People! People!! Happy January to you and yours. I am going to just jump right into this blog because you don't have a lot of time if you want to get going on your very own colorfully cray-cray-Crayola journey this weekend!
The Crayola Experience is in Easton, PA -- a quick and easy ride from NJ/NY area -- a little over an hour away from Montclair...about 1 1/2 hrs from NYC. The "museum" opens at 9:30 am, we got there around 10:30 and breezed on in. However, let me preface this review by saying we visited Crayola mid-week.
If you have read the blog, you know I loves me some toddler adventures...BUT...you also know I don't venture to some of these places on the weekends if I can help it. It's just too much muchery for me to handle all the busy-ness of the crowds on the weekends. So, the hubs and I decided we would make this a special day for Shep and jet off to Crayola on a weekday!
...If you don't mind the crowds, by all means, you do you and go get 'em on a Saturday tiger!
In a nutshell, we melted, molded, wrapped, scanned, picked, sticked, named and gamed everything imaginable.
Four floors of creative fun fit for little and big kings and queens -- in this case, Sheppie (age 3.5) and Mommy (age 36). Daddy and Hartie boy were there but kinda off to the side watching us. I have to admit it, this place felt more special for me than my husband. He def indulged me at Crayola; Rich is not so crafty but he was extra in tune with indulging my obsession with color and creativity during this 'experience.'
First thing we did was hit up the "Melt & Mold" area on the 4th floor. We worked our way down from the top floor. Sheppie loved using the machine to melt regular crayons into cars for he and his baby brother. We completed some spin and drip/drop crayon art and then we made our way to Water Works and Studio Activities on the 3rd floor.
I loved the Activity Studio. Not sure how the "themes" work for this area but on the day we went it was all Detective related. Shep and I made our way around the studio (which by the way has a huge play structure in the center in case the kids need to get some energy out) making our detective/spy folder and accoutrements.
...drawing, cutting, water coloring, gluing...we did it all. Good times for Mommy and Sheppie in the Activity Studio. Dare I say, it was MAGICAL (check out the saying Sheppie came up with for his project)?!
Sheppledoodle spent a bunch of time (3 go arounds to be exact) at the Water Works feature. I'm not really sure what that had to do with Crayola but it was 'part of the experience' of learning about Crayonopolis. Kids love water tables. And thats that for that.
One of our favorite things to do at home is use Model Magic. And when it came time to make some sculptures, Crayola did not disappoint. On the Modeling Madness floor there were vending machines stocked with every color imaginable AND when you pay to get into the 'Experience' you get coins to use in this area (as well as the Name Your Color area). We had more than enough red colored model magic to make gingerbread buddies for Shep and Hart, per Sheppie's art direction of course.
Another favorite area was the sensory/computer stations, Stomp & Play. We "danced" with the crayons and made colorful raining rainbows. The best way to describe this area is that you got to get up to get down, you know what I'm sayin'? Daddy even joined in on this one :) Too tempting not to.
Finally, I can't review OUR Crayola experience without mentioning the fact that we got to NAME OUR OWN CRAYONS!! I mean come on, that was freaking cool. At the Wrap It Up station I consulted with Sheppie on every step of the crayon making and naming process and he was in it to WIN it.
Sheppie's just so happens to be nicknamed is "Doodles" (you can't make this stuff up). At Crayola he lived up to his creative namesake. For our personalized crayons, Doodles chose blue, he told me baby brother liked green, for daddy he chose purple, and mommy of course should get pink.
Like I said earlier, we melted, we molded, we wrapped, we scanned, we picked, we sticked, we named and we gamed! We lived colorfully at Crayola because that's what the art of childhood is all about. We are a silly and bright family. The world is made up of a lot of radiant creatures. We all need to aim to shine bright and beautifully. Right? Right.
Find more info on planning your visit, hours and rates to the Crayola Experience here.