The Crayola Experience in Plano, which opened in early 2018, is just the 5th Crayola Experience location in the country, and the only one in Texas, and it was definitely worth the anticipation of it opening! Well into it’s second year, the Crayola Experience is still as much fun as it was when we first visited shortly after it opened, and I was thrilled to see that they had changed out several of the stations, keeping it fresh and fun for everyone!
The Crayola Experience did invite us out and provide complimentary admission, but I was not financially compensated for this post, and as always, all opinions are my own. Well, my own and 4 boys, ages 11, 10, 8 and 5, who all gave it 2 thumbs up!
What I truly love about the Crayola Experience is how inclusive it is for all ages. I have just as much fun as the kids do, and I think it’s as much for older kids as it is younger kids, there’s just something for everyone! They even have adult nights!
There’s a ton of fun things included in the price of your admission ticket, and just a few things that have an additional charge. As my Summer Budget dwindles away, I really appreciate that!
On each of our 3 visits, we have stayed ALL DAY! During summer there are a lot of daycares and field trips on weekday mornings, so I really recommend coming after lunch and/or nap, or later, depending on how long you want to stay. I’d plan to come early on weekends, when it’s less crowded.
Go ahead and get your tickets online before you arrive. You’ll save about $3 per ticket and you can skip the line! At the ticket booth, you’ll get a little bag with tokens, hold onto those tokens. We usually buy about $2-$3 more in tokens, so bring a couple of ones with you, too.
There are only a few things that require tokens. The Crayola Maker is one of them. You pick the color crayon that you want, give it a name, and it gives you a crayon and wrapper, which you go put on your crayon. It’s pretty cool!
There are fun coloring station, too!
I really enjoyed experimenting with the different Crayola products, like their Crayola Modeling Magic clay. It takes a token to get one color of clay, and here is where the rest of the tokens were spent, because the boys wanted different colors to make their “creations”. We spent a LOT of time here, and my son will tell you this is his very favorite station. They have tools on each table, too.
After they finished, we didn’t want to risk carrying them around with us, so we put them on a shelf near the exit. Throughout the day, we filled up that shelf! They don’t offer individual cubbies or lockers.
I like the different options they have to get everyone moving, too! This was fun, as you move to stop the flowing paint on the screen! Other activity based stations include a dance area and the big climbing tower!
At these fun stations, you can make swirling art using dripping crayon! It’s really fun to watch and they make it as kid-accessible as possible, with controls for how fast or slow the melting wax spins. You also get to pick out 2 crayon colors, so it’s fun to do once or twice, or more!
They can also pick their own colors to melt crayons into a race car or a ring!
A fun little show is presented throughout the day on how they make crayons.
New since last summer, these cute little Scribble Scrubbies are so much fun! You can paint or color them, then add a little water to blend the colors together if you want. Then take them over to the sink to wash it off and start over! We had so much fun playing with them!
Of course, there are fun computer games, too!
Know Before You Go
Parking is FREE.
Restrooms are a thumbs up.
Located in the Shops at Willow Bend, there is a ton of food choices outside the mall, as well as a food court inside the mall. Knife has been named as one of the BEST burgers in Dallas/Fort Worth, and check out Whistle Britches, with a unique, juicy and flavorful pickle-brined chicken!
Also new from last year, the Mining Station requires the purchase of a bag of soil, and then you can sift the dirt in the running water to find some pretty gem stones!
Even the youngest artist have an area for exploring!
A large cafe offers treats such as pizza, nachos, popcorn and more. There are some sweet options on things you can purchase, like fudge, Dippin’ Dots and more.
Things To Do in Plano
Get in touch with nature at several parks in Plano! Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and Connemara Conservancy both have terrific nature trails, and Oak Point Park has a fun adventure park, Go Ape!
Hub Street is a fun restaurant with open air seating, a great menu and it’s dog friendly!
The Crayola Experience
6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano
Click HERE to visit their website.
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