OK, let’s play a game. If I say crayons, what’s the first word that comes to mind? Did you say Crayola? Of course you did. The Crayola brand is pretty much synonymous when it comes to any art supplies like crayons and markers. As a former teacher, and now mom, it’s one of my most beloved brands. As a matter of fact, my daughter and I were out drawing with Crayola sidewalk chalk just yesterday.
In case you can’t tell, I am a big Crayola fan. So you can imagine how excited I was to learn that the Crayola Factory in Easton, PA, was just a short drive from our vacation destination of Lake Harmony, PA. A trip there was definitely in order. I could go on and on about my visit, but instead, let me share with you the top 10 highlights.
1. Ordering Tickets Online – We had 9 in our party so we reserved tickets ahead of time and trust me, not having to stand on line was great considering I had a 2-year-old with me.
2. Toddler Play Area- There was a section with big, soft toys for the younger set which was a blessing as my daughter was getting plowed over by the older kids.
3. Cool Moves- An exhibit where you use your body to make colored shadows on a screen.
4. Finger Painting – In the art room the project was finger painting. I love Crayola in that they provided smocks and had a cool machine to dry the paintings so they were easy to transport home.
5. History of Crayola- For older kids and adults, there is plenty of information on the history of the crayon and the Binney & Smith (now Crayola) company.
6. Gettin’ Fishy With It – Additional art projects can be done for a small fee. My daughter got to paint a plaster fish statue to take home.
7. Sandy Fun – Again, for a small fee, we got a heart-shaped clear bottle that we filled with different colors of sand. For a 2-year-old playing in sand bins and pouring it through funnels is heaven.
8. The World’s Largest Crayon – Located in The Crayola Store, it weighs 1500 lbs. and took 123,000 blue crayons to make.
9. McDonald’s – Literally outside the doors of the Factory is a McDonald’s so melting down kids can quickly be fed.
10. Shopping at The Crayola Store- For a huge fan like me, buying plush crayons, t-shirts, and art kits is a blast.
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