I am blissfully between jobs for two whole days (not that I managed to avoid calls and emails from both the new and old employers today) AND have the kids out of school, so I decided to use our time together for a trip to the Crayola factory. I have always wanted to go, and Little Dude has a new fondness for artwork, so I thought I’d give it at try… alone! I don’t like to drive far by myself (this was one hour) and it is hard to manage the kids by myself when they move at dramatically different paces and have varying interests, but it all worked out OK today.
The factory was fun, but definitely more of a kids’ activity museum than a working factory tour. It was a little crowded, but not too bad. One of the first areas we came across was a cute car that was covered in white-board finish, so the kids could color all over it. Little Dude was completely enamored with that and Girlie colored on there for a while before sneaking off to the next activity.
Little Dude drawing on a car!
Another highlight was the crayon demonstration, where we saw a man make red crayons right in front of us. He even handed out fresh crayons to the kids, warm and a little soft to the touch! He made markers too and we got to take those home as well. It was not very engaging to the younger guests, but the big kids seemed to really enjoy it. I know I did! There was a small but fun pre-school play zone where Little Dude played with a ball display of some sort , while Girlie waited patiently in line to get her picture taken for her own coloring sheet featuring her with Cinderella!
We ventured upstairs where the water play area was completely boring and disappointing. This is usually a hit for my kids but nobody was impressed here. We quickly moved on to the other activity area which was all paid activities and then a cool “Doodle in the Dark” exhibit where Girlie had a good time creating glow-in-the-dark art.
Girlie's Doodle in the Dark!
Little Dude’s favorite activity in the whole place was this glass room where you could draw all over the walls. I had a blast watching him run in and out, swapping out markers and scribbling all over. Girlie did not find this nearly as entertaining!
Little Dude in Window Room
Once we had enough, we packed up and drove home along a very scenic Delaware River road, gaping at the cows and country stuff. We are still not used to PA life, but we really are amused by it!
Here are the snack-boxes I made for our trip today:
Long Car-Ride Snackbox!
Girlie was so excited to see these and they kept the kids busy for most of the drive there and full enough not to cry for snacks while we were at the factory! They had crackers, cheese, grapes, and something sweet. Little Dude’s treat was Easter gummies and Girlie had trail mix.
Have you ever been to the Crayola Experience? Did you enjoy it? Do you ever do crazy stuff like this without your partner? I think it is kind of a bad idea, but staying home with them all day tends to be an even worse idea!!! Thank goodness they are back to school tomorrow!