By Remy Franklin
Photos By THT
Santa Monica, CA (The Hollywood Times) 6/3/18 – Candytopia is a 16,000 square-foot limited time interactive pop-up located in Santa Monica at the infamous Santa Monica Place. It is the creation of celebrity candy stylist Jackie Sorkin in partnership with event and production design guru Zac Hertog, CEO of ZH Productions, and retail veteran John Goodman.
Candytopia can be found on the 2nd level of Santa Monica Place in between Bettie Page and Bloomingdale’s – it can be difficult to find if you’re not familiar with the area (thank me later J).
Since March 2nd, this experience has been a place of solace for lovers of candy, kids, kinesthetic learners, and those who are obsessed with the Boomerang feature on Instagram.
Each room within Candytopia has its own theme ranging from aquatic life to a gallery of jellybean art, which serves as a perfect ode to timeless paintings. The first room you’ll enter is a lobby of sorts where you’re given the one-and-only chance to sign up for the ‘Sugar Rush’ option, a free feature which allows photos to be taken of you and your group throughout the exhibit.
The entire experience takes about an hour to get through and it’s packed full of free candy samples! Candytopia’s Instagram (@thecandytopia) boasts giving visitors over 1.5 tons of cotton candy taffy, over 3 million pixy stix, and over 100,000 Lindt chocolate truffles.
Candytopia also offers exclusive Candytopia merchandise available for purchase in its retail shop.
Candytopia will be open until July 4th. Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 9:30pm (last ticket sold at 8:30pm), and Sunday, 11AM to 9:30PM (last ticket sold at 8:30PM).
Tickets for Candytopia are $30 each for adults, $23 each for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 & under!
Tickets are available online at www.candytopia.com and via iPads located at the Santa Monica Place Concierge near the exhibit entrance.