Is a Giant Ball Pit For Grown-Ups Worth Traveling For This Summer?

Photo by: Curbed DC

If you’re answer is “YES!”, you’ll want to head to the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. between now and Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

This adult version of the favorite childhood attraction  is actually an architectural instillation that’s a part of the museums annual ‘Summer Block Party’. Titled ‘The BEACH’, this all-white wonderland was designed by Snarkitecture and seeks to bring the beach experience indoors -no sunscreen required of course.

Photo by: Curbed DC
Photo by: Curbed DC

The transformation sees the museum’s Great Hall transformed into a 10,000 square foot ‘ocean’ filled with nearly 1 million translucent plastic balls. Beach chairs and umbrellas will dot the 50-foot wide shoreline and guests are encouraged to take a swim in the ocean, relax in a chair with a good book, play beach-themed activities or ‘cool off’ with a drink from the snack bar. The ocean will end at a fully mirrored wall which creates the illusion of a never-ending horizon.

Photo by: Snarkitecture
Photo by: Snarkitecture

Tickets are required for entry and are sold on a first come first served basis. Adult admission is $16, while youth/students are $13. The museum will also extend their hours every Wednesday during The BEACH’s run to be open until 9pm.

Photo by: CityLab
Photo by: CityLab

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