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HOT: Sugar Republic, Myer Melbourne

HOT: Sugar Republic, Myer Melbourne

Last year’s sold-out sweet and dessert pop-up museum Sugar Republic is back in Melbourne! From Sunday 10 February to Monday 20 May 2019 you can visit the fourteen new rooms of Sugar Republic on Level 6 of Myer Melbourne Bourke Street.

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We are invited to a sneak peek before opening day and I can report it’s just as fun as last time!

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Sugar Republic is the stuff of every little kid’s (and big kid’s) dreams! It’s a series of art installations and interactive experiences dedicated to the celebration of dessert, baking, lollies and all things sweet.

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Once you’re inside you have an hour to sample ALL the sugary treats and ice cream and play in the themed spaces. If you like to be surprised then don’t read on for the spoilers!

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The first room is a small set inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a musical currently playing in Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

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….swing in a room filled with floating bananas, a homage to the classic banana lolly…

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…reminiscence over Australia’s iconic milkbars…

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sugar republic

…visit the inside of a Hansel and Gretel inspired house, except instead of gingerbread it’s made from Arnott’s iconic biscuits!

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The lounge room even features vintage Arnott’s biscuit tins and the wooden clock that I think every housewife in Australia in the 50s owned (including my kids’ great-grandmother)…

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sugar republic

….chill out in the bubble gum lounge room and more!

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We play tic-tac-toe with giant liquorice pieces in a room that even SMELLS like liquorice (aniseed)!

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At the end of your experience, lie back and have sweet dreams in the themed bedroom.

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The life-size birthday cake is back, though this time without the confetti machine!

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Treats include sample trays of lolly favourites, from gummy bears to sherbert….

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…ice cream samples from Halo Top. I highly recommend the Cookies and Cream!

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sugar republic

The highlight is once again the giant ball pit, this time bigger and brighter than before with sweeping city views!

Due to its popularity, there are only 10 visitors allowed inside the ball pit at any one time and you’re allowed 10 minutes for session. It’s really the only rule inside Sugar Republic, everything else is about being free and fun!

sugar republicOn the way out check out the gorgeous gift store full of sweet-inspired giftware and toys by brands such as Make Me Iconic.

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Sugar Republic is this summer’s most fun place to hang out with your besties and your camera from Sunday 10 February to Monday 20 May 2019. Tickets are currently available for February and March. Tickets for April and May will go on sale in late February. It’s not cheap but it is a unique experience that guarantees fun and laughs!

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Click here for my review of Sugar Republic Melbourne’s first opening.

HOT Tips:

tickets are only available in advance, no tickets available at the door;
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. You will need to provide ID to match the name on your booking;
Your ticket is only valid for the date and time purchased. If you miss your timeslot there are no refunds or exchanges;

gift vouchers available which are not set for specific date and time;
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 2 and under get free entry;
ticket price includes entry into the themed rooms, with free snacks, lollies and ice cream throughout;
bring a water bottle as all that sugar makes you thirsty!;
there’s a free cloakroom on entry. Bags, coats and prams must be checked in;
take a camera of course – but selfie sticks and tripods are not permitted;
Some of the experiences require that you remove your shoes;
each session goes for 1 hour;
no toilets inside, nearest toilets are within Myer. Baby change facilities are located on Level 3 and level 4 Emporium.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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