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August 6, 2018

Visit Tokyo: KidZania


A must-visit for kiddos while in Tokyo is KidZania.  At KidZania, kids rule the world.  They work different jobs, make money, and buy things with the money they earn.

Upon entering KidZania, kids first go to the bank to get the KidZania currency - kidZo, then look to find work at different facilities.  They can work in a bakery, beauty salon, pizza shop, sports club, sweets factory, and so much more!




Based upon feedback from a friend, we decided to have the kids participate in the EAP - 5 English Activities Program.  With this program, the kids are guaranteed to participate in five different activities with no wait time, and they receive a complimentary keepsake group photo, EAP Review guide, and a special EAP bag.

I am SO glad that we decided to do EAP.

Had we not, I think the kids may have only participated in one activity!

When we arrived at KidZania to check-in 45 minutes early, the line was already hundreds of people deep!
After entering into KidZania, the kids each went to the bank and got their money. They then met with their guide, were briefed on what to expect, put on a blue uniform, received a bag full of activity information, and they went on to the different activities:
Travel Agency

In Travel Agency, they created an itinerary, learned about different locations around the world, and made a flyer.

Invention Workshop
In Invention Workshop, they crafted airplanes and competed to see which airplane could fly the farthest.

Publishing Company
In Publishing Company, they completed a comic book!

Pizza Shop
In Pizza Shop, they made their own pizzas, which they ate during their meal break.  


Subway
In Subway, they were directed on how to navigate the subway train.

The kids were just adorable in their different uniforms!  They had a lot of fun at the different activities, but I could tell they were getting very sleepy towards the end.  Only the second shift (evening) was available when we made our EAP reservation, so if you prefer the morning, I'd suggest you make your reservation as far in advance as possible.

Parents may sit outside the different activity areas and take photos, and there are some eateries within the complex to eat.

Parents may also leave KidZania by signing a waiver (we did so we could eat dinner elsewhere).

After they completed their jobs, they took their earnings to the Department Store to buy goods.  Parents are not allowed in to the Department Store (just as with the other activity areas), so it was a little difficult for my kids to understand what they could and couldn't buy with their earnings (especially since everything was in yen).  Eventually they figured out what to do, and bought little trinkets and knick knacks.

The EAP guide was great, and I would highly recommend the EAP to anyone who wishes to visit KidZania to avoid the crazy lines and wait times.

Kidzania
ノースポート アーバンドックららぽーと豊洲
2 Chome-4-9 Toyosu, Koto, Tokyo 135-0061, Japan
+81 570-064-646

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