For great educational fun for the kids while the adults shop away, why not try out KidZania in Westfields, London? This strange and fascinating amusement park is breaking the mould for exciting and educational theme parks by incorporating children into a role play about ‘the world of work’.
Where is it?
KidZania is located at the Westfields shopping centre in central London and is easily accessible by car, taxi, train, tube or even hired coach. The theme park does also provide school visits available, so if you are planning on hiring a coach for school, or a rented minibus, the shopping centre provides selected pick up and drop off points.
What is it?
KidZania is essentially a huge educational theme park where children can try out over 60 real life careers in the form of informative role play, where they ‘work’ in these roles, learn about the ins and outs of various careers, wear the uniform and even take away a ‘pay packet’ at the end of the day.
The concept was created in order to provide children with the opportunity to try out a number of real life career scenarios in the hope that this will help them decide what to do later on in life when they have to choose a career to settle down with. Aside from sampling the careers themselves, children are also taught essential life skills such as financial literacy, team work and independence, all carefully assisted by a team of professionals.
As KidZania is laid out very much like a miniature city, with shops and hotels, a hospital and such essentials as a police station, kids are free to roam and explore as they please within a safe and secure environment. They are able to challenge themselves and are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone, to try new things and develop new experiences which they will take with them as they grow.
It also gives children a chance to try new things away from the watchful and occasional judgemental eyes of their parents, giving them free reign to pick and choose which roles and professions they would most like to try. It is an eye opening experience for all.
Adults Shop while Kids Play and Learn
As the theme park is located within the Westfields Shopping Centre, it is perfectly safe for parents to drop their children off at the start of the day in order to shop and browse around the centre and then pick them up at home time. It is a ‘best of both worlds’ scenario, where the kids get time and independence to themselves in a learning environment, and the adults get some relaxing time away from the kids without having to worry about a babysitter.
Great for the Future
While some young adults may not have decided on a career choice yet, often it is not for lack of options, in fact it may be because they have never had the chance to try out any of these professions in any meaningful light. Therefore the concept of KidZania; where children can live the lives of others for a day, living and working in various professional fields, is certainly an inspiring one and will help to hopefully give children a better idea of career paths they might want to pursue in the future.