I consider Drew Barrymore to be one of my closest pretend celebrity mom friends. So when she posted that she had taken her daughters (Olive and Frankie, who are close in age to my own kids) to the Sloomoo Institute, a pop-up “Celebration of Slime” currently in the middle of a six-month NYC run, my ears perked up.
But it wasn’t just Drew’s influence that drove me to spend $68 per ticket to watch my children and their friends get Day-Glo pink slime dumped on their heads like they were A-listers at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. I bought in because slime has become a religion in my house—and a bona fide cultural phenomenon. (The most popular slimer on YouTube, Karina Garcia, has 9.12 million subscribers…and is a millionaire.)
At home, my kids mix up powders, galaxy glue, cornstarch, contact lens solution, shaving cream and conditioner with such regularity (and I have been so lax about separating their slime receptacles from our regular bowls and cutlery) that our overwhelmed dishwasher cannot keep up. As a result, I’m pretty sure each member of my family has consumed several tablespoons of glitter in the past few months alone. (Based on what I pick up in our yard, our dog definitely has.) With our slime credentials established, I am delighted to report our pilgrimage to the Sloomoo Institute was a colorful, gooey delight.