KidZania is the magical place where kids role-play what it is like to be an adult. Yesterday, KidZania Singapore celebrated its second year anniversary with a birthday bash, complete with a ceremonial cake cutting and a little song and dance around the KidZania city town.
For most of us adults, we may never get to experience what it is like in KidZania. We might even brush it off as, well, child’s play. But the feeling of stepping into KidZania is like stepping into a different world, where the adults take a back seat role in life. Children bustle around, delivering water from Spritzer to other shops like Pizza Hut and KFC. The little firefighters gear up and save the town from hazardous fires while the sheriffs maintain the law and order.
Independence, responsibility and taking pride in one’s duty are just a few of the lessons the kids take home from KidZania. Not to mention the soft skills that are usually not imparted in a classroom setting — financial literacy, environmental awareness, economics and interpersonal skills.
This year, KidZania Singapore takes these skills a step further by training selected children to be part of the KidZania CongreZZ. The Mayor and General Manager of the city, Leong Yue Weng, proudly shared about what CongreZZ means for the city and the kids.
“As part of the CongreZZ, they need to, as a team, discuss what the city should be like going forward. If there is any new activity, we want the CongreZZ kids to be the first to experience and give us the feedback, because they know the city best.”
Growing up, we probably had to learn leadership and soft skills the hard way, through trial and error. But at KidZania, the children of today can learn these very important life skills in a natural and fun-filled environment. And as these children grow up, their experiences here may even shape the work-life ethics of future Singapore.