We braved the crowd and tried out this place.. Finally! The result? Bang head and cry out loud.. Major fail.
We made it to the ticketing queue just 15 minutes past the opening hour of 10am on a weekday but school holiday for the primary school kids due to the PSLE oral examination. We started to feel the panic mode the moment we were near the building when we start to see people running towards the building. I managed 1 photo with Nic while hubby rushed to the ticket queue with Nat.
The queue was expectedly long and we got to know that even if you bought the tickets online, you would still need to go through this snaking queue until you are almost at the counter and the staff will direct you out of the queue to the entrance. 1 mummy tried to break the queue to enquire but grumpily joined back the queue after being rejected by the staff as she was still far away from the counter. What’s the purpose of buying tickets online then? Strange logic.
We queued for around 40 minutes. According to the staff, this queue is actually not too bad. The record was 2.5hours! Ok if your kid is super patient or if you are used to this queuing time for other hypes like getting cheese tarts or getting a hello kitty from McDonald’s. >.<
And we finally made it in. It looked surprisingly empty at the first floor when we first entered.
To our horror, real horror I mean, if you don’t already know how exorbitant were the entrance fees, BOTH kids complained of tummyache and said they weren’t keen of playing any of these roles! *Bang head and roll on the floor crying.
Ok in the end we managed to get Nic to try out 1 job. She was like turning green with tummyache but we asked if she was ok to go and she said ya she could try. So here’s photos for that 1 job that we did. Everyone was trying to queue for that hot cabin crew or firefighter job so there was not really any queue at this station
Nat couldn’t join as they were already full. And she refused to go for any other jobs.
And that’s all we did for the day.. Major boo-hoo..
While Nic was at the hospital stop, I brought baby and Nat to the nursing room. Nat happily watched the iPad while waiting for baby to nurse.
The nursing room was nice and quiet and equipped with a basin. But it did not have any power socket in case you need to plug in to pump milk
There’s a nappy changing area outside the room with a sofa. Nat had some rest at the sofa while waiting for us.
Then we came across this empty area that is specially catered for toddlers 3 years old and below. My girls were more interested in these places than the jobs.. Lazy girls!
So if you have very young kids you could bring them along for their own fun too.
They also have an art and craft cum music room for the toddlers, which the staff kindly let our big girls in as we told them about our situation
Next comes lunch. While most of the kids had their lunches in their queues, and the parents at the resting area, we had our lunch at the proper resting area together. Since nobody was queuing. The KFC had the longest queue. Might be advisable to bring your own lunch. I saw some kids eating their homemade bentos, definitely better than the unbelievably overpriced food there.
Conclusion and pointers
1. Make sure your kids are in good mood or understand the idea of it and are willing to queue to experience the jobs.
2. Go early to queue and hit the hottest job the first thing because that’s the only time it’s going to be least waiting time
3. Bring your own easy-to-in-the-queue lunch.
4. Check for promotions on the website before buying tickets. For this trip, we made use of the August promotion price that is only applicable for walk-ins. It’s even cheaper than buying tickets online.
5. Activate your kidzania debit card as early as possible. The bank (where the kids need to personally queue to activate the card) is always super crowded and parents were not allowed to queue in place. There are 30 Kidzos in the card and only effective if you activate on the day itself.
6. As a rough guide, the cheapest item you could get is around 100 Kidzos for a small hair clip. We left empty handed because the kids couldn’t wait that long to activate the card.
7. 1 staff told us that it’s usually quieter on weekdays afternoons, so you might like to try that timing although you only have got half a day left, but hopefully more fruitful.
And finally, this is the situation of the queue when we left in the afternoon.