use this card on any further visits.
It does take the full 4 hours and we got to do 7 activities . I would recommend, you get a Kidzania passport, if you are thinking of going more than once, it means that you save money off your entry and the kids get extra points for the completed activities. You also get a speedy entry into Kidzania
I would avoid the shop which is children only and a space where the children can spend their money but the items were way over priced.
I would send my kids back but there is no way I am going back if I can help it, that is until they are really old enough to navigate it themselves, which I would say is nine or so.
Kidzania check online for all the details.
Wishing you a great Easter Break where ever you are.