I received 2 tickets in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
I thought my peeps had my back. Apparently, this is not the case because when I decided it would be a good idea to plan a 2-day road trip with just me and the kids, nobody stood up and shook some sense into me.
Maybe there were just blinded by the incredible fun we were about to have at the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA (it’s the place that used to be known as the Crayola Factory.) And if so, I suppose I forgive them because we did have a blast.
But OMG, was I ever exhausted. Those kids were BANANAS from their first crayon sighting.
We drove to Easton on a Sunday, spent the day at the Crayola Experience, then spent the night at the Hampton Inn Easton before heading back to Crayola the next day. The funniest part of the weekend was how over-the-moon excited the kids were to spend a night in a hotel. After a whole day of making our own crayons, creating digital art, painting with melted wax and making coloring sheets of our own faces, my son was just as excited to see our hotel room. Ha!
“MOMMY! There are DRAWERS in this place!”
And that plan I had for them to be exhausted and fall asleep right away? Um, no. They were so wound up they didn’t go to bed until 11pm, and got up at the crack of dawn. (My fault. I mentioned that there was a breakfast buffet.)
Anyway, back to Crayola. Did I mention we spent two whole days there?
The real-life extension of the iconic Crayola brand, the Crayola Experience was completely re-imagined in 2013. Now, bigger and bolder than ever before, the all new Crayola Experience features 21 attractions that allow kids to explore art and technology, express their creativity, and experience color in a whole new way. ~CrayolaExperience.com
From melting our own crayons into fun shapes to creating melted wax spin art, there wasn’t a minute of the day when both kids didn’t have something fun to do. The only trouble I had was when they wanted to do different things, like when my 5-year-old wanted to climb this enormous contraption…
But it all worked out because my little one was able to play with sidewalk chalk and dry erase markers down below while I kept an eye on both.
I also had trouble tearing her away from the light board in Toddler Town.
But, if I had to pick a favorite attraction of the trip, it would have to be Water Works, an 85-foot water table with a working lock and canal system. My boy loves to figure things out and see how they work, so we went through this attraction over and over again. If only we could build one at home!
At the end of our second day, we landed at the gift shop. I wanted to take this big blue guy home!
But in the end, we decided on mixing our own “Pick your Pack” custom box of crayons and markers. There were so many colors we’d never seen before, and we really upped our coloring game (after I convinced my daughter that we didn’t need an entire box of the same blue marker. It’s all about the blue these days.)
One color they didn’t have? Elliette Plum. But that’s ok, because we created one in the Wrap It Up! attraction where you can create your own crayon labels. There’s one for the memory box!
Crayola Experience is a family-friendly attraction located in Easton, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of Crayola crayons, and a short distance from both New York City and Philadelphia. Visit them online for more info on all the attractions you’ll find there, and make sure you click here for current Crayola Experience coupons and special offers.
It’s a trip we’ll take again someday, but next time, I’m definitely bringing backup.