KidZania Turns Two: CongreZZ Kids Show You How To Govern a Town!

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.

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