Sugar Republic

Quite obviously, childhood is a very good time. Zero responsibilities, people to cook you dinner, wash your clothes and tuck you in at night. Games all day, naps in the afternoon, the Internet but not in an obsessive way, birthday parties with lolly bags. What. A. Time.

Now we know you thought all that was behind you but we’re here today to share some VERY exciting news and that news involves bulk lollies, games all day and more pretty Insta-snaps than you ever thought possible.

It’s Sugar Republic and it’s the playground of your childhood dreams, brought to life at Pacific Fair for one month only.

So how does it work, we hear your inner child squealing? Well (and get excited), the gist is this.

There are 12 sweet spaces filled with human sized good times for all of the playing. A gumball machine to kick balls around in, two giant ball pits to wade about in, a licorice playroom, a giant popcorn box for swinging  and plenty of neon art and tactile things to snap selfies with. There’s also a light room, confetti showers, soft serve ice cream sampling and TAKE HOME LOLLY BAGS.

See, childhood dreams come true.

We were quite partial to the ball pits, because perfect Insta-snap opportunities, the giant cake you can climb inside and of course, the room filled with giant heart-shaped balloons.

Not to mention there downstairs section with both a pretty pink ball pit and a sugar-infused cocktail bar so you may morph back into an adult for a bit to sip a few candy-inspired tipples.

Fresh out of Melbourne, Sugar Republic celebrates the sweetest things in life in a (super) fun, interactive space spread out within Pacific Fair.

Of course, there’ll be sweet treats to sample at each space, 80s-style art to take you back to your younger years with and a guaranteed sensory overload of the very best kind.

There’s also a section specifically for kids craft activities on the first floor of Pacific Fair out the front of Myer, where the little ones get to make goodies out of lollies and the like.

Tickets are $37.75 for adults and $27.20 for children aged three to 12.

The installation runs from Sunday June 30th until Sunday July 28th and you should absolutely get in there ASAP.

Wake up that inner child Gold Coasters, they’re about to have a very sweet time.

LOCATION: Various, Pacific Fair
WHEN: June 30th until July 28th

Words and photos by Kirra Smith


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