Museum of Ice Cream Pint Shop Pop – up in NYC

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream.  That’s pretty much what I did when I learned that the Museum of Ice Cream was returning to New York City with another pop-up called The Pint Shop.  Having missed their first appearance, I anxiously awaited this and knew from prior pictures that it would be a feast for the eyes (and mouth)!

Unlike the first Museum of Ice cream where it was a sold-out, ticketed popup which included ice-cream upon admission, this pop-up sold pints of ice cream (at just $4.99) and was free and open-to-the-public.

However, if you wanted to skip the free pop-up line AND experience a fancy, ice cream tasting (similar to how wine tasting is run but with vanilla ice cream and beakers full of flavors), that could be done for $28 a ticket.  We opted to do the free experience and waited about 30 minutes in line. (Best times to go are M-W before 3pm).

the pint shop, ice cream, ice cream pop up, pop up

And now that the word is out, I hear that lines for the free portion are easily an hour or more long…

the pint shop, nyc popup, pop up, museum of ice cream nyc, ice cream pop up

Re-inventing retail, they also sold, color-coded, trinkets in the cutest pop of colors. 

Think ice cream pendant necklaces, thermal water bottles, stationary and stuffed animals… all the things you might see in the Target dollar aisle but upgraded and color-coordinated to the ice cream cartons. bodega, ice cream, ice cream pop up, museum of ice cream, nyc pop up, ice cream truck

You know that feeling when you walk into a Target and pick up all these random things you never knew you needed til you saw them?  That’s how this will feel.

The rainbow aisles offered an endless array of Instagram photo opps!

You could even pose next to or drive a faux ice cream truck.

Tips for going with kids without having them melt down:

  1. Bring something to keep them occupied during lines.  Whether it be stickers, snacks or a fidget spinner, (I always have all of the above in my purse), know that your child may get antsy and come prepared.  There will be lines for each of the major photo opps along with the line to get in.
  2. As far as I could see there were no bathrooms so go before!
  3. There is no special stroller parking, so bring at your own risk.
  4. Bribe with ice cream if you have to 🙂 I find that the promise of a sweet treat at the end keeps most kids on their best behavior.

The Pint Shop is located at 459 W 14th Street (Meatpacking District of NYC) and it’s open Wednesday through Monday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m til the end of the summer! Get tickets for the tasting here!  The grocery and retail experience part of the pop up are free and no reservations are necessary.
SUBWAY – A, C, E and L at 8th Avenue / 14th Street or buses M14A, M14D, M 11 and M12.  There is limited street parking available by meter and several garages in the area.
See more video highlights from our experience on our Instagram highlights section!  And make sure to follow us there.  It’s where you can stay up to date on our fashionable adventures, events and outfits!

Click here to learn how to host your own ice cream social that will have your guests screaming with joy!

Why Pop-ups Are Popular and What You Can Expect To Find At Each One

We’ve been to plenty of pop-ups primarily because I believe in celebrating the everyday and pop-ups spark so much creativity, fun and delight!  They whisk you out of the mundane and shake you up with the extraordinary.  Plus they make for a surplus of Instagram-able pictures!  I’ve collected so many great shots along the way and will share some recent ones today.  (That rhymed).  And I don’t know about you but I’ve discovered patterns along the way.  Here are the 8 elements that make for a popular pop-up!

  1. Mirrored/infinity room – Imagine walking into a spectacular, mirrored room, made to look like it goes on forever.  Then imagine you’re told you only have 60 seconds in there.  How would you spend your time?  That’s the challenge you’re given at many of these pop-ups.  And the pressure is ON to snap that Instagram-worthy shot within the short time given.  Here are a few examples.  Name of pop-up where the shot was taken is listed after each picture.
    nyc popup, happy popup, infinity room, mirrored room, instagramable nyc

    Happy Go Lucky pop-up

    national geographic popup, nyc popups, nyc popup, infinity rooms

    National Geographic Picasso pop-up

    nyc popup, sunday riley popup, infinity room, mirrored room

    Sunday Riley pop-up

  2. Balloons.  Nothing screams celebration like a bunch of balloons so it’s no wonder so many pop-ups decorate with them in bunches.  It just feels like an instant party and who doesn’t love that?
    paypal pop up, paypal nyc popup, balloon art, balloons, nyc popup, soho popup

    Paypal pop-up

    balloon artistry, balloon artist, balloons, nyc popup, happy go lucky pop up

    Happy Go Lucky pop-up

    happy place chicago, happy place la, instagramable places

    Happy Place pop-up

    balloon installation, lincoln center, geronimo balloons, popups

    Geronimo’s pop-up

    balloon art, balloon popup, geronimo balloons, nyc popup,

    Geronimo’s pop-up on another week

  3. Floral art – another mood-enhancing pop-up trick is to add an abundance of flowers, the more creative the better.  Sometimes, they’re shaped to resemble something else for a wow effect, sometimes there’s just an endless supply to surround yourself with for your next selfie.
    paypal pop up, cashnback popup, nyc popup, floral dress, paypal nyc popup

    Paypal pop-up

    Happy Place pop-up

    nyc popup, happy go lucky popup, sunny hues entertainment, floral art, flower power

    Happy Go Lucky pop-up

  4. Ball pit – Who doesn’t love jumping into a ball pit?  This activation turns everyone into a big kid.  Who can resist jumping in especially when the ball pit is a pot of gold, or at the end of a giant pink slide, or part of a snow globe??
    ball pit, happy place chicago, happy place la, instagramable la, instagramable chicago, rainbow, yellow ball pit, popups

    Happy Place pop-up 

    Sunday Riley pop-up

    google popup, nyc pop up

    Google Pop-up 

     

    lays pop up, nyc popup, times square pop up, ball pit

    Lay’s pop-up

    Candytopia pop-up

    nyc popup, nyc pop up, nyc popups, pom poms

    Cat pop-up 

    the egg house, ball pit, yellow popup, nyc popup, popups

    Egg House pop-up

  5. Supersized items– Super pop-ups always have a supersized surprise.  Whether it’s a giant clam shell you can sit in and hold a pearl larger than you head, or whether it’s a ginormous rubber ducky that couldn’t fit in anyone’s tub, they inspire playfulness and tons of posing.
    happy go lucky, nyc popup, sunny hues entertainment, mermaid, pearl

    Happy Go Lucky pop-up

    happy place popup la, happy place popup chicago, yellow oversized, popups, instagramable art

    Happy Place pop-up

    nyc popup, nyc popups, potato head, classic kids toys

    Lay’s pop-up

    egg house popup, eggs, nyc pop, nyc popups

    The Egg House pop-up

    Happy Place pop-up

    instagramable popup, la popup, la popups, instagramable la, ballpit

    Candytopia pop-up

  6. Colorful bathtub – I know, I know, a bathtub?  So what, but when you see it in a photogenic setting in a vibrant, never-before seen color, something takes over you and you must get in!  Trust me, I’ve seen the lines…
    ballpit, ball pit, happy place popup, happy place chicago, happy place la, la popup, chicago popup, popups

    Happy Place pop-up

    pink bathtub, millennial pink, ball pit, nyc popups, instagramable nyc

    Sunday Riley pop-up

  7. Millennial pink – the trendiest of all colors nowadays invokes such joy and comes in shades of blush, to rose quartz. In any case, everyone likes to be pretty in pink. It’s universally flattering and can nowadays be seen everywhere – including popups!
    millenial pink, popups, pink popup, nyc popups

    Happy go Lucky Pop-up

    nyc popup, sunday riley popup, popups, party planner

    Sunday Riley pop-up

    nyc popups, egg house, instagramable new york

    Egg House pop-up

    Happy Go Lucky pop-up 

  8. Psychedelic spaces – wanna get wild?  Check out the latest pop-up cuz there’s bound to be a crazy, graphic printed room where the floor, walls and/or ceiling endlessly scream a bold print that leave you with your jaw on the ground.
    sunny hues, happy go lucky popup, nyc mom, psychedelic room, pop of color, trippy room

    Happy Go Lucky pop-up

    Candytopia pop-up

    black and white room, houndstooth, cadillac house, cadillac house art, amaze, nyc art

    Amaze pop-up

See what I mean?? Did I miss any other recurring themes and motifs?  And how about you?  How do you like pop-ups?

Click here to see more from Geronimo’s balloon explosion at Lincoln Center or here for Amaze’s black and white installation, or here for some 2017 pop-ups.

© 2022 Stylishly Stella