Drinking is one way to numb the terribleness of adult life, but regressing to the days of Lunchables and Chuck E. Cheese’s can be even more effective. For San Franciscans, it’s now possible to get drunk and act like it’s your 11th birthday at the same damn time.
According to Mashable, SF-based organization Forward Motion has started throwing ‘ball pit bar’ parties, turning nightclubs and bars into drunken nostalgia machines with a giant, brightly colored ball pit.
Forward Motion founder Ryan Lum partnered with Romper Room, a bar in San Francisco, to throw the first two ball-pit parties last week. Lum had been trying to throw the ball-pit party for about a year, but had trouble with funding.
“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,” Lum told Mashable. “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.”
Well worth it indeed. The parties were a huge hit, with grown-ass adults dancing the Macarena, singing along to the Backstreet Boys, and throwing plastic balls at each other.
The positive reaction was so strong that Lum and Forward Motion have already scheduled another ‘ball pit bar’ night at Monarch night club next month.
If all continues to go well, Forward Motion hopes to bring the parties to other cities soon.
If you are planning on going to one of these parties, there is one golden rule to remember from childhood: Don’t throw up in the ball pit.