Located at the top of Westfield Shopping Centre is Kidzania, an indoor city run by kids.
We had an inset day, it was February and we wanted somewhere to go that was indoors and would normally be busy during the school holidays so we opted for KidZania as I had heard some great things about it.
We had lunch at Yo Sushi first and then headed to Kidzania for our 2:30 slot. If you are there on an inset day I would recommend going a little later if you can as in the morning it’s busy with school trips.
On arrival you’re met by someone at the desk who directs you to floor 3 to check in. Kidzania is sponsored by British Airways so the check in process is simulated to be like that of an actual airport.
Each child is given 50 KidZos (KidZania money) and then you enter the little indoor city. The concept is fantastic, there are more than 60 activities for the children to choose from where they get to try out different professions over the 4 hour experience. These include being a pilot or cabin crew with British Airways , being a vet, a doctor, a dentist, a fire fighter, wrap maker, smoothie maker, fashion designer, working in the animation studio and much more.
When we arrived we headed to British Airways to be a member of the cabin crew. They were training someone up so it took a little longer than usual but it takes about 15 minutes of training and then you go in, take your seat in the airplane while your children serve you a (pretend) meal in their little BA outfits which is so cute. At the end they receive 8 KidZos for doing a great job.
My girls did 8 activities each including making wraps where they got to take a packet of wraps at the end of the activity, making a video in the Pokemon animation studio, smoothie making with Innocent, being a vet with the PDSA, a shop assistant in the KidZania supermarket – K Mart, a firefighter who work closely with the Police and Paramedics to deal with a fire, delivering post with the KidZania courier company, a Dr in the hospital, and they even took a trip on the City Bus Tour. Their favourite was delivering post with the courier company where they go off in twos with a trolley and clipboard with instructions to go and pick up or deliver boxes which was adorably cute to watch.
Some of the activities you get paid for and others you have to pay to do with your KidZos and once the money is gone you have to work to earn more.
For the adults there are lots of tables and chairs to sit at and have a drink from the cafe onsite and watch your children put out a fire or serve customers in the supermarket.
The whole experience was incredible and my girls absolutely loved it and I will definitely be returning on another inset day in the future.
Location: Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12 7GA
Cost: Adults – £16, Child (4-14) £20 – £38 (date dependent), Child (1-3) £10 and Child (0-1) Free
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Update October 2018
The kids loved Kidzania so much we returned on our next inset day in October and my girls didn’t stop smiling all day. They felt so independent making a decision on what job to do and experiencing what it might be like. This time my girls were paramedics, journalists, fashion stylists, shopkeepers, couriers and firefighters.
The city is so interlinked with the couriers delivering parcels to the different businesses, the police arresting the owner of the hotel for robbing the vault and the journalists interviewing the person working at the vault so they can report on the robber – so clever!
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