Somewhere deep in the YouTube black hole my daughter came across a video about the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA and became obsessed. Yesterday we made the scenic 90 minute drive from NYC to Easton, PA to see what this experience is all about. I have to admit, I am now hugely impressed with this brand. Crayola is taking art, technology play and imagination development to new heights and I can’t wait to see what’s currently going on in research and development…I’m certain it’s good.
My four year old is an only child and begs to bring a friend on most all of our outings, unfortunately our plans today were very spontaneous and we couldn’t find anyone to join us. So she was stuck with just me. Turns out we had a really focused, highly engaged day together at each station. I think the one on one adult ratio helped her stay focused and allowed her to be fully fascinated with all the crafts and activities instead just being silly with her buddies (which I adore too).
Crayola has four floors. We began on the fourth. In this area we made drip art on paper plates, on little cards and molded melted crayons into rings. The melting of crayons into rings was my daughter’s favorite part. She’s still wearing hers, fortunately it hasn’t broken yet. There were a lot of employees helping us at each station, which were all very tidy. It was also a fairly empty afternoon which was nice so there were no lines.
Next we moved down to the second floor where we made our own crayons even the wrappers. Of course my daughter picked purple and put her name on hers. We also did Color Magic where you color pre-made pages then they come to life using a computer application. You can pick different backgrounds and make your characters move. The last activity we did on this floor was the Molding Maddness which is like molding clay. We crafted frogs on lily pads using a step by step guide. These sculptures take about 40 hours to dry so ours are still drying.
We ended our adventure on the third floor where there is an awesome water table and huge climbing structure that extends a couple stories high. The water table was my favorite part of the experience, it was really exceptional. The climbing structure was pretty great too. And it was a perfect way to end our trip and run out my daughter’s energy before our 90 minute drive back home.
Of course any kid experience ends in the gift shop, this one did too. We bought a magnet and called it a day, a very good day. I’m really glad we made the trip here.
- This experience is best for ages 5+.
- Strollers are welcome, there is even unattended stroller parking.
- There are locker rentals.
- There is a cafe.
- Outside food and drink are not allowed.
- There are extra experiences you can buy but we found standard admission allowed us to do everything we wanted.
- Save the third floor for the end, that’s the jungle gym and water table. Also, bring a change of clothes, my daughter got quite wet.
- Rainy days are their busiest.
- Morning are slower than afternoons.
- Sunny gorgeous days are slower.
- Expect to spend about 3 hours here.
- There is a surprising amount of cool stuff in this area of PA, you may decide to make a weekend of it!