Hello Kitty, Keropi, My Melody, and an assortment of Sanrio’s finest graced Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger during a 2 week stop in mid-November to kick off a pop-up tour around the country.
Food, games, a ferris wheel, art show, photo ops, and of course the shopping experience made for fans of Hello Kitty Hell delighted the mixed crowd who gathered.
I arrived early in the day, hopin to beat the crowds and be able to get into the shopping area without having to wait an hour in line. Unfortunately, an hour and a half’s worth of people had the same idea. Instead of shopping, I did what I do best; won lots and lots of prizes from silly Sanrio themed carnival games!
A highlight of the pop-up event was the art show, where Hello Kitty inspired a multitude of artists, notably Camilla d’Errico, kozyndan, and Audrey Kawasaki among other impressive talents.
As I arrived (and left) early in the day, I missed the massive quantity of Food Trucks opening for lunch and I skipped several activities such as the mini-putt-putt golf course and artist signings. The sugar shack did provide some nom cotton candy to tide me over with a sugar high until I was off to my next adventure.
Sanrio’s Small Gift Tour is going to continue making stops around the country through-out December. Check out the tour schedule and don’t miss the fun!