This year for my Mom’s birthday my sisters and I wanted to do something special for her that she wouldn’t think is an absolute waste of money, as most moms do. She has always been a foodie so what better thing to do than to spend the day celebrating her and the worlds greatest food … ice cream! You already know where this is going. We knew this was something we wanted to do ahead of time and were quick enough to get tickets for the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles. Sadly it is now sold out aside from private tours.
Finding it was not difficult at all. The hot pink building stood out among the other buildings of the arts district and the ground was clearly marked by a path of painted ice cream cones and miscellaneous sprinkles (which only excited me more). All of the guides and people working the museum dressed in place pink which only added to the magic of the whole experience.
It started off by having a guide take us into the first room and have us pick a piece of chocolate out of an ice cream cart and then direct us into the next room where the walls are lined with bright pink telephones. I pick up the phone and listen to a familiar voice talk about ice cream and the museum I then realize that the voice is Seth Rogen who claims to not be himself, but is the ice cream fairy. He tells you to yell your favorite ice cream flavor and move around, which is fun if you choose to take part (I recommend doing it no matter how embarrassing).
Once that’s over you walk into the next room which is themed like hollywood and they give you a sample of McConnell’s ice cream. As we ate we looked around and read all the celebrities stars on the ground that were slightly altered to fit a desert theme such as Scoop Dogg, Vanessa Fudgens, and Brad Pistachio.
The next room is one of my favorites for taking pictures (but of course every room is perfect for taking pictures), the banana room. Here you find the double swings and the pink and yellow hanging bananas. Another cool thing about this room is that all the banana stickers on the wall are scratch and sniff as well. It’s fun, but there are a lot of people around, so you can’t take too long in this room. The next room is the mint room. It’s set up kind of like a green house with tables of mint growing in the middle of the room and the special thing about this mint is that the soil is infused with chocolate to give the mint a hint of chocolatey flavor. In this room they gave us pieces of mint chocolate chip mocha ice cream, which was delicious.
The Sherbet room, room number 5? 6? I don’t even know anymore is the next room and while it sounds fun, it was not as great as the other rooms. Each wall has a different design on it for taking pictures and there are plastic rainbows coming out of the far wall. I stopped to take a few pictures in the pink mirrored wall. There is a claw machine in this room, but like every claw machine ever, it is impossible to win and sadly none of us won anything.
The hallway leading into the next rooms all white, but it has cool ice cream themed shoes hanging on the wall and a photo booth type of screen to take boomerang style pictures with your friends.
The next room is the popsicle room which has the gigantic popsicles sticking out of the walls that look like they are melting. This room is cool to look at, but you are not allowed to touch any of the popsicles and other than that there is not much going on.
My mom’s favorite room was the gummy bear room where they have giant plastic gummy bears to climb on and take pictures with. And best of all, they give you a handful of gummy bears to go along with the theme of the room.
The next room was a little alarming, the black cone room. The walls are covered in melting black ice cream cones that look kind of like spikes, but the cool thing of this room is that they give you a waffle cone with a scoop of charcoal cookie dough, but despite the black coloring, it was very delicious. My issue with it was that i noticed my teeth to turn a little black for a few minutes after I had eaten this treat.
Next is the best room of all, the sprinkle room. You have to wait in line for a few minutes before going in because they only allow small groups of people in for 2 minutes at a time to make sure that everyone gets a fair chance at the sprinkle pool. Of course, being me, when it was our turn, I quickly took off my shoes and ran to the pool and ended up falling (picture proof of this moment).
For sanitary reasons, the sprinkle are made of anti-microbial plastic and not the usual sugar. It was fun to throw the sprinkles around and lounge in the pool, but two minutes goes by very quickly and our time was up 🙁 They also enforced a no jumping rule, but not until after my sister decided to do a cannonball … into a pool of plastic and this was after we had convinced her not to do a belly flop. As we left this room we tried to shake out all the sprinkles, but it’s no use, they are literally everywhere, including places that no sprinkle should ever be. I still find sprinkles to this day, almost a month later, in my clothes and in my carpet. The final room is the ice cream sandwich room. This room is more of a lounge and you can spend as much time as you would like in here. There is an ice cream sandwich swing, a pink ping-pong table, and a large
neon sign good for taking pictures. At this point I was so full on sweets, but they were not done yet. This was the biggest one of all, an ice cream sandwich with a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two pink buttermilk pancakes. And don’t get me wrong, one bite was good, but there was no way I was going to eat the whole thing. On the other side of the room was the museum gift shop and it was so hard not to buy everything, but all we ended up leaving with was a little ice cream cone pin.
But wait there’s more. After the ice cream museum we all went to a restaurant in LA called Commissary. It is in the pool area of The Line Hotel and although this sounds odd, it was actually very cool. It looked a lot like a green house with windowed walls and ceilings and dozens of hanging plants. It had an upscale backyard kind of fell with miss-matched china. The food was great and I would highly recommend it. Overall it was a great day to celebrate my mom and spend some time with my sisters, something we don’t get to do often. Love you Mama.