One of Sydney Festival 2017's most Instagrammed events was The Beach, an enormous ball pit inside a human-made cave, as created by Brooklyn-based design studio Snarkitecture. Tonnes of the city's residents spent at least some part of January diving, cannonballing and floating about in a sea of plastic bliss. Understandably.
If you've been fretting about whether this kind of fun would ever come to Melbourne, here's your answer. Another ball pit is on its way around the country. It was first slated for Sydney, but now Melbourne has been added to the agenda.
Like The Beach, it'll be a behemoth, made up of one million balls. Rather than filling up just a single space, they'll be arranged across several, creating a kind of playground. There'll also be an on-site cocktail bar, to let you rest and refuel in between dips and dives.
After a sold-out March run, the ball pit will pop up in North Melbourne on Friday, April 27 from 6pm till midnight and Saturday, April 28 from midday till midnight. Entry will be via ticket, which will entitle you to two hours of playtime.
UPDATE, MARCH 10: Anyone keen to attend between 10am and 2pm can add some extra fun to their ball pit experience: an hour-long bottomless Champagne and brunch session. Tickets including food and drinks cost $55 + booking free, with only 200 available. A tip: you might want to go easy on the jumping around after getting your fill of eats and bubbles.
Image: The Beach, Sydney Festival 2017 by Shannon Connellan.