My family visited Orlando earlier this month and while we were there, we decided to check out some things to do that were not going to be long days, trying to take it easy after a full day of traveling. The Crayola Experience has been on my list since it opened, but we haven’t been down to Orlando since then with an opportunity to check it out.
My little guys are 3 and 4, and I felt like they were the PERFECT age for The Crayola Experience. Caleb, who is 4 (starting Kindergarten next fall) was truly into everything they had to offer. He really enjoys crafts and constructive things to do, so he fully took advantage of every activity that was available. Cohen, who is 3, enjoyed a lot of the activities, but his attention span was not really there to enjoy EVERYTHING or at least not at the level Caleb was able to enjoy it, but there was still a lot for him to do and see and he had a really great time.
When we got there the kids were so excited about the bright colors and interactive giant screens in the lobby. Dad took them over to play with the screens while I got us all checked in and asked some questions to make sure I understood how everything worked. I got all the information, and our tokens and we were off to the fun upstairs!
I tried to get the boys to do some crafts when we first got there, but they saw the giant play area and they were off to play and burn off some energy. There are two play areas, one for toddlers and one for big kids. The boys thoroughly enjoyed BOTH play areas. The big kid one was a little big for Cohen- but he has a big brother helping him so he wanted to be in the big kids one too. The Toddler Play area has a life size Lite Brite, and some fun toys to bounce on- along with a smaller play area with slides. The big kids play area has a lot of climbing spaces and fun slides.
Each of us got 2 tokens and one voucher to decorate a cat. There are some activities that do not need any tokens or vouchers- those you are able to do as many as you want.
We headed off to check out the plush cats. It seems that the craft in this area does change periodically. Today was a cat that the kids colored with markers- and then rinsed off, dried and were able to color again. These cats were a hit. The boys really enjoyed coloring them- washing them and repeating the process. They are still a hit, even after we left. The boys have carried these cats around and played with them for the last month.
The Tokens- Each person receives two tokens with their ticket. The tokens can be used for a variety of little take homes. You can customize crayon wrappers- so we made everyone their own crayon. You can get a small pack of crayons, a marker, or a pack of clay. The clay is similar to play-doh and there are tables of tools that the kids can play with the clay there. You can also buy additional tokens for $1 each. Our favorite thing was the clay, because it was a nice hands on activity that we all enjoyed, but the personalized crayons were cool too!
All of the other activities you are welcome to do without tokens and as many times as you want. There was a melted crayon spin art, melting crayons into molds, and another activity where there was a pen that melted crayons and you draw with the melted crayons. All fun stuff!
The kiddos had a ball! There are other activity stations- shows- experiments- and some add on crafts you have buy and make. Definitely something fun to do if you are in Orlando and looking for something indoors to do on a hot or rainy day.
Remember teachers get a free one year membership (VIP Kid Teachers Count- just bring your 6 Apple Card) so if you are a teacher definitely take advantage of that special offer!
FTC Disclosure: I received complimentary passes to the Crayola Experience. However, all opinions in this post are my own honest opinions and not skewed based on receiving complimentary passes.