We went to Crayola Experience yesterday and all four of my kids had a blast! We actually went last summer, but my twins were only 1 then and really couldn't do a ton. They loved the play area, but trying to contain them was difficult with their newly acquired skill of running. This year there was much more for them to do. My twins ran in excitedly yelling "color, color!" They grabbed the first marker coloring area they could find.
My older two kids are 10&7 and right away they settled into the coloring table. I took the twins to the toddler play area which they love. They especially loved the huge light up display like a gigantic lite brite.
We all did drip art and the crayon mold. My twins were so happy about their car and shark crayon. They also enjoyed the chalk and dry erase section where they could write on the walls, floor, characters (puppy was their favorite).
There was plenty to do to keep them busy for hours. Think of it like the ultimate craft day. All those crafts that you are meaning to do at home, but it takes time, you need supplies, the mess, clean up etc may keep you from getting to it. The kids can do any kind of craft or art you can think of. Coloring, markers, crayons, digital art, origami, painting, molding, cutting, etc. My boys threw a tantrum when I finally said we needed to leave the painting section. It's SO hard being 2! The amount of time you will spend all depends on how long your little ones will want to spend on the various projects. My older 2 spent almost an hour coloring their dragon that they took to a computer and brought to life and coloring a dolphin. My twins won't sit still for that long, but they enjoyed the play areas and sat for awhile to paint.
Here is a map of the main area for activities.
I think for the older two the Adventure Lab was one of their favorites. It is new and not listed on the map. It's where the paint palette is listed. You get a tablet and it leads you to three different areas inside to complete a puzzle or mission. They must have completed 3-5 missions each.
Everything inside is included except for the personalized crayons and the model magic. You get 2 tokens with each ticket to spend on the model magic or creating your own crayon label. We even got two coins for the twins who were free because they are under 3. They loved the model magic.
We happened to be there during the Clearwater Marine Aquarium presentation/event. My daughter and son stopped to learn about Otters. They were both given a plush Sea Turtle which was a nice surprise.
I think Crayola Experience is great for kids of all ages. My kids ages 2-10 were quite happy to spend most of the day there. There was plenty to keep them busy. Plus it's a much slower go at your own pace than nearby theme parks. I will say that it is most cost efficient to get a year pass if you live nearby. It's only a few dollars more than the ticket cost.
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Ps. My 10yr old took several of the pictures included in this post.