Disclaimer: I was given free tickets to enjoy the places mentioned in this post. I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are my own.
Over the years I noticed something sad. My little home state of Pennsylvania doesn't get enough credit for the awesome state that it is! I once had a friend who lived outside of the state and she thought we were all farmers. I told her we were NOT, but when she came to visit, my chickens were getting yelled at for being in my garden....lol! All joking aside though I really do live in an amazing state with so much culture and history. For example you know that yummy Hershey's chocolate? Made right here in PA!! And you remember learning about the Civil War in school? Did you know one of the major turning battles was fought in my home state, Gettysburg PA! I could go on and on about all the amazing things PA, but for today I want to focus on a new experience my boys and I got to enjoy.
The Crayola Experience
More than 25 activities throughout 60,000 square feet of color await families at Crayola Experience in downtown Easton, Pa. The adventures of Crayola Experience help kids and adults alike explore art and technology, express their creativity, and experience color in a whole new way. The attraction also is home to The Crayola Store, featuring the world's largest selection of Crayola products and unique souvenirs.
I was never here before this visit. My son went one year with school and kept gushing about how much fun he had. He got his brother and I so excited I just knew we had to plan a family trip. So Wednesday morning I loaded us all up in the car and off we went. When we arrived at The Crayola Experience building our temperatures were taken right away, there was hand sanitizing stations everywhere, several times in my visit I saw things being cleaned, everyone had on masks. and the more high traffic areas we closed(like the indoor playground). I really appreciated their dedication to keep my family safe. I felt valued and safe!
After I gave our tickets my boys and I got a bag filled with crayons, chalk, tokens and a ticket for a free Scribble scrubbies pet. We used the tokens to get molding clay which was in a huge vending machine and have every color imaginable. And we also made our own crayons!! We picked the color, name and even got to add our own symbol.
After we were done buying our goodies we went to get a Scribble scrubbies pet. We were given a tote filled with fun tools to play with our clay and color our pet. There was also a washing and drying area to clean our pet and start over if we wanted to. My kids had a blast, arts and crafts are a pretty big deal in my house. The facts that Crayola understands this and provides a space for kids to let their imagination run was awesome. After this we went into the digital area! A place were you coloring pages come to life. My boys got to bring their page to life, and also take a photo with it! After this we went to the selfie station, where the kids got to pick a silly digital face and take a photo. I was even able to get a copy sent to my email. We got to spend time in the photo booth and got some really cute photos that we later colored at home. There was so many activities for the boys and I to do deciding where to go next was the biggest challenge. As many of you may know my boys are 12 and 9. Quinn my 9 year old is still very much in that kid phase, so he loved everything. Brandon who is a bit older is out of that phase, I was afraid he wouldn't enjoy it. I was so wrong, the digital areas really held his attention!
And if I'm completely honest even I had fun messing around in the digital areas. Finally we went to the Crayon Factory show. We did this last, because my boys really did not want to do it. For them it felt to much like learning. I on the other hand love learning new stuff, so we went.
I wont lie my boys were not jumping up and down for joy afterwards, but they did learn something. And they did repeat a few of the facts to my sister later, so I think they secretly enjoyed it!
Oh and I almost forgot to mention the boys also had their photo taken with Big Blue.
On the way out my kids saw the store, yes I am so that mom that tried to sneak them past and save my wallet.
I'm glad they took me inside though! There was so much to choose from and things I never before saw at my local stores. I ended up buying myself grape chap stick and a pair of red Crayola socks. My kids got a lot more, but I only end up spending $54 and when I say my kids got " a lot" more I really do mean it. I was actually impressed with the prices and next time we go down I wont try to sneak by it!!
We really did have an amazing day and my boys have added this to their summer must do list. So now in addition to going to Hershey, Knobles, Dutch Wonderland and Gettysburg every year my family will now have an annual Crayola Experience visit too!
If you want to learn more please see my link below:
Crayola Experience also has locations in Orlando, Fla.; the Mall of America (Bloomington, Minn.); Plano, Texas; and Chandler, Ariz. To learn more, visit CrayolaExperience.com/Easton .