The Barbie Dreamhouse Experience is now open at Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise, FL, so I decided to take my two princesses on my day off this week. The 10,000 square foot life size interactive installation is loaded with a pink grand piano, enormous pink kitchen, lots of bling, and of course Barbie! You become the Barbie in this attraction, and when we walked into the first of the seven rooms, Barbie’s kitchen and freezer, my 4-year-old stopped in her tracks and said “whoa!”. That’s exactly what I said when I paid for the tickets.
|Getting dolled up for Barbie.|
|Walking the catwalk!|
From Lila’s perspective, Barbie’s Dreamhouse is a must-see. We arrived at 10:45am and the tour didn’t start until 11am, so we were able to do some coloring and even get her makeup done. Then the tour began with a brief video message from Barbie in an elevator, and then the first stop into the kitchen and freezer. There were many things to touch and play with; the popcorn popper in microwave turns on, you can make a cupcake on the touch screen counters, and play with the stoves. They did a great job making different height counters for the big kids and little ones.
|Pink, pink, and more pink in Barbie’s kitchen.|
|My niece and 2 daughters.|
|Lila loves to pose in pearls!|
|Emy digging the nighttime ceiling.|
|I want Barbie’s closet!|
|Christian Louboutin Barbie in her “closet”.|
All in all, Barbie’s Dreamhouse was indeed dreamy, but in my opinion a little pricey. If your kids love Barbie, they would love this experience. My only disappointment came from the length of the activity and the price. Adults are charged $17.97 and kids (3-13) $15.85. So for a senior, an adult, and 2 kids we paid around $65. This to me feels like a lot of money for only a 30-40 minute tour. As a mom, I would expect a couple hours of playtime for an outing like this. However, afterwards your child can get her makeup done, color, or style a Barbie mannequins hair. The lack of actually playing with the Barbie dolls was frustrating for my daughter. There is a Barbie store of course, but we didn’t purchase any dolls or accessories.
If it’s a rainy day, your daughter (or son) digs Barbie, or loves pink, then head to Sunrise and check it out! The staff is super friendly, and and your kids will have a blast. Definitely a must try at least once, just check Groupon before your hit the road! Here’s the link of their official website: The Barbie Dreamhouse Experience