I am a crafty person and always loved coloring as a child so I was just as excited about the Crayola Experience as my littles. We made the trip up to Easton Pennsylvania to check it out and left wanting more! There is so much to explore and create at this creative wonderland! The Crayola Experience website recommends 3-4 hours, but we were there a little over 4 hours and had to rush through some parts. If your littles love to color you could easily spend all day there! There are 3 floors of exhibits. Following the advice of some kind employees we started on the 4th floor and worked our way down. I would definitely recommend this because the 4th floor has the drip art (melted crayon drips onto a spinning paper), melt & mold (melted crayon is molded into a crayon keepsake) and meltdown (painting with melted crayon wax) which are popular, take a while to do and can experience long lines.
The third floor was a big hit because of the Activity Studio. Inside the Activity Studio our littles loved climbing and playing in the Color Playground. It was brilliant because we could keep an eye on the color playground from the Paint Palette and Puzzle It activities when our 3 wanted to do different activities. Our littles were not interested in waiting in line for the Adventure Lab once they found out you didn’t get to actually create anything to take home. The Water Works was not our favorite, but if you have a little one who loves boats, maybe?
The second floor was really crowded! We used our tokens to make our own crayons at Wrap It Up, which our littles were very excited about! We enjoyed the show in the Crayon Factory where we learned how crayons are made, inspected, wrapped and boxed for our creative use. We all loved the interactive art in Art Alive and Rainbow Rain. I think some of the adults were having more fun than their kids. The Rockin Paper was a little confusing, but once we figured out the system it was cool to see our birds do a dance on stage. Our toddler wanted to stay in Toddler Town and we had to bribe her with making her own “movie” to get her to leave. We loved the color magic activity and wished we had more time there! We will definitely be returning for more Crayola magic!
PROS: There are 28 hands-on creative activities for kids of all ages. You get to create all day without having to set up or clean up. You get to take your art home with you. Each floor has at least one open-ended creative activity and one directed activity. A great way to try different Crayola products and find new art activities your children enjoy. The use of digital technology is very user friendly. Even when it is busy its possible to use a stroller throughout exhibits. Bathrooms are abundant and easily accessible.
CONS: This place is popular and gets packed during peak times like weekends and holidays. There is no outside food or drinks allowed. There are unhealthy snacks and treats for sale throughout which surprised me as Crayola promotes itself as family centered.
Tickets are $19.99 for the day but check for discounts! Kids under 3 are free. The Crayola Experience is one of those places that has so much to offer that one trip is hardly enough. If you have time in your schedule and money in the budget, an annual pass is totally worth it at $99.99 for a family of 4. The pass pays for itself if you go two or more times. Pair it with something else in the Lehigh Valley for a fun weekend getaway!
From the DC area it takes about 3-4 hours. It is possible to do a day trip, but there are a couple hotels nearby for an overnight. Parking is available on the street (using mobileNOW! app) or in a garage. Easton Public Market is a great place to grab a bite with kids. There is a kids area to play/eat. There are several vendors offering everything from ramen to bbq to pizza and desserts.
Crayola Experience 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042 (610) 515-6000 Open M-F 9:30-4 & Sa-Su 10-6