We had so much fun on our trip to Candytopia! This pop-up museum/ Instagram photo haven will make you feel like you have scored a Golden Ticket! I have been asked by many if “it’s worth it?” So let me quickly breakdown everything you need to know about Candytopia in LA so that you can be the judge.
Where is Candytopia located and where do you park?
Candytopia’s 4 month stop in “LA” is located at the Santa Monica Place Mall 395 Broadway #142, Santa Monica, CA 90401. It’s actually inside the mall located in the East Court near Bloomingdale’s on the 2nd level. This is an outdoor mall in a very busy part of Santa Monica near the Harbor. There are detached parking garages surrounding the area that you can pay a fee to park in. We parked at the structure near Main and Colorado. Hourly rate and no validation offered by the mall. The first 90 minutes are free. $1.25 for the next hour and $1.85 for each additional 30 minutes. $17.50 maximum daily.
Ticket Information, Admission Costs, and Hours of Operation
This is super important as you can only purchase tickets ahead of time online at their website. There is no box office and no way to just arrive and buy a ticket once you’re there. It is open Monday – Saturday: 10AM to 8:30PM and Sunday: 11AM to 8:30PM. Tours are available every 15 minutes during hours of operation. You line up 10 minutes before your tour begins. Admission costs are as follows: Adults:$30, Ages 4-12:$23, Ages 0-3:Free/No ticket necessary. During our time there many people were interested in attending and were upset they couldn’t just buy a ticket there and go in right then. They, of course, were able to go online from their phones and buy the next available tour that day but it was a rainy Wednesday and still only the 3rd day it was open. I’m sure the weekends and evenings are pretty crowded now so please remember to purchase tickets in advance.
5 Other important things you need to know before visiting
1. There are no restrooms inside of Candytopia! Make sure you go to the mall restroom on the 3rd floor above Candytopia before your tour.
2. There is no outside food or drinks allowed. So, that Starbucks run should wait until after you’re done with your tour.
3. You will be given lots of candy! One for each person at each room! Yay!
4. It is not a stroller-friendly structure. You are asked to not bring them, however, it is ADA accessible.
5. The entire place is a photo-op, so be ready to take lots of photos. They sell selfie clip-on ring lights there for $20. Bring your own if you need it. Here’s one I use from amazon. They help! The employees there will also help you take photos but aren’t always readily available. Selfie sticks are also a good idea, I love this cute mini one.
What goes on inside Candytopia?
Well, without giving too much away, there is actually a lot to see not a ton to “do.” It’s definitely geared more towards taking Instagram-worthy photos than anything else. My son is 6 and had a blast looking at everything and taking cool pictures with me. There are several different rooms/areas to explore with different themes. You start the tour with your group but then explore at your own pace. You aren’t pushed from room to room, which I loved. We took our time and got done in about an hour. The rooms all have different candy elements in them and are really colorful and cute. It ends in the Marshmallow room which is everyone’s favorite part. Swimming in a pool of marshmallow shaped spongy ball type things. My tip for this is to time it so that you aren’t in there with a ton of people. We had it to ourselves with only one other couple which was awesome. Oh, and you sink quick and it’s deep, so stay close to the edge so you don’t get stuck! hahaha.
Which bag to bring?
Large bags aren’t allowed so I opted for my new Studio 31 Modern Crossbody purse. It was the perfect size for all the candy and still wasn’t too big or bulky. I actually went with the intention of getting some cool product photos and since this bag features quickly changing exterior flaps I brought a couple extra. I was able to change the look of my bag 3 times while there. So fun! Another great bag choice would be the Organizing Shoulder Bag! If you love cute bags think about contacting me to have a Thirty-One party and get yours free!
Is it worth it?
In all, I love to explore and do new things with my kids, so for us I would say it was definitely worth it. The traffic is a mess in this area so if we were to go again I would opt for taking the train and making a day of it. I captured some fantastic photos that will be memories for us for a lifetime. Check out my Instagram for more photos and to see what adventures we will go on next. My son loves Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory so when I saw this was coming I just knew it was a must. I hope you will check it out and be way more prepared than we were with this info. Hurry and plan your trip as the LA pop-up museum ends 7/4/18.
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