Today’s grand opening of KidZania London marks KidZania’s 19thlocation where kids can experience the inner workings of a kid-sized city with careers of every kind – from firefighter to chocolatier to radio personality. Today, KidZania is a global phenomenon and one of the world’s fastest growing educational entertainment brands with 19 locations in 16 countries – accounting for more than 42 million visitors since first opening in 1999.
At KidZania London, children ages 4-14 will discover an ultra-realistic, kid-sized indoor replica of a city that is brought to life with 48 real-world establishments and 60 different careers. Built on an unwavering commitment to help children realize their potential, KidZania is designed to inspire children to make their own discoveries about the world and ready them for a positive and healthy future.
“As the capital of Great Britain, London was an obvious choice for the first KidZania in the UK,” said Xavier Lopez Ancona, president of KidZania. “KidZania endeavors to open a child’s eyes to the world in a way that inspires and delights, and where better to experience such a city than in London – one of the world’s most vibrant, eclectic and evolving cities.”
KidZania London, a 75,000 square foot city located at Westfield London, offers a variety of establishments, including a hospital, animation studio, stadium, bakery, fire station, beauty salon, music academy and more. Additionally, KidZania London offers several culturally relevant and unique experiences like:
- A garment recycling shop by H&M,
- A pit lane experience focused on sustainable energy by Renault, and
- A smoothie factory inspired by Innocent to teach kids about food origin.
“At KidZania, we believe experiential learning – our unique blend of education and fun – lets children explore new concepts, try new things, problem solve, and work together as a team,” said Joel Cadbury, co-founder of Longshot Kids Ltd., the franchise operator of KidZania London. “We are thrilled to bring this one-of-a-kind, rich learning environment to the families, educators and tourists of Great Britain.”
KidZania London features the following premier global and local brands to help authenticate every experience: Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Bank of England, Big Yellow, Bose, British Airways, Cadbury, Compass Group, Crepe Affaire, Dorsett Hotels, Early Learning Centre, Eat Natural, Global Golden Tours, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, H&M, Innocent, Lavazza, Mothercare, PictureAir, Pokemon, Renault, Roland, Scouts, Unilever and Vitabiotics.