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Earlier this summer, I shared that one of the destinations on my family’s Summer Field Trip list was the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA. We actually made plans to visit several times this summer – and each time ended up being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. FINALLY, this past Friday, the kids and I were able to make the journey to eastern Pennsylvania. And we had a blast!
Easton is a very neat, old town and the Crayola Experience sits right on the town square! That makes it fairly simple to find. One thing we hadn’t taken into consideration, though, is the parking meters. The Crayola Experience doesn’t have it’s own parking lot or garage, so you have to find a place to park along the street (if you look closely at the picture of Ian with the yellow crayon above, you can see the top of my van behind him, right beside the red storage trailer). We weren’t prepared with quarters, so we had to drive past the factory and seek out a convenience store where I could stock up on some change – only to later discover that meters are now able to take credit cards! Who knew?!
Rather than “going with the flow”, the kids and I decided to work from top to bottom, instead of the other way around! The Crayola Experience is actually 4 floors of fun – with the first floor being the ticket center and gift shop, and the 3 floors above full of activities and fun! In hind sight, I probably would have gone the other direction – only because, to me, the funnest things were at the very top (and I like to save the best for last!)
On the 4th Floor
We enjoyed all 3 of the activities on the 4th floor – – –
In Meltdown, you use melted crayons to paint on paper (the cut-outs on the day of our visit were shaped like cars – my guess is that this changes occasionally).
The Crayon Clinic allows you the opportunity to select your favorite color, then melt that crayon down and mold it into a new shape. Ian made a dinosaur and a car, while the rest of us chose and oval that had the word “Crayola” imprinted into it. There were other choices available, such as a ring and a heart.
The last activity on this floor was probably our favorite (I was tempted to go back and do it again later!) Drip Art is a new twist on the classic “spin art” from the 70’s (I always wanted one of those machines!) You could choose 2 different colors and they would melt down and go through a spinner (you could adjust the spin speed too). The results were a lot of fun! I need to find a clever way to frame these for display. Any ideas?
On the 3rd Floor
The 3rd floor contains a Water Works section, where you can maneuver a boat through a large water table. The kids and I chose to bypass this area because the line was pretty long and it seemed more like something toddlers would enjoy. This floor also had a Doodle in the Dark section (also very busy) and a Color Playground area – both things we chose to walk past. We did, however, stop at the Puzzle It section where you could design and cut your own puzzles, and the Paint Palette – we made our own treasure boxes here, but the funny thing is there were no paints out to use! LOL
On the 2nd Floor
This floor seemed to have the most activities! However, we did choose to bypass some of them due to time constraints, long lines, or things not working properly. We skipped the Crayon Factory (a live show) because the times didn’t suit us. We also skipped Say Crayon! because it was a photo booth type exhibit that cost an additional fee. There was also a Toddler Town area on this floor that was geared toward the little ones, and a Colossal Caddy area where kids could sit and color a picture. We skipped Marker Mania because only 1/2 the stations were up and running and the rest had long lines, and the Model Magic section was filled to capacity!
What we did enjoy on this floor was the Be a Star! zone (where you could have your picture taken and turned into a coloring page), the Art Alive section (where you could color/create a picture on an iPad and watch it come to life on a wall-sized screen), and the Wrap It Up! area (where you chose your crayon color, and then got to name it and wrap it).
On the 1st Floor
All in all, we had a FABULOUS time! We all said that we would love to go back again sometime. And, of course, no visit to the Crayola Experience would be complete without a stroll through the gift shop. Man, sometimes I wish I were on an unlimited budget – I would have bought everything in the store! In the end, we decided on a Crayola Pin to add to each of the kids’ pin collections. Ian also chose some silver Silly Putty (which he’s been enjoying ever since). And Ashley, my 19 year old, left with a large bag full of writing supplies – notebooks and colorful markers!
We will DEFINITELY be going back!
I was provided complimentary tickets for me and my family to visit the Crayola Experience, as well as a $50 gas card to use for our travel, in exchange for my sharing about our experience on my blog. I was in no way obligated to write a glowing review, and I only share things on my blog that I feel would be of benefit to my readers.