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Who doesn’t love arts & crafts? In my family – from the age of eight months to thirty eight years, we all love creating. Upon booking our first family ski trip to the Poconos, we knew immediately the best place to stop enroute would be the Crayola Experience, in Easton, PA!
We Are Excited To Return To A Family Favorite!
Back in 2012, on our first visit (and prior to the expansive renovations), we ventured to the Crayola Experience as an easy day trip from Manhattan.
Since moving to the suburbs, and subsequently having two more children, we have been looking for an opportunity to return. The timing could not have been better. My seven year old and three year old went to town, while I enjoyed the baby friendly facility (including a nursing room on the 2nd floor!). There was literally something there for everyone.
Floors and Floors of Crayola Fun!
Bursting with four floors of color, we began our creative journey at the top. While I waited on the short line for Melt and Mold, my kids were at Meltdown. Think painting directly from the belly of a giant Crayola crayon – the kids dipped brushes into melted wax and “painted” their creations.
Melt And Mold
Next, it was Melt and Mold time. Here the kids put a crayon into one of three machines and watched it melt, drip down, and mold into a dinosaur, ring or Crayola swirl. My kids thought this was fascinating! We spent a good amount of time here and made souvenirs for pretty much everyone we know.
Our last stop was Drip Art – Crayola’s take on spin art. As a child, spin art was my jam, so I eagerly awaited my turn right behind my kids. Yanking the throttle to control the speed of the spinner, my son pretended he was on a rocket ship as the crayon wax dripped into a beautiful circular design. It’s safe to say this exhibit was a winner.
Feeling like we successfully conquered the fourth floor, we headed down to the third floor where my kids had tunnel vision to the jungle explorer in the Activity Studio. A HUGE two story jungle gym with twist, turns, slides, and climbing galore meant they were in heaven (and I could sit down for twenty minutes – yay)! I watched them have the best time and even ran back up to the fourth floor to snap a quick picture of them in one of the clear lookout bubbles.
Doodle In The Dark
After some begging, I got them to move on to the Doodle in the Dark area. This great (dark) space provided large neon doodle boards on the walls, an animated dance floor, and an interactive dancing experience where a Crayola crayon copied your moves. Let’s just say Mr. Purple pulled out some impressive choreography!
Heading down to the second floor, we found ourselves mesmerized by the Art Alive area – where your iPad creation magically transports into a live animation on the wall.
But once they saw the Molding Madness area they started running. Loving the vending machine and the crafting equally, they put in the provided tokens and picked their Crayola Model Magic colors.
Be A Star
If your kids are like mine and seek out shows and character meet and greets, this is the floor for you. We not only met Mr. Green, we saw crayons being made at the Crayola Factory show and were transported into the two dimensional world of a coloring page in the Be A Star studio.
Favorites of ours on both visits, these are all not to be missed.
Wrap It Up!
As our grand finale exhibit, we created custom crayons by picking a color, logo, and name at Wrap It Up! Once the label printed out we used the machines to attach it to the provided crayon making it an official Crayola color. Woot!
As our time at the Crayola Experience came to an end, and we exited through the colorful gift shop – loot bags in hand – we once again agreed the “Experience” was a success.
Perfect as a day trip or enroute to one of the many fun things to do in the Poconos, the Crayola Experience is a great place to spend the day. If you live in the area, check out their special events. Wish I could do a Mom’s Night Out here!
Don’t forget to check out all the family friendly vacation spots we’ve researched!
Know what’s even more fun than coloring? Winning an annual pass to color as much as you want! The nice people at the Crayola Experience have offered to giveaway 2 annual passes to The Mint Chip Mama readers!
To win comment below: What is your favorite arts and crafts/creative thing to do with your kids? Winner chosen Thursday, February 23, 2017at 5pm EST! (Drum roll) the winner is Jen H!
But even better – everyone is a winner! Follow this link to save $3 off your admission tickets! The code to access the tickets is: Chip. With the school break next week it’s a great time to go!
14 thoughts on “The Crayola Experience In Easton, PA. What A Great Family Day!”
My girls and I like to create collages 🙂
Love to decorate our house for holidays and birthdays. We make our own signs to hang on doors and windows using crayola 🙂 crayons!!
I’m a fan of creating collages with my kids using art supplies in addition to random materials that spark creativity. Crayola is always our go-to brand for creative arts.
My daughter loves to craft in her art area. I keep it really well stocked, but I’m still always impressed with how creative she gets. We also work together side by side at the dining room table coloring, painting, sculpting with clay, etc. She loves to help me decorate for all the holidays as well.
My son loves to make things with playdough and really lovea painting
Recently my husband started doing a drawing every day with my 5 yo son, dedicated to doing a drawing each day for a year and documenting it. Ranging from butterflies and ants to lions and elephants to ninjas and samurais, holiday themes, and our favorite–drawings of Lego Transformer creations–it’s amazing what you can do with color and imagination! It’s a special part of our evening routine. Recently they have added origami and paper cut outs to the mix. A child can take their love of drawing anywhere.
This is amaing! You win the two passes! We hope your husband & son get many happy visits out of them & we can see 365 of their drawings!
We love shrinks dinks! They are fun to color in and then the instant gratification of watching them shrink in the oven can’t be beat!
We love to create using things from nature! Painting snow, leaf rubbings, making picture frames with sticks….
Would love to go to the Crayola Factory!!
We love to color pictures, draw pictures of nature and animals, make bracelets and necklaces out of beads, make art of things like pasta, popsicle sticks, string, stickers, etc all kinds of things we can find.
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