San Francisco, CA
Four Floors of Fun
Interactive exhibits, games, shops, dining, and movie theaters await families at Sony's Metreon, a popular multi-level entertainment zone, just steps from the Zeum. Some highlights:
- Where the Wild Things Are. Huge monsters, mazes, caves, and magical forests come alive in this interactive bedtime story, based on the book by Maurice Sendak. Your kids can stomp on ghoul's heads as they pop up through the floor, move their eyes and mouths by pulling on ropes, or become monsters themselves by looking in the funhouse mirror. Voice-distorting microphones help them sound big and bad.
- Air-Tight Garage. Perfect for teens, this huge video arcade on the second floor transports you to the edgy world of graphic novelist Jean "Moebius" Giraud. In this surreal and timeless setting, Giraud's art blends with technology in three spectacular interactive games. Savage Quest, the most popular, puts you at the controls of an on-screen tyrannosaur. The goal: to eat as many smaller dinosaurs as possible. Warning: Blood and gore flow freely here, so keep little tykes away.
- Not Your Average Food Court. You won't find the usual fast food fare here. But not to worry -- the choices are practically endless. At "Taste of San Francisco" you can sample dishes from five white-hot Bay Area restaurants. At "In The Night Kitchen," a restaurant based on the Maurice Sendak book, kids can slap together their own PB&J sandwich. Other eateries serve up everything from California cuisine to Asian fare.
- Hands-on Shopping. Forget about "look, don't touch." Metreon's shops want your kids to handle everything. At the PlayStation store, for example, they can test drive new games at one of 30 computer stations. There are also flagship stores for Sony, the Discovery Channel, and Microsoft (its first so far), where you can try out software before you buy, send e-mails, watch videos, and play with electronic toys.
On the Silver Screen. Film buffs can choose from 15 -- count 'em -- movie screens including a 600-seat IMAX Theater showing films in 3-D. Seats are equipped to hold trays for snacks or bigger meals.