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Where Kids Rule

Where Kids Rule

DARYL YEP CHECKS OUT KIDZANIA, THE NATION FOR KIDS, AND IS FASCINATED BY THIS AWARD-WINNING THEME PARK

Kai! That’s substantially a initial word you’ll hear as we step into KidZania, Kuala Lumpur’s latest indoor family edutainment centre. Here’s how greetings are exchanged instead of hello. It’s personal; giving kids an present clarity of belonging and a feeling of being connected and supposed within a place meant usually for them.
KidZania even has a possess dance and song, not to discuss currency, a kidZos.
Hailed from Mexico City, this award-winning thesis park was initial non-stop in 1999. It has given been determined in 8 cities worldwide including Monterrey, Tokyo, Dubai and Seoul.
Think it’s another children’s thesis park with rides and arcade games? Well, consider again. KidZania has nothing of those. Instead, it’s a place where children can lead eccentric lives and know a universe of grown-ups better, by being grown-ups themselves.
Put simply, KidZania is where kids knowledge a universe of adults in a reproduction of a genuine city.


They now have a place where they can plainly and plainly do things that would differently send ma into a screaming frenzy.
Here, if you’ve reached a age of 4 and do a smallest tallness requirement, we can even stand a building – how about that?
Putting on lipstick and spike gloss are not banned either. Kids can even get a beauty makeover. Yeah, your five-year aged daughter contingency be radiant with fun meaningful this. In fact, she can even acquire ‘money’ if she practical them on others.
Most relatives would determine that kids simply suffer imitating adults. KidZania is a answer to prove their oddity of a adult’s universe and their enterprise to be an adult by fun role-playing activities. Targeted during those aged 4 to 14, it is truly a republic for kids.
Let’s face a fact that those days where a diversion of Snake Ladder or reruns of Tom Jerry is adequate to keep kids assigned for hours have prolonged gone.


In this day and age where Apple products are placed on tip of many kids’ wish list and Internet-access has turn a necessity, normal games can no longer prove a extraordinary expansion of their brainpower.
They are inspired for information and tasks that plea their intelligence. Hence, they need practice that are stimulating, hands-on, enchanting and educational, nonetheless fun. They are still kids, after all.
At KidZania, children are empowered to take assign and make their possess decisions. They are speedy to select or try out whatever that strikes their fancy. It is to remind them that life is about options. In a way, it’ll encourage certainty and independence.
There are 60 “establishments” in KidZania charity 90 authentic role-playing activities. Kids can play and knowledge a jobs that their relatives are doing – from surgeon and commander to conform indication and hair stylist.


These outlets are sponsored by obvious internal and general brands such as AirAsia, Celcom, Honda, Marrybrown, and a New Straits Times.
To enter a city, kids need to go by an airline check-in opposite by AirAsia.  They’ll get a boarding pass, a map to a city and a coupon for 50 kidZos to start their sparkling tour of discovery.
They need to conduct true to a bank to income a coupon first.
In a city, kids can spend their kidZos and acquire it when it runs out. All a establishments have tasks for a immature workers to lift out for a specific duration.
They can be a surgeon and perform medicine on a ridicule studious on a handling table; commander an airplane; dispatch parcels as postmen; go on a glow engine as firefighters to put out a fire; or be a journalist.
Staff members, famous as Zupervisor, will be on palm to beam and support a kids in any of a establishments.
By completing a prescribed tasks, kids acquire kidZos that can be saved in a bank, or spent purchasing other products and services.
If during a finish of a event they have kidZos left, they can open an comment during a bank and deposition a kidZos, to be used for their subsequent visit. They’ll get an ATM label that can be used during a ATM machines within KidZania.


According to KidZania, a role-play activities are privately designed to assist earthy and egghead growth. They also minister to a expansion of skills and attitudes.
With so many roles that kids can assume here, it reflects a significance any chairman has in a expansion of a community, so training them a value of equivalence and honour for others.
Kids also learn about financial education and income government during KidZania. As they have a leisure to confirm on what to do with their kidZos, they can select to spend or save them, as good as what and where to spend them on.
Parents contingency try not to meddle with a choices of their children. It is, after all, their hard-earned cash.
The different training knowledge of KidZania Kuala Lumpur will advantage children in their life during school, home and when they are out with friends. It’ll give them most to speak about.
Safety is always a primary regard when bringing kids to a thesis park generally one where we can only dump them off like KidZania.
Here, all visitors will be given a confidence bracelet that doesn’t concede children to exit a grounds but a concomitant adult. There’s a tracking complement on any child where a ID bracelet will be scanned any time they enter or leave an establishment.
Children aged 8 and above can be left during KidZania but parents’ supervision. Parents have a choice of dropping off their kids for a fun-filled time during KidZania, or they can compensate a price and enter a city as well.
While their kids are ‘working’, relatives can relax during a Parents’ lounge, that is versed with Wi-fi and TVs.
Toddlers too are not left out. There’s an disdainful territory to support to them called ‘Urbano’s House’. Here, those aged 3 and next can take partial in story-telling and puppet shows, make their favourite meals, burst around on an inflatable bed, suffer games, caricature books, puzzles and many more.
Understandably, KidZania can be unequivocally packaged during holidays.
“Brace yourself for hours of queuing adult during certain establishments,” associated a crony who had brought her son there during a propagandize holiday.
Whether children would eventually find KidZania engaging or enriching, I’ll leave it to them to judge. After all, a city is combined for them.

FAST FACTS:
Location                   :    The Curve NX in Mutiara Damansara.
It is connected to a Curve selling mall around a couple bridge.
Size                         :    80,000 sq ft widespread opposite 2 levels.
Capacity                   :    1,700 people during any one time.
Operating hours        :    10am – 5pm (Mondays to Fridays)
10am to 3pm 4pm to 9pm (Weekends, Public and School Holidays)
Website                   :    www.KidZania.com.my
Facebook                 :    www.facebook.com/KidZaniaKualaLumpur
Careline                   :     1 300 88 KIDZ (5439) – 9am to 8pm (Mondays to Sundays)

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MELAKA FEST STARTS TOMORROW

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Taking arts to Malacca streets

THE largest and only site specific art and performance festival on a Unesco heritage site returns to Malacca for the fourth time from tomorrow to Sunday.

The Mapfest 2012 team

The Melaka Art And Performance Festival or Mapfest 2012, held daily at 10am, has performances by more than 50 local and international artistes from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, France, Ghana, South Korea, Ireland, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, Morocco, Canada, Poland and the United States.
They will perform on the streets along St Paul’s Hill and the asphalt will become their canvas.

Mapfest 2012 draws from Malacca’s famous heritage sites to create a space for contemporary culture and artistic practice. It will have components such as Cerita Pendek (Short Stories) 1 and 2, visual arts, discussions and workshops.
Cerita Pendek brings together dance, music and performances from all participating artistes in short works over two nights at St Paul’s Church.

On Sunday night, they will all perform Eulogy For The Living, a spectacular finale directed by Tony Yap and accompanied by live music, and projections by Khaled Sabsabi.
Producer Andrew Ching says: “The festival provides an avenue for up-coming performers to showcase their talents and collaborate with international artistes.”

Festival supporter the Malaysia Convention And Exhibition Bureau chief executive officer Zulkefli Sharif says that as a heritage site, Malacca has always been a popular tourist attraction and the festival enhances its offerings.

 
The event is set to attract more than 4,000 international attendees who can join a dance workshop by Australia’s leading dancer Appiah Annan of Asanti Dance Theatre who will introduce traditional and contemporary approaches to dance from his motherland, Ghana.

Mapfest 2012 is produced by Arts And Performance Festival Melaka and is supported by the Tourism Ministry, E-Plus Entertainment, Mercatus Plus, Badan Warisan Malaysia and the governments of the Netherlands, Australia and France among others.

Admission is free.

Details at www.melakafestival.com.
 

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