A Sweet Escape: Adventures in Candytopia
Candytopia is exactly what the name suggests - a sugar-filled utopia. To start, you’ll find yourself walking along a regal, pink velvet carpet moving towards the rainbow double doors. Once you step inside, you wait for the fun to begin behind the opulent, golden “Candytopia” gate. You are then welcomed inside by energetic employees, ready to lead your group through this family-friendly phantasmagoria of fun.
Each room was authentically designed to fit a theme and interact with the viewer. From the underwater room to the rainbow room, each section had interactive elements such as buckets of free candy, swing sets, a marshmallow pit, and plenty of photo ops. Of course, our favorite parts were the assorted candy chests - you’re encouraged to satisfy your sweet tooth along the way. If you are not in a candy coma by the end of your visit, the gift shop is the perfect place to stock up on even more candy and Candytopia merchandise.
The exhibits also featured sculptures made purely from candy, with signs signifying how many hours and pieces of candy were put into every creation. Some of our favorite sculptures were the life-size dragon (125,000 pieces of candy, over 542 hours) and the recreation of Van Gogh's Starry Night (13,000 pieces of candy, 111 hours).
On our way out, one of the owners, John Goodman, explained that in creating Candytopia, he and his partners wanted “all ages to enjoy themselves and experience a ‘sweet escape’.”
Because of the high demand after a successful popup in 2019, Candytopia has returned to Houston and will be located in CityCentre (822 Town and Country Blvd.) through Sept. 6, this time located in CityCentre. Tickets can be purchased on the Candytopia website for $28 per adult, $24 per child (ages 4-12), and kids under the age of 3 enter for free. We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance as they sell out fast; Candytopia is the hot spot for sugar fanatics.
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