An indoor city run by kids for kids is always going to be exciting, but even by their usual thrill-a-second standards, KidZania London have really outdone themselves in terms of upcoming special events over the next three months. From STEAM Week to celebrate Year of Engineering 2018 to daily prizes all of December, there’s something new happening almost every day.
And of course, whatever else is on, kids still have fascinating career choices to explore across KidZania’s massive 75,000ft² urban spread. Everything from coffee shops to cool hang-outs are in place, as always. Plus, there’s the brilliant line up of KidZania brand partners to keep working life real (and fun) for kids, year round.
So if you want to start clearing some space in your calendar from 5 October to 24 December, here’s what KidZania have planned over the next three months. Just remember to book early, because most events sell-out fast.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths, and STEAM Week is another fantastic event KidZania are hosting in partnership with the UK Year of Engineering 2018.
If you didn’t know 2018 was the Year of Engineering, it’s not too late to get on board with the government initiative to excite kids about the most inventive science. And KidZania STEAM Week is a great start. Not only is the entire event designed to bring engineering to life for four to 14 year olds, it also gives them a chance to get hands on with other scientific careers as well. So whether you want to inspire your budding astrophysicist or wannabe bridge builder, KidZania is the place to be from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October.
STEAM Week highlights
A Q&A session with some of the UK’s youngest entrepreneurs starts this year’s KidZania Kidpreneur Festival by filling kids chock-full of ideas. Which is just what they need to make the most of the festival’s range of interactive workshops designed to encourage entrepreneurial spirit as well as handing down the practical skills that turn thoughts into great businesses.
Last year’s Kidpreneur Festival was a first for KidZania London and sold out fast. The 2018 event is already just as popular, so book now for 13 October and put your potential young entrepreneur on track to becoming tomorrow’s titan.
This November KidZania is teaming up with Parliament Week UK and inviting schools to get involved in a Parliament Week of their very own in the city run by kids, for kids.
It’s tricky to engage under 14s with politics in the abstract, so expect plenty of hands-on workshops and experiences specifically aimed at exciting young minds. All activities have been designed within the framework of Key Stages 1-3 PSHE curriculum, so there’s plenty of learning in the mix. And kids even have the opportunity to graduate with a degree in politics from the University of KidZania or vote on issues they care about at the KidZania Ballot Box.
KidZania Parliament Week highlights
Christmas can’t go on long enough for kids, so KidZania are kicking off the festive season as early as possible with the grand opening of their Advent Calendar on Saturday 1 December.
This year’s calendar is bigger and brighter than ever and there’s a fantastic Spin Master toy behind every door, so one prizewinning kid each day gets an early pressie, right up until Christmas Eve. And just to add to the festive spirit, Spin Master will also be donating £1000 worth of toys to a different charity every day from 1 to 24 December 2018.
KidZania Christmas highlights
Please check in advance opening times on KidZania’s website.
How KidZania works
Each session at KidZania lasts for four hours and kids can choose from over 60 real-life work experiences, lasting between 30 minutes and an hour. The indoor city covers more than 75,000ft² and has its own university, and shops, restaurants and cafés for spending hard earned KidZos (the official currency of KidZania).
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10am to 4pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 7pm
October half-term: 9.30am to 8pm
Online ticket prices
Child from age four to 14 – from £18
Adult – from £15
Ages one to three – £10
Free entry for children under one year
Only kids age four to 14 have access to the indoor city, but under fours have specially designed KidZania play zones and there’s a chill-out area for parents.
How to get there
KidZania London, Westfield London, Ariel Way W12 7GA
Tube stations within short walk: Central Line; Shepherd’s Bush; White City.