Finding kid-friendly activities on holiday in a foreign country can be a tricky business, especially if you have more than one child with different desires. KidZania in Tokyo is one of the best destinations for families with small children. Adults can take it easy at this amusement park while the kids enjoy a variety of hands-on activities.
On Wednesdays, around half the activities are conducted in English
KidZania Japan has another facility, KidZania Koshien, in Osaka
KidZania was created and developed by a Mexican entrepreneur
KidZania Tokyo is easily accessible by train or bus from central Tokyo.
KidZania Tokyo is an eight-minute walk from Toyosu Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho and Yurikamome lines. Several bus lines also run to the Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu shopping mall where KidZania is located, and others from Tokyo Station, Tsukiji and other convenient locations.
KidZania is a whole town in miniature. There are 60 different pavilions offering over 100 different roles for children to explore. KidZania teaches children about society while having fun, and gives them the opportunity to try out different jobs while they're at it.
Kids can patrol the town as police officers, scale buildings as maintenance workers, plan holidays at the travel agency, and control the hose at the fire station. They can make mini croissants at the bakery, or a box of tasty sweets at the sweets factory. What's more, they get to keep whatever they make.
Adults are not allowed in the work pavilions (barring special areas, like the courtroom experience), so the children can be totally immersed in their imaginative playtime.
There are special zones where adults can relax and check out their child's progress via CCTV, or through the window. Naturally, a day's work is worth a day's wage, and children get paid in kidZos, which can be spent in the shopping area.
While most activities are conducted in Japanese, many activities are in English on a daily basis. The day is divided into two work shifts, morning and evening. Entry is possible before the second shift of the day begins.