Whatcha Wanna Do?

Wannado City, America’s first indoor role-playing theme park for kids based in South Florida, has recently opened M-Lab. Created by Motorola, M-Lab emplowers young visitors to discover a career in innovation while touching upon science and technology in a high-tech, highly immersive environment.

In a press release, Peter Aloumanis, vice president, Motorola Sales & Services, is quoted as saying: “As a global technology company with a significant presence in South Florida — and a major facility literally down the street from Wannado City — it only made sense that we should have a venue [there]. With Motorola’s more than 75-year history in technological innovation, we feel it is particularly appropriate to invest in the future by introducing children to innovation at a young age.”

Designed by Gensler for children ages 8-12, the Motorola M-Lab simulates a scientific laboratory. Each visitor plays the role of an M-Ventor(TM) tasked with helping different organizations solve difficult problems using technology, teamwork and innovation. Assigned a sub-role within the M-Ventor teams, children must work together using an interactive video game to solve the problem.

“Wannado City is excited to have Motorola join our city,” Luis Laresgoiti, chief creative officer of Wannado City said in the press release. “With the introduction of a science and technology venue, Motorola will provide kids with a fun and educational experience that is a perfect compliment to our existing professions.”

Located in South Florida’s Sawgrass Mills, the state’s largest mall and the number two tourist destination in Florida, Wannado City is an indoor 140,000 square-feet facility — the size of three football fields. Here, “kids can do what they Wannado”(TM), enabling children to experience a variety of occupations, from fire fighter to doctor to airline pilot.

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.