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By Diana Franzese, CertifiKID NYC Family Fun Ambassador
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Posted Dec 30, 2019
Currently visiting New York City's Soho neighborhood through January 11, 2020, Tomatoland is an immersive pop-up experience featuring seven rooms with 20+ interactive, Insta-worthy spots to have fun with family and friends while snapping cool photos. Explore scenes like Ketchup Pool, Refrigerator World, the Noodle Station Swing and more!
Our CertifiKID NYC Family Fun Ambassador, Diana Franzese, visited Tomatoland with her son. They received free admission in exchange for providing an honest review of their experience.
Diana: Tomatoland has five main rooms with many different features in each room.
They have different types of foods and other features that you can climb on top of or stand on.
It’s an interactive pop up, so feel free to touch everything and take memorable photos.
The tomatoes are not to be climbed on but everything else is okay to immerse yourself into.
It’s not just a place to go an take photos but each room has a write up about saving the environment and how certain materials are destroying the Earth. There’s a message behind it all, to preserve the future and what we can do to protect it.
Getting There and Getting In
Tomatoland was very easy to find. We took the C train; you could also take the E train to Spring Street station and walk down a few blocks.
Parking is free on Sundays and after 7 p.m. other days. The main streets have a meter but many of the side streets do not. There aren’t really any garages in Soho, but you could get lucky with parking on the street more on a weekend than a weekday.
What Did You Enjoy Most?
Soho is an amazing part of Manhattan that has it all from great little cafés to shopping. It's the home of pop-ups and has a hip atmosphere. Tomatoland was a different type of experience where we actually learned something, rather than just going and taking photos like your typical pop-up. We enjoyed learning what we can do to help make the future brighter and better for our children.
Is There Anything That Could be Improved?
It would’ve been great if we were able to get on the tomato sculptures; other than that, it was cool.
Recommended Age Range
My son is 9 and he enjoyed Tomatoland a lot more than I thought he would. I would say anywhere from tot to teen and adults would enjoy this pop-up.
Time Recommended to Experience Activity
We were able to take our time throughout Tomatoland with no one rushing us through. We were there for about 30 minutes. If you have more people in your group, you may need a little longer.
Tips for Families
There isn’t any food or beverages available for purchase on-site. There aren’t any bathrooms inside for the public. There’s room to park your stroller by the coat check if you need to do so.
If you take a tour of Tomatoland, be sure to hit up Dolby Soho, which is FREE. They always have something going on. At the moment, it is a Star Wars experience.
Next to Dolby is the SlooMoo Institute. If you need some retail therapy, that’s always an option, since there are so many stores nearby like: Steve Madden, Nike Soho (with a basketball court on the top floor to test out your new kicks), Guess and more. You can find a café on Broadway, along with a lot of the stores. McNally Jackson on Prince Street has free storytime on Saturday mornings, if you happen to go that day.
Would Your Family Visit Again?
This isn’t the type of place you visit again, per say. It would be the same “experience” all over again. However, I would suggest it to my family and friends to attend.
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