New pop-up art and activity spot Happy Place now open in Back Bay

A new temporary arts and play space has debuted in the neighborhood. Called Happy Place, the new addition is located in the former Marshalls department store at 500 Boylston St. in Back Bay.

The traveling attraction has previously popped up in Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto. Its bright colors, upside-down rooms and oversized props are designed to elicit smiles and light up Instagram feeds. Candy, rubber ducks and lips are some of the predominate themes. Among the immersive experiences are a geodesic dome filled with swirling confetti and the "Super Bloom" room filled with over 40,000 handmade "flowers." 

Happy Place has received mixed reviews thus far, with a three-star rating out of 32 reviews on Yelp.

Jason T., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on February 5, wrote, "They should call this place 'Instagram Palace,' because if you're here for nice shots to post on Instagram, then you'll love it. Lines can get pretty long, but I suspect it'll die down once the hype drops. The on-site employees are friendly and happy to help you shoot pictures of you."

Interested? Stop by to welcome the new business to the neighborhood. Happy Place is open from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.–7 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Tuesday.)

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