Monday, December 14, 2015

Junior In Career @ Big Boss N Land (Perling Mall)

Career-building theme park has become pretty popular among children lately. While Kidzania Kuala Lumpur might be a little further for us to drive up to, we await eagerly for the opening of Kidzania Singapore! Meanwhile, to satisfy our little crave for some role-playing fun, we drove across the causeway and check in to Big Boss N' Land in Johor Bahru.

Big Boss N Land is a new edutainment concept park for kids. Following a similar concept as Baby Boss in Taiwan, children get to learn and explore their potential, gain independence, confidence and teamwork spirit through different role play.

We got to learn about Big Boss N Land via a roadshow in Sutera Mall and bought the Holiday Family Combo for 2 Adults and 2 Children at RM206 (~S$68).

BBNL Ticketing Rates

This is the first time our kiddos are going in to take on some responsibility and do some 'serious' work. Before entry, they are given some BBNL dollars, a name card and a booklet where they can keep the occupation cards that they have collected at each career station.

Here are some information to help you navigate your way through BBNL.

1. Each career station takes about 30 minutes to experience and complete. Staff will guide your child to put on the respective uniform, provide a short briefing about the occupation before your child have some hands-on session.

2. Each session (Morning or Afternoon) is 4 hours only (unless you purchase a whole day ticket). Children can role play different occupations of their choice (up to 8) during the stipulated time.

3. After the completion of each station, parents are invited to take a photo with their children.

*It is a pity that parents are not allowed to enter the career station/room with the child. Hence, we can only wait outside the room or the waiting area. Parents accompanying their child have to be prepared to wait for 4 hours (at least) within BBNL. The consolation is a photo-taking opportunity with our kiddos after they complete their work at each station. Some rooms have glass panels and we can observe from outside but others are concealed and we were blocked from the view.

4. Different career stations may earn the child extra dollars or he/she has to spend some money to buy ingredients for the food preparation. This helps to teach the child the concept of work and earning plus how to manage their money.

5. Since there are more than 40 occupations to choose from and some careers are only specific to morning or afternoon session, it is helpful to grab a map prior to your visit and let your child plan and decide which occupation he/she likes to do to save some time.

6. There is a toilet within BBNL, hence children need not leave the park.

Tips: As the hours stretches from 11pm to 3pm (Morning) and 4.30pm to 8.30pm (Afternoon), it is recommended to let your child have some food and drinks before entry as it cross over lunch and dinner hours.

In case your child feels hungry, they can always go for the baking/cooking stations where they can make dessert/sushi/pizza and eat their fruit of labour. :) Alternatively, they can use the dollars that they have earned and go to the mini-mart and purchase some snacks or drinks.

We are now READY to enter Big Boss N Land!

Upon entry, parents who are accompanying their child can choose to follow their kiddos and wait outside the room or sit at the waiting area.

Since it was our first visit, we were given a quick tour around BBNL. Remember to grab a map from the counter to guide you along.

Big Boss N Land occupies a portion of the space on level 2 of Perling Mall. The flooring looks like a game board which brings you to the different career stations. Although the entire space is not very big, there are over 40 occupations to choose from.

Every station has a banner indicating the estimated time required for the activity, the job type, how much dollar the child has to pay or earn, the maximum amount of workers allowed per session.

As we visited BBNL during the non-peak period, less than 10 children were in the park. There was no queue and the children maximized their time going to the different career zones of their choice.

Nail Art, Hair Salon, Mining, Police Station, Nursery Room, Fire Station, Clinic, Hospital, Speed Post, Airport, Dentist, Computer Laboratory, Painting, Archaeologist, Workshop, Bakery, DJ Studio, Stage, Cafe and more are some of the career zones that the children can engage in.

Banner outside the room where the children can refer to before deciding which role play they wish to take on. Child has to pay for a service or to buy ingredients. Alternatively, they can work and earn some BB Dollars.

For the next 4 hours, we followed our kiddos through 8 career zones. Initially, I thought our older boy who is 12, may not enjoy it and am afraid it might be too kiddish for him. However, it turns out to be otherwise! Denver loved it! He enjoyed putting on the uniform, actual experience and hands on work and felt good being rewarded with some dollars! Not forgetting collecting a career card after each session.

Station 1:  Being an astronaut. 

Station 2: Scientist for a day

Station 3: Website Designer

Station 4: Be an Archaeologist 

Station 5: Smart-looking pilot!

Station 6: Bakers in action!

Station 7: Professional Photographers

Station 8: Desserts Chef

Needless to say, the children were full of energy and wanted to go for more! But time is up and we have to go. :( The children earned some dollars after working for 4 hours and they happily hopped by BB Mart to make some purchases. Even though it was only some snacks and biscuits, they were very satisfied because they earned it!

Many thanks to the friendly staff who guided our kiddos around and made their experience a fun and educational one.

Big Boss N Land (大当家儿童职业体验任意城)
Address: Level 2-07, Perling Mall, Jalan Persisiran Perling, Taman Perling, 81200, Johor
GPS: 1.496796, 103.681144


Unknown said...

Looks fun and educational. Hope they are still around when my girls are older!

Michelle at The Chill Mom

Mum's calling said...

Looks really fun. I heard of the one in Taiwan, but didn't know about this in JB. What's the medium of language used in here? Might wana bring my kids there!

Ai Sakura said...

looks not too crowded which is good since there's a time limit. Pity parents' can't go in and see the children at work but I guess the space is pretty limited too.. and no time to stop the kids and say "wait wait let mummy take photo" hahaha :P

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Phoebe said...

hopefully so! it would be nice if they can expand the space too

The Loving Mum said...

Similar to Kidszania kind of play. Thanks for sharing. You are the msia queen with so many lobang!

Pooja Kawatra said...

It seems like quite a fun place for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. Probably i have to bookmark this place when we will visit there next time.

Unknown said...

Wow, is this conducted in English?

Hello, Mrs Tan said...

Looks so fun!! I am quietly saving all your links on JB's boutique hotel, cheap dim sum and now BBNL!! I must really find a time to bring the kiddos into JB to explore. We always go in, supermarket, petrol then come out. Too wasted for queuing for the jam!

Unknown said...

We visited BabyBoss in Taiwan and Dana loved it! What's the language used here at Big Boss? Glad to know even Denver enjoyed the experience!

May said...

Is this conducted in English? see so many chinese words around! Hmmm doesn't look as impressive as Kidzania hor? Big Boss for bigger kids and Baby Boss for smaller kids? haha

Phoebe said...

The staff can converse in English and Chinese. It depends on your child preference. :)

Phoebe said...

Yup. it is a shame that parents cannot join in.. but I guess it was due to the limited space as you mentioned. But at least we get to take a group photo when the kids are out from every station

Phoebe said...

Hahaha. Thanks for the compliment. Must have Hubby to drive us around to explore JB too.

Phoebe said...

Hope your kids will enjoy next time!

Phoebe said...

Yes. It can be conducted in English too :)

Phoebe said...

Thank you for the support! Looking forward to your staycation tales in JB!

Phoebe said...

They use English or Chinese. We never visit BabyBoss in TW but will love to do so if we have the opportunity. I believe it will be much bigger in Taiwan!

Phoebe said...

The staff can converse in English and Mandarin. Scale wise, it is smaller hence probably limited activities compared to Kidzania. We havent been to Kidzania before... would love to try and see how it works differently from Big Boss :)

Unknown said...

Hi mummy, thanks for sharing.
I enjoyed reading your blog about Jb trip.
Will plant for our next trip to let my kids explorer their carrier

Unknown said...

Hi mummy, thanks for sharing.
I enjoyed reading your blog about Jb trip.
Will plant for our next trip to let my kids explorer their carrier

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