The Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania: A Visitor's Guide

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Our Visit to the Crayola Factory

On our family vacation this summer, we made a stop at the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania. It was a surprise side trip for the kids and as they were arguing in the back seat about a lost orange crayon, my husband and I joked about how they would soon be in a place where there was no such thing as a lost crayon! Little did they know that they were about to enter into crayon heaven!

Getting to The Crayola Factory

The Crayola Factory is nestled in the quaint town of Easton, PA. There are a few ways of entering into this historic city, but since we were coming from our visit to Sesame Place in Philadelphia, we were entering from the south. We traveled up Easton Road, which in our big city lives, felt very much like a back road. Back road or not, the scenery was breathtaking. We drove for some time admiring the stone houses, large farms, and the beauty of the Delaware River. As we entered Easton, we were struck by both its beauty and it’s small town charm. Right in the center of town you will find the Crayola Factory.

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The Crayola Factory is located right in the center of town. Parking is conveniently located across the street.

Parking in Easton, PA

Parking was easy to find. It was just across the street from the Crayola Factory in a parking garage. The rate is hourly and is paid upon exit. There are some spots to park on the street but it is limited. Your best bet is the garage.

Admission to The Crayola Factory

The cost of entrance to the Crayola Factory is $9.75 for ages 3 and up. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. There is a senior discount of $9.25 and a military discount of $8.75. Additional discounts are given for AAA members and there is half price admission for late day entrance. The entrance fee also includes the National Canal Museum. We arrived late in the day due to some travel delays so we did not tour this part of the museum but it is part of the admission cost.

Crayola Factory Hours of Operation

Memorial Day to Labor Day
January 14-May 29
September 6-December 29
Daily 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tues. - Fri. 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Sat. 9:30 am -5:00 pm Sun. 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tues. - Fri. 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Sat. and Sun. 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Crayola Exhibits

This place is an arts and crafts wonderland. When you purchase your tickets to enter, you receive tokens. These tokens are good for activities and souvenirs throughout the factory. For example, children can exchange a token for modeling clay or put a token in one of the giant marker tubes for a box of crayons or a marker. Most of the parts of this center are hands on or with a live action demonstration. There is an area that is more of a gallery in which the history of Crayola Crayons is displayed along with some interesting facts and beautiful pieces of art made with crayons.

The Eiffel Tower made of white crayons.
The Eiffel Tower made of white crayons. | Source

The Crayola Gallery

There are some amazing things to learn as you explore the gallery area. There are displays of art made from crayons and markers, the history of Crayola, unique merchandise that has been sold by Crayola over the years, a wall of fame, and the chronology of Crayola. This is very interesting reading for adults and perhaps for older children but does not really hold the attention of younger kids. For them, there is a place where they are able to sit and create with color explosion markers while the grown ups read up on all of that history!

Chronology of Crayons in the Gallery

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The chronology of Crayola was colorfully displayed in the gallery area.  It was complete with examples of how the crayons, markers, and packaging has changed over time.Slate pencils that were once used in school houses.Alice Binney, wife of founder Edwin, coined the name Crayola.Examples of water colors and crayon boxes from years past.Remember when there were only eight colors of markers?The number of colors in a crayon box just keeps growing!  In 1996 Crayola molded the 100 billionth crayon.  It was molded by Mister Rogers and the box that held the crayon was worth $100,000.My husband found the history of the crayon especially interesting!
The chronology of Crayola was colorfully displayed in the gallery area.  It was complete with examples of how the crayons, markers, and packaging has changed over time.
The chronology of Crayola was colorfully displayed in the gallery area. It was complete with examples of how the crayons, markers, and packaging has changed over time. | Source
Slate pencils that were once used in school houses.
Slate pencils that were once used in school houses. | Source
Alice Binney, wife of founder Edwin, coined the name Crayola.
Alice Binney, wife of founder Edwin, coined the name Crayola. | Source
Examples of water colors and crayon boxes from years past.
Examples of water colors and crayon boxes from years past. | Source
Remember when there were only eight colors of markers?
Remember when there were only eight colors of markers? | Source
The number of colors in a crayon box just keeps growing!  In 1996 Crayola molded the 100 billionth crayon.  It was molded by Mister Rogers and the box that held the crayon was worth $100,000.
The number of colors in a crayon box just keeps growing! In 1996 Crayola molded the 100 billionth crayon. It was molded by Mister Rogers and the box that held the crayon was worth $100,000. | Source
My husband found the history of the crayon especially interesting!
My husband found the history of the crayon especially interesting! | Source
Grace is creating with model magic.
Grace is creating with model magic. | Source

Crayola Creation Area

When you first enter the Crayola factory, you enter into a room where young budding artists explore a variety of techniques and medium. There are many tables filled with markers and crayons for children to draw pictures, create models using model magic. Model magic was a new product for me. I must admit that I'm not always quick to jump on the Crayola bandwagon with all of their new products but this one was pretty cool. The material is almost a light and foamy feeling, not as heavy as clay or play dough. What is also very cool about it is that along with shaping it into the object that you want, you can use markers to color it. The material will then harden into a more permanent display. In this area there is also an additional creation room. This room is for more involved projects and are available to customers at an additional charge.

Alex is drawing on the chalk walk.
Alex is drawing on the chalk walk. | Source

Crayola Chalk Walk

No need to worry about the rain washing away your creations here. This inside sidewalk is a chalk creators dream. Filled with slate tiles, chalk, and erasers, children are able to draw pictures, make hop scotches, and more on this chalk walk. My son in particular enjoyed this area of the Crayola Factory.

Grace had a great time in this area!
Grace had a great time in this area! | Source

Crayola After Dark

Crayola After Dark is a very cool example of the limitless possibilities of your imagination. Guests use a lighted writing instrument to create drawings and designs with a glowing light. It leaves a sort of light trail as you create your image on the board. It was a very unique experience for us and my husband and daughter had a great time with this.

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Cool Moves

Cool Moves is a great place to get moving! There is music playing in this area and children are encouraged to jump, dance, and just move. As they move, their images are projected onto a screen in a variety of colors. Different things happen as they move. Sometimes there are flashes of the image in different colors, other times there is a sort of trail of colors that is left behind. In any case, the kids love to jump around and see what they can create with their bodies and movements.

This is the project area.
This is the project area. | Source

Crayola Project Area

In the project area, there is a monthly theme that guides the project ideas. While we were there, Crayola Factory was celebrating its fifteenth birthday. Since it was a birthday celebration, they had projects like birthday cards, birthday hats, etc. There is an employee in the area to help and guide children through the projects and refill any supplies that are low.

The crayon caddy is situated just next to the Easton Press and Bindery.
The crayon caddy is situated just next to the Easton Press and Bindery. | Source

Easton Press and Bindery and Crayola Color Carousel

In this area of the Crayola Factory, children can create their own pieces of art using crayons from the largest crayon caddy in the world! There are pictures to color or kids can draw their own.

Next to this caddy is the Easton Press and Bindery. Guests are able to explore print making by creating and binding their own stories. They can even create stamps from foam and have then enjoying using that stamp in their other creations. This area is both fun and educational.

Making Crayons

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This is where the wax is melted and guided into molds.This machine places the crayons into its wrapper.World's largest crayon.We had fun!
This is where the wax is melted and guided into molds.
This is where the wax is melted and guided into molds. | Source
This machine places the crayons into its wrapper.
This machine places the crayons into its wrapper. | Source
World's largest crayon.
World's largest crayon. | Source
We had fun!
We had fun! | Source

Crayola Crayon Manufacturing

Although the name of this place is the Crayola Factory, there is not really a factory in the large sense of the word on premises. There is however a demonstration area where guests are able to see the way that the crayola crayons are manufactured. Unfortunately we missed the demonstration but we were able to see the machines that craft these crayons each day. The crayons that are created here in the factory are then placed in souvenir boxes for guests to take home. The boxes are in the large vending type machines that are available for purchase with tokens.

Crayola Store

Your last stop on your great Crayola Factory experience is at the gift shop. The gift shop is actually a separate store. As you exit the Crayola Factory, you will find the store just a few doors down the sidewalk. Be ware. As you enter the store you will find that you have entered Crayola heaven. There are t-shirts, mugs, key chains, and of course every Crayola art material that you both have and have never seen! It also houses the world's largest crayon. It is quite amazing to think that this is an actual crayon!

You will be sure to enjoy your experience your time at the Crayola Factory. Evan as an adult, you will be pushed to tap into your inner Picasso as you wander through the halls of these great exhibits. Plan to spend a few hours exploring both the exhibits and the store. If you are going to also explore the National Canal Museum, plan to add some extra time to your visit.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The Crayola Factory sounds like a great place to take children. I would love to go here myself. I found your hub so interesting and the pictures are awesome.


Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

I have always loved to color and still do. i have my own box of crayolas and coloring books. This is my hometown and one day I need to pop in for a visit. UP and interesting!


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This place looks amazing! And it looks fun and entertaining for people of any age. I didn't even know it existed. This makes me want to get all my nieces and nephews and go on a road trip. The pictures you took are wonderful, thank you so much for sharing your experience.

Voted up and awesome!


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ThePracticalMommy 5 years ago from United States

All my life I've lived just an hour from the factory and I've never been there. My son would really love it. I think it may be on the agenda for one last trip before the summer is over! Thanks for sharing!! :)


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carlness 5 years ago from San Francisco

I remember doing this as a kid. I grew up near Philadelphia and we took a field trip there. I loved the freshly made box of crayons they gave me there that still had the new smell. Love this hub. Voted up + Awesome!


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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

I've always wanted to visit this place. Thanks for the great information.


marellen 5 years ago

What a fun place to explore. I loved my box of crayons when I was a kid. Coloring was one of my favorite things to do and still is. Wonderful and fun hub.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Susan, we had a great time. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for the comment.

Lynn I absolutely fell in love with your hometown. I wished that we had more time to explore the city but we were on a tight time schedule. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

I think a road trip is a perfect idea Applecsmith. Your nieces and nephews would have a blast! Thanks for your feedback.

PracticalMommy I think that sounds like a fantastic idea. If you go you will have to let me know how you liked it. I'm glad you stopped by and shared your plans!

Carlness I can only imagine what it would be like to visit this place as a kid. I was having a great time as an adult! Thanks for sharing your experience and your votes!

You should grab a couple of kids and go Esmeowl. It was a lot of fun for us grown ups too! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

I agree marellen. Coloring is a great way to relax. I've always enjoyed it myself. Thanks for stopping by.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

How fun! I'm sure that this is a great experience for both kids and adults. I still enjoy Crayola products and always will. Thanks for sharing your experience.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan Author

It was Randomcreative. I think that I will also always enjoy crayola products. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

What a superb job you've done with sharing the info. Loved the photos and all the interesting bits of info. I want to visit there!


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Mom, glad you liked it!


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Very nicely put together, I bet the kids had a blast. Voted up and useful


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Bobri Dobri 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Oh, so great hub. It reminds me of great time when I first got Crayola pencils. I have grown up in Russia during so-called iron curtain time when Russians weren't allowed to visit neither USA nor Western Europe. And when our government finally allowed to travel abroad, then my dad could attend international conference in Texas,USA (he is scientist). He went there and came back with my first real Barbie (first ever in Russia) and 3 packs of Crayola pencils. It was so amazing! I quickly became the most popular kid in school. :) Nobody had such pencils: one pack was of 48 colors (including first ever white pencil I saw in my life), other pack was of two-colored pencils (different color on each side) and third pack was of watercolors (you should water it after drawing). Nostalgy.. Oh, I want it all right now!


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Aunt Danette, glad you liked it.

Bobri Dobri, I can only imagine the awe that you must have felt as a child experiencing your first packages of crayons and colored pencils. I still love the smell of a new package of crayons. I'm glad that it brought back some nice memories for you. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

What an amazing hub! I had no idea this place existed! I would have so much fun there along with my grandkids and kids. Awesome pictures and history of the factory. Voted UP/Aweome/Useful/Fantastic :)


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Sunshine! I didn't know it existed either until I started planning our trip to Sesame Place and we were looking for some other things to do in the area. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I love crayons--such a wonderful invention for children and adults alike. Crayons can take you to levels of creativity that most people don't think about! Thanks for sharing info on the factory!


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I agree RTalloni! They definitely bring out the inner child in you. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

I just added this to places to take my daughter this year. What a great review. It has caused me to rethink the two I wrote, as I see I didn't offer enough information. Thank you for providing not only the admission, parking, and hours information, but great pictures of your trip. It looks like it was so much fun!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Great EyesStraightAhead. It was great fun! We didn't get to stay there as long as we wanted to because we got there so close to closing but I would go back for sure if I'm ever in the area again. We had also gone to Sesame Place on our trip. I'm not sure if you've ever been there but I did write a hub about that as well. Thanks for your comments!


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

I went to Sesame Place as a kid and had such a fun time. We actually laugh about that trip quite often because in the one week we were there, my little brother snorted an orange tic tac and had to go to the ER just to find out they dissolve in your nose (True, I promise!) and I was trying to impress my parents with my amazing diving skills and decided to turn around 360 while diving off the side of the pool..well instead of diving far I was too close to the pool and caught my chin on the side. They had to close the pool because I bled and I had to go to the ER...only hours after my brother was there. The doctors laughed and asked my mom how traveling with three young kids was working for my dad and her! I will check out your hub, as that was a lifetime ago and I hope they have made improvements in the past 27 years or so.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

That is so funny! It has changed a lot because there is not a swimming pool like that anymore. You'll have to check it out when you get a chance.


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EyesStraightAhead 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

I probably made them realize what a horrible idea it was to have a pool with a bunch of hyped up, Big Bird loving kids running around! LOL I have it bookmarked to read tonight when I have a few minutes. I have been wanting to take my daughter there so I want to show her the review too!


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jenbeach21 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

This looks like so much fun and a great place to bring kids. I will have to remember this if we ever head up that way! Shared and voted up!


me 2 years ago

ive lived in Easton for 11 years and its not a quaint town. make sure you lock your car because it will get broken into downtown

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