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This Adult Ball Pit Lets You Relive Your Childhood While Drinking Alcohol

A San Francisco-based event combines all the best parts of being a child and an adult: well-hidden vomit, foot rashes and the smell of plastic.

Forward Motion, an organization founded last year by Ryan Lum, created a “ball pit bar” that allows customers to drink cocktails and relive their childhoods in a colorful pit of polyethylene.

In an interview with Mashable, Lum shared,

It took a little over a year to actually make it happen as the biggest obstacle was trying to raise enough money to purchase 40,000 ball pit balls. After several failed crowdfunding attempts, I decided to just start selling tickets to [the] event that didn't even exist. It took a long time trying to raise the money but it was all worth it in the end.

The atmosphere allows guests to shake up the monotony of a normal night out. Lum recalled,

One of the bartenders tossed a small green plastic turtle into the ball pit and announced that if anyone found it, they would get a free shot. It was also hilarious to see everyone dancing the Macarena, singing the Backstreet Boys, having ball fights with the upstairs crowds, forming conga lines and [playing] a limbo game.

The bar was only open on March 19 and 20, but Lum is optimistic there will be future ball pit pop-up events.

Lum said,

I talked to many of the attendees as they left the ball pit with a huge smile on their faces. I overheard people saying things like, 'My inner child is so happy right now.' People loved the idea [and] wanted to know if there will be more.

Those of you who are already furiously Googling to find the next event can relax because, come April, the "ball pit bar" will rise again for a night at Monarch in San Francisco, and other cities are on the horizon.

Citations: 'Ball pit bar' makes adults feel like kids again, but with alcohol (Mashable)