What: Candytopia (Seasonal)
Where: Santa Monica
For: All Ages
Yesterday, Ethan and I took the kids to Candytopia, the seasonal candy museum in Santa Monica Place. The kids felt like they were in Willy Wonka’s factory. After a quick introduction, guests are led into a large room where they are explained the rules. You can look and touch, just don’t eat the candy! The kids had the time of their lives.
Without giving away the specifics of the rooms (just see the pictures!), all rooms included a themed combination of animals, artwork and sculptures made out of candy.
A huge plus was that every room had free candy! We thought that the kids would get hyped up on sugar, but there was so much to do that they only ate two pieces of candy the entire time.
Unanimously, our favorite place was the marshmallow pool. There are small marshmallow-like foam pieces that the kids are allowed to toss around and swim in. Marshmallows also fall out of a large bucket-device down onto the kids. They were so happy after their visit to Candytopia that they couldn’t stop talking about it the entire day.
For the parents and bloggers alike, the Instagram-worthy photo opportunities are worth the price alone. I took so many pictures and boomerang photos (@la-staycation) for memories. If you enter your e-mail address before you go into Candytopia then you can get aerial pictures e-mailed to you after your visit.
The staff had so much energy and was helpful in throwing confetti and setting up the aerial photos. I left with a purse full of candy. The kids asked if we could come back every day. Make sure to check the website for dates of operation in your city.
The crowd is mostly young children with their families (and bloggers looking for some photos). There was never a dull moment for any of us.
Although it was crowded in the beginning, since you can take your time through the museum, we hung back to spend as much time as possible in each room. One thing to keep in mind for the smaller guests is that there are no restrooms available inside Candytopia.
Adult admission is $30 per person with kids ages 4-12 costing $23. Ages 1-3 are free. All tickets must be purchased online in advanced and scanned from a printed document or from a mobile device.
395 Broadway Space 142, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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