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KidZania London – Westfield

by LaurettaCWright

KidZania London is a real-life introduction to the world of work for kids aged four–14 to play.

Kids have four hours in which to work and earn ‘money’, which they can then spend in the city’s shops.

There are more than 60 professions to choose from, such as surgeons and fire fighters to cabin crew and journalists.

Kidzania

First impressions

On entering the city (which looks just like a mini town) kids will find the streets lined with real-world establishments, including a hospital, police station, fire station, airline and theatre, each offering real-life role play adventures in a fun and safe environment.

It’s a great concept and very educational.
Marks out of 10: 10

Comfort & quality

Parents can sit in cafes while their children ‘work’, so the attraction caters well for parents/carers.

Alternatively, you can follow the kids around (like I did!) to see what jobs they choose.

Everyone in the family wears a wristband and there are points dotted around the city so that you can locate the kids by scanning your band.

You can even get hold of the city photographer and request pictures to be taken, which can later be ordered as coasters, keyrings, framed pictures etc..
Marks out of 10: 10kidzania 3

Affordability

Although prices are high, for four hours’ non-stop entertainment in an educational environment, the attraction offers great value and the kids are already insisting on a second visit.

The only negative was that any money they earned wasn’t quite enough to spend on more than a small trinket in the shops, so we ended bringing most of it back home.

They did however manage to buy (and make) themselves lunch at the Gourmet Burger Kitchen.
Marks out of 10: 8

The details

The attraction is open during school terms Mon-Fri from 10:00-18:30 and at weekends from 10:00 until 19:30.

During holidays it opens from 10:00-20:00. Opening hours are subject to change so check the website before you go.

Prices start at £8.65 per child (ages four-14), for eligible schools and group parties, through to £29.50 for on the day ticket sales (£28 in advance) and £8.25 through to £18 (£16.50 in advance) for adults.

One adult can accompany up to five children (aged up to seven).

The top tip

Book to go early for the four-hour experience as it gets busier as the day goes on.

Also try the cabin crew experience which uses British Airways’ fuselage of an actual A319 aircraft – and where parents can play the part of passengers.


In summary

If it wasn't for the expense, I would definitely be looking to go to this attraction several times a year; it's educational, safe and the kids can't stop raving about it.

In terms of overall scores, it will have to be 9/10 – it would have been a perfect 10 if it had not been for the spending money side of things (not being able to buy a lot with money earned).

This is definitely one to start saving for – and better still if you can book in advance as you'll save money – which always helps.

See www.kidzania.co.uk for all the details.


24 comments

Lucy Dorrington 26th January 2018 - 3:11 pm

I love the idea of this, it’s such a fun concept, and really unique. I can understand your frustration with the earnings not tallying with the cost of items, though, that would annoy me too!

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LaurettaCWright 4th February 2018 - 5:33 pm

I guess that’s a good excuse for people to go back again!

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Anosa 19th January 2018 - 7:24 pm

Everyone whose been always mentions about the price, I think if it wasnt for that many would do a repeat visit as this is an important environment to teach kids about the real world.
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LaurettaCWright 19th January 2018 - 8:50 pm

Yes – it’s very educational and gives kids a glimpse into the real life and real jobs. Some might argue you can’t put a price on that…thanks Anosa!

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What Mum Loves 18th January 2018 - 8:21 pm

This is such a great idea! I am totally looking forward to take my nephews and nieces there, as my son is only 16 months old. Loved it!

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LaurettaCWright 19th January 2018 - 12:35 pm

They will be loving it – and your son will when he’s old enough!

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Nadia 18th January 2018 - 5:59 pm

We went recently but mine was too young to fully enjoy it. It’s great to see that it’s such a fab experience for older children.

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LaurettaCWright 18th January 2018 - 7:02 pm

I now have the opposite problem – my son (now at secondary school) is too old to enjoy it!

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Kara 18th January 2018 - 2:09 pm

Mine are desperate to go back to Kidzania, it is so much fun for kids isn’t it

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LaurettaCWright 18th January 2018 - 2:11 pm

Yes! I can’t imagine one child not going there and loving it! It would be great to have mini versions of KidZania in local areas wouldn’t it?!

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Katy Stevens 18th January 2018 - 11:37 am

I always think this sounds pricey but like a fantastic day out. Great for little ones!

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LaurettaCWright 18th January 2018 - 2:12 pm

It’s a little bit pricey but honestly – worth every penny.

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Ami Rose 18th January 2018 - 11:14 am

I really like the idea of this. I’d never heard about it before. I would have loved something like this when I was younger!

Ami xxx

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LaurettaCWright 18th January 2018 - 2:26 pm

Me too – it would have been awesome wouldn’t it?!

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN 17th January 2018 - 9:56 pm

We’ve been a few times now, the kids love it there. It can be pricey but it makes a great day out. We still have quite a few activities we haven’t had the chance to do yet.

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LaurettaCWright 18th January 2018 - 2:13 pm

There’s no way you can do all the activities – which makes a great excuse for revisiting of course!

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Sonia 17th January 2018 - 4:06 pm

I’ve heard so much about this place and I really think my three would love it

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LaurettaCWright 18th January 2018 - 2:26 pm

All kids do love it – maybe as a birthday gift?!

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Hazel Newhouse 17th January 2018 - 2:47 pm

KidZania looks awesome! I have a 4 and 5 year old who would love to visit. We are not far from London, so I really should add KidZania to our list of places to visit. x

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Helen 17th January 2018 - 2:04 pm

This looks like such a unique place to visit with children – I would have loved this as a child 🙂

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Talya 17th January 2018 - 1:20 pm

I can’t believe we have still not made it over to Kidzania although it is massively on our list of things to do – I might try to get there over the forthcoming half term. x

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LaurettaCWright 17th January 2018 - 3:41 pm

Oh gosh – honestly they would LOVE it. And you can sit upstairs in the cafe and relax while they run around…it’s fab!

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Justine 17th January 2018 - 12:54 pm

Oh, this sounds excellent. I’d never heard of it before. E is only One, but I need to remember this for when she gets older.

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LaurettaCWright 17th January 2018 - 3:40 pm

It’s such a great idea – I only wish they opened it when my kids were much younger!

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