Honestly, I don’t even remember how I discovered Hide Seek, but they had me at ball pit! So I texted my partner in crime to go on a turn around trip to Toronto, and she was in. The pop-up shop looked like loads of fun and every 90s kids’ playground. I’m also going through a “stuck in the 90s” phase right now, so this was right up my alley :). One of my other friends and I talk about the joy DZ Discovery Zone use to bring us and how we genuinely feel sorry for any kid who did not experience all of its magicalness. That was the first memory to come to mind when I saw the ball pit so back to Hide Seek. According to the Hide Seek crew, it’s the best place to temporarily hide from all of your adulting responsibilities and seek an opportunity to reminisce on some of your favorite childhood memories. It turns out they are absolutely right, and I enjoyed every minute of the experience!
There are many pit stops through the maze of 90s nostalgia, from larger than life iridescent bubbles to hundreds of slinkies in various sizes. To keep the element of surprise, I did not include photos of all the installations for you :). Besides, it looks like they changed things up a bit when they moved to Montreal. When we first walked in and saw the air chair, I had an instant moment of child giddiness, so I could only imagine how much fun was in store for us lol. I can honestly say there wasn't one dull moment.
We went when they first opened, and I'm glad we did because there wasn't a crowd, and we were able to leisurely stroll through, double-back a few times, took tons of pictures, and told some jokes and stories along the way. The staff was super friendly and were willing to take our pictures whenever we asked or even offered. They told a few jokes and shared a few childhood memories with us as well. The only time we had to wait was when children were living it up in the pool paradise (ball pit) lol. I think it's safe to say that's where they spent the majority of their time. As fun as I find kids to be, that was a ball war I didn't want to get involved in (hence the joys of DZ).
We anticipated being there for about an hour tops. I'm pretty sure we were there closer to two. I haven't been to many pop-up shops, but I can easily say Hide Seek is my fav! I'm very hopeful they make their way to the States because I can only imagine how much fun we would've had if we had more friends.
While it wasn't quite DZ, the pop-up experience brought me the same kind of joy. It was like senior pictures meeting your inner child. It's definitely worth a visit, and a much-deserved break from real life, so be on the lookout as to where they are popping up next! - XO Amb :)
WRITTEN APRIL 28, 2020