Dad Turns House Into Giant Ball Pit
A dad has turned his entire house into a ball pit for his girls to enjoy during lockdown - all without his wife knowing.
Joel Conder, 34, has been isolating at home with his wife Sarah, 33 and his daughters Kaci, 14, Grace, 12, Sophie, eight, and Chloe, two, since the start of March.
Due to Joel's asthma and Sophie's weak immune system the family decided to isolate early, and have been trying to find fun ways to keep entertained.
The dad decided to recreate one of his daughter's favourite outings indoors, by hiring 250,000 balls to transform their home into a ball pit on March 15th.
The catch was, he didn't tell his wife Sarah about the plan, and decided to catch her priceless reaction on film.
"Some of the videos we want to do, I almost sometimes think, 'what would have been my childhood fantasy?'," said the dad-of-four from Surbiton, Surrey.
"I thought, 'imagine coming home to your house being a giant bill pit.'
"My wife and my kids didn't know - I was working on the idea with my friend and I was like, 'it can't just be like a few balls round your ankles, you've got to jump in and get lost in it.'"
Joel, a vlogger for YouTube channel Dad V Girls, which has 890,000 subscribers, added: "I have asthma and my daughter Sophie, she has special needs and she has a very low immune system.
"We as a family started to isolate, we started to cut down on things we were doing - we wouldn't take the kids to soft play, I stopped taking Chloe to swimming lessons.
"So I thought, 'oh my goodness, this is perfect - we can create our own soft play at our house, by turning it into a giant ball pit."
The ensure there was no risk of infection, Joel's supplier, Ballmania, brought either brand new balls or ones which had been cleaned and stored in storage for at least two weeks.
It took two hours to fill Joe's home with 250,000 balls, with the kitchen and lounge almost three foot deep.
"Kaci, Grace, Sophie and Chloe came home first - everything was worth it just for that reaction," the dad said.
"They were shrieking with laughter - Kaci was like, 'mum's going to kill you.'
"Then Sarah came home - her face was like 'oh my god, what have you done?'
"Then she dived in and started playing with all of us.
"It's honestly one of the best memories I think we will have."
The whole family spent hours sliding down the stairs in suitcases into the balls.
When all the fun was done, it took over two hours to collect al the balls using a giant vacuum to suck them up.
Joel said: "My background is camera and editing and we would always make home movies just to share with families and friends - like on our holidays.
"I always enjoyed working on those videos more than anything else.
"We were already capturing memories and making these videos, and my kids were into youtube and they were like 'wouldn't it be cool if we had a Youtube channel?'
"Lots of different things points us in the direction of sharing these videos and making them specifically for Youtube.
"We just sort of thought, 'let's just see what happens.'
"It's just evolved into something more than it was ever set out to be."
The dad added: "I know that in many ways, for lots of people, it's not an ideal situation - people not being able to work and things like this.
"Let's just remember that we probably will never get this chance again as families, to all be at home together.
"Without the kids being at school, without the distractions of friends and social gatherings and all this.
"Let's just make the absolute most of it - let's try and get back to real family life.
"Just to have my eldest daughter nagging me to play more board games with her - that just shows me how special this time is."
This sounds like SO much fun. Anyone else just had a lightbulb go off in their head?
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