Some call it an educational theme park, some call it a child-sized city, but the reality remains: KidZania is not for parents. Located inside one of London’s largest shopping malls, this whimsical center (and also quite large, at 75,000 square feet) invites children aged 4 to 14 to empower themselves by trying out over 60 different professions – surgeon, firemen, fashion stylist, engineer, receptionist, bank clerk, award-winning singer – through role-playing games and true-to-life situation. Each job is carefully crafted to provide kids with a variety of life skills, such as teamwork, confidence and financial independence.
They even get to open their own bank accounts to save money and later on gain access to different games. As KidZania is primarily oriented towards kids, parents get to sit back, relax, and enjoy their day by watching their kids empower themselves through viewing windows, or by meeting other adults in the dedicated parents space.
KidZania is located inside the Westfield shopping center in West London, on the first floor between Marks & Spencers and Gap. It can be reached by car via Ariel Way in the W12 postcode, by bus via routes 31, 49, 207, 237, 260, 607, and C1, by train via Overground (stop Sherperd’s Bush) or by tube via Central and Hammersmith & City lines (stop Sherperd’s Bush). KidZania is open from 11 am to 6:30 pm on Mondays, from 10 am to 6:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and from 10 am to 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with last entry four hours before closing time. Walk-up entry fees are £28.00 per child, £16.50 per adult (+ 15 years old) £10 per child aged 1-3 years old, and free for infants. Children aged 4-7 years can only enter KidZania if accompanied by an adult; children aged 8-14 years may explore KidZania unaccompanied.