your three words | the crayola factory

Last Saturday, we took the kiddo to the Crayola Factory. We actually didn’t think we were going to make it there seeing E woke up at 3:30 AM because he threw up all over his bed. By 7, he was a completely different person and begging to go see the “clayons.” We threw caution to the wind and went anyway.

He was excited about it the whole entire ride {when he wasn’t sleeping}. We got there and he about took off for the building. Once we got inside, it was a different story.

I followed the suggestion of many people to get there right when they open. We got there about 10 {they open at 9:30} and it was not crowded at all. We also purchased our tickets online {a must!} so we walked right in. I was very happy to see that they had a coat room because strollers are not encouraged and I did not want to spend the day carrying everyone’s coats.

We started with the demonstration on how they make crayons. E was fascinated for a while and loved his shiny new red crayon {hot off the press}! He would not let go of it or put it in the bag. The people at Crayola are smart cookies. Everyone gets a bag to put all their treasures in {along with tokens!}.

After the show, E wanted to cash in his tokens. Each person admitted gets 2 tokens to “buy” things such as a box of crayons, markers, and modeling clay. Since there were 3 of us, E got to spend 6! He now has 2 boxes of crayons, 3 markers, and modeling clay {still sitting in the bag mind you}. He just loved running from station to station spending his “monies.”

Another favorite of E’s was the little play area. He loved playing with the balls and climbing through the tunnel. We must have spent a good half hour in there!
After he was done with the “clayons”, we headed upstairs to the National Canal Museum. Your admission to the Crayola Factory includes admission to the museum and I highly recommend checking it out. Dare I say, I think E had more fun there than with the “clayons” {just a little}. They have everything from boats to trains. It also is a great spot to catch breather when the Factory gets hopping.

As we were leaving, I tried to get E to stand next to the big red crayon but he wasn’t having any of it.

Beggers can’t be choosers!

We will definitely be heading back to the Factory in the future! If you make the trip to the Factory, don’t forget to hit the gift store. They have shopping carts for the kids {huge bonus for E} and the prices are great {we were surprised}!

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  1. Looks fun! Do you suggest waiting until they can walk around on their own, since strollers aren't encouraged? Jack is still not at the point where he holds our hand and walks with us.

  2. @ T – I would definitely wait until he's walking well on his own. Plus the bigger he is, the less likley the big kids will run him over!

  3. I remember going to the Crayola factory when I was younger . . . I don't remember doing all those fun things. Is it weird to want to go without kids? I might have to wait until my godson is old enough to take him . . . 4 months old is probably a little young, huh? 😉

  4. I'm following you via Blissdom at Home!

    This sounds like so much fun… We just read a book on how they make Crayola crayons — it was so interesting!

  5. Oh that looks fun! I still remember the crayon making episode of Sesame Street from my childhood. I think I would have loved (haha, maybe still would love!) a trip to the crayon factory!

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