Last summer I had gone over to the Florida mall in Orlando and found a few penny machines inside. Two at the M&M Candy Store, and another machine in the Crayola Experience. You can check it out here. During that visit I only used the 8-Design machine located in the crayola store but I knew there was another machine there but a paid admission ticket was required. I knew at some point we would need to go back.
My daughters love to make a mess especially when it comes to arts and crafts. We decided to take another trip over to the mall but this time specifically just to check out the rest of the Crayola Experience.
If you park in the right area of the parking lot you can walk right inside, or if you are already in the mall shopping there is a separate entrance from the mall as well. Once inside we bought our tickets and headed up to the second floor.
My girls fell in love with this place as soon as we got upstairs. Everything is painted really bright and colorful. The whole area is pretty big and have various sections where kids and adults can try different types of art.
There are areas with plain old crayons, and paint, or more interesting things like melted wax or digital coloring.
There are stations where you can create your own crayon which really means you just design a custom label that gets stuck on a stock crayon from a machine.
There is also a small cafe inside. We just checked out the snack bar area that had soda, candy and fresh made fudge.
There are also a couple different indoor play grounds for the kids to expel some energy after eating candy and fudge from the snack bar. We had spent a good part of the day and had a bag full of custom crayons and fresh new artwork for our refrigerator at home. On the way back towards the stairs and elevators there is a desk where you can view some of the digital artwork created during your visit.
Right beside this desk was the second penny machine which was a four design hand crank model.
As with the rest of the building this machine was bright and colorful. I wish I had thought to take pictures of the side of this machine as there was some cute artwork of crayons people melting in the Florida sunshine.
The designs on these pennies are of some crayon people experiencing some of Florida fun activities like a roller coaster, playing gold, the water skier pyramid, and building sand castles on the beach.
After pressing the pennies we headed back downstairs and over to the food court for some lunch. The crayola experience is a great place to visit if you have children that really enjoy creating artwork. The staff is very nice and helped show us what to do at each station. I don’t think there is enough there to spend an entire day, but you can definitely enjoy a few hours here. The cost seems a little pricey but after seeing all the art work we came home with which was included in the admission price it seems to justify the cost. It was a lot of fun here and our kids are already asking when we will be heading back.