During our summer visit to Minnesota, my sons and two nephews were thrilled to be among the first visitors to the new Crayola Experience Minneapolis located in the Mall of America. My son declared that it was the favorite part of his six-day visit and with all the things we did there, I’m pretty sure you can guess why.
Crayola Experience is a perfectly named attraction. It is an experience built around all things Crayola that we love at home from the traditional Crayola crayons to Crayola Model Magic to the Crayola Melt and Mold Factory. What transforms a visit into this attraction is that each area and product comes alive with personalization and a little magic in 25 hands-on activities. Just a note: Crayola Experience Minneapolis is the newest member of the family. There are two others including the original in Crayola Experience in Easton, PA and Crayola Experience Orlando. Because it is the newest, Crayola Experience Minneapolis has experiences unique to its location.
When you enter the Crayola Experience, you are greeted with two tokens for use inside the attraction and a plastic bag. I thought the plastic bag was an unusual thing to be greeted with but as soon as we experienced our first area, I realized that for a hands-on place like the Crayola Experience, it was the perfect thing to keep track of all the products each member of my family created during our visit.
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My Family’s Favorites
My 8 year old loved making his own rings in the Melt and Mold area. In this area, you can select a crayon color from a box (or two!), choose your mold shape and the crayon is melted into the shape. Because he’s a hands on type of child, he liked being able to select his own color and create his own ring without my hovering and making sure he didn’t burn himself. I liked that the crayon melting system was controlled and I was able to let him do it himself.
I asked my son his favorite part our trip to @exploreminnesota so far. It was the @visitCrayolaMOA at @mallofamerica. When I looked at everything we created, I can totally see why! It’s a total hands on experience that you can take part of it home with you. #Crayola #MallofAmerica #TBEXinMN #TBEXNA #momofboys #instakids #travelwithkids #wanderlust #LongWeekendFun #momblogger #lifestyleblogger #familytravelblogger #familytravel #Minnesota #OnlyInMN
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My 4 year old loved drawing a picture on the tablets and seeing it appear on the wall as part of the Art Alive attraction. It’s a simple concept but you draw a picture, add your own animations and it’s sent to a video wall where everyone can see it. I love that this was easy enough for him to do alone because they’re using a tablet as opposed to a computer. He knows how to use a tablet well which allowed him to be independent.
My 8 year old nephew loved the Modeling Madness section. Using the coins provided when you enter, you purchase packets of Model Magic to sculpture your own creations. Crayola Experience provides several different tables with a variety of sculpting tools to work with and make your creations come to life.
My 7 year old nephew loved the Color Playground, one of two play areas contained inside the Crayola Experience. The Color Playground is the play area for older kids and the younger kids play area, Todder Town is right next door.
Overall, I loved that the entire Crayola Experience is self-contained and I felt comfortable managing four active boys ages 4 – 8 alone. While I made sure that we stayed in the same area, it was a bonus for me to have one working in the Modeling Madness area and the others in the Art Alive section. It truly allows for everyone to have an incredibly personalized experience and find the activities that cater to their specific interests.
Crayola Experience Minneapolis: The Basics to Know Before You Go
- Admission is $15.99 for ages 3+ when purchased online and $19.99 at the door. If we lived in the area, I would most certainly purchase an annual pass for $29.99. We would visit more than enough to make it worth a visit. You can also like and visit their FaceBook page to learn about special events and promotions.
- Per the Crayola Experience team, the target market is ages 2 – 12 however based upon my experience, I see this being an attraction that all ages would enjoy. This isn’t just an attraction for families to take children to; being given tokens for everyone when you walk in the door invites all visitors to participate. The nostalgia of a Crayola crayon wouldn’t be lost on baby boomer visitors while millennial visitors would appreciate the technology updates.
- The attraction hours vary but generally will match the Mall of America hours. You’ll want to check before going and easily allow 3 – 4 hours for a visit. They also allow for same day reentry, just have your hand stamped before you leave.
- When you’re ready for a snack, Café Crayola is located inside the attraction and offers a menu of items including pizza, sandwiches, drinks and milk. No outside food is allowed in but you can have lunch in the Mall of America and reenter if you can’t find an item that you love on their menu.
We had a great time but don’t just take my word for it…Let know when your family goes and how your experience is!