this past weekend i had the opportunity to visit the museum of ice cream pop up in miami! jake and i were able to see the los angeles version last august so we were eager to compare the two. and boy, was there a contrast. looking at the website, it looks like LA is currently moving to a new space, i assume because of it’s immense popularity. here are a few pix from that visit!
now, those are all low quality phone pix. when we decided to visit a second time, i knew i had to actually bring a dslr. the lighting is just so unreliable from room to room, the more prepared you are, the better (though despite telling myself this, i soon realized i would be handing my camera off to everyone so much, it was easier to just leave ‘er on auto. typical me!).
my partners in ice cream are (from left to right) brittany, jake, and ellie. when we entered the building i was thrilled to see that there wasn’t much of a line. from the noise ahead we realized the sprinkle pool was the first thing we would encounter, which is why we were being held there. i had to go to the bathroom, and when i asked an employee where it was, it turned into a covert operation. i had to be escorted by a manager to ensure that i wasn’t going to…. disrupt my own experience? i didn’t understand at all but i also had to pee, so i didn’t care.
if you’ve heard anything about moic, it’s the sprinkle pool. you only get two minutes in this room, and you’re herded in with a bunch of other attendees, so you gotta be quick with those shots! i didn’t really care about photos this time, i just wanted to squeeze the sprinkles with my toes like a baby.
honestly, we were pretty surprised at how empty it was when we visited, but this may be because it was a monday. when you live the theme park life though, weekends don’t really exist.
as we ascended, we started to realize that not all rooms were golden.
1) in los angeles, almost every room included some sort of ice cream treat. here, they were scarce. i did try a chocolate covered banana for the first time though, and i get it now.
2) the museum doesn’t totally seem to know their audience. the room full of plastic squares you can rearrange to look like shish kabobs, the room with a kinetic sand castle? clearly for kids. but the swings in the jungle room are hard plastic, not really for playing, and a lot of the museum is hands off. i guess they’re just trying to cover all their bases and include a little something for everyone, but i imagine that every group finds at least one room that leaves them going “huh?”
the jungle room is probably where we spent the most time, simply because it’s a lot of photo opportunities crammed into one space. we had to be told these were coconuts, because we had assumed and accepted that they were headlights.
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once we got back to ellie’s, we watched the first ep of the new cycle of america’s next top model with wine and cheetos. the perfect end to the perfect day. who else is HYPE that tyra’s back?!