As a child, there’s no greater joy than being care-free, but as an adult it’s rare to be truly present in those moments where you’re not worried or stressed about something. It’s lucky for us that there are fun engineers at work here in our city, with the sole mission of creating a place where happiness can thrive.
They call it Happy Place, and with a name like that, it’s hard to resist going.
For the past two months, the creators of Happy Place hosted their immersive pop-up exhibit right here at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, following two successful tours in LA and Chicago. Let’s just say if happiness powered the city the same way Santa’s sleigh needed Christmas spirit to fly, we wouldn’t be worried about any blackouts.
Visitors are greeted with a positive sensory experience from the moment they step through the doors. Whether it’s the smell of cookies, colourful rainbow snacks, or wind tunnel confetti dome, the stimulation of all your senses will cause your inner child to bust out and say hello to everyone (or in my case, happily offer to take photos for strangers while directing them to make funny poses without being asked). My friends and I couldn’t contain our laughter, snapping silly selfies with childlike abandon and making memories to last a lifetime.
To top it all off, among a few chosen and well deserving causes, a portion of net proceeds from sales made at their lemonade stand is being donated to the York Region Arts Council, a not-for-profit charitable organisation that is very dear to my heart. That was just the icing on the unicorn cupcake.
If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, the good news is that you still have time to #CaptureYourHappy, as the exhibit’s organizers have decided extend their stay in Toronto to January 27 (originally only until the 6th). Just visit www.happyplace.me for tickets, and remember to bring only good vibes and a well charged camera phone with you when you go!