We've been going to NYC since I was a baby (and my parents before that) to visit my grandparents. When I was younger we went a lot, and by the time us kids were in school, we went twice a year (summer and Christmas). Now that all of us kids are grown, distance and time off restricts our ability to travel there to visit. That means we can only make it during Christmas break and sometimes not even then. Right at the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we've passed the sign for the Crayola Attractions every time. I decided when Brady was little that we'd take him one year on our trip either to or from since it's right there and not on a highway we'd travel on if we weren't headed to NYC from Pittsburgh (coming from Detroit would take us on another highway). I thought when he was about to turn four would be a good time and that turned out to be this year. We were in a hurry to get there this year because we traveled the same day as the Pitt bowl game and wanted to get there in time to see it (even though we had to watch on our phones), so we decided to visit on our way back. It's an hour and a half from NYC, so we felt it would be a good way to break up the trip home for the kids. This way they could get out, burn off some energy, and take a good nap for a good portion of the ride back to Pittsburgh.
We waited until that morning to tell Brady that we were going because he has a hard time waiting for fun things once he knows they're going to happen. He was thrilled and couldn't wait until we got there. He asked if we were there yet about every five minutes on the road there.
The first activity we encountered was where you could drip melted crayon wax on a piece of paper. Brady only needed to be shown once and then did it all by himself.
Making a car crayon mold.
The majority of one of the floors was dedicated to a really cool canal that had lock and dam systems.
We were given a certain number of tokens when we got our tickets that were good to use for certain activities. One of them was where you name your own crayon and it prints the label for you to put on a crayon as a keepsake. Brady did one for fun, then we named one for each of the kids to put in their memory boxes. Another activity for the coins was making a marker, but we didn't get any pictures of that.
A room where people created figures on the computer and then it projected them onto the walls.
Life size Lite-Brite.
Izzie having some fun with the bead maze.
There was a huge wall detail all the important events in Crayola's history and one of them was when they retired eight colors for the first time in the 90s. We took a picture of it because one of them was Maize and that's one of the colors that the University of Michigan calls their own. Sorry Wolverine kids, you can't really color your teal blue and maize with Crayola anymore.