Happy Place is a fully interactive pop-up art gallery for children of all ages, located at 500 Boylston St., in Boston. Here in Massachusetts through Sunday, June 30, Happy Place has been hailed as "The Most Instagram-able Place in America'"by URBANDADDY.
It's plain to see why: There are 12 different rooms in the space, each with its own unique theme on things that make us smile.
And as Happy Place has done with each of its locations since beginning in Los Angeles in November 2017, there's always a special tribute to the state it's currently in.
"I like the opportunity to travel and to see what each city has to offer," says Rob Sherrell, general manager of Happy Place.
He said one of the things Jared Paul, the founder of Happy Place, told it opened in L.A. "was that each city is going to offer us something different, and I like to come and find out what that is."
One special mural within Happy Place that's sure to be a slam-dunk with Celtics fans is Clovers. Set against a traditional Irish green backdrop and coated with white and green shamrocks, Clovers was hand-painted by Boston-based artist Coco Roy.
"We allow all the artists that we partner with in these different opportunities to give us their flair," Sherrell said. "We allow them to let their creativity shine through, especially when it comes to adding a touch of flair that is more localized and really gives it a homey type of space for people who live in the city."
Of course, there are even more special nooks and crannies that are completely special to Happy Place alone. One is the wildly popular confetti dome, the largest of its kind. Patrons enter the dome, littered with paper confetti in all colors. An operator presses a button to create a gentle breeze, giving patrons an opportunity to toss the sprinkles in the air for a joyful effect.
"The most popular attraction for guests is always the Rubber Ducky Cubby," Sherrell says. "I've seen family photos there, I've seen couples' photos there, I've seen work-gathering photos there, and I've seen organization photos there! People just love to come and be surrounded by all the brightness and happiness. It's just a positive atmosphere."
But there is more to Happy Place than photo ops. Guests of Happy Place don't need their cellphones propped up all the time to enjoy themselves. In the Cookie Room, there is a heavenly aroma of freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies that is impossible to ignore. Plus there's a giant inflatable rainbow with a pot of gold (plastic yellow balls) at the end to jump into, making you feel like a kid again.
But don't take my word for it; treat yourself to a little positivity today! Happy Place Boston is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and from 10 am to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturday; andfrom 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Sundays. For parking and ticket information, visit https://www.showclix.com/event/happy-place-boston.
"We've been so, so proud of the response that we've gotten from the Boston community," Sherrell said. "This city has shown us an amazing amount of love."
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