Happy Place is a pop-up interactive experience located in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). Similar to the Museum of Ice Cream or The Broad’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit, the Happy Place is a visual installation/multi-sensory art space – not to mention an Instagrammer’s dream!
When you first walk into their lobby area, you watch a short video where they explain the rules of how the Happy Place. Once you enter a room, you’ll have time to check it out, take pictures, etc. However, once you leave the space & go to the next room, you cannot go back in the previous room. The idea is for crowd control purposes & to keep things moving. Also take note that selfie sticks are not allowed.
From there, you walk down the “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” corridor to the room with the giant yellow shoe covered in M&M’s!
Happy Place worker was happily giving out samples for folks to enjoy.
I passed through a room with very colorful wallpaper (the same print was even on the floor!), where I saw a parent laying down the floor trying to take a selfie with his baby. Too cute! Then I entered the “XO” room.
Then it was time for a cake celebration, literally & figuratively!
As people were posing next to the ginormous candles, I got distracted by the cake pops that a Happy Place worker was passing out. Why yes, I will definitely take one of those! 😉
The next visual installation is the “Super Bloom Room” which was designed by an artist named Jamie Lew. Jamie used roughly 15,000 flowers to create this colorful space.
I was informed by a worker that this next room is called the “Dancing on the Ceiling” Room.
However the worker got called away before I could ask her how it works. Am I supposed to stand on the glowing circle thing? Apparently so, because later on while scrolling though Instagram, I saw Rashida Jones in a super cool pose.
The next section had four small rooms/spaces with a bunch of different backdrops – a mirrored room, sunny yellow bathroom with what looked like a million rubber ducks, rainbow hearts & a “Live, Laugh, Love” collage.
At some point, I ended up in the “Over the Rainbow Room” which has a 50 foot rainbow painted on the wall. Inside the room lies the “pot of happiness” with 11,000 gold coins. A Happy Place employee explained that there are different ways to experience the space. You can lie down in the coins & have someone take a photo from above or jump into the pot of gold while a Happy Place camera records your jump. Guess which option I chose?!
Here I am doing a leap of faith!
Happy Place will send you the video in a text message. Only one person can jump at a time; however, children under 5 must jump with an adult.
The last two remaining visual installations involve confetti. The first one, you can make a snow angel & just like the “pot of gold” room, the Happy Place can record it & send the GIF to you.
The last section is like being inside of a snow globe but instead of snow, it’s confetti! This photo doesn’t do it justice but just look on Instagram for pics tagged #WeAreHappyPlace & you’ll find videos/pics of some cool shots!
After the confetti globe, you end up at the gift shop/food area, where cute merch is for sale, along with lemonade & popsicles.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I attended a media event which helped facilitate this review. All images are mine unless otherwise noted. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.