About The Crayola Experience™
At The Crayola Experience™ visitors enter a world of discovery as they experience more than a dozen hands-on activities as well as learn how Crayola Crayons® and Markers are made. This is not the real manufacturing plant. It’s a colorful and interesting visitor center that allows children of all ages to unleash their creative spirit. Themes and projects change periodically to give visitors a variety of projects to create throughout the year.
Renovated in 2013 with 18 new attractions and interactive experiences.
The Crayola Experience, which was expanded and renovated in May 2013, makes art come alive. The key to a successful visit is to allow plenty of time (a full day) and take it slow. Your children might want to spend a hour creating a glow-in-the-dark masterpiece or driving boats through the colorful water-play canal. They'll be able to dance with crayons, create a coloring page from a photo of themselves, and play with a giant lite-bright peg board.
I recommend heading to the top floor first, where you might experience a bit of a wait for some of the melted crayon wax activities. Save the giant climbing/slide structure for last when you are ready to tire them out! The Crayola Cafe is on site with delicious lunch options and don't miss the Crayola Store with it's wall of color - you and the kids can create your own custom pack of crayons or markers.
Recently my family went to Hershey, PA which is about a 3 hour drive from our home. Shortly after beginning the drive home our 2 year old twins, ever so pleasantly informed us that they did NOT want to be in the car. I couldn't blame them because we packed up and left in the morning which is usually their most active time of the day. So I looked in our GPS for attractions that were along our route and came upon the Crayola Factory which was at almost exactly our half way point. I checked times and prices and we rerouted ourselves to Easton, PA for some Crayola fun.
I simply cannot overstate how fantastic this place is. I'm not sure what I was expecting, if anything, since I only learned that it existed mere minutes before arriving but this place was just filled to the brim with educational, creative, and fun activites for people (not just children) of all ages.
It was a hectic few hours for my husband and as we chased our twins from one exciting activity to another. There were coloing stations, crayon as well as marker making machines where you would make your own. There were little booth areas to take a picture of yourself or your family and print it out as a coloring page. There were things with water, clay, sand, lights, projectors, you name it! There are 4 floors in the building, each with different activites. Too many for us though; a few hours in the boys started to melt down and we got them some ice cream in the Crayola Cafe and headed home. It was the perfect amount of stimulation for them to be tired anough to sleep the rest of the way home.
We highly recommend this experience, its a great half to full day activity; especially for rainy or super hot days! The prices are reasonable and the building itself is very clean well kept. I'm not sure how long it has been there but it looks brand new.
We had such a blast here. We have two children ages 8 and 3 at the time of our vacation and there was so much to do to keep them both happy and busy. There is a McDonald's right on site as well as plenty of seating if you want to bring in your own picnic. Loved it and would recommend it to anyone!
I have taken my kids to the Crayola Factory many times when they were various toddler and preschool ages. It has been an annual event because they like it so much. You can get discounts for tickets through Entertainment or KidStuff type books. Even if you pay full price, it's not outrageous.
The place is several floors and you receive a map when you arrive. There is PLENTY to do here. We usually just went floor to floor and gravitated to what the kids wanted to do next. There are coloring activities, model magic activities, opportunities to use chalk and melted wax, a screen to dance in front of, a little kiddie play area, marker fun and so much more. Your kids can also take home any project they create, which is awesome. I would advise going any other months than July or August, as many, many summer camps come here. It can get tremendously crowded then, which is a bummer for anyone trying to enjoy the place. If you have time when the older kids are in school, this place is ideal. Your kids will enjoy trying all of the activities and exploring all that Crayola products can do. A fun "factory" tour which is always voted one of the best in the country.
The Crayola Experience is a four-story 60,000 square foot indoor and hands-on children’s art attraction. It is located in downtown Easton, PA, which is an easy drive from NYC, NJ and the Poconos. It features about twenty Crayola themed activities for children of all ages ranging from simple coloring sheets to painting using melted crayon wax to an indoor playground. The Crayola Experience, which was formerly known as the Crayola Factory was completely renovated and re-opened in May of 2013.
For visits during the cooler months, there is a large coat room located on the first floor. There are also lockers available to rent for $3 or $5, which is awesome for bringing your own lunch. There are picnic tables available outside in Easton Square. If your preference is to buy lunch, then the Café Crayola is available for dining on such foods as pizza, salads, sandwiches, ice cream, and pretzels. We only purchased a pretzel and lemonade, which cost us $6. The facility allows strollers but, unless it is absolutely necessary, I would avoid bringing one on the busier days. The restrooms are plentiful and there is one on every floor. There is also a nursing room available. Parking is available across the street from the entrance in a parking garage between Pine Street and Ferry Street for $2 an hour, with a daily maximum of $15. There is also the option to search for a parking spot on the street for $1 an hour but, with a two hour maximum, we preferred the convenience of the parking garage.
My family visited on a Saturday in August. My daughter is almost three years old and my son is thirteen years old. The morning was over-cast with a mix of rain. When we arrived it was apparent the place was packed! We are all pretty good sports so we headed in for an exciting family day. Included with every admission (even adults) are three tokens. These tokens are used to “purchase” Model Magic to make foam compound creations; to create a marker in the shade of your choice and/or to wrap up a personalized crayon. All tokens activities are located on the second floor. There is the option to purchase more tokens from two machines at 50 cents a token so children are not limited to only doing any of these activities just once. The #1 must-see attraction is the educational “Crayola Factory Show”, which is a step-by-step demonstration about how crayons are made and packaged. This show takes place every half hour to hour depending on the day. This is a great way to start off a magical and colorful day. Both of my children enjoyed the “Model Magic Madness” where cookie cutters, rolling pins and children’s hands are used to create works of art. Model Magic is fun just like play dough but also dries into a foam substance. “Waterworks” is another activity that is enjoyed by my children, especially my son. This activity is a large water table based on the canal system, where children are given a crayon boat to move along the water canals. This is definitely geared more towards older children, as it is harder to reach for smaller children.
My advice is to avoid this attraction on the weekends because the large amount of visitors will take away from your enjoyment. The lines will be long and the activities will be over-crowded. Young children will become impatient waiting. Even with the over-crowdedness, it could have been better if there were more employees working. Many of the areas were unsupervised, some areas were a mess and other areas felt like a free for all. For example, in the “Model Magic Madness” area, the parents were just grabbing and essentially stealing the model magic while the attendant was busy using the cash register to help other customers. The “Doodle in the Dark” activity, which was a favorite of my children’s on a previous trip, was completely covered in doodles with no employees anywhere around to clean it. “Toddler Town” was full of bigger kids who had taken over the area, which is an area of fun activities for younger children and my toddler was unable to take a turn on the giant ball maze. We also did not utilize the popular activities on the fourth floor due to extremely long lines and being tired by the over-crowdedness. I suggest planning a visit to the Crayola Experience during the week and the best time of year would be during the school year. I also suggest avoiding weekends, school holidays and rainy days or when there is likely to be larger crowds.
With all things considered, this is definitely a pricey day trip at $15.99 per person with children under two free. Senior citizens are $3 less. If you purchase tickets online then you can save $1 per ticket. If you live local, the best value would be to purchase an annual pass and visit two or more times in a year. Many local coupon books offer coupons as well.
Despite the large crowds, lack of staff and some disorganization we still enjoyed the experience. The activities are fun, creative and exciting. The atmosphere is bright and colorful! The next time we visit will not be on a weekend. If your visit is planned on an appropriate day then this place is a blast!
This review is based on a complimentary visit to the Crayola Experience. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.
I'm glad I had a living social deal and didn't pay full price. It was very crowded so it was hard to navigate with 2 little ones. The bigger kids just overtake the exhibits. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We will definitely return but try to plan on getting there earlier before it gets crowded. Parking is either in a garage or on the street, either way, you have to pay.
Crayola Factory is a great fun place for kids. You can see how crayons get made, and you get loads of freebies (crayons, drawings you make, modeling clay, ...). Actually, it's pretty cool and educational to see how crayons get made and how many crayons they actually make (answer: it's a lot).
There are rooms to draw with markers, to draw with crayons, a craft area, chalk area, modeling clay area... Kids will be entertained for awhile and harness their creativity.
There's even a Crayola store right next door with the world's largest crayon.
Kids had a great time. They get to experience everything from crayons to model magic and all crayola provides in between! There are areas geared to different ages too. Definately worth the trip and the cost to get in. I'm sure we'll make the trip again.
We went to the crayola factory on a Tuesday morning thinking we could avoid crazy weekend overload, and we did. Don't get me wrong it was BUSY but not so much that we couldn't enjoy ourselves. I had been to the original crayola factory (the actual factory) when I was little, and this was way more fun than I remembered.
When you go, park in/on the parking deck. If you can go to the top and get a cool picture of the dumping crayon box. Don't forget to take your parking ticket with you as they want you to pay at the kiosk on the ground floor as you return to your car. (The kiosk accepts cash/credit/debit) . I believe the parking is $2.00/hour and we were there a little over 2 hours, so over all not bad.
Once inside, they have a coat room where you hang your own stuff it is not "monitored" so don't bring anything valuable in that you don't want to carry.
The factory is stroller accessible, but if your munchkin can and is willing to walk, you are better off. Once you pay they give you tokens for freebies (YAY) and they give you a plastic bag for all the crafts you will create. I had a back pack with me and it was much easier to have my hands free for helping than to carry the bag they give you.
There were so many cool things to do, and if your kids like crafty type things this is a must see. My 2 year old loves crafts and she had a ball, she actually keeps asking to go back. I would have loved to see and participate in the actual making of some crayons, and they have an area for that but you have to be over the age of 5 so needless to say I/we didn't see that since it was just the 2 of us.
Of course they have some cool new products available to experiment with, and some old favorites too.
Bathroom facilities are easily accessible, and have changing facilities. There is a McDonald's on the premises (Smart, Smart, Smart) as well as the Crayola factory Store. As a bonus there is also the National Canal Museum on the top floor of the factory, which we didn't get to see unfortunately ( the "crankies" were setting in)and there is a canal museum gift shop. I know I mentioned the McDonald's but if you pack your own lunch they have an area just off the main entrance that is painted to look like a park and they have multiple picnic tables.
My daughter being 2 was free and I was $9 and change and it was worth every penny. I know she is looking forward to going back, and so am I!
we loved visiting the Crayola Factory and are so glad that we decided to add it last minute to a last minute weekend getaway! our daughter (9 at the time) loved it and had so much fun creating all kinds of neat little projects. and the gift shop was great as well.
our families favorite activity was making Melted Wax pictures. it was very neat to see the different combinations and styles that each of us came up with
as an added bonus, they have a Canal Museum on one of the upper floors that is very neat to walk through and informative too. they also had a few hands on activities for the kids to do.
My husband and I colored part of our afternoon away while our son ran from station to station looking for more things to do.
By far the most entertaining for him (4.5 y.o.) was the Model Magic area where you get to shape and decorate your Model Magic. He also loved putting all our tokens in the machines to retrieve a marker and a box of crayons.
The crayon and marker making demonstration was akin to the "How it's Made" TV show, and correctly answering questions score you bonus markers crayons and Model Magic.
The activity area guides you to make any of the featured arts and crafts, and the crayon carousel with its coloring sheets is every inner kid's dream.
For the same price you gain admission to the Canal museum, also worth a look.
I love crayola factory. my kids do too because I can't get them to leave. I do get lost everytime we go because of the one way streets but we are local so somehow I always find it. There are cheaper membership plans but we manage to find coupons in the kidstuff coupon books, or if you sign up for their email, you get half off the next time you go. My kids love trying out all the new crayons and markers. you can make different projects. there is also a gift shop nearby. I recommend going during the week when it is less crowded although that will change with summer coming up. also, check their calender they have tons of special events with Dora and Backyardigans.
One of the best times we have had as a family, our visit to the Crayola Factory was an experience we just had to repeat. Four years ago, our family visited the Crayola Factory and had such a great time we just had to go back again this year. Having visited multiple times, I can say that my kids (18 months and 4 years the first time, 5 and 8 the second time) enjoyed every aspect of the place.
After marveling at the falling crayon sign outside, we went in and purchased tickets (very reasonable). For $9 each, you receive unlimited access to the attraction for the day as well as a number of tokens that can be used to purchase sample sizes of Crayola products throughout the building. We sat through a demonstration of how crayons are made, both in the past and now, and were each given a fresh crayon and label. Then we went out to explore the rest of the building. The attractions include: a great display on the history of Crayola and the different colors throughout the years, a fun play area for preschoolers where they get a chance to explore color and movement, an interactive light and sound room where kids can explore, and tons of hands on activities where kids and parents alike get a chance to sample all the great products from Crayola. Kids of all ages can explore their creativity: write with markers on a tall glass tunnel, use color wonder markers on an unending stack of coloring sheets, design their perfect graffiti on the city street with sidewalk chalk, make melted wax art, and sculpt with model magic.
We spent hours there and had a fantastic time. Don’t forget to hit the Crayola store downstairs to buy your kids all the great things they so enjoyed inside. Also, don’t miss the World’s Largest Crayon “Big Blue”, inside the store.
We were very excited as we arrived at the Crayola factory, but disappointed in short order. The Factory is a mediocre experience at best. Yes they have crafts at assigned stations, but honestly we would be better off (and a lot less stressed) spending our $40 on supplies and doing the crafts at home. There simply wasn't anything innovative at Crayola. A let down.
This is a fun place to go, but I do not recommend going in the summer unless you go early in the morning. It gets very crowded very quickly. The kids get to make all kinds of arts & crafts that they get to take home. The factory has different themes for the activities. Be prepared to spend a long time with the kids because they want to try everything. I really enjoy the store also. You can get pretty much anything with Crayola written on it.
The kids had a wonderful time at the Crayola Factory. It is 3 levels, but the first level is the Crayola portion, while the 2 other floors are for the canal musuem. The kids enjoyed seeing how crayons and markers were made and excited they came home w/ a small box of crayons and a marker a piece. They also got free modeling clay and a ceramic fish that they painted there. When we went, it was a Wed afternoon and it was VERY CROWDED AND VERY HOT. The temp outside was low 80's but with that many people in there, the temp inside felt like at least 90 degrees. They need more A/C piped through the building. We felt like we had to navigate and stake out places for kids to play, and you didn't want to leave for fear of not finding another place to sit. They have a nice gift shop, but when we were there, we were in line over 20 minutes and had only moved one person. There was at least 25 people in line and only 3 registers opened. We left w/o buying anything. Kids were tired of standing in line.
Over all though, the kids had fun and still talk about it several weeks later.
We've been to the Crayola Factory many times and it is always great fun. There are many different creative activities that are good for all ages. My daughter was still a toddler the first time we went. With our help, she was able to do most of the activities. They give you tokens with your admission that are redeemable for products along the way, crayons, markers, modeling clay. They also have bags throughout the facility, so that you have a place to store all your artwork. Hands down the favorite activity is always "painting" with the wax from melted crayons.
Spend some time with your family at this hands-on discovery center filled with creativity and fun for children and adults alike. You’ll be sure to leave with a bag of your child’s own original souvenirs. Make your own artwork with melted crayon wax at Crayola Meltdown, or use Crayola Model Magic to create three- dimensional art in Super Sculptures. Dance in Cool Moves and see your image projected onto a screen.
Even the youngest visitors can explore Color Park.
Don’t miss the Crayola crayon and marker demonstrations, where staff show how these products are made, or Crayola Chronology, where information abounds on the over one-hundred-year history of Binney & Smith, makers of Crayola products.
We thought the Crayola Factory would be creative fun, with information about the history of the company and perhaps a tour. Boy, were we disappointed. First of all, it's loud. The colors are bright, and there's loud music playing. Secondly, whether or not it fosters creativity is a matter of opinion. If you don't ever let your kids draw or paint at home, I suppose it sparks creativity, in a don't-move-the-markers-from-this-station kind of way. Third, there's only one small exhibit about Crayola history. And the tour is a short demonstration that's hard to see and hear, and half of the equipment didn't work right when we were there. It was cool to get coins with our (expensive) admission that we could use to dispense a special set of crayons or marker. The National Canal Museum (upstairs, included with admission) was neat. The Crayola store next door had every possible Crayola product. But the Crayola Factory itself? Not impressive in our (coloring) book.
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