More thrills with new features at Kidland

A kid at heart: H’ng giving a demonstration as he climbs up the newly installed adventure playground at Kidland, Prangin Mall, Penang.

KIDLAND, an educational-cum- entertain-ment centre in Prangin Mall, George Town, is introducing two new features — Kidland Adventure Playground and Mysterious 833 — for the strong and brave.

Its managing director Datuk H’ng Ban Choon said the latest instalments would be officially launched on Aug 27.

He said the adventure playground, an eight-metre tall structure consisting of three floors, has 30 challenging obstacles.

He said it would test the strength and agility of those aged between five and 18.

They must be below 180cm tall and weigh under 80kg.

“Only five people can go in at one time for safety reasons. Each participant must first watch a video demonstration on how to use the adventure playground safely.

“An experienced trainer will then strap a body harness to the participant and follow him or her throughout the course if required.

“Completing the course can be challenging and it may last for two hours,” he said during a media familiarisation tour at the centre yesterday.

On the Mysterious 833, participants have to escape from a room full of obstacles within 833 seconds.

There will be six rooms that come with different themes such as ‘mummy room’ and ‘maze room’.

“It requires critical thinking skills before the participants can actually ‘break out’ of the room. We will also include some water and sound elements for better effect.

“Kidland is a good place to come to. We provide brain stimulating activities as well as expose children to the different fields of work and the safety measures required.

“All of these stay true to our tagline ‘Freedom through Edutainment’,” he said.

H’ng said besides launching the two latest instalments on Aug 27, there will also be a ‘Program Semarak Kemerdekaan 2015’ with the state Education Department to celebrate the 58th National Day.

He said 880 students from 271 schools would attend the programme at the convention hall, Lot 33, on the sub-basement floor of Prangin Mall, from 9.30am to 11.30am.

State Education Department director Datuk Osman Hussain is expected to launch both events.

“We only had a soft launch when we opened Kidland in November 2013.

“This will be the grand opening. We are expecting an attendance of 1,600 people.

“We will bring the schoolchildren in batches to Kidland. We will also present them each with RM30 Kidland vouchers during the visit,” he said.

Kidland is a centre where children get to dress up as doctors, firemen, policemen, soldiers, pilots, train drivers and even be a part of the elite Special Duties Unit (SDU), among others, and learn hands-on about the jobs in a safe and realistic environment.

Kidland senior manager Rachel Koo said they would invest in high-tech vehicle stimulation features to the centre, where children can get to operate a plane or ride a motor-cycle.

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