on thursday, i took the girls to “the crayola experience”. it’s about an hour away in easton, pa, which is where the crayola factory is. who doesn’t love crayola. anna the artist was so excited. hazel too. isaac didn’t want to go. so he spent a long and boring day at the camper with derek.
our first stop was to make our own customized crayons. (allow me to take this time to make a disclaimer – i didn’t get great pics at this place. the lighting was a little weird and i was often trying to get a pic of what the girls were doing, which meant the backs of their heads.)
when you arrive, you are given two tokens each. one for the customized crayon and one for the model magic vending machine. obviously, we were not content to settle for two colors of model magic, so we puchased several more tokens so we could have every color of clay. and then we spent a LONG time making stuff.
finally, it came to my attention that we were running out of time. they closed at 4 and it was almost 3 and we had only completed one floor out of three. so we packed up and scurried around to see everything else. but first, a pic with a red marker statue.
the water table exhibit was way less cool than we had hoped. it was a crayon boat that you moved through a series of locks and conveyor belt elevators, under the watchful eye of the exhibit czar. no horseplay. hazel could reach and she was grumpy. but anna made her way through, armed with extensive knowledge of the mechanics of locks, thanks to our time in lockport, ny.
and then dancing with some digital marker friends. they mimicked your motions. hazel was happy to just test out some minimal arm movements. anna went totally bonkers and made the marker look like it had four broken limbs. i only have video of this, so you’ll have to use your imagination.
more drippy art. sadly, our time was cut short when a worker came through and packed in a bunch of new crayons to be melted for the next day. like they couldn’t have waited a few more minutes when the place was actually closed. thanks, worker guy.
(overall, i wasn’t impressed with the staff. a few of them were friendly and nice. but a lot of them were grumpy teens or young adults who didn’t really want to be bothered by anything. i heard one girl snap at a kid a couple of times. i guess i would think if you chose to work in a place like this, you’d be a little more kid friendly. or just friendly in general. anyhow, that’s my only negative on the day).
just when we were leaving, we realized we never took a pic with the world’s largest crayon, near the front. we asked a security guard if we could quickly run over and get a pic and he was very nice, and led us over and actually took the pic for us. so, not all the employees were terrible. ;). anyhow. me and the girls and the worlds largest crayon. hooray.
and that’s the end of the best day ever for the annababy. :).