Artsphoria’s Happiness Trend Spotter: 3 Other Companies Focusing on Spreading Joy

By Andrea Karen Hammer

At Artsphoria (arts = euphoria), we focus on the endless ways that art is a source of energy and joy!

As a trend spotter, we’ve followed several other companies focusing on the shared mission of creating uplifting experiences. Here are three of the standouts at the top of our happiness list, which offer the added perk of colorful Instagram moments:

1. Museum of Ice Cream: The Museum of Ice Cream, which opened in San Francisco in 2016 and recently in New York, features multi-sensory and imaginative exhibits. With the goal of connecting visitors through joyful experiences, the Museum of Ice Cream  reminds visitors that “anything is possible.” Through the vision of Founder and Creative Director, Maryellis Bunn Maryellis’s and her childhood dream of jumping into a pool full of sprinkles, a group of creators, designers, and producers developed this unique  destination for families and friends. If you’ve watched anyone light up when ordering or eating ice cream, you’ll agree with her concept that this treat is a “universal symbol of joy, a personal pleasure, and a transportive vehicle for anyone’s imagination.”

2. Candytopia: Just saying this name can instantly land you in a place of happiness! For the firsthand experience of pure delight, visitors can explore this oasis of candy bliss in Houston. “Curated by Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin, realized by master fabricator Zac Hartog, and brought to life by life-long retailer, John Goodman,” this 4-month interactive Candytopia art installation displays bright colors in more than a dozen creative settings including a wave of marshmallows. Candytopia lovers will be thrilled to learn that new pop-ups are scheduled to open in Philadelphia on Sept. 19 and Scottsdale on Oct. 11.

3. Happy Place: Created with the belief that “our world today can use a lot more happiness,” Happy Place is a pop-up for visitors of all ages. Founded by Jared Paul and opened originally on November 20, 2017, this grand experience offers super-sized installations and multi-sensory immersive rooms. Crowds have flocked to locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and Boston to tap into joyful moments including dancing in a Confetti Dome and jumping off of a rainbow into a pot of happiness. Other colorful Instagram moments include seeing 7-foot candied stilettos, 6-foot-tall X and O letters with tiny mirrors and a wall with 1,000 red lips. Watch for the next opening of Happy Place on Oct. 5 at the King of Prussia Mall, just outside Philadelphia.

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Can you share some of your colorful Instagram moments at these destinations? Can you add other joyful experiences for families and friends to this list? Post your comments now!

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Andrea Karen Hammer is the founder, director and owner of Artsphoria Publishing, Media Group & Shop ( Publications include Artsphoria: Animation & Imagination World (; Artsphoria Event Advertising & Reporting (; Artsphoria International Magazine (; Artsphoria: Arts, Business & Technology Center (; Artsphoria: Food for the Soul (; Artsphoria Movie Reviews & Film Forum ( and Artsphoria Shop ( She is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer who has published articles in international publications.