As a child, I was filled with excitement when I opened a box of new Crayola crayons. Seeing all the perfectly sharpened multi-colored rows of wax inspired me as if I were Van Gogh. If it was the big box of 64 with a sharpener attached, it was better than Christmas. I get that feeling again when we visit one of my favorite day trip destinations, The Crayola Factory.
The Crayola Factory is in Easton, Pennsylvania, just a little over an hour away. It’s not the actual manufacturing plant, but you get to see how crayons are made daily at one of the exhibits. The two floors of the museum are filled with hands-on activities that are fun for all ages. There’s Inside Out, a clear wall tunnel that kids are allowed to color on with markers, a painting area that allows you to put your wet masterpiece in a dryer oven so it’s ready to take home in minutes, Cool Moves, an awesome psychedelic color kaleidoscope that records your dance moves and then projects it on a giant screen in cool colors and patterns and so much more.
When you’ve had your fill of art supplies, there’s another museum in the same building. The National Canal Museum is on the 3rd and 4th floors and admission is included in your Crayola Factory ticket. It has a 90-foot canal system and kids get to pilot their boat through the canal locks. The museum is a step back in time offering a hands-on experience of life on the canals in the 1800s.
When you’re ready to eat there are many places to choose from in the area, but our favorite is Pearly Bakers Alehouse. The burgers are awesome, they have great beer on tap and everyone was nice to my loud 23-month-old who decorated the floor with mac n’ cheese.
We went again two weeks ago. Both of my girls had a blast, we had a great lunch and we got home in time to order a pizza and get the girls to bed.
The Crayola Factory
Who: All ages.
What: A hands-on museum filled wth art projects and exhibits all about Crayola.
Where: 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA, 18042.
When: Memorial Day to Labor Day, M-S 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. /
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Children and adults (ages 3 – 64) – $9.50
Infants (age 2 and under) – free
Seniors (age 65 and over) – $9
Admission price also includes entry to The National Canal Museum.
What’s your favorite day trip?