The attractions at this Easton, Pennsylvania spot celebrating the famous crayon brand encourages visitors to engage in art, critical thinking, exercise and technology.
Unleash your inner artist at Easton’s Crayola Experience. Billed as “Pennsylvania’s most colorful destination,” this larger-than-a-football-field-sized space is located in the town where cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith first invented Crayola crayons as we known them in 1903. Nearly 30 attractions encourage families to indulge in colorful adventures while engaging in art, critical thinking, exercise and technology.
Situated in the heart of downtown Easton, the Crayola Experience is housed in what was the city’s canal museum prior to 1996. As a nod to that local history, the Crayola Experience features “Water Works,” where crayon-shaped boats float along an 85-foot-long water table and teach visitors about the city’s canal system of years gone by.
The crayons are the main draw, of course, and visitors learn how Crayola’s famous product came to be. Binney and Smith first began manufacturing crayons containing red oxide and carbon black in 1885. By the early 1900s, the duo had shifted the product to the dustless, nontoxic and nonbrittle product it is today.
Visitors can get a glimpse into the manufacturing process of Crayola crayons — made using color pigment, paraffin wax and heat — at the “Crayon Factory Show,” while “Wrap It Up!” provides the opportunity to personalize and print a custom crayon label. Let your creative juices flow by selecting a color and a custom crayon name before making a one-of-a-kind Crayola memento to take home.
The Crayola Experience’s newest attraction, “Outside the Box,” offers visitors the chance to learn about the inspiration behind favorite Crayola brand products, such as the Crayon Tower and Silly Putty. Experiences like the “Scribble Square” and “Colossal Caddy” offer places for kids to embrace their creativity. Be sure to stop by the gift shop and browse the world’s largest collection of Crayola products.
30 Centre Square, Easton, Pennsylvania, 610/515-8000, crayolaexperience.com/easton
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