Kids City is the top spot for children to have fun in the Cambodian capital with 11 floors of entertainment, education and interactivity. It’s a must for families in Phnom Penh seeking to keep the children entertained during the hot weather.
Starting at the top, Kids City includes an ice skating rink with real ice, something that might come as a surprise when the thermometer touches 4o degrees. Currently the only ice rink in Phnom Penh, it will soon be joined by the larger Ice Park in the Aeon Mall (coming June 2014).
Another highlight is the ever-popular Laser Tag on Level 6 with an action-packed combat area including dry ice and strategic hides. But our favourite is Clip ‘n Climb on Level 4, with 28 different climbing walls to choose from. Supervised to international safety standards, this is a fun challenge for all the family and is open to all ages. Tackle the Triffid if you dare, the hardest of the climbing walls or go Head to head on a transparent climbing wall.
For younger children, there are two large play areas on Levels 1 and 6, including the new Toddler Town for little ‘uns and the children’s playground, full of the usual slides, trampolines and obstacles. Coming soon are family go karts on Level 3. For an altogether more educational experience, try the Science Gallery on Level 9 where learning is fun for all the family. Coming soon is Science Discovery, an interactive floor or 70 experiments for children to work on under expert supervision.
As well as all the air-con activities set over 11 floors, there are also several dining outlets in Kids City, including a branch of The Blue Pumpkin on Level 5, overlooking Clip ‘n Climb, and a Gloria Jeans Coffee on the ground floor. Other pit stops include a small Pop Tea counter on Level 4 and a Blue Pumpkin ice cream spot on Level 1.
Reading this from afar, it might sound like parental hell travelling thousands of miles to end up in a children’s activity centre, but wait until you have experienced a few days in the tropical heat. It’s the perfect trade-off to keep the children onside for sight-seeing around the Royal Palace and National Museum, so set aside a half day to escape the heat and enjoy some unexpected family fun in the Cambodian capital.