Orlando is full of so many incredible things to see and do, and whilst many associate Orlando with a certain Mouse or high thrills at Universal Studios, there will be days when you may want to take a little break from the Disney bubble and escape the crowds, heat and hectic pace.
If you are looking for all of the above as a more leisurely day whilst still keeping the children (and adults) entertained, then the Crayola Experience certainly has you covered.
We were very kindly gifted the tickets by the lovely people at Ocean Florida and we had so much fun!
The Crayola Experience is definitely worth a trip and I honestly cannot recommend it enough for a slower-paced day full of fun art interaction and technology.
Located in the Florida Mall (so if Mummy fancies a little shopping you may be able to squeeze in a trip to Macy’s, Bath & Bodyworks, Sephora, etc at the same time), plus the mall has plenty of restaurants. The Crayola Experience offers free parking and air conditioning, which is a welcomed retreat from the humid Florida heat.
What to Do
Where to start? With around 26 hands-on attractions, there is so much for the kids and adults to get involved with. I would certainly recommend at least 4 hours here to give yourselves time to really explore and get involved.
• Name and wrap your own Crayola crayon – our girls loved choosing their favourite coloured crayons to personalise
• Star in your own colouring page – print and colour yourselves in a colouring page scene
• Embark on a 4-D colouring adventure – your colouring creation comes to life on the screen in front of you
• Learn how crayons are made
• Drip Art – using melted wax to spin a swirly-whirly masterpiece (another favourite)
• Kaleidoscope – become part of the kaleidoscope art and create a video
• Rockin’ Paper – our girls thought this was the coolest thing, we made and coloured in paper frogs then watched them bop and rock to music
• Melt Down – painting with melted wax
• Scribble Square – when you tell the children they can’t draw on the furniture or walls? Well in this area the children can! They can scribble away on everything they see til their hearts content
• You Design – colour, scan and digitally accessorise a car or fashion design, the girls had their colourful dresses walk the runway on a large projected screen.
Baby Changing, Food, Play…
SOFT PLAY – With 2 soft play areas, one for older children and one called Toddler Town for the younger kids, either is a great way for the children to let off any steam whilst the parents can sit in the air conditioning with a cool drink watching them. Our children loved the soft play and it was nice for Mummy to give my heavily walked feet a rest from the parks.
RESTROOMS / BABY CHANGING – Also have to note that the toilets have to be one of the cleanest and most spacious toilets I have seen, with separate baby changing facilities and accessible toilets too.
CRAYOLA CAFE – There are plenty of food options available including a snack counter, plus a main counter-service restaurant ‘Crayola Cafe’ selling children’s meals and adult meals (pizzas, sandwiches, salads, etc), which had plenty of tables and chairs to sit and eat at.
The Gift Shop
Exiting through the gift shop seems to be the standard in the States but I have to say I was really impressed with the Crayola Experience Gift Shop. For any budding artists or children that just love their colouring-in, they will be in their element. You can pick and pack your own crayon box (choosing from a huge range of Crayola colours), there are also plenty of pencil cases, crayon packs, colouring sets, soft toys, you name it.
The current price for General Admission is: $24.99 (plus tax) per person.
Children under 2 are free
Seniors 65+: $21.99 (plus tax)
All tickets can be booked in advanced through Ocean Florida who provide great customer service.
This was such a fun day out, the kids (and us adults) had a ball! It felt a much more relaxing day than being in the theme parks, which was also helped by being in the air conditioning with plenty of seating. There was no rush, no hectic schedule but the kids were still hugely entertained.
It was also great to see the children get so hands-on and involved in their creations. When they were done with one experiment or activity, there were plenty more to choose from, plus they came away with some great artwork momentos to keep.
I think the Crayola Experience is definitely worth a visit. It is perfect for a rainy Orlando day, or likewise to escape the humidity and heat, or also its just great as a day off from the parks whilst still keeping the children incredibly entertained.
I think the Crayola Experience also makes the ideal change-over day activity if you are moving hotels or resorts during your stay, or alternatively, if you are heading back to the airport for an evening flight and want to the fill the day with something a little bit different.
Our children are aged 4 and 7 and there was so much to do for both age groups.
Thank you so much Ocean Florida, we still talk about our visit and I know we all will for some time.
Join us for a fun-packed day at The Crayola Experience in the Florida Mall, Orlando.
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