YOUR child’s make-believe world can be surprisingly intricate.
Using just a few props comprising everyday things, they can fill in the gaps with their imagination and build a fantasy world for hours of play.
Imagine then, if they have more to work with, such as a stethoscope, a white smock and a whole clinic to enter the role of a doctor, or a fireman’s hat, jacket and extinguishers to put out a conflagration.
“When children play pretend, the learn to use their imagination. This simple thing will boost their creativity exponentially,” said Kidland managing director Datuk H’ng Ban Choon in Penang.
Set in the fourth floor of Prangin Mall, Kidland is a place where children play doctors, firemen, policemen, soldiers, pilots, train engineers and even members of the elite Special Duties Unit.
Armed with realistic equipment, they can immerse themselves in a world only they can perceive.
About 1,600 schoolchildren and teachers in Penang visited Kidland yesterday to get a feel of this world of imagination.
Led by state Education De-partment director Datuk Osman Hussain, the congregation of youngsters was held under the department’s annual Semarak Ke-merdekaan (Splendour of Independence) programme in conjunction with National Day.
Osman, in his speech, said the spirit of National Day must be instilled into children to foster a love for the country.
“I am glad there is a place like Kidland where we can gather with students to mark Malaysia’s Independence,” he said.
He also launched the centre’s grand opening. Kidland’s doors had been open to children since 2013 and to mark its launch, two new attractions — Kidland Adventures and Kidland Mysterious 833 — were commissioned.
Kidland Adventures features an 8m-tall structure with 30 obstacles.
In Mysterious 833, players will have 833 seconds to escape rooms full of obstacles and puzzles.
For details, visit www.kidland.com.my.