A few weeks ago, we surprised the kids and took them to Candytopia, a pop-up art installation in Santa Monica, very akin to the Museum of Ice Cream we visited last summer.
I actually liked it better than the MOIC because it was much more interactive for the kids. Nothing was roped off; everything was encouraged to be explored and touched. The only thing they cautioned was not to lick the candy creations since they all had a shellac exterior that a) probably wouldn't have tasted very good and b) may or may not be poisonous to consume.
|1st candy bracelet...|
Each room had these incredible pieces of art, made entirely of jelly beans or licorice or gummy bears. And next to each creation, there was a sign saying just how many jelly beans, what the calorie count was and how many grams of sugar. And of course, a complimentary piece (or handful in our case, my purse was overflowing at the end!) of candy.
There was also a marshmallow pit, an empty room filled with giant balls to toss at each other and sensory overload as happy music played in the background and confetti poured out of leaf blowers, or in some rooms, a pig's bottom.
The kids loved it, especially Henley, who asked to go back every day for a week until Grant bravely took all three to Santa Monica solo and weaseled his way back into the gift shop (#dadoftheyear). Highly recommend it if you're looking to kill an hour and want to capture some cute photos of the whole fam.
|Greyson had informed us before we went that he wasn't going to be taking any pictures and this one sums up his stubbornness perfectly (there were a bunch like this)...|
|But success! We finally got a good one of all of us, with him smack dab in the middle, right where he should be...|