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“Good place for techie kids”
Review of Sony Wonder Technology Lab - CLOSED

Sony Wonder Technology Lab
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Owner description: Visitors to this technology center learn about audio, imaging, robotics, design and network through interactive exhibits, and are directed through the experience by "b.b. wonderbot," a telepresence robot.
Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

My kids are techies. We build robots at home and they just loved this place. First of all it is free, and it was not crowded, even though we were there on Thanksgiving weekend.
It had good explanations on how some tech (robotics, networks, haptics, and even motion capture) works. They even got to do a simulated news broadcast.
My children (9 & 6) enjoyed every minute of it. My wife and I also had a good time, as some of the experiences are better enjoyed as a group.

3  Thank Luis T
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Went there with a bunch of teens on a class trip. Bathrooms were closed for cleaning. We waiting outside with 15 kids for 20 minutes while the staff walked around and chatted. Security guard made excuses, manager was RUDE, told us to go somewhere else. We did. Will never go back.

4  Thank BP10001
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Sony Wonder Tech Lab has gotten a bad rap from some reviewers. I'm sure that if you go on a day when half the local schools have booked time, or if you don't have kids in tow, it'll seem worth passing up. However, it was a great way to spend an hour or so with a 9-year-old, and we happened to be there during a quiet spell. We practically had the place to ourselves on a weekend afternoon and were able to program robots, try out animation, and create a film trailer without waiting in line. Plus it's free. I recommend making reservations in advance, though, as this'll ensure that you don't have to wait on line should others have the same idea.

3  Thank small_monkey26
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

The museum had many different consoles to play with including an interactive dance floor. My 12 year old son had fun playing with the programmable robots. The history wall was interesting for the adults.

Will hold more interaction for tweens and under.

3  Thank carmel m
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Considering all the great products Sony had in the past it is unfortunate they choose to let the Technology lab deteriorate.
First it is not for older children who have much computer experience. I took a 6 year old and he was not bored. But most of what was there is available elsewhere. What was sad is that a good portion of the exhibits didn't work. On top of that the staff was exceptionally useless. They just stood there and did nothing. They could have helped explain some or take you through the exhibits. They could have told you what exhibits werent working so you didnt waste time trying to get something to work. They could have also made it a little more orderly. When we there visiting there were several school tours and sometime small school children would just come up and start spinning dials on the exhibit you were working on.
They had a movie which we waited 20 minutes to see and it was nothing remarkable.
If you are visiting NYC this is not where I would spend time. But if you live in the city and are looking for a free place to take a grade school child it would be great if the exhibits all work.
Despite the emphasis about making reservations in advance people showed up and got tickets at the door when we visited

6  Thank jcmbfla
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