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Now you can finally jump out of a birthday cake
Wizz Fizz Wall at Sugar Republic Sydney. Image by Jade Jackson.
Sugar Republic—an interactive retro art-space, inspired by sugary treats, has now opened in Sydney. It's primarily aimed at adults looking to brighten up their Instagram feed, but equally, kids will get a kick out of the bubblegum lounge, swinging on the fairy-floss swing, or jumping out of the giant birthday cake, complete with confetti shot out of the wall.
Each room is walled off from the next, designed to surprise, awe and delight, as you explore; just like being in a candy store, (which is also one of the attractions).
Sweet samples at Sugar Republic. Image by Jade Jackson.
Of course, no sugar art exhibition would be complete without samples of the sweet stuff and you'll find staff walking around with trays of lollies and chocolates to sample; along with an ice-cream stand.
The idea of an interactive art-space is not totally new, but usually they are designed to keep kids entertained and Sugar Republic was specifically created to be whimsical fun for everyone.
Wandering through Sugar Republic is like escaping into a cartoon fantasy world, designed to elicit fond childhood memories; think Vanellope von Schweetz's world in Wreck it Ralph, mixed with Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
The exhibition is modern art for the Instagram generation and is the perfect place to make your weekends appear ridiculously fun, filled with colour, whilst ensuring you obtain maximum likes on your photos.
Find giant Tim-Tams and Iced Vo-Vo's at Sugar Republic. Image by Jade Jackson.
It was refreshing to encounter an art-space that encouraged getting up close; to touch, to taste, and take as many photos as you like, including with a flash.
Probably the highlight for many will be the outlandishly pink bubblegum ball pit. As an adult, we're used to refraining from childhood joys, but Sugar Republic is as much about letting go, as returning to the simple pleasures like Wizz Fizz's, Skittles, and Bubble O' Bill's.
In the era of clean eating, an exhibition glorifying treats may seem contentious, but it's much more about having fun, being silly, and grabbing a few awesome family portraits along the way.
Once you've explored the exhibition, there's a gift shop where you can pick up art work, accessories like hats and jewellery or buy Ring Pop's, Fad's and Nerd's.
Most influencers spend hours planning their shots, however with Sugar Republic, the photogenic colourful background is already sorted, all you need to decide is what to wear.
Bubblegum Ball Pit at Sugar Republic. Image by Jade Jackson.
If you need inspiration, check out their Instagram page or search #sugarrepublic.
Make sure you brush up on your photography skills before attending (or take along a photographer). Apple stores have started offering free photography classes including fun family portraits and photo editing techniques.
Sugar Republic is open until the 20th May 2019 on Level 6, at Myer, Sydney CBD. Each ticket is timed, and you can spend up to an hour, giving you plenty of time to get the right shot. Purchase your timed ticket online here.
Sugar Republic is a quirky escape, which makes it easy to show off how much fun you had. You can even host a birthday party there, or visit in the evening, without kids.
Use #weekendnotes with any photos from Sugar Republic on instagram so readers can be inspired.
Neon wall at Sugar Republic. Image by Jade Jackson.