Metropolis at Metrotown Gets Gross


Animals can be cute and cuddly, but they can also be downright gross. That’s the idea behind Animal Grossology, a traveling educational exhibit currently at Metropolis at Metrotown.

The exhibit itself is filled with the stuff kids love, and you can read more about it here. Animated characters come alive to gross kids out, and activity stations keep them having fun while learning all about the animal kingdom. A Dung Ball Rally might not sound like your idea of fun, but for kids out of school, it’s pretty much awesome.

To promote and enhance the event, Metrotown has set up a fantastic, if slightly less educational, microsite for the Great Gross Out. Visitors can put together their ultimate gross creature out of dozens of parts on the website. If they enter the associated contest, they could take the Judges’ prize of a $1000 gift card. The entry with the most votes will get $500.


Written by Nissa on May 19, 2010 – 6:50 pm -
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Wish You Were on Pandora?


James Cameron’s legion of wannabe Pandorans have a chance to see what sort of avatar they’d have (or what sort of Na’vi they’d be) this week, as part of the lead up to the DVD release of Avatar.

Shoppers at The Grove in Los Angeles can take part in an interactive exhibit that turns people into their Na’vi selves using advanced facial recognition technology.

The technology was developed by Inwindow Outdoor. Three morphing stations capture the images of curious shoppers, and morph them into blue-skinned Na’vi on the stop. The morphs retain familiar facial characteristics (much like Sigourney Weaver’s avatar resembled her in the blockbuster), but recreate them as part of a foreign species. Pretty cool. And if shoppers like the results, they can submit their email address to recieve a copy of their morphed portrait (and a reminder to pick up the film on Blu Ray).


Written by Nissa on April 21, 2010 – 6:26 pm -
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Change Starts at Home


Want to see a model of efficiency? Take a trip to Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi.

As part of its Earth Day campaign, National Geographic Abu Dhabi launched an interactive life-sized exhibit in the mall to teach shoppers that simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference. A walk through Al Beit Al Mithali, or Efficient House, show shoppers the small changes people can make to their homes to make them more efficient.

National Geographic also offers a virtual house for those who can’t make it out to the mall, so if you can’t make the trip, you can check it out here. Visitors to the website can also take a pledge to commit to making one day-to-day energy efficient change.

Schools have organized field trips to the mall to explore the house, to capture the imaginations of the young minds that are often the most receptive to lifestyle changes.


Written by Nissa on April 21, 2010 – 5:28 pm -
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Cracking the Case at the Bullring


There’s been a murder at Bullring Birmingham, and shoppers are needed to find the clues and crack the case.

The UK shopping center is hosting CSI: The Experience. The 6000 square foot exhibit is for fans of CSI, but also for those interested in forensic investigation, sciences and technology. For about £10, shoppers can visit the exhibit and be transported to a seedy motel in Vegas, where the body of a waitress has been found. They become the crime scene investigators, tasked with using a top of the line forensics lab to solve the whodunnit, all under video supervision by members of the CSI team.

It’s a must-visit for fans, but it’s certain to draw in curious shoppers who are ready to test their wits on forensic mysteries.

Photo Credit: © 2007 Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.


Written by Nissa on March 10, 2010 – 6:25 pm -
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A Trail of Broken Hearts


The Museum of Broken Hearts is on the road, and it’s visiting malls around the world.

For Valentine’s Day, the Museum was at Istinye Park mall in Istanbul. It came with the leftover pieces of relationships past.

An article in the New York Times describes one of the displays:

“Among the many curious objects on display at a new exhibition in an upscale shopping mall here is an old Nokia cellphone with a rugged plastic skin, accompanied by a tag from an anonymous donor that reads: ‘It lasted 300 days too long. He gave me his mobile phone so I couldn’t call him anymore.’ “

The Museum collects pieces of emotional history – items from ended relationships that can’t be given back, or thrown away. Each item has a story. The anonymous donors are from around the world, and they show us just how universal a broken heart is. Here’s hoping the exhibit makes its way to a mall nearby. It sounds beautiful.


Written by Nissa on February 17, 2010 – 3:02 pm -
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