There are plenty of places to visit in London, you could easily spend a lot of time exploring everything there is to see in the city. If you love visiting museums you will be spoiled for choice with the Victoria and Albert museum, the Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, The British Museum and many more. Visit the HMS Belfast Operations Room and find out what life is like aboard a navy ship or maybe visit the Tower of London and see the beefeaters. If you have kids there are plenty of attractions to explore like the Sea Life Centre, Madame Tussaud’s or Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Now there is a new place to visit with the kids – KidZania.
KidZania is aimed at children aged between 4 and 14. On entering KidZania you enter a 75,000sq.ft child-size city where children can take part in over 60 different role play adventures. Does your child want to learn to fly an aeroplane or work in a bank or become a fire fighter? In KidZania they have the chance to try out this experience and learn new skills. Taking part in these activities allows children to earn kidZos which is the currency in KidZania. These can be spent on activities and products or saved in a bank account. Kids get to wander around a full sized city and explore, challenging themselves to try new things and find out about roles that interest them. If they want to be a magician, forensic investigator or a dentist, they can. The only limit is imagination.
A visit to KidZania will last four hours so make sure you plan enough time for this. The last admission time varies depending if it is a school day or holiday so check the website. The time in KidZania is controlled by wristbands. When your four hours is up these will no longer work on the activities so you know it is time to leave. Children aged four to seven must be accompanied by an adult. Older children can explore unaccompanied as long as an adult checks them in and provides contact details. Parents are then free to enjoy a coffee in the parents lounge and take advantage of the free wi-fi. If you get hungry on your visit there are dining areas and snack locations where you can buy a meal or a snack.
Tickets vary in price depending on the age of the child and whether you have booked on-line. On-line booking is slightly cheaper. Children aged 4-14 pay £28 for an on-line ticket. Accompanying adults pay £16.50 and children between 1 and 3 cost £10. Reduced prices are available for group bookings and scouts.
KidZania is located in the Westfield London shopping centre which is easily accessible by car and public transport. If you want to drive there is plenty of parking available in the Westfield shopping centre. Make sure you sign up to Westfield Express Parking to get 20% off your ticket. By tube KidZania is a short walk from Shepherd’s Bush and White City on the Central Line or Wood Lane and Shepherd’s Bush Market on the Hammersmith & City Line. If you prefer the bus there are plenty of buses that go to Shepherds Bush.
There are plenty of hotels to choose from in London but it can be really difficult to find a good hotel when looking on the internet. The Holiday Inn can always be relied on for a good stay and they have a hotel which is ideally placed for visiting KidZania. The Holiday Inn Kensington Forum will make an ideal base for visiting London as well as visiting KidZania. They offer a children’s programme as well and kids under 12 stay and eat free.
Are you planing to visit KidZania this summer? Have a fantastic time.
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