On Sunday, July 12, my husband and I took the kids to the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA. I was given tickets to bring my family and explore! We got there and were greeted right away. The young man at the register was super friendly, he got the tickets we had waiting and also gave us some tokens to use throughout the factory. In with my tickets was a wonderful note and some stickers to color. We purchased some extra tokens for the kids to use too. We took Billy’s stroller in with us, so if he was overwhelmed he would have it to sit in. Before you enter, there is an area that you can hang your coats and park your stroller if you like. I thought this was a wonderful idea to have.
The first thing we did was go check out the huge crayon, Big Blue! To quote from their website, “Weighing in at 1500 lbs. the World’s Largest Crayon “Big Blue” was created from 123,000 blue crayons donated from children across the country! ” Both my daughter and my son were amazed at how big the crayon was. Billy walked up and wanted us to open the case so he could play with it. We than headed to the elevator and went up to the second floor. The first thing we saw when we walked in was Wrap It Up, an area where you can use your tokens to purchase a crayon color they have featured and create a special wrapper for it. http://www.crayolaexperience.com/easton/things-to-do/things-to-do-with-kids/wrap-it-up.aspx There were 5 colors to choose from that day, red, blue, yellow, green and purple. We had a blast naming our crayons silly names and we used our tokens to get every color they had. After we were done wrapping our crayons, we walked through to an area where we could purchase color dough with our tokens and molding kits. They had tables where you could sit and make your adorable creations. We did purchase some of the clay and a kit, but brought it home with us to have a fun project at home to remember our fun day there. My husband than took my daughter to the color magic area. You get to color in a picture and bring it to life with an app! While they had fun making pictures come alive, I walked to the Toddler Town area for Billy to play while we waited. They have a giant lighted peg board, some toddler play tables and a toddler play area. Billy had a blast here. The pegs really helped to stimulate his sensory seeking and he had a blast climbing through the play area. It got a little overwhelming there though, because there wasn’t an employee watching the area, and even thought it was posted kids age 2-4, kids ages 8 and up were running through the play area too, and pushing the smaller kids. So, we didn’t play as long as we would have liked. They definitely need to have an employee placed there to help out and make sure the proper ages are playing in the area. Before we left the second floor, we were able to take a family picture in this area and have it made into a fun coloring sheet!
Next we headed to the third and fourth floors. The kids got to do so many more amazing things, like drive a crayon boat through a lake, melt a crayon down into a special figure, make pictures with melted wax, and so many more amazing things.
Some of our favorite things on this trip were the Art Alive area. The kids got to color in an animal on a tablet and once they finished, they sent the animal up to the big wall. My son had a blast looking at his animal move on the big wall. Both my daughter and son wanted to color animals over and over on the tablet and watch them come alive. My daughter loved the big playground area. She played for a long time and we sat with Billy and let him color a picture, which was than turned into a puzzle. Their all time favorite area though was the Doodle in the Dark area. My son spent an hour in there drawing on a lighted board and playing on the interactive floor. This place was such an amazing sensory area for my son and I could have spent the whole day there. He had such a blast! http://www.crayolaexperience.com/easton/things-to-do/things-to-do-with-kids/doodle-in-the-dark.aspx
We spent about 4 hours at the Crayola Factory that day and the kids left super happy and begging to go back. My son loved being able to color and play throughout the day. There were so many fun things to do, lots of stuff for kids. I felt that everything there was so autism and sensory friendly too. Which is an amazing thing to parents of autistic kids and chidlren with sensory issues. It is nice to be able to go to a place that has unlimited things for them to do, while fulfilling their needs. We had a blast and will be making a trip back in the future for sure!
I would like to say thank you to Jennifer Murray and the Crayola Experience for welcoming my family for a day at their wonderful place. We had a great time!
Please read more about the Crayola Experience and all the fun things to do there on their website: http://www.crayolaexperience.com/easton and stay tuned for a code to get discounted tickets.
*EDIT* I wanted to share the link to save $4 on a days ticket to the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA. It is such fun, and I love that I teamed up with Crayola Factory to offer this discount to all my readers: https://tickets.crayolaexperience.com/affiliate.asp?ID=D5CD9121-A880-4FA9-8744-CBA7B9D9DEC5
**I was given 4 tickets to Crayola Experience in exchange for my review. All the opinions expressed are of my own and in no way influenced by Crayola Factory, Crayola or any else**