Have you ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or nibbling your way through Candyland? Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionery wonderland with a one-of-a-kind full sensory experience. It welcomes people of all ages to explore their sweet tooth like never before. Candytopia was created by global candy artist Jackie Sorkin (star of TLC’s “Candy Queen”), events and production design expert Zac Hartog, and retail veteran John Goodman. Candytopia has drawn long lines and sold-out crowds during its limited run engagements in Santa Monica, New York and San Francisco. In 2019, it has opened in Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul at Mall of America, and Dallas. Additional cities to be announced soon.
Candy was my first love. When I was in elementary school my cousins and I would spend our lunch money on 1 cent bubble gums and single banana now-and-laters. I vividly remember us rushing from the building to the neighborhood corner store and stuffing our pockets with candies that would inevitably be gone by the time we arrived home. Candy is quite nostalgic. It has a way of transporting me back to a simpler time. A time when the world didn’t request anything of me. A time when I could be.
So when I received word that Candytopia was coming to Houston, I leaped at the opportunity to learn more. I received an invite to attend the VIP opening night reception and literally had the time of my life!!
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ABOUT | Location & Parking
Candytopia, the candy-coated experiential adventure that has delighted over 750,000 guests across the country. It’s currently open at The MARQ*E entertainment center (7620 Katy Fwy, Suite 360 Houston, TX 77024). It sits right next to RocketFizz and David & Buster’s. I suggest parking in front of David & Buster’s. It’s easier to get out of the lot following the experience.
Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionery wonderland with a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. The marshmallowy mini-theme park. The Houston debut features bits and pieces of our local culture like Jelly Bean murals of Beyonce and a giant jelly bean Astros cap! The most popular attractions are easily the confetti room and marshmallow pool!
Candytopia features more than one dozen rooms with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. Guests are treated to candy samples throughout the entire experience including sours and gummies, chocolate treats, nostalgic favorites, and many sweet surprises.
Download the Candytopia app. This will allow you to get all of your interactive and augmented reality photos sent to your email address. It just makes the experience easier to capture.
WHAT TO WEAR
Listen, I know we all want to be cute, but I highly suggest you wear pants and sneakers. The interactive attractions will at times have you falling over, sweating and moving fast. I made the mistake of wearing a dress and arrived home at the end of the night with confetti EVERYWHERE. It’s still some in my hair two days later! The Marshmallow pool is quite the experience as well. Those little platsic marshmallow were lodged between my thighs in the ball pit. So glad I went opening night lol..
This point is VERY IMPORTANT- do not wear loose jewelry in the marshmallow pit, and DO NOT let your phone go. During the VIP experience atleast three people lost there cell phone’s in this massive pit of marshmallows. Unfortunately you can’t get it back until the end of the night because the staff has to drain the pit.
PRO TIP: Wear a nice size over the shoulder bag to collect all the candy that you can.
The Candytopia staff are great. They really made our experience special. Given that I attended during a private opening, it wasn’t crowded and guests had time to really enjoy the various rooms. I doubt that will be the case for the general public. Go early, to get the full experience.
Kids (4-12): $20
Children 3 and under: Free
To register for early ticket access, visit Candytopia.com or follow along on social media: