Kidland, Penang Island
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You will need to adjust your expectation if you have done Kidzania or Baby Boss before. This is a actually a very poor imitation. We were there on a Monday afternoon. The place was practically empty. ... read more »
Chanced upon this place while shopping in Prangin Mall. Was expecting it to be like normal indoor playground but it was more like Kidszania kind where kids can work in different occupations and earn K... read more »
Well, looks like the review varies a lot, so I think it would be best for me to state the background of my visit. I went here during the weekday, with two little kids (6 & 4 yrs old). Our original goa... read more »
Clare Ying Li
We went on a weekend afternoon and it was pretty empty except for the groups of school children. The place has interesting concepts and play areas but the overall ambience of the area is not as vibrant as a playground should be. The area seems as boring as the attitude of the staff there who seems to be really disinterested in what they were doing. Socks were not compulsory which makes me wonder about the cleanliness of the place.
I never know that there is such place for the kids in Penang ! My sister in law brought my 2 grandchildren from Penang to KidZania Bangkok ! They loved it so much ! I think you need to advertise more as many people don't know that you are in Penang ! Actually they come back every year to visit us from Paris.
We visited Kidzania in KL last year with our 5 year old, and having been very impressed with the dynamism of their staff and the culture of learning created there, I was very pleased to hear that the franchise is coming to the UK, where we live, next year. In the meantime, as we were visiting Penang this year, we thought it would be good to try Kidland there. I am conscious that Kidzania costs rather more @ RM75 compared to the RM45 I was charged for Kidland on a Saturday. Kidland prices drop to RM30 for non peak times, whilst Kidzania prices seem to be the same at all times. Maybe I'd have been more impressed with Kidland if I hadn't seen already how well this concept can be done. I would suggest though that Kidland represents poor value even at the lower prices. The place is physically much smaller, and the range of learning opportunities correspondingly very limited in comparison. This wouldn't have mattered if the staff had been engaged and enthusiastic, but sadly they seemed largely disinterested and appeared to be going through the motions. As an example of this, each activity had a sign outside displaying the activity duration - and the first we chose (Batik making) was supposed to last 20 minutes; my daughter emerged less than 5 minutes later clutching a tiny scrap of cloth , with a "batik" picture (about 2 x 2 cm) printed on it. A similar story with the other activities.I had some difficulties communicating with some of the staff in English - perhaps not surprising given the pretty poor standard of English on the website. Having arrived late morning, we made for the "Kido Cafe". The food on offer is pretty unhealthy and barely adequate, consisting largely of deep fried and microwaved meals - but given the strictures on only eating food purchased on the premises, you will have no choice. I ordered food, and some arrived, but my daughter's didn't. After two enquiries as to the whereabouts of her food, dismissed out of hand by what appeared to be poorly trained, stressed and disorganised staff, I produced my receipt to demonstrate that I had been waiting over an hour, and demanded my money back - given with no apology and ill-grace. The delay meant that my daughter missed the next opportunity to learn a skill - required to gain credits to bank - so had nothing to do (having run out of credits) for half an hour. In order to ensure she got something to eat, I made my way to the exit, explained the situation, and asked if I could get her something to eat and return. The answer was a resolute no. Needless to say, I elected to leave. I have no idea who the owners are, but it appears that they have spotted a business opportunity and have geared the whole experience up to maximising return on investment. The passion evident at Kidzania is almost entirely absent here, for providing either a fun or a learning environment. Interesting to see from postings elsewhere that many other parents also seem to have also had a poor experience. In conclusion, I would suggest that you really don't bother, unless you go in with very low expectations, and can't find anything better to do.
I brought my 2 daughters there, a 4 years old and 6 years old. Overall, the setup is nice and pleasant and there's fairly quite a big amount of activities available. The only thing that really disappointed me is the 4D or 5D Theatre. I simply cannot believe that they will allow kids to choose horror movies with zombie and so on. This is absolutely ridiculous. My 4 years old daughter went it and came out crying. When I ask the staff, the answer was merely the older kids asked for that. My point is, this is a place for kids and in the first place, any horror or zombie show should not even be in the list. I couldn't help but wonder what the hell the owner of the place is thinking. If you have the money and willing to travel, Kidzania is way much better. :)
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