Dad pranks wife by turning home into ball pit


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A dad turned his house into a giant ball pit filled with 250,000 balls - without his wife knowing.

Joel Conder, 34, admits to often pranking and playing with his daughters Kaci, 14, Grace, 12, Sophie, eight, and Chloe, two. But due to his asthma and Sophie's weak immune system, the family decided to stay at home from the beginning of March as the coronavirus crisis worsened.

To recreate one of his daughters' favourite outings at home, Joel hired 250,000 balls to transform their home, in Surbiton, south-west London, into a giant ball pit - although he didn't tell wife Sarah, 33, about his plan.

It took two hours to fill the house with balls

Joel, a vlogger for Dad V Girls, said: "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'."

To ensure they didn't bring the virus into the house, Ballmania brought either brand new balls or ones that had been cleaned and in storage for at least two weeks. It took two hours to fill the house with balls - 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 entire family spent hours sliding down the stairs in suitcases into the balls. It took more than two hours to collect all the balls, using a giant vacuum and a team effort to push them down the stairs.