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 return, here's your answer. Another ball pit is on its way around the country. After originally being slated for summer — and Melbourne getting first dibs — the party is coming to Sydney in May.
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.
The ball pit will pop up in Bondi Junction on the weekend of May 18–20, and will be open from 5pm–1am on Friday, 11am–1am on Saturday and 11am–7pm on Sunday. Entry will be via ticket — $35 each, or $68 with a bottomless brunch thrown in — which will entitle you to two hours of playtime. Sessions are likely to sell out pretty quickly, so buy them in advance.
Image: The Beach, Sydney Festival 2017 by Shannon Connellan.