Oh to feel young again! Well, now you can if you live in London and the idea of diving into a ball pit tickles your fancy.
BallieBallerson could be right up your street, particularly if you live in the Dalston area of the city. The premises, over two floors, allows adults to re-enter their childhood by diving into a pit with over 200,000 plastic balls. And for the multi-dimensional types, there are also foam toys and inflatable rings to play with. To make the fun and games competitive, the organisers plan to hide a bag of yellow balls in the pit, with the finder receiving a prize during every session. For those worried about hygiene, the owners say they have a cleaner which will freshen and clean the balls. The ball-cleaning machine – called GobbleMuffin – can disinfect 18,000 balls an hour.
Adding atmosphere for visits will be a host of DJs playing a variety of accompanying music – from techno, to funk to bass, and all within the ball pit. Unlike kids though, you don’t have to go straight home afterwards as there is a bar and café upstairs, where participants can chill out following their exertions. There are also plenty of retro cocktails that are available – including Dip Dabs, Wham Bars and Pink Shrimp Foam to revive you at £7 a pop. Or there will be craft beers for those who want a more conventional way to quench their thirst. Snacks from the kitchen include treats such as Yorkshire Balls – a beef meatball in a Yorkshire pudding, onion and gravy costing a mere £4. There will also be giant arancini balls costing only £2 each.
The BallieBallerson experience on Stoke Newington Road opens on Friday, and it will run until next month from Thursdays to Saturdays. Entry to the ball pit costs £5, but entry to the bar is free. The organisers say they will also cater for private functions on request.