As the weather gets colder I’m always on the lookout for indoor fun to keep the kids busy. Last week we were invited to stop by Sue’s Tech Kitchen at their new NYC popup location and I am so excited to share what we found inside!
Sue’s Tech Kitchen Holiday SpecTECHular is a limited time pop-up event in NYC that features a one-of-a-kind interactive experience with cutting-edge technology for the whole family. It’s 5000 square feet of STEM-inspired attractions – like 3D Printed S’mores, Liquid Nitrogen Infused Snacks, Robot Races, Edible Science, Hand on Experiments and a Virtual Reality Corner. During our tour we were able to experience all of these attractions and more.
After a successful “Beta Taste” in Chattanooga earlier this year Randi Zuckerburg and the team behind Sue’s Tech Kitchen have brought a limited time holiday themed STEM experience right to NYC. Located at The Bridge at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island Sue’s Tech Kitchen will be open to the public from Dec 2, 2017 – Jan 2, 2018, and is a must-visit attraction for anyone looking to expose their kids to a tech-infused day of family fun!
We arrived for a preview on Monday afternoon and were blown away by how perfectly executed this experience is! From the moment we stepped through the door we were surrounded by non-stop fun and amazing technology. The kids jumped right in, led by COO of Zuckerberg Media, Jim Augustine.
First they learned about block coding at Sue’s Holiday Village with Primo Toys Cubetto, which takes coding out of the screen and into the real world with a hands on experience in programming robots to race around the board. Even my five year old picked up the concept in no time.
My Play-Dough fans learned about electricity next. Tech Will Save Us had a great hands-on demonstration that used Play-dough to complete circuits and make lights, instruments and more. I have to be honest, I’m pretty sure my five year old sat at this table for almost the entire visit and I most definitely ordered a few of these sets for home before we even left. As I was putting him to bed that night he told me he really missed “the man in the green shirt”.
Another favorite was a basketball hoop turned mini-game, complete with a timer, score keeper and flashing lights. Fun “Hacks” like these are found all over Sue’s Tech Kitchen!
The Pipercraft Attraction challenges kids to learn about real world coding using their favorite game, Minecraft. My kids were so excited to have a chance to sit down with a Piper computer and work together to solve puzzles and complete the game.
The Virtual Reality Corner is outfitted with a variety of ways to enjoy a VR experience. My son was all about becoming a basket ball star.
The kids whipped up some Unicorn Poop Slime (and what kid wouldn’t love that?). There’s always some kind of experiment going on at Sue’s Tech Kitchen, and you never know what kind of fun science you’ll find when you stop by! The kids also got a chance to trick their taste buds and make everything sour taste sweet.
I know you’ve been thinking about 3D printed s’mores ever since I mentioned it at the top of this post. Sorry to keep you waiting, but some things are worth waiting for. The whole experience of watching a machine 3D print food was incredible. However, I have to admit, the signature toasted marshmallow whipped cream was the star of this plate. If this were available in the gift shop (hint, hint) I would buy it by the tub. Go try the whipped cream!
If you ask my ten year old what the best part of the day was, he would tell you how much he loved learning about the science behind this 3D pen, and how much fun it was to draw a 3D sculpture.
My favorite part of our tour was the reaction from my boys as they moved from station to station. You could just see them being fully immersed in the technology and the science behind it. We couldn’t tear them away from it, and I have a feeling this is exactly what Sue’s Tech Kitchen had in mind as they designed these attractions. My kids weren’t just learning – they were exploring, experiencing and absorbing everything around them.
Towards the end of our visit I had a chance to sit down to Jim Augustine, COO of Zuckerburg Media, to talk about the inspiration behind Sue’s Tech Kitchen and future plans for the Pop Up Experience.
Conseptualized by Randi Zuckerburg, Bestselling author, Tech Media Personality and the Founder & CEO of Zuckerburg Media, Sue’s Tech Kitchen looks to immerse children and adults in a futuristic technology experience, empowering them to engage with the technology of tomorrow. The team behind Sue’s Tech Kitchen is passionate about introducing families to science and technology in a fun and engaging way, inspiring children to embrace STEM skills.
And this is something you can feel from the moment you step through the doors – the energy of everyone at Sue’s Tech Kitchen is contagious! If you’re looking for a family activity that your kids will be talking about for months afterwards, grab yourself some tickets to Sue’s Tech Kitchen and prepare for a day of fun!
Tickets can be purchased online at SuesTechKitchen.com!