This September, KidZania has a whole lot of techy fun ready for your kids! Head on down to their KidZ & Innovation Holiday Programme.
I always thought that coding is something done by super smart, super geeky, computer guys. Like my husband.
I was in awe when I saw a coding workshop on the list of KidZania’s KidZ & Innovation Holiday Programme. We were scheduled for the 3pm workshop but life got in the way and we were late! You know, with over 60 role-playing activities available in the City, life in KidZania is just so busy for the kids. They had to report for duties at the airline, make their own burgers at KFC, the activities are never-ending.
But when we finally arrived at the workshop on the second floor, my boys decided not to leave. The large tablets on the table attracted their eyes immediately. Once seated, the very patient teacher went through the program with them step-by-step, teaching them how to create their own project.
First they selected a theme, pick a background, and then add characters. My boys clicked on the city life and put an artist and a parrot onto a sidewalk. Creative huh?
Next, the coding begins. They could animate their character, giving them instructions to so a certain movement or make a certain sound. They could also group the instructions together to create a certain effect. To be honest, the instructions became a blur to me after a while but my boys seems to be following the instructions effortlessly. Even the almost-4-year-old created a fun zone where he could swing his character around and he will yell endlessly while painting the whole town yellow. So much fun for him!
The 6-year-old took things further by learning how to edit his project – mainly because he can’t make up his mind what he wanted his character to do. He learned how to change and add layers in his coding so that his character can perform the stunts he wanted.
Time passed all too fast for the boys and when we wanted to leave, they were very reluctant. So we told them they could go make ice cream at the ice cream factory.
Besides the Coding Workshop with Lenovo and Empire Code, there are many other fun activities your child can do at KidZania this school holidays. From Aug 26 to Sep 15, kids can try their hands at 3D drawing, augmented and virtual reality among others!
If they like to perform in front of the camera, they can head to the Be a YouTuber with Ottodot booth at the Main Square at level 1. Through personalised coaching, kids can pick up tips on how to be a YouTuber! Build the confidence to discuss all things science-related and record your very own YouTube video!
Another fun experience was the Drone Piloting Experience happening at the Stadium. The little one was a little afraid of the flying machine so he chose to sit this one out.
Can you spot the Drone?
See that little spot he chose for himself.
The big boy (and his Dad) had fun flying the drone around the stadium.
You can check out the full list of programs here.
The Role-Play Haven
Located just beside the Palawan beach in Sentosa, KidZania is a 81,000 square feet kid-sized City, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles and a functioning economy, just like in a real world! Through realistic role-play, children can learn about different careers, the inner-workings of a city and the concept of managing money.
The interactive indoor theme park is designed to educate through experience, fostering the development of life skills, giving kids a chance to channel the inner grown-up they always wanted to be. Each activity is crafted in close collaboration with real-world brands to keep the experience as real as it can get for little adults.
As part of the holiday program, your kid can earn an extra 50 kidZos, when they complete any two innovation or technology-related role-play activities. These are money they can use to make burgers, pizzas, soup bowls and even a paddle-pop!
Head down to KidZania to learn science through play this school holidays!