We were invited to the pre-opening at Kidzania last weekend. To say the kids had a blast is an understatement. :)
Though I was not a fan of the completely closed environment (not a single window and low lighting), the kids didn’t even care. However, what really worries me is that the space got really crowded even though this was a closed invitation. The fire truck, tour bus and ambulance were barely able to maneuver through the crowd. Plus, from a safety point, I wonder if they have a cap on occupancy.
The fact that the entire area is dedicated to the kids is fabulous and agonizing all at once. I got a bracelet tag too… yet I wasn’t allowed to participate in any of the activities :( I want to be a kid again!
The kids had a great time earning money and spending it. Their favorite activity was getting their driving licenses at the DMV and then driving around the track. We had a typical lebanese scenario when Mimi stopped at a red light and Oullie bumped right into her, shouting “Why did you stop? Go!” Then the track supervisor told her to go and she insisted to stay at halt since it was a red light. :D That literally had us and another Lebanese guy cracking up. Typical Lebanese!!!
Oullie throughly enjoyed being a house painter. I can soooo see our apartment walls getting a face lift in the near future. :D
Mimi, on the other hand, enjoyed being a painter. She sat down on that stool and held her brush as if she were Cavali in the making. :)
They even got to to make their own water bottles at the Aquafina bottling plant.
The theater was not operational yet, so they got to put on a play in the plaza :) which was fabulous. :)
Most places were ready to deal and interact with kids, so Sam and I always stood outside the doors (which was pure torture for me). However, at the Strike House, I had to walk in with my kids. The 2 staff in there were completely overwhelmed with having 5 kids! They couldn’t coordinate a game of bowling or figure out how to entertain the other children while they waited to play. It was way too chaotic!
The biggest downfall was at the end of our visit, when Mimi and Oullie decided to buy something from Debenhams with their Kidzos. The staff asked us to wait outside yet no one was assisting the kids. Plus there were at least 3 parents in there! So we finally stepped in really quickly and helped our kids pick something and stand in line to pay. There was only one cashier who was having trouble counting the money handed to him. Moreover, instead of teaching the kids to wait in line, some staff were cutting in line and paying for other kids’ purchases. After that happened for the second time, I stepped in beside my kids and actually blocked one of the staff members as he was reaching his arm above my kids to make a payment. I hope this behavior is rectified by the time Kidzania opens.
Overall, we had a wonderful experience. Four hours was not enough for us to do everything we wanted to do. This is definitely a whole day kind of project! And rightfully so since the prices are a bit steep: Kids-KD12 and Adults-KD8. We’re definitely going again. :)