In our current political climate, it’s no surprise that people are eager for some much-needed escapism. And if you’re into the whole sunshine-and-rainbows aesthetic — particularly in terms of your social media curation — you’ll probably want to plan a visit to downtown L.A.’s newest pop-up exhibit.
Although 18% of people say they usually conceal their teeth in photos — perhaps due to the fact that people wait an average of three years between dental visits — those who have experienced the pop-up say you won’t be able to stop smiling when you visit (and snap photos at) Happy Place. The aptly-named, 20,000-square-foot venue has 13 different rooms, each filled with immersive installations meant to transport you, literally and instantaneously, to some of your fondest childhood memories and ultimate fantasies.
Each day, more than 27 million pieces of online content are shared. And if you’re addicted to social media — like so many young people are — you’re probably perpetually on the lookout for like-inducing locales. Well, look no further. Whether you want to stand in the middle of the “world’s largest confetti dome” (which rains down 500,000 pieces of confetti on its visitors) or make a wish on giant-sized birthday cake candles, Happy Place has aimed to turn dreams into reality. You can even leap into a colossal pit of gold coins or visit a rubber duck room that would make Sesame Street‘s Ernie grin from ear to ear. Don’t forget to snap some pics in the room that’s filled to the brim with marigolds. There’s also “backyard” space (although it’s actually inside) complete with a lemonade stand, popsicle truck, and more. And of course, you can purchase a rainbow grilled cheese and other Instagram-worthy eats.
Jared Paul, founder of Happy Place, said in a press release, “I want to live and raise my children in a world surrounded by what makes us happy. With the amount of unfortunate events happening recently, I believe that our world as a whole can use more happiness. To make this dream come true, we set out on a journey to create a special place filled with smiles and laughter for all.”
Studies suggest that around 83% of human learning occurs through sight, while 11% occurs through sound, 3.5% occurs through smell, and 1% occurs through taste. Like the immensely popular Museum of Ice Cream, also located in Los Angeles, the Happy Place pop-up stimulated virtually every sense and will create an experience you won’t soon forget. And even if the memories fade, at least you’ll have the Instagram posts to remember it by.
Happy Place tickets are now available for purchase and are expected to sell out. The exhibit will run until January 7, 2018. Although the Museum of Ice Cream was so popular that it remained open well past its expected close date, it’s not certain whether Happy Place will follow in its delicious footsteps. Even if the pop-up sticks to its limited run, it’s sure to be a hit in the eyes of many influencers — that is, until the next must-see experience comes along.