The power of role-play

Role-play is a universal game of pretend that involves the acting out of different roles. Role-play comes naturally to children all around the world, regardless of culture, and is important as it develops the following skills:  



Social and emotional development: children learn to manage emotions better; they learn self-expression; they develop empathy and an ability to work in a team.


Cognitive skills: role-play enhances skills such as problem solving and the practical application of maths and literacy skills.


Language skills: children develop confidence in communication, their vocabularies are expanded, and they learn language that is specific to certain roles.


Physical abilities: new skills are taught, and fine and gross motor skills are developed.

Roleplay Role-play in KidZania

KidZania Johannesburg takes role-playing to the next level by providing a realistic, immersive and interactive environment for children to play out the roles of their choice.


Every activity is lead by a trained Zupervisor (facilitator) who role-plays with them, thus making the experience believable and reinforcing the learning by incorporating real information.


Children role-play real professions based on real industries using real props.


Every detail is intended to create an authentic experience - from the activity itself, to uniforms and costumes, to the work gear and tools, even the city interiors. KidZania is the ultimate role-playing environment for kids.

City-setting KidZania is kid-centric

Zupervisors oversee the activities from an observed comprehension skills perspective. The Zupervisor-to-child ratio is between 1:4 and 1:8, ensuring that Zupervisors can facilitate activities effectively and harness teaching opportunities in every session.


Zupervisors also use scaffold learning strategies to adapt the activity according to the age and skill level of every one of the participants.