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KidZania London

KidZania is a kid sized city for 4-14 year olds in Westfield Shopping Centre, London with more than 60 real life role play adventures designed to empower children, allowing them to run a radio station, play inside an actual British Airways plane, try their hand as a paramedic, work in a dentist surgery, an art studio, a hospital, supermarket and so much more.

We parked easily and found KidZania located near Marks and Spencer. The impressive entrance looks like an airport, my children were beyond excited checking in. The check in process was fast and simple, with no wait time. We were all given wristbands, which meant the children couldn’t leave the city without us and allowed us to find their last location if necessary.

There is a lovely coffee shop where adults can work or relax for a few hours. Children over 8 can be left in the city while you shop which would be a real treat as Westfield has some amazing shops!

Children start with 50 KidZos which they can use to pay for experiences such as the climbing wall, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and face painting.

Climbing Wall

There is usually a bit of a wait for the climbing wall, so we’d recommend going here first if you have an early slot, or keeping an eye our for a quiet moment. Children need to be wearing trousers or leggings and trainers for this experience too.

Climbing at KidZania


Face Paint by Snazaroo

Hannah waited for about 10 minutes to get her face painted, but she didn’t mind as we hadn’t waited for anything else and she REALLY wanted to be a rabbit.

rabbit face paint by snazaroo

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

This experience allows children to create their own burger toppings for a burger they get to take away. All three of my children LOVED this experience which was well worth the KidZo expenditure.

GBK experience KidZania

Gourmet Burger Kitchen at KidZania

Children can earn more KidZos by completing experiences which offer a salary.

One not to miss is definitely either the Paramedic, Fire Fighter or Police ( or all three if you have time ) as children not only get to train, but also get to go to an emergency scene and try out their new skills.

Police Experience KidZania

Police Experience KidZania


Favourite experiences for a 10 year old boy

Radio station
Music Academy
Pit Lane Experience
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Climbing Building
Aviation Academy
Favourite experiences for 6 and 8 year old girls

Children’s hospital



We had a brilliant afternoon at KidZania, and would most defintiely recommend it. We’ve visited twice now and still haven’t tried everything. The city is very well managed, we’ve never waited very long for any experience apart from climbing and have easily stayed for the full 4 allocated hours.

If children have spare KidZos at the end of their visit they can save them for next time or if they have 75 KidZos can open a bank account and get a bank card!

KidZania Bank

See the KidZania website for more information.

Thanks to KidZania London for a brilliant day out.

Great National Trust Days Out this Summer

We recently bought National Trust membership for the year so I’ve been busy making a list of where we can go to make the most of it.

The Vyne

We’ve been tree climbing with The Big Tree Company before and it was just fab, so this event at The Vyne in Basingstoke is a definite possibility as is making a trail with sticks on August 27th.


The Vyne also has a great Hobbit themed play area, complete with slides, tunnels and water pump, my children LOVE it there.

River Wey and Goldaming Navigations and Daphne Wharf

50 things Tuesdays sounds great as does building a water-way on Thursdays. There’s even outdoor theatre on Saturday 6th August.

Winkworth Aboretum

Winkworth Aboretum has a summer trail from August 1-20th which I really want to try as well.

Hatchlands Park

We had a great day last year at one of the Friday Fun Days at Hatchlands Park and definitely want to go back this year for more arts, crafts and giant garden games.

Hatchlands Park also has some lovely walks and a brilliant play area.

Hatchlands Park

Basildon Park

I’ve wanted to try the Ball Run for years now, so am determined to actually make it this year.


Another of my favourite National Trust sites is Cliveden. Theres miles and miles of beautiful woodland, a fantastic storybook themed play area and even a maze.


I think that’s a whole summer of fun for FREE, well if you forget the cost of the annual pass, which was a bargain considering how many days out we will get from it.

A Day at High Lodge -Thetford Forest Park

We love Forestry Commission sites as they are such an inexpensive and easy day out, so when we found ourselves passing by Thetford Forest Park I knew we had to visit, especially as my 5 year old was desperate to try GoApe. She was so brave and really tried, but only managed half the course as her little legs weren’t quite long enough. My 6 year old however sped round and absolutely LOVED it, especially the zip wire at the end.

Thetford Forest Park  also has great bike trails, walking trails and amazing play equipment for kids of all ages, as well as a lovely cafe for when you need a break.

For us the best thing about Forestry Commission sites are that it’s such a fun, easy way to get the kids active and outdoors. The climbing frames and play equipment are usually positioned along a walk so the children get a lot of exercise without really realising, and its always such an easy, stress free day for the grown ups too.


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