Kidzooona is presented as a discovery learning center for children but it really is a parc for kids to play around with other kids while the parents are in the mall.
Perhaps the place is ideal for adults to spend time with their children, socialize their kids or even split out while one is making the groceries.
Located in Aeon Malls, Kidzooona is a place located near the food court, at least in Long Bien. The area for playing is quite big and the choice of toys fairly wide. There are actually multiple choices when it comes to this type of establishments, one competitor is A Tiny World which seems to be as popular and another one Fun Zone.
My wife and I wanted to come to Aeon mall to let our son play and socialize with other kids outside of our street for a change. As we know the importance of learning to play along others before the age of three.
Price of admission
To bring our one year old son accompanied by my wife and myself, we had to paid 240,000 vnd. This included 2 pairs of socks (10,000 vnd each). Member can have a discount and to be member you have to come a day of the week to register.
You will have to wear socks for hygiene reasons, you can bring you own and you have dedicated space to leave your shoes. After paying you will receive a bracelet that you’ll have to keep inside the facility.
There’s no required age per say. But your children will have a better experience if he can walk and he has to be at least over 75 cm. Children having the most fun are the ones who can run, jump and fall without any danger, so probably around 2-3.
There are many types of games inside Kidzooona, enough for your kid to be focused for couple of hours at least and spend enough energy to sleep very deeply at night.
Playing with Toys
The first section near the entrance are the games that are very simple. Such as moving a car inside a circuit or balls within a wire. Those first game are perfect for babies to learn basic physics and improve their motor skills.
These creative games includes, legos and other magnets, pieces that you can add up to build object such as cubes, houses, airplanes, crocodile, horses, etc.
We thought that the magnets were a great way to introduce construction games to babies too young to have the necessary dexterity to play legos.
For almost each of these games, there is a screen with tutorials videos to make it easier for children to grasp the concept.
Playing the Adults
I love how kids are learning by mimetism. I remember seeing my niece during Christmas, having a baby doll and stroller with bags of clothes and she was naturally walking around like and adult in a shopping mall, we were a having a blast.
So in Kidzooona, your kid will be able to do the groceries, make burgers, pizzas, sushi and ice creams. They will also be able to do the most known jobs in society such as fireman, police, doctor, cook, etc.
Physical games include pools of plastic balls, slides, balloon castle, parcours and one very funny rolling transparent balloon looking almost like a hamster wheel.
There is a very basic cafeteria inside the facility, with water and some food. If this is not enough you can always go out and buy some food within the mall since chairs and tables are at your disposition.
7.5 out of 10
Kidzooona is an interesting concept for kids and parents alike. In Vietnam the streets are filled with bikes and cars that can be dangerous for children.
Having a lot of toys at home can also be difficult to maintain because of the weather and fast growing mold. Children are increasingly spending their time watching screens so they need to return sometimes to physical activities.
Instead of going to the park or invite other parents and kids at home, you can go to the mall and have dinner then bring your children to play in one of these facilities.
Our child was a bit young to socialize with other kids but it can be a nice place for them to make friends and learn to play with one another.
You will note that most adults are sitting or laying watching their phones while their kids are having fun.
Unfortunately, paying 240,000 vnd for two people and one kid is expensive by Vietnamese Standard. Kids playground should be more affordable in my opinion, especially if they want the kids to come back more often.
Maybe a membership makes it more affordable but still, parents probably have to dine and do some groceries in the mall as well.
Some malls in other countries offer to keep your children for free, while you are shopping.
Maybe since it is an Aeon franchise, they should see this service as an opportunity to draw families into their Shopping center more often, as most parents are keen to make their children happy.
Also, most of the games can be bought and played at homes. I wish the selection of these games would be more original, something out of the ordinary if you will.
Kidzooona Long Bien
Address : Aeon Mall Third Floor
27 Co Linh Road, Long Bien Ward, Long Bien District, Hanoi City
10:00 – 22:00 (Weekdays)
09:00 – 22:00 (Weekend & Public holidays)
Phone : 024 6664 2452