Aeon Fantasy Kidzoona is an indoor play center for children under twelve. It is officially spelt Kidzooona, but in English it is most commonly written as Kidzoona. There are various Aeon Fantasy branches in Japan and Asia. However, most are just amusement centers, only a select few have a Kidzoona play area. The parent company, which has been around since 1997, is a branch of Aeon (the retailer giant) called Aeon Fantasy. Molly Fantasy is the name of the amusement center. And the play area is called Kidzoona!
This post is about the Kidzoona in the Molly Fantasy branch in Omiya City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. In my experience, toddlers and preschoolers up to the age of six enjoy Kidzoona best.
Kidzoona was closed as part of the closure policies of the State of Emergency issued in the Greater Tokyo area on April 8th 2020. It will remain closed until May 6th 2020.
Aeon Fantasy Kidzoona, Japan
Adults must accompany children. The center has a variety of toys, equipment and make-believe play areas, with dress up costumes, for children to engage in creative play. They used to have a dedicated area for babies, but when they made some big changes in 2015 they removed it. Nowadays, they occasionally have an area zoned off, but rarely during busy periods.
There is a convenience store located within the play centre. The centre has a baby room with a nursing area and changing facilities, but no toilets. To use a toilet you must leave the play area and need to obtain a re-entry pass first. Further information including address, access and price is below the photos.
The ball pool area pictured above with a pirate ship in it, which has climbing and slides, was added after this post was first written in 2014. It replaced a giant trampoline and some of the zorbs. It is now the focal point of the play centre and I dare say the favourite for a lot of young children.
Dress-up and Make Believe Exhibits
Young children will be creatively inspired by the great selection of pretend shops, restaurants and work places on offer. Moreover, each come with outfits for them to dress-up in. They can try, for example, a nurses outfit, a baker’s outfit, a fireman’s outfit, to name but a few.
The post office area allows children to deliver post at a number of little post boxes within the creative play area. They can also collect the post from these boxes and then sort them in the “sorting office”!
There is also an area with push along rides and construction site costumes and mini diggers.
Kidzoona Bouncy Exhibits
As you come in the entrance of Kidzooona there is a flat bouncing castle without walls, which is safe even for toddlers. There are a few zorbs close by. The exhibits on the lower part of this collage both have ball pools within the bouncing castle.
—Aeon Fantasy Saitama Japan—
Kidzoona Areas for babies / toddlers
During busy periods the area below is restricted to babies and toddlers who are not yet walking.
The below area is for all ages, but it is a hit with toddlers as they can draw on anything and everything in this exhibit designated to free drawing.
Kidzoona Toys and Sandpit
Below is just a sample of the toys. There are many not pictured, including some musical instruments and building blocks.
Kidzoona Amusement Area
All of the video games and rides in the amusement area are included in the price. For some you need to insert a special coin, which are readily available in big storage bins within the area.
There is a MiniStop shop on the premises, with seating areas beside it, one of which is Japanese style with zabutons for sitting at on low tables. These areas are dedicated eating areas; there are other seats throughout the play centre.
Aeon Fantasy Kidzoona further information:
Official name: Kidzooona by Aeon Fantasy, Official website.
Address: Aeon 3rd floor, 2-574-1 Kushihikicho, Kita Ward, Saitama
Train access: 12 minutes on foot from JR Nisshin station, 10 minutes walk from Tetsudo hakubutsukan (Railway Museum) station.
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm.
Price: Please check the website for up to date details. 2014 prices: One hour: 600 yen for children, 300 yen for accompanying adult
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays): 1 day pack 990 yen for children over one; 490 yen for accompanying adult
Weekends and public holidays: 3 hour pack 990 yen for children; 5 hour pack 1,290 yen for children (includes a small drink), 1,490 yen for adult
Other indoor play centres in Saitama featured on this blog:
Kid’s US Land in Kamifukuoka