There are three moments in adult life when you can go ham on candy without being called out:
1. Trick-or-treating (with your kids).
2. A night at the movies.
3. A visit to the Candytopia pop-up museum!
Part museum, part amusement park, Candytopia is the ultimate sugar- and selfie-lover’s happy place. Seriously, you can’t swing a Sour Belt without hitting a sweet Instagram moment: insanely detailed candy artwork – a shark covered in gummy sharks! A licorice unicorn! Jellybean Beyonce! – tutu-wearing pigs that fart confetti 🐖💨 a rainbow hall of mirrors, a ginormous foam marshmallow swimming pool, and so much more. Oh, and all the free samples you can handle!
We’re so obsessed with Candytopia’s Marshmallow Pool that we just had to have our own for the Rockets of Awesome Back-to-School Pop-up Shop in NYC. And Candytopia generously made one just for us! Behold its epic awesomeness:
Candytopia, which first opened in Santa Monica, California in 2018, was dreamed up by candy stylist to the stars Jackie Sorkin, who has worked with Katy Perry, Oprah, and the Kardashians. Sorkin runs the show in collaboration with events and production design expert Zac Hartog, and retail veteran John Goodman. It’s become something of a celebrity playground, too; Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Drew Barrymore have all brought their kids to experience the candy-fueled fun!
Candytopia has opened in several locations, including Atlanta, San Francisco, and New York City. From September 20, the pop-up candy show comes to Philadelphia and moves into its new temporary home at Fashion District Philadelphia. Tickets for adults are $28, kids aged 4–12 are $20, and under-3s are free!
Plan a Weekend Adventure in Philly!
Traveling to Candytopia’s Philadelphia location with the family? Here’s what else to see, eat and shop while you’re in the city.
The Franklin Institute
A super-cool, sensory-friendly kids’ museum featuring a giant human heart you can walk through, a planetarium and an IMAX Theater.
Please Touch Museum
Exactly as the name suggests, this spot is heaven for curious kids. Play in the indoor treehouse, see a recreation of Lady Liberty’s torch made from toys, and explore our favorite – the Rocket Room!
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Artist Isaiah Zagar’s mosaic-covered masterpiece is truly a must-see, made up of “handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirror, and international folk art.”
EAT & DRINK
A cute wine bar and bistro boasting an impressive vino list – more than 60 by-the-glass (and the best french fries EVER).
White Dog Cafe
Love dogs and brunch? You’ll selfie the heck out of its puppers-themed decor. The farm-to-table fare is fresh and simple enough for pint-size picky eaters – try the Churros Waffle and the Yogurt Parfait Brulee.
The New Yorker’s skincare haven is opening a store in Philly in October! Stop by for a rejuvenating facial while the kids play… elsewhere.
45 N 2nd Street
Splurge, or window-gaze at the likes of Lanvin, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Lela Rose – all lovingly handpicked by the owners. Don’t miss the gorgeous shoe section tucked away in back.