I can't call this a “Day Trip from DC” because it's too far away to qualify, but it's a lot of fun! About an hour north of Philadelphia is The Crayola Experience, a museum devoted to all things Crayola. While it's not the actual Crayola factory, they do demonstrate how they make crayons and markers–and hand each kid one of each, hot off the press!–and then you go through the three floors of exhibits. My kids (ages 6, 6 and 8), enjoyed going room to room doing all of the projects.
They let you draw on the walls! They let you draw on a car! You can even draw in the dark! My kids' favorite part was the scavenger hunt for “Space Crayons” scattered throughout. You collect a different space-themed crayon in different parts of the building and make your own box of crayons to bring home. At the entrance, each guest gets a bag to collect their goodies on their visit. We made jewelry with Model Magic, painted, colored, and picked up samples of Crayola products.
We spent a while at the coloring center with pictures we printed at the Character Stations. There are computers set up that let you print a page of yourself with Spider-Man, Lightning McQueen, or Cinderella. Super fun!
Admission is $12/person, which was pretty steep. I was happy to see a LivingSocial deal last month that made this better for our family of five.
Last note–the Crayola Store was a great place to get souvenirs. My kids never expect souvenirs, unless they bring their own money, but I was really pleased to see many items under $5. My son got a cool T-shirt off the clearance rack for just $5, and the girls each picked Crayola socks.
Have you been to The Crayola Experience? What was your favorite part?