Before KidZania, there was The City. Established in 2012, the interactive learning playground allows children aged between 18 months to eight years old to take on different adult roles and professions in a well-equipped kid-sized city.
The playground is separated into zones: there’s a police station, fire station, clinic, hair salon, post office and café. Children can dress up in uniforms and play cook, doctor, cashier and policemen, and even ‘drive’ on miniature streets complete with traffic signs and lights. The largest area is dedicated to the supermarket, which stocks items you can find in an actual Cold Storage or FairPrice. The goal of these role-playing exercises is to hone children’s life skills, such as counting money and learning about nutrition, health, safety and hygiene.