We planned a visit to the Sony Wonder Technology Lab as part of a day in NYC because it looked like fun for the kids.
We made sure we called the number for a reservation. You have to call a week in advance and they give you a 15 minute window to show up. The time we went there was no line anyway - and we could have just walked up but, you never know with these things and the reservation is probably a good idea. After December 10th, 2007 they will no longer be taking reservations and will be doing walk-up service only. This is because a lot of the exhibit will be shut down from December 10th, 2007 to July 2008 to do a much needed upgrade. What we saw was definitely not a good advertisement for SONY or the fact that they have the latest or best technology. Several of the units were broken. There were TVs with images burned in, and several old Trinitron monitors that made things look out of date. Especially since we had just come from the new Apple store. Also - they have an HD theater - which - now that most people have HD on their own TV's is not that impressive. The movie we saw was 8 minutes about Lemurs which was pretty uninteresting. The kids enjoyed it, and you can't beat the price (free) - but unless you have run out of other fun things to do, I would wait until they finish the upgrade in the fall of 2008 to bother visiting the SONY Wonder Technology Lab.
For children and adults alike, call the number below to get advanced reservations for FREE TICKETS at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. This is a great, great, GREAT way to spend an afternoon with your kids, teens, college-aged kids and senior-aged kids. It uses state-of-the-art technolgoy to teach people about the future of technology, what is possible in the field of technology, etc. Definitely better than the NBC studio tour or the Top of the Rock Tour. Spend your time and save your money at the Sony Wonder Technology Lab! You even get a prize just for going! ;-)
I really, really suggest getting advanced reservations if you plan on going, especially with summer coming up, it gets incredibly crowded. During the off-season though, you can just walk in. It's a great way to kill a couple of hours. I know I definitely spend quite some time there.
P.S. If you're tired from all the touring, the lobby of Sony is also a public area, with tables and chairs, indoors, right next to a Starbucks. Great place to meet as its usually the lesser crowded of all the other public areas in Manhattan.