Pop up museums are a thing of the now. This week Julianna and I scouted out the newest pop up to hit Orange County – Façade Fun House. Located in The Lab in Costa Mesa, Façade Fun House features about 8 small sets where you can let your photo loving heart run free.
You can play in a money filled tub, watch TV in the mad house, or roll around in confetti in a room that honestly has the worlds best lighting.
This pop up is small, but delivers. It delivers so well in fact, that we have decided to go again so be sure to stay tuned for more pictures from our repeat adventure!
Here’s the need to know for your trip to the Fun House:
- Get your tickets online ahead of time here. The tickets cost $10 (plus a $2.50 convenience fee) each. As of right now, they only have tickets available into the end of December, but the website hints at there being a change in the sets in the future instead of it just being closed.
- Entry is timed (as with other pop ups), but once you’re in, you can spend as much time inside as you’d like. As I mentioned above, Façade Fun House is very small inside. However, the sets are super colorful and there are so many photo possibilities. We arrived at 10 AM, were the only ones in there, spent about an hour inside, and maybe saw a total of four other people over the course of that hour. I’m not sure how it gets later in the day, but I would recommend going early if you want to avoid a lot of other people who are also there for the pictures. The Fun House is also available to be rented out for private photoshoots.
- The lighting inside isn’t great (except for the one room in the back), so if you have a LuMee case or a flash for your camera, I would definitely recommend bringing it.
- There is plenty of free parking.
- If you’ve never been to The LAB, it’s also a great space to get in some inspiration. Do a little shopping, grab a gourmet donut, or just sit on their outdoor swings and people watch. If you’re looking to catch lunch there, I would highly recommend eating at Habana, which is a Cuban inspired restaurant that literally makes you feel like you’ve stepped into Cuba as soon as you cross their threshold. Get the empanadas – thank me later.
- If you’re a macaron fan, there is also a super cute spot called Honey & Butter at The LAB that is located inside of an old school camper. They have a bunch of different flavors and designs and cost around $2 each if I remember correctly.
The Façade Fun House
Honey & Butter
And would it really have been an adventure for us if it didn’t include coffee? We wrapped up our adventure with conversation and coffee at Neat Coffee, also located in Costa Mesa (approximately five minutes from Façade Fun House if you were looking to try both in one day). This little shop serves up delicious coffee along with fresh baked items. The best thing is, they share a space with FLDWRK, which is a place for entrepreneurs, adventures, students, and people of all kinds to come together to work on their ideas. The sign located at the entry sums it up perfectly:
“We are builders, innovators, & culture shakers.
We are creators, dreamers, & difference-makers.
We are mothers & fathers, sons & daughters,
neighbors & friends.
We are believers in the beauty of work & we’re committed to lives of impact.
We are advancers of the common good.”
Don’t forget to share your Façade Fun House and Neat Coffee experience and pictures with me!
Happy Adventuring ♥