Sugar, sugar and more sugar. Too much if you ask me, but a small price to pay for the fabulous photo opps in every corner of Candytopia! From the candy King Tut to the marshmallow “ball” pit our kids really (no, like REALLY!) loved all the rooms, candy art, the rope swings, hammock, surf board and wind, confetti spinner, candy, candy and more candy…it’s just plain fun at Candytopia. It’s not cheap…but a good time and loads of great photos make for a nice afternoon activity at Santa Monica Place, in Santa Monica!
Tickets are timed and small groups are let in at a time, maybe 25 people or so. There is a photo opportunity in the first room and they run over some rules (you can touch the candy art but you can’t eat it, and please be gentle with it, etc)…from there you enter the first room, get your first candy (a Lindt truffle) and they go over the rules again, lol.
The “museum” is a series of themed rooms with candy art exhibits, photo walls/props and a new kind of candy for each room for snacking (some of which were full sized! but I will note most were sugar based candy (no nuts/dairy) and while you’d have to miss out on one or two, dairy or nut free folks will fare just fine in their bounty!) – and candy lovers (ahem Instagrammers) can spend as much time in each room as desired- BUT- “like in life, we move forward” so you just can’t go backwards.
We attended Candytopia with four families- we had 8 children under age 8…its a super fun group activity and while I didn’t post photos of friends kids we got some really cute ones! Our group spent about 1 hour and 15 minutes inside. It was suggested that the average time inside was anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
ABOUT CANDYTOPIA (from the Candytopia website):
What if an eccentric chocolatier and a daredevil pop star had a whirlwind romance, got married while skydiving, and had a glamorous, glittering love child who grew up to rule a small nation? Welcome to Candytopia, where colossal candyfloss constructions meld with a tantalizing taffy twistedness!
Explore our sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss, tastefully curated by Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin, realized by master fabricator Zac Hartog, and brought to life by life-long retailer, John Goodman. This four-month interactive art installation celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights across over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami. Bring your family, your friends, and your sweet tooth for an experience like none other!
If you ever dreamed of nibbling your way through Candyland or scoring a Golden Ticket, you’ve come to the right place. Treat yourself to Candytopia, and let your tastebuds and your imagination soar!
Ages 4-12: $23
Ages 0-3: Free! No ticket necessary.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Limit 12 tickets per person.