KidZania launches new ad campaign:where Gen Z children try the world on for size

“Children can only aspire to what they know exists” 
-Dr Ger Graus, Director of Education at KidZania London

KidZania London is a 75,000sq ft child-sized City, where the kids are in charge! Complete with its own currency, university and more than 60 jobs for children to experience, the concept, designed to inspire, challenge and empower kids is located inside the Westfield London shopping mall in Shepherd’s Bush.

Filmed from a kid’s perspective, the creative execution developed for children by children aims to encourage them to explore the world of opportunities open to them.

The principle that “children can only aspire to what they know exists” is fundamental to the positioning of the KidZania brand. Working with Grey London, the through the line launch campaign invites the next generation to ‘Try the World On For Size’.

The docu-style TV ad is directed by Karen Cunningham, who was most recently celebrated for her award-winning work for Barbie. The commercial, shot inside KidZania, features six children in six different KidZania jobs wearing professional uniforms and working on sets scaled down to ¾ size.

Each child is cast in a role that reflects their aspirational job role. The genuine ad-libbed script reveals the children’s hilariously intuitive responses; “It’s not a job. It’s a calling”, says a young Theatre Director. “I see surgery as an art form, it is vital to keep a cool head”, claims the child playing a Surgeon.

The campaign follows the launch of a ‘micro’ version of Grey London within KidZania earlier this year as part of the agency’s commitment to increasing diversity in the creative industries. Inside ‘Mini Grey’ children create a custom outdoor advert for KidZania, which appears on Clear Channel screens around the ‘City’, as well as get a taste for working in the business.

Running alongside the TV and cinema, the campaign also features radio and outdoor, and a series of illustrations by tiny Art Directors (aged 5-10 years old) briefed to draw the job of their dreams for print. Cross-over occupations such as a ‘Firefighting Hairdresser’ and a ‘Chocolate-Making Racing Car Mechanic’ demonstrates both children’s wild imagination, but also a curiosity in trialling various career paths.

Clemmie Telford, Creative Director at Grey London, says: “KidZania is a joy to work on. It gives us the opportunity to empower kids to shape our advertising and, better still, play a small part in shaping the next generation’s career choices. After all, these kids are going to run the world one day.”

Hannah Walker, Head of Marketing at KidZania London, adds: “Working with Grey London we have been able to bring KidZania to life through the eyes of our most important critic — the children. KidZania is a City where the kids are in charge so it is only natural that they should be empowered to lead in our advertising campaign. It’s their designs, their script, and their future aspirations. KidZania enables children to learn essential life skills, alongside freedom for creativity, imagination and most importantly fun.”

Grey joins partners including Renault, British Airways, H&M, Cadbury, Innocent, Mission Deli, Global Radio, Eat Natural and Al Jazeera, becoming one of more than 60 real life role-play activities on offer. Each experience is crafted to help kids to learn essential life skills including financial literacy, teamwork and independence and has received input from educationalists to support the national curriculum.

Most of all it gives Generation Z the chance to try on the world they’ll one day inherit.

About KidZania

KidZania is the UK’s first educational entertainment experience where children aged four to fourteen can learn real-life skills in a 75,000sq ft. child-size City built just for children. There are over 60 unique and exciting professions to choose from including the Aviation Academy, Radio Station, Police Department, and Hospital. Children choose which activities they wish to take part in — allowing them the opportunity to make decisions for themselves.

There is even a KidZania shop when children can purchase gifts from their KidZania salary that they have earned while in the City.

-Opened in London, Westfield 25th June 2015

-More than 60 real life role-play activities

-Each role-play experience is crafted to teach kids essential life skills including financial literacy, team work and independence

Grey London Creative Credits:

Creative Director: Clemmie Telford

Creative Team: Olivia Marquis & Irene Pineda

Business Director: Tamsine Foggin

Account Manager: Ana Saffer

Account Executive: Andy Samuels

Senior Planner: Daniel Sherrard

Agency producer: Joseph Ogunmokun

Director: Karen Cunningham (Thomas Thomas)

Production Company Producers: Trent Simpson & Matt Bulaitis (Thomas Thomas)

Editor: Charlie Hawksworth (Loaded Dice)

Post-Production Producer: Annika Gustavsson (Grammercy Park Studios)

Audio: Zak Kurtha (Grammercy Park Studios)

Grade: Ben Rogers (Grammercy Park Studios)

Online: Mark Beardall (Grammercy Park Studios)

Creative producer: Beth Sykes

Designer: Veronika Safrankova

Retoucher: Tom Fryer

Designer/Artworker: Jeremy Wilson

Digital producer: James Kavanagh