A Colorful Crayola Play Day

Apparently it’s Magical March at the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA – but we didn’t know that when we fueled up. We just knew we were waking up to another cold and snowy day in Jersey City and we had no choice but to get these kids out of our house before it spontaneously combusted.

To be fair, we’ve been to Crayola before. Several times. And it changes in small ways every time we go – but there are a few things that never change, and that keep us coming back.

The Colors. The whole place is designed using the original 8 Crayola colors. (Come on. You don’t need me to tell you what they are.) It’s bright and airy, and its aesthetic sets the tone.

The Playgrounds. There’s one huge one for older kids (my three year old does just fine on it) and there’s a toddler playground for kids between the ages of 2-4.

The Space. It’s four floors, 65,000 square feet. If you feel confined in there, you need more help than my blog can offer. (Also I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine what you’re going through.)

The Art. It’s meant for kids, so the art is gentle and uncomplicated. But it should also be noted that more than once, Lyndon and I did the activity on the table while our kids did something else entirely. And we weren’t the only ones who did that – I watched one mom sitting by herself create a construction paper top hat with a coiling flower that would rival Christine Goodman’s Snow Ball crown while another mom gingerly painted a watercolor wallet.

And also – it’s easy to get to, the parking garage is right next door, the bathrooms are accessible and clean, there’s a coat room with lockers, a cafeteria with pizza, and none of the kids are crying. Legit.

The Crayola Experience is located at 30 Centre Sq in Easton, PA. It’s about an hour drive from Jersey City. Kids under 3 are free, as are teachers and emergency responders (with ID.) Family memberships (four packs) are $99 online, and they’re unlimited for a year.

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Mel Kozakiewicz a professor, editor, writer, and mother of two.

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