Many of us need a lift in spirits at the moment. It’s hard to escape the grim reality of what’s going on in parts of Australia and around the world. While a visit to the Happy Place will only offer a short reprieve, BJ certainly enjoyed the novelty of the bright pop-up event at Broadway in the heart of Sydney. So if you need a little escape, consider a visit to the Happy Place.
HAPPY PLACE BROADWAY – ACCESSIBLE SYDNEY
We’ve visited a few of these Instagramable immersive pop-ups here in Australia and in the US and they are always fantastic for the unique photo opportunities they offer. It’s not a cheap outing for a family but we’ve been told the Australian Companion Card is accepted.
Although BJ isn’t into Instagram, he loves the photo books we make for him as gifts for his birthday and Christmas presents. We took the opportunity to get lots of photos at Happy Place just for this reason. BJ’s birthday is in August and he’ll love reliving his visit to Happy Place with AJ when he sees it in the book.
Happy Place is located in a large tent on the roof of the Broadway Shopping Centre. It’s divided into areas, each with a different theme.
Staff are on hand to share their tips and tricks on getting the best photos. They’ll also happily help by taking photos with your phone or camera.
Some of the interactive elements have been removed due to COVID-19 but many remain like the igloo pictured above. It could be the closest to a ticker-tape parade BJ will ever come! Mind you, I’m sure he’d join in any festival or parade with his usual enthusiasm and go-get-em spirit.
There’s trickery at play in one room and many just provide a lovely back drop for your pics.
HAPPY PLACE ACCESSIBILITY & COVID-19 MEASURES
The majority of the Happy Place is accessible. A lift from the Broadway Shopping car park, where there is plenty of accessible parking, takes you straight to the roof. We recommend allowing extra time to get from the car park to the roof at the moment due to the restrictions on the number of people allowed in the lifts. It would be awful to miss your time slot for Happy Place.
Level entry is provided into the tent. Visitors are asked questions regarding health and well being and everyone needs to sign in. We found the time allocated tickets, and arriving at 10 am on a Sunday morning, helped to ensure we were able to socially distance and have plenty of time in the various rooms to take photos. Hand santiser is available at the entrance to each of the rooms.
Ramp access is available to the igloo.
Accessible bathroom facilities are available in the Broadway Shopping Centre.
There is a slide which can only be accessed by stairs but this is aimed at toddlers to pre-schoolers so we had no problem not accessing this. A popular spot for photos is in a yellow bath tub surrounded by yellow rubber ducks. While we would normally have had fun with this one, we decided during COVID to alter the way we used the photo opportunity and simply used the wall of ducks as a background. See the photo of AJ below.
Booking online is essential.
We were guests of Happy Place but BJ in particular had a lovely time.
You can read all about Happy Place on their website.