You’ve checked out the tree at Rock Center, seen the holiday windows at all of the department stores throughout the city, what else is there to do this season that’s great for the kids? Check out Sue’s Holiday SpecTechular, which is Sue’s Tech Kitchen’s launch of their National Tour, and your kids will thank you for it.

Sue’s Tech Kitchen

What is Sue’s Tech Kitchen?
A mix of science, food and fun, Sue’s Tech Kitchen is “a tech-fueled wonderland for the mouth and mind.” Designed by a NASA scientist and first imagined by Randi Zuckerberg, the idea behind Sue’s tech kitchen is to introduce your children to technologies of the future while “revolutionizing family dining in the process.”

As Randi explains,”I wanted to make technology accessible to more kids and families so we created a tech-fueled dining experience that encourages families to engage with technology in new and different ways that aren’t just “screen time”. At Sue’s Tech Kitchen we want families to to engage with technology together all while enjoying delicious treats and learning some fun stuff about STEM.”

There are a number of interactive stations for the whole family to participate in, from Virtual Reality Zones to a 3D printer that makes customized pancakes or s’mores. Of course, there’s a slime making area, and a crafts area too. Read on for more….

photo: Kim Sunshine

Lil’ Engineers Unite!
Both tweens and their younger sibs enjoy the circuits station, where kids can use playdoh and the like along with circuit breakers to make lights turn on and off. With Sue’s Tech Kitchen staff around to explain the activity, our kids were engaged and enthralled by the lessons they were learning and the sculptures they were creating in the process.

photo: Sue’s Tech Kitchen

VR-cade
Yes, you read it right, a virtual reality arcade. Sit down in a motion-friendly chair, put on those glasses, and sit back for a 10 minute ride where you’ll feel like you’re in another world. Want more active participation? There are virtual reality glasses you can wear that will take you to the basketball court in an instant and shoot free throws til the timer runs out. You’ll swear you’re at the Garden with the Knicks for real.

When life hands you lemons….
One of the coolest stations at Sue’s Holiday SpecTechular has Miracle Fruit Tablets you put in your mouth, and once dissolved, they turn whatever you put in your mouth from sour to sweet. First, you try a slice of lemon. Then, after dissolving the “magical tablet”, you try the lemon again. We promise it will taste like lemonade. If only you could make veggies sour and give these tablets to your kids before dinner. They’d be diving into the vegetables in no time! (You can purchase the tablets on amazon, here.)

Tokens, tech toy play zone, gift area, and more
Admission tickets include one token per person, but additional tokens are available for purchase. From cotton candy surprises to craft projects, ipad stations and more, there is so much to check out at this tech event this holiday season.

photo: Sue’s Tech Kitchen

Sue’s Tech Kitchen will be open every Saturday and Sunday through January 1, 2018. For couples who want a fun date-night out this holiday season, there are special 21+ Friday Night Soiree’s.

Getting There
Sue’s Tech Kitchen is on Roosevelt Island, at the Bridge at Cornell Tech. It’s accessible by train, tram, bike, car or ferry; check out their website for detailed directions and transit options.

Sue’s Tech Kitchen Pop-Up
11 East Loop Rd.
Roosevelt Island
Online: suestechkitchen.com

—Kim Sunshine