KidZania opens in Singapore, plans children's theme parks in Australia, India, France

Send your kids to work for a day

Got yourself a dissatisfied wannabe scientist or hairstylist at home? Don't worry, KidZania is likely heading your way.

The Mexico-based "family entertainment center" company is expanding its super-popular chain of theme parks that allow children to work in adult jobs, earning a currency that can be used for purchases on-site.

"They can learn what they [want] to do in the future," KidZania chief executive Xavier Lopez Ancona told CNBC's "Street Signs."

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In demand jobs include firemen, athletes and artists. Sites with real factories manufacturing real products are particularly popular, said Ancona.

Occupations are adapted to local cultures, so while factories in Mexico manufacture tortillas, those in Indonesia will likely churn out noodles. The edutainment theme park opened in Singapore this week and is planning a new park in Australia.

The privately-held firm, which already runs 23 theme parks around the world in countries including Russia and South Korea. Parks in India, France, Qatar and South Africa are in development.

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