It's not a toy box: Barbie's Dreamhouse goes life-size
Dreamhouse comes to life
Days of Malibu living are long gone for Barbie. The iconic doll has moved to Florida and is inviting people to step into her life-size dream house, the first one now open worldwide.
Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience, a 10,000-square-foot building with an “endless closet,” elevators, a kitchen, bedroom and everything pink, opened last week at Sawgrass Mills mall in Sunrise, Fla.
The life-size house is already drawing squeals of joy from little girls who've toured Barbie's happy world.
The project was two years in the making for Mattel and EMS Entertainment, an Austria-based company that helped design and build the project.
“Making sure children and parents actually feel like they are in the Dreamhouse has always been our goal,” said Christoph Rahofer, president of EMS. “We wanted this to be an immersive experience that visitors would never forget.”
Several walls throughout the house are lined with Barbie dolls, and among the interactive features are buttons, which, when pressed, can either make flowers rise, Barbie's dog walk out of his doghouse or a pink dolphin pop-up from a toilet seat. Visitors also can get glammed up by Barbie staff, walk down a runway and strike a pose.
Admission prices range from $14.84 to $29.95.
Free recycling for electronics
Commonwealth Computer Recycling will hold a free recycling event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at Calvary Baptist Church, 4765 S. Pioneer Road, Allison Park.
Outdated and unwanted electronic devices will be disposed of for free and, after the collection, memory and internal-storage devices will be wiped clean at no cost. Hard drives will be destroyed for $10 per unit.
Color the walls in luminous shades
Devine Color Creamy Wall Coatings, luminous paints that previously were sold only to professionals, are now available to the general public.
The paint was developed by artist Gretchen Schauffler, who wasn't satisfied with the options on the market. It comes in three sheens: delicate, with a finish similar to silk; powder, a soft, suedelike finish; and luscious, a shiny finish like satin.
The 209 hues are gathered into 19 collections that simplify color selection.
Schauffler also takes an unconventional approach to helping her customers choose colors. She sells color palettes on large cards that have a window in the middle, so you can look at the colors in the context of the setting.
The paint covers most surfaces in one coat and creates a washable finish that stands up to everyday wear, the company says. It has little odor and no volatile organic compounds.
— Staff and wire reports
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