A dad-of-four turned his house into an enormous ball pit, filled with 250,000 balls – all without his wife knowing. Joel Conder wanted to surprise his four daughters: 14-year-old Kaci, 12-year-old Grace, eight-year-old Sophie and two-year-old and Chloe. The kids weren’t able to attend soft play in the weeks leading up to lockdown because of Sophie’s weak immune system and Joel’s asthma. So Joel took it upon himself to recreate one of the family’s favourite outings at home – but keeping it a secret from his daughters and wife Sarah.
It’s worth pointing out that this prank took place before UK lockdown, on 15 March (which explains why his family was out the house and why other people help Joel out with the ball pit).
Joel got to work hiring 250,000 balls from ball pit company , to transform the house into a giant playground.
In total, it took Joel two hours to fill the house, with the kitchen and lounge almost three foot deep. Joel said: ‘Kaci, Grace, Sophie and Chloe came home first – everything was worth it just for that reaction. ‘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 family spent hours playing in the homemade ball pit together and took turns sliding down the stairs in suitcases into the balls. Joel, who is a YouTube vlogger, shared the video on his channel Dad V Girls – which has more 890,000 subscribers.