Candytopia (Seasonal)-Santa Monica

Candytopia-Santa Monica

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

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.

Candytopia Information

395 Broadway Space 142, Santa Monica, CA 90401

(888) 718-4253

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Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA (Seasonal)

Museum of Ice Cream-DTLA (Seasonal)

What: Museum of Ice Cream

Where: DTLA

For: All Ages

Ethan and I went to this Instagram-worthy museum last year.  It’s a pop-up museum that makes its way around New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Last year, they extended their dates into Los Angeles so that more guests can come enjoy the experience.  I had to jump on the website the minute ticket sales were opened to the public, and even then there was limited space available.  Next time it’s in LA, I highly suggest that families check it out for the pure joy of unlimited ice cream themed rooms.

Sprinkle Pool

Getting In

The Museum of Ice Cream is by reservation only.  This means that if you walk up, you’ll unfortunately be turned away.  In Los Angeles, there was a waiting area next to the (bright pink!) Museum.  The waiting area contained benches and ice-cream themed yard games.  There was also Top 40 music playing.  It felt as if we were at a yard party.  When your reservation time comes up, there is a tour guide that leads you to the front of the museum to give you the rules about the museum and lets guests in groups of about 20.

The Museum

Without giving too much away about the museum, let’s just say it’s a photographer’s dream. Bright colors line the themed walls that have different types of ice cream.  Every room had attendants that gave out different flavors of ice cream (and candy!).

My favorite was the sprinkle pool!  Although the sprinkles were made out of plastic, it was so fun to jump into the pool.  Fair warning: we were finding sprinkles over a week after we visited the Museum of Ice Cream.  Although we went the first time as a couple, I am definitely taking the kids with us next time the Museum is in Los Angeles.

The Crowd

Surprisingly, everyone that came here dressed up.  I can only guess that it’s for the Instagram photos.  The girls looked like they came from an Instagram Model convention.  The kids were the cutest to watch.  They were overwhelmed with the amount of ice cream they were given (can anyone say sugar high?!) and ice-cream themed rooms that they walked through.


I didn’t look for any coupons for the Museum of Ice Cream because I knew how quickly it sold out.  We weren’t able to get in during the original dates, so I set a timer on my phone to buy tickets as soon as they went on sale.  Tickets for two people were $62.50.  Although it’s a little on the pricey side, I think the experience was worth it.  At the end of the museum there is a little gift shop.  Also, private tastings are available for a much higher fee.

Museum of Ice Cream Information

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