I admittedly don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I’m certainly a sucker for a good selfie opportunity. That’s why I decided to check out Candytopia, an interactive art installation that would make Willy Wonka jealous. The spectacularly sweet pop-up, which features candy-coated art, a massive marshmallow pit and confetti cannons, just landed at Scottsdale Quarter.
Candytopia allows you to roam from room to room, where you’ll find everything from the Mona Lisa made out of jellybeans to giant macaroons. Unlike a traditional museum, the staff encourages you to touch everything and take as many pictures as you want. In fact, they’ll offer to take photos for you or urge you to download the Sugar Rush app, where you can download pictures of yourself taken from professional cameras scattered throughout the exhibit.
Each room has a different theme, from “enchanted forest” to “under the sea,” and features giant animals completely crafted from candy and plenty of places to take pictures. Stop for a selfie in a hallway of mirrors, take a Boomerang on a giant swing or capture candids in the confetti room – just prepare to be covered in confetti. But by the time you make your way through the colorful maze to the marshmallow pit, you won’t care.
Although the pit isn’t brimming with real marshmallows, foam marshmallows are truly the next best thing. Dive into the deep end and laugh your way through the pool of confections as you struggle to stay afloat. Pro tip: Make sure you have a tight grasp on your phone – it’s easy to stumble and lose your grip. And that thing will sink. Especially if you’re easily startled – did we mention there’s a marshmallow cannon, too?
15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 180, Scottsdale
$28 for adults; $20 ages 4-12; free 3 and under
Mo-Sa: 10 a.m. to 8:30 pm., Su: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.