Slime City, the interactive Nickelodeon-themed installation that opened at Aventura Mall in December, has announced it will extend its stay in South Florida through Saturday, February 1. Whether you’re an grown-up ‘90s kid or simply an exasperated parent who’d like to whisk your kids away from the epicenter of Super Bowl LIV madness, Slime City might be the move for you this weekend.
Although Slime City doesn’t let you visit Bikini Bottom or take part in the disturbing interstellar antics of Invader Zim, it does immerse visitors in the omnipresent green goo that’s been a visual staple of the children’s television network since its earliest days. Activities include the appropriately named Slime HQ and Slime Bubble-Torium, where you can grab comically oversize bubble wands and smack plastic bubbles around in a manner not unlike a certain yellow sponge.
The biggest attraction of Slime City comes during its climax in the Slime Central area. Here, attendees can join the ranks of Jack Black, Harrison Ford, Tina Fey, and countless other distinguished celebrities by getting doused in slime. Even though rain ponchos are provided, New Times strongly encourages you to embrace your inner child and get covered in the sticky green stuff without protection.
As much of a cliché as it may be, Slime City truly is fun for the whole family: Nickelodeon has been around long enough to influence several generations, and it’s a rare treat to be able to directly interact with the iconography and playfully gross sensibilities that shaped many of our childhoods. This weekend, swap the opulence and traffic headaches of the Magic City for the smiles and wonder of Slime City.
Slime City Miami. Through Saturday, February 1, at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; 305-935-1110; aventuramall.com. Tickets and more information available via nickslimecity.com.