Our Visit to The Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania
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As one of our last hurrahs of summer, my husband took a day off from work and we all went to the Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania. We’d never been before, and it sounded like such a great time. I mean, a fresh new box of Crayola Crayons is like the best thing ever, right? Plus, I knew the boys would love all the different, interactive exhibits. Before heading over, I found tickets on Groupon for $15.99 person and had managed to combine an online coupon with it, so I was totally happy with the savings!
Anyways, It was only about an hour and a half from Cherry Hill, NJ (click here for Google Maps), so not a bad ride at all. We left the house around 9:30 am, on a Wednesday morning, and headed over for a day of fun. Since we were not allowed to bring food into the building, we packed lunch in a cooler and ate it in the car before going inside. As far as I could tell, there is no parking specifically for The Crayola Experience, but we found metered parking on North Bank Street for $1 an hour, a very short walking distance from the entrance.
When we arrived, the boys were more than happy to pose by the entrance since they had a big sign and a bunch of oversized Crayola products. It kind of reminded me of how Walt Disney World used to have their “Honey, I shrunk the kids” playground back when Hollywood Studios was still MGM.
After getting our photo on, we walked in the entrance and we were AMAZED at the line we had to stand in. I’m not sure if the line is always this long or if we just happened to stop by on a busy day (Who would think that a Wednesday morning would be busy? Not me!). On this day, there were 2 lines: 1 line for the people that either needed to purchase tickets or had discounted tickets and 1 line for the people that had annual passes. We stood in line for just about an hour to even get admittance to the exhibits. Right? How insane was that? For the first twenty minutes or so, there was only one person at the register. Then, more staff members came to registers, but they were having some sort of issue with the Groupon passes and that slowed things down even more. Oy!
Once we got up to the counter and got checked in, we were each handed a little baggie with 2 coins in each bag. Hold onto that bag!! You’ll need it once you get to the second floor.
The very first thing you see is this ginormous blue crayon!
We were obviously amazed by it! This one crayon could draw a straight line for 10 miles long! It took 123,000 blue Crayola Crayons, melted down, to create this one giant crayon. Cray-cray, right? (see what I did there?!)
If you keep on going straight, you’ll enter the dining hall. Since we ate our lunch in the car, we didn’t need to visit, so we went up the steps to the second floor. They do have an elevator, but there was a long line for it and we didn’t want to take up any room that could be used by a child in a stroller.
There are 4 stories total in the Crayola Experience. They all have a number of hands-on exhibits, but the second floor is where you’ll use the coins you got at the register because this is where you can name your own crayon (!!!) and use Crayola Modeling Magic (https://amzn.to/2NbAx7h) to create your own model. Each coin will get you 1 crayon or 1 small package of Modeling Magic dough. Currently, additional coins can be purchased for $1 for two coins. Because it was crowded, we ended up naming a few crayons and then using the leftover coins to purchase the packages of Modeling Magic dough to bring home.
This machine allowed the sticker wrapper to be wrapped around the bare crayon. It was so cool!
I’m pretty sure the third floor was the boys’ favorite because there is a GIANT multi-story playground there. Seriously a dream come true for my boys!
On the fourth floor, they have hands-on activities like crayon spin art, drawing with melted crayons, and forming new crayon shapes from melted crayons. Honestly, while this was my favorite part, we didn’t spend much time there because 1. it was pretty hot from all the warming machines and 2. the lines were crazy again and I was running out of patience.
I don’t know how, but we waited in a line for over a half hour just to make these two crayons. The boys love them, and I love that, but we ended up skipping the crayon spin art because that line was just as long.
All in all, I’m hoping we just visited on a fluke day. The boys had a blast, but my husband and I were exhausted and frustrated by the end of the day because we really didn’t expect it to be so crowded on a Wednesday. I didn’t go over all 28 of the exhibits because I want to leave some surprises for you guys, but, if you get the chance to go, it is worth it. Hopefully things will be running smooth that day!
Have you been to the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA before? What was your experience? What was your favorite exhibit?