The kids and I were given the opportunity last week to visit the newly opened Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall in Orlando, and we were all delighted that we made the trip! From the entrance on the outside all the way through the 70,000 sq. foot exhibit you know you are smack dab in the middle of Crayola! The entrance is bright and beckons to you with the familiar Crayola logo, crayons, markers, and paint “dripping” down the building. Even while waiting in line their was plenty to look at in the most beautiful colors – created for kids and the kid in you. I am going to try to keep this to a reasonable length but seriously ya'll this was a really fun field trip for us with so much to do, so I have a lot to show you!
Check these cuties out they were very excited to head inside and have some fun!
Downstairs is where you purchase tickets and just around the corner from there is a very large retail Crayola store (You can also access the store through the mall). As homeschoolers we are already huge Crayola fans and use one or another of their products every single day but the retail store is a color lovers dream! T-shirts, unique crayon packs, plush, candy, tins you can fill with crayons and markers, and every other activity imaginable all Crayola themed.
Then you head up the elevator or escalator for lots of hands on fun! Do you wanna see what is included in your admission? I took about a 150 pictures for you but I am going to try and reign it in and just highlight our 5 favorite activities. When you get your ticket you are given a plastic bag to collect all your goodies in and 2 Crayola coins.
Wrap It Up
The first coin is for this attraction, far MY favorite activity here. There are tall columns full of crayons in 4 basic colors- red, blue, purple, and green. Pop your coin in the machine at the color of your choosing, on the computer choose a symbol to print on your crayon and here is the fun part- you get to name your own crayon! Type it in, the custom label is printed and “naked” crayon dispensed, you take them over to the roller and the wrapper is put on your crayon. The kids made their favorites Lucas Lime and Red Bacon. Want to make more than one like we did? You can purchase extra coins for the exhibits the require them, while everything is included in admission 2 of the activities
Your second coin is for this area where your child can pick out a small packet of Model Magic from a vending machine, move to the tables and create whatever they like with a basket full of cookie cutters, rollers, and markers they provide you. This was really fun for the kids, they enjoyed choosing their color from the vending machine and even more creating something with it. You can purchase extra coins for this as well.
Melt & Mold
The kids got to pick a crayon color, slip it into the machine where it is melted into one of four molds- Sassy Pants chose a crayon ring.
As a homeschooling mom I loved the educational aspect of this exhibit. Part live demonstration, part video that covers not only the history but also the crayon making process. A big digital counter on the wall ticks off how many Crayola crayons have been made to date.
Here the kids enjoyed watching images they “colored” on tablets be transferred to a giant screen on the wall (don't worry moms, every image is approved by a Crayola employee before they are transmitted to the wall.) Your child can choose a blank sheet, or a predesigned template to color.
This was far from everything they had to offer- a toddler play area, a 2 story play area for the big kids, a large cafe for when you get hungry, a snack bar for a quick treat, a coloring station, Doodle in The Dark, Drip Art, Meltdown-where you draw with melted wax, You Design, and Puzzle It- and a lot more. This is a fun nearly full day of activities and you get to bring home everything you make.
If you live in the area I recommend buying a year pass for $29.99- it includes unlimited visits for one year and a newsletter- we will definitely be returning several times this year ad plan on taking advantage of it. I promise this place is worth the trip over to Orlando!
Looking for another field trip destination in Central, Fl.? Check out our trip to Weeki Wachee.