Kids Plaza Osaka is an excellent indoor museum to take your kids to rain or shine. Built as an educational museum in 1997 it provides three floors of exhibits and activities that will keep your kids interested and engaged for hours. Located just behind the museum is the huge Ogimachi Park Playground.
When entering Kids Plaza visitors are first greeted by their “Ball Circus”, a two-story high ball maze with twists and turns, and sounds and actions that will mesmerize your little ones. Move them towards the elevators to begin their adventure on one of their three, activity packed floors.
We began our journey on the 5th floor, the Discovery Floor, which holds workshops and exhibitions as well as a large nature exhibit and science area. We stepped off the elevator and were amazed at the space and numerous hands on exhibits. We approached an area where you can draw your own cartoon and place it in a zoetrope, a 19th century animation toy that makes your drawings move or come alive. Then to the culture area where kids explore homes from different countries and regions, play musical instruments from folklore, wear ethnic costumes and play games. They also have a TV Studio that gives kids the opportunity to become newscasters and reporters. Kids can also operate the camera or sound console and record compositions.
The nature area holds a variety of insects and fish species from Osaka Bay, as well as flowers, plants and herbs. Kids with an affinity with insects will love this area. They had praying mantis, various larva, beetles and more. The Science section hosts many popular displays such as learning about the human body and a popular `soap bubble` area where kids can create large bubbles of different sizes and also stand in one. An interesting section on this floor is what they label `the society section` where kids can experience riding a train in a wheelchair. Kids sit in a wheelchair and wheel themselves through a ticket gate and onto a makeshift train. It teaches children the difficulty those in wheel chairs experience on a daily basis and helps them think about building a society accessible to everyone.
The 4th floor, Adventure Floor, holds a “Kids street” equip with food stands, hair salon, grocery store, post office, and more similar to Kidzania Tokyo, where kids can work different jobs creating a miniature functional city. Head over to the center of the building and be amazed by the 3 story maze designed by Mr. Hundertwasser from Austria with twists and turns, a slide, suspension bridge and rope climbing wall.
“Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born in Vienna and became one of the best-known Austrian contemporary artists active around the world. His works revolved around nature and harmony. Kids Town was designed specifically for children and is highly regarded among indoor constructions in Japan”
The adventure floor also holds a large and safe space for babies and toddlers, and nursing room for parents. They offer a library with story telling sessions, Kitchen for cooking and food sampling.
The 3rd floor, the Creative floor, holds different programs aiming to improve individual expression and creativity. Programs are free and are offered on a first come first served basis. They also have a digital plaza where kids can play with digital technology.
– Make sure you have enough cash on hand. Ticket purchase is cash only.
– Baking session is twice a day. Pre-registration necessary to participate. Sign up sheet located in front of the kitchen.
– Lockers located at the entrance behind the ticket machines. We arrived with carry-on luggage that did not fit in the locker. They stored it in the back office and gave us a tag to retrieve it at no charge.
– Bring your own food. Kids Plaza does not have a cafeteria however food fromoutdoors is welcome. If you didn`t have time to pack a lunch you can leave and re-enter the facilities with your ticket.
– If interested in the creative programs line up early. Visitors are accepted from a first-come first-served basis.
Kids Plaza Osaka Details:
Address: 2-1-7 Ogimachi, Kita-ku, Osaka
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:30 – 17:00; Weekends and Holidays 9:30 – 19:00 (Last admission 45 minutes before closing); Closed on Mondays (if Monday is a national holiday then Tuesday is closed); Closed over New Years Holiday 12/28 – 1/2
Admission fee: Adult 1400 yen; Elementary and JHS students 800 yen; 3 years and older 500 yen; Seniors (65 years+) 700 yen. Annual Passport: adults 8,700 JPY, Elementary and JHS students 4,700 JPY, 3 years and older 2,700
JPY. 6-month Passport: adults 4,700 JPY, Elementary and JHS students 2,700 JPY, 3 years and older 1,700 JPY
Access: By Train: Ogimachi station Exit 2 on the Sakaisuji subway line; 3-minute walk west from Temma station on the JR Loop
Kids Plaza Osaka – Where Kids Learn Through Play
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