KidZania Kuala Lumpur Review: A Fun-Filled Experience for Kids and Adults Alike [2024]

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Looking for the absolute best family experience in Kuala Lumpur? You cannot beat KidZania Kuala Lumpur.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur is an “edutainment” centre that offers a unique experience for children. It is built to be a replica of a real city where kids can participate in various activities and experiences that adults do in the real world.

Your kids can become pilots, fight fires, perform surgery or work in a hotel. There are over 60 role playing activities, all of which seem to be very engaging.

We have visited the Kuala Lumpur KidZania a few times with our kids ranging from 4 to 12 years old, and it’s always been declared their favourite place in the world.

But is it the best place to visit with your kids?

Most probably, yes!

KidZania Kuala Lumpur
KidZania Kuala Lumpur

But in this full KidZania Kuala Lumpur review, I share everything there is to know about visiting KidZania in Malaysia so you can make your own decision.

This KidZania Kuala Lumpur blog includes what you can see and do here, how it all works at KidZania Malaysia, KidZania Kuala Lumpur operating hours, the KidZania ticket price as well as how to go to KidZania Kuala Lumpur and lots of KidZania Kuala Lumpur photos.

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What Is KidZania?

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Inside KidZania KL
Inside KidZania KL

Before we dive into our KidZania KL review, let’s talk about what KidZania is.

KidZania is a global chain. You can visit KidZania in many places in the world. They are all similar and work in the same way, although the individual role playing can vary and the brands of the shops and experiences are generally localised. So if you have been to a KidZania elsewhere, you’ll know what to expect in this one.

If you haven’t, KidZania is basically a world for kids! But a world scaled to be child size. There are buildings, a KidZania currency (KidZos), small fire engine, hospital etc. Kids get to perform many different jobs. They get paid for the jobs and then they can use this money to pay for food, experiences or toys!

It’s role playing in a fabulous, educational way that is crazy engaging. Adults watch from a distance and (sadly!) don’t get to join in. I’m always very jealous when I visit a KidZania as I wish I could do it too 😂

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Park map
Park map

The KidZania KL age limit is up to 14 years old, with the activities aimed at kids 4-14 year old, although there are activities for younger ones too. Generally, though, I think you are best waiting until your kid is four to visit here so there is so much more they can do. In saying that, the first time I visited I *may* have pretended my three year old was four and he did everything with his older sister (who was four) just fine.

On our most recent visit, my oldest was just a month off turning 13, and she still loved it. She is sad that she is going to age out of this soon.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Review [2023]

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Check-in counter

The experience starts off with check-in. Designed to resemble an airline check-in counter at an airport, your kids will check in and receive a wristband and 50 Kidzos, the currency of Kidzania.

From there, you proceed to the final security check. You need to register a photo of everyone going in and face recognition equipped gates will check your face against the photos you uploaded. Once you pass then you are straight onto the streets of KidZania and into the action.

What Activities Are There?

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Construction
Construction

KidZania is designed to reflect the real world and they do this incredibly well. KidZania is embodied in a mock up city with about 50 activities to do (during our visit some were closed to be changed over).

Many aspects of real life are recreated with surprising detail in this play-city, such as emergency services (complete with their own emergency vehicles in the case of the fire department and emergency department), entertainment (with a disco, radio station, TV studio, parades and shows kids can participate in), food services, delivery services, a hospital, robotics, dentists, optometrists, face and nail salon, transport (you can take driving tests or train as a KidZania Kuala Lumpur pilot or cabin crew) and less exotic things like construction, painting, air-conditioning maintenance or window cleaning.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Window cleaning
Window cleaning

There’s a lot. It is impossible to do it all in one day. On our visit, our kids managed just over half.

The attention to detail is impressive. This starts with the brands of these activities matching those in the real world. The Aviation Academy occurs in a mocked up Air Asia 737, the food brands are real chains like Subway or A&W. The Petrol Station in the driving activity is a real-life Malaysian chain.

Where there is a real-world counterpart its often in KidZania. I suspect that the choice of brands is down to sponsorship but other than the names, any corporate promotion was subtle.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Petrol station
Petrol station

Virtually all of the activities had an outfit or a costume to don (so the firefighters got a jacket in the cool jungle camo pattern Malaysian firefighters wear and helmet before jumping into the mini fire engine). And there’s usually a bit of “training”. For example, a session as an optometrist will include how an eye test works before they test someone with an eye chart.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Broadcasting
Broadcasting

The staff are very good at making sure that this isn’t boring and relates well with the activity part. Overall, my kids came away feeling like they knew about how things work.

One of the things I loved is how these activities were interrelated.

For example, the food delivery service delivered “ingredients” to the food activities. The municipal inspectors checked the stores’ compliance with some regulations. The valuables delivery service sees kids deliver bundles of KidZos for distribution to different activities. Kids need to pass an eye test before sitting their drivers license test and being able to drive a car.

What Are The Best Activities?

KidZania Kuala Lumpur fire truck
Fire truck

Not all activities are equal. While they try to make all the activities as enjoyable as possible, some are just better.

The pick of them all has to be the Fire Station. Kids get to suit up, jump in a fire engine and help put out a fire in a “burning” hotel with real water in the hoses.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Firefighters in action
Firefighters in action

Next up is the ER at the hospital. Here, kids learn how to treat basic injuries before someone is picked to be a patient. The patient is taken somewhere else before everyone else jumps in the ambulance, treats the patient then slings them on a gurney before taking them back for treatment.

Being a Kidzania Kuala Lumpur pilot, in the flight simulator, also ranks high.

Different kids will naturally enjoy different things and availability plays a part (see the reservation section). My kids liked being radio DJs, probably because they got to shout at each other through mikes and sound isolating audio-gear.

There’s a basic rock/wall climbing activity that was pretty cool too.

The activities where kids could make food or drinks were popular (see the food section for more info). Tealife was very popular.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Food preparation
Food preparation

Some others were a disappointment.

The Police Station activity used to see kids track a robber at the bank and arresting him, but now the police have been reduced to crowd control at the hotel fire.

The KidZania Kuala Lumpur secret agent activity also got the thumbs down from my kids as it basically just involved some sort of obstacle course, not as cool as the one in Bangkok.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment was the chocolate factory where the kids got to help melt down and set chocolate into moulds only to put them aside to set for the next round and not get to enjoy any.

How The Activities Work

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Activity guide
Activity guide

At each activity station, there’s a small sign for each activity there that outlines some key details:

  • Any age or height restriction (most had some minimum age, like 4+, a few had height restrictions)
  • How long the activity takes (usually they’re shorter than stated)
  • How much you earn from or need to pay for the activity in KidZos

Some activities require kids to fork over their KidZos. These usually are when they are a “customer”, not a worker, or they are making food or drink (see the food section below) or they consume something.

For example the Faber Castell drawing activity and being a customer at the hotel or facial salon costs. Driving things also cost KidZos.

Such activities are in the minority. Most activities will pay – typically between 6 and 10 KidZos based on difficulty and time. Kids will typically rack up a bundle of KidZos because they are easier to earn than to spend (sadly the inverse of real life).

What The Adults Do

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Hospital and eye clinic
Hospital and eye clinic

Watch. That’s it really.

It’s all designed for the kids to be as autonomous as possible. If your kid is young and needs help then that’s generally fine but the staff are excellent for helping anyone who clears the minimum age or height requirements so it’s typically not needed.

It’s normal to see parents/guardians wandering around after their kid watching, taking photos or ensuring they remember to go to the toilet as there isn’t that much else to do.

However, if you feel confident to leave your kids do their thing, there is a comfortable KidZania parents lounge on level 2. Here you can find comfy chairs (even some recliners), tables, space, some internet connected computers and, most importantly, peace and quiet.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Parents Lounge
Parents Lounge

Is it safe to leave your kids alone? Well, that depends on your kid(s). I’d be reluctant to leave my six year old unwatched as they’d need some guidance and support in navigating around and prioritising what to do.

However, my 11 and 12 year olds would be completely fine to roam and do what they want with maybe a rendezvous for lunch.

KidZania is a space big enough to roam and explore but small enough to circle round and find each other if you need to. It’s very hard to get completely lost.

There is only one exit and that is staffed and monitored. I don’t know for sure, but I’d guess that they wouldn’t let kids leave unsupervised and also make sure that kids leave with the right adult.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Reclining chairs
Reclining chairs

A note on photos. It’s natural to take a bunch of photos of KidZania in action. There are also some roving photographers taking photos of KidZania and the kids in it throughout the day.

Using face matching, you get a link to a preview of all the photos of your kids shortly after you leave. Some of these were great although there is a cost to buy the original digital images.

Reserving Activities

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Emergency room
Hospital

For most activities, you just need to show up and you’ll get to do the activity when it starts again which usually isn’t very long. Of course, on busy days, there may be a line for the more popular activities and you may have to wait longer.

Currently, for five of the most popular activities, you do need to reserve a space. This saves having to line up, and I thought it worked really well.

At KidZania at Kuala Lumpur, this was for:

  1. Fire Station
  2. AirAsia Aviation Academy (but only if you want to do the pilot training. The cabin crew training requires no reservation)
  3. Avisena Emergency Room
  4. Tealive Tea Cafe
  5. Police Station

These are all fun, so it is worth reserving a spot. It’s easy to do, you just need to go to the place with your kid and register their name next to your preferred time. Then, you return ten minutes before your time.

These are the most popular activities and (with the exception of the Police Station) are all fun so it’s worth reserving a spot. Reserving is easy to do. Go between “sessions” of the activity with your kids and then register them for whatever time slot is open and convenient.

Then you just need to be at that activity slightly before your booked time to be confirmed (signs and staff will say be there 10 minutes before but that was not needed – perhaps because it was a quieter day).

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Game Room
Game Room

Time slots were 20 minutes apart, on the hour and 20 and 40 minutes past. Probably because it was not that busy sessions were rarely booked out and any open spots or no-show spots were available for anyone who wanted to queue for an opening. A single kid would likely not need to book on a day like ours but on busier days, I can see some activities booking out for the entire day early on.

Staff at all the activities encouraged us to book when we first got there and essentially no activity seemed to run for the first 15 minutes of the day to allow people to book. We booked everything we wanted across the day this way first thing.

The booking system worked well. It helped give certainty and avoided needing to queue in line for the most popular activities. For the weekend, it is strongly recommended to book activities.

For all the other activities, you simply need to join a physical queue and wait your turn. During the week (like the day we were there), these queues were quite short and virtually non-existent. Some activities needed to go and recruit kids as they were so quiet.

KidZania Food

KidZania Kuala Lumpur A&W fastfood restaurant
A&W

Kidzania has a decent range of food options. Several of these allow you to make the food yourself! These generally require real cash, but when we were there, there were two options that took Kidzos.

For the adults, there was Subway, A&W Burgers, Yayoi Sushi Bar (which had much more than sushi) and a bakery located upstairs. Prices ranged from 5 MYR for some of the items at the bakery up to over 30 for some of the foot long subs at Subway, with A&W and Yayoi in between.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Subway fastfood restaurant
Subway

Additionally there was a shop where you could purchase water and other drinks with cash and a Costa Coffee vending machine near the theatre.

There are plenty of seats, but these are not always located close to the food outlets. Most seats were near the theatre and upstairs.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Theatre
Theatre

Subway, A&W and Yayoi all had sections where kids could make their own food (after paying at the main counter). The prices varied between 14 MYR and 25 MYR, depending on what your kids were making. On the day of our visit, these were popular but never too busy so we did not have to wait but we were told that on weekends queues can develop.

Tealife accepted KidZos in order to make a bubble tea, which was very popular (hence the need to book) and there was a Mission Foods activity that also accepted KidZos in order to make some “healthier food”. Neither of these had anything for adults but are a great way to burn through the KidZos your kids will rack up.

KidZania Shops

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Department Store
Department Store

Speaking of burning through KidZos, there’s a shop within KidZania (on the ground floor called the Department Store) that only accepts KidZos. Other than some of the activitie,s this is the only way to spend them.

However the prices are high in the sense it would take multiple kids pooling their KidZos earned in a day or multiple visits to have enough to afford anything. Nothing was under 100 KidZos and usually much more. And none of the options were that appealing anyway – simple games or trinkets that if you wanted enough you’d just buy it cheaply somewhere else.

It’s my one big complaint about KidZania in general. Especially the first time we visited one, our kids were really disappointed when they couldn’t buy anything with the KidZos they saved. So I definitely recommend you talk down this option to your kids, so they aren’t disappointed.

There is another small shop nearby where you can purchase souvenir type items or drinks and ice-creams for grown-up cash.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Convenience store
Convenience store

Where Is KidZania In Kuala Lumpur?

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Address: Curve Nx, 18, Jalan PJU 7/5, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

The KidZania Malaysia location is to the east of central Kuala Lumpur in Petaling Jaya. This is about 13 kilometres/20 minutes from KLCC or KL Sentral.

If you click on the KidZania Kuala Lumpur map below, it will open in Google Maps so you can see where it is located.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur map
Click the map to open it in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

How To Get To KidZania Kuala Lumpur

The KidZania Kuala Lumpur location is in the Curve NX shopping complex in Mutiara Damansara.

It’s easily accessible by car or public transport. If you’re driving, there’s ample parking available at the Curve NX shopping complex. You can use Google Maps to navigate to the location.

If you don’t have a car, a taxi is the easiest way to get here using the Grab app.

To save money, you can take public transport. You can take the MRT to Mutiara Damansara station and then it’s a short walk to the Curve NX shopping complex.

Once you arrive at the Curve NX shopping complex, you can easily find KidZania Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. It’s located on the first floor of the complex, near the main entrance.

Overall, getting to KidZania Kuala Lumpur is easy and convenient whatever method you choose.

KidZania KL Opening Hours

KidZania Kuala Lumpur entrance
Entrance

KidZania Kuala Lumpur is open from 10am to 6pm daily except Tuesdays. It is closed on Tuesdays.

The best KidZania timing is to visit on a weekday. Weekends are usually busier. I suggest you be there when it opens as you’ll want as long as possible here.

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Ticket Price

The KidZania KL ticket price varies based on the age of the child. At the time of publishing, the KidZania Kuala Lumpur price is:

  • 0-1 year olds – free
  • 2-3 year olds – RM40-48
  • 4-14 year olds – RM85-100
  • Adults – RM51-61
  • Senior Citizens 61+ – Free

The KidZania KL price varies based on how far ahead you book. If you book the day before or on the day, expect the highest price listed here.

If you book online in advance, you can get a KidZania KL promotion which can be a lower price depending on how far in advance.

You can also often get even better prices by buying tickets through a KidZania Kuala Lumpur promotion on Klook. This isn’t always available but is the best way to go when you can. It’s usually discounted by at least 10%.

Click here to find discounted tickets on Klook now.

Otherwise, you can book online on the KidZania Kuala Lumpur website.

It can sell out, especially during Malaysian school holidays and on weekends, so I highly advise that you book ahead.

Regardless, KidZania KL does not sell tickets on-site anymore so it is essential you buy your tickets online.

Unless you want to stand at the entrance anxiously trying to buy them online on your phone when you arrive, I recommend you do this in advance.

Kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. However, for kids over this, you can check them in and pick them up and don’t need to enter (or buy KidZania Kuala Lumpur tickets for yourself).

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KidZania KL Review – Our Verdict

KidZania Kuala Lumpur Delivery services
Delivery services

Overall, KidZania Kuala Lumpur is a fantastic place to take your kids for a fun and educational experience. The immersive career role-play offered at KidZania is a unique and exciting way for kids to learn about different professions and develop essential life skills.

The staff at KidZania Kuala Lumpur are friendly and approachable, always making sure that the kids are safe and having a great time.

It is recommended to plan your visit ahead of time and purchase tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. The ticket prices are reasonable and offer good value for money considering the number of activities available.

While there are some limitations to the experience, such as the age restrictions for some activities, KidZania Kuala Lumpur is still an excellent place to take your kids for a day of fun and learning. Would I recommend KidZania Kuala Lumpur to other parents? Definitely!

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets to KidZania Kuala Lumpur today and give your kids an unforgettable experience they will cherish for years to come. Who knows, they might even discover their dream career!

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Looking for other things to do in Kuala Lumpur? Find our full guide here. You can also find our full guide to where to stay in Kuala Lumpur here and all our full guide to Kuala Lumpur here. If you’re looking for theme parks for kids, read our review to Genting SkyWorlds here.

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By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is a certified Malaysia travel expert and can't get enough of travelling and talking about Malaysia since she first visited 21 years ago. She travels around Malaysia multiple times a year both alone and with her kids. She used to call Penang home and especially loves this food paradise. Sharon also has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and has been certified by Tourism Malaysia as a Malaysia Travel Expert. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to this amazing destination.