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Two Day Trips To Plan While You’re Snowed In

Hi everyone! In light of this wicked weather, I wanted to share with you a sweet little weekend getaway we did back in August. Remember that time? Yeah, it’ll come back around again, I promise. I’ve been holding on to this post idea for what seems like forever, and I’m so glad to finally be sharing it with you!

Last Christmas, not only did I give you my heart, but my in laws gifted their grandchildren (and their parents) a weekend away to the Crayola Experience in Pennsylvania and Diggerland in New Jersey. It was a busy weekend with lots of driving, but a lot of fun. Both are totally outside-of-the-box places to take your kids, and both were highly engaging. Below is my honest review of both!

Crayola Experience, Easton, PA:
Two Day Trips To Plan While You're Snowed In www.theshortesttallman.comI give the Crayola Experience an A-. It was basically what I expected in that it was basically a Crayola/art lover’s dream come true. The facility was really cool, with both exhibits to check out, like the history of the Crayola company, as well as lots of hands on activities, ranging from simply coloring sheets and crayons, to making melted crayon art. There were 4 floors of activities to check out, so there was quite a bit. Some of the other activities included two indoor play gyms, one for little kids and one for big kids; creating labels and applying labels to your own crayons; an exhibit about buoyancy, water flow, and locks (come to think of it, I have no idea what it had to do with anything, but it was cool); and a modeling clay area. It is a bit pricy at $20 pp, and keep in mind that the coins they give you when you enter you need for both labeling your crayons and for the modeling clay area. And, of course you can buy more coins for more crayons and clay!

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Overall, it was a very nice experience that the kids enjoyed, but there were a couple of issues. One of them the Crayola Experience can’t do anything about, and that was how busy it was. I would highly suggest trying to go on an off-season type day, although I know a friend who took her family on a Tuesday and she said it was mobbed, too. The crowds made it a little frustrating to maneuver around. The other main issue I had was lack of employees. Maybe they were unexpectedly busy the day we were there (doubtful), but there just weren’t enough employees manning stations to make sure that guests knew what to do and had the proper supplies. There was a really cool station where you made your own backpack out of a paper bag, and it was a bit of a chase to find everything. Nearby, there was a station where you used paint, and there was a nifty conveyor belt dryer, but the paint was totally whooped and needed to be refilled. The melted crayon area was also a bit of a hot mess and no one was around to assist there and keep it clean (although it was a lot of fun!). Oh, and the modeling clay section wasn’t well thought out because they gave you a bag to put your clay in, but hello, the clay takes a long time to harden, so a box would have been nice, since putting the children’s creations in the bag just meant it got destroyed/smushed right away. So, just a few little annoyances, most having to do with how busy it was.

If you go: I suggest you try to go on a day that is less busy. Of course, wear clothes that you don’t mind get messy, and I would definitely prepare on a 1-on-1 experience if you can. It can be a little crazy if you have to focus on more than 1 kid! Be prepared to spend some money in the gift shop, it was pretty great as far as gift shops go!

Diggerland, West Berlin, NJ:
Two Day Trips To Plan While You're Snowed In www.theshortesttallman.comDiggerland gets an A+. This place was just awesome! Awesome possum, my 6 year old would say. It is a bit expensive at $30-35 pp. Both of my daughters and my son thoroughly enjoyed themselves. What is it? It is exactly what it sounds like: an amusement park where the rides are pieces of large equipment! You can dig dirt using excavators; there’s a game where you try to knock over bottles with the excavator arm; there’s a tractor that you ride on a course; also there are more typical rides, like a tractor ride, merry go round, a nice playground, a small go kart track for little ones, and several others. It was a hoot! Lots of hands-on attractions that provide unique experiences, unless you live on a farm or own an excavating business!

The food choices were decent, and there was also an arcade that we ended up spending some time at, due to it being a very hot day. There is also a massive ropes course that Tallest Tallman and Grandpa went on with Little and Littler Tallman (Not me! Heck no!). The lines for all of the attractions were on the long side, so be prepared for waiting.

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If you go: I suggest you be prepared for the weather, because if you go on a hot day, you’ll feel it when you’re waiting in line for your turn. Perhaps try to avoid a hot, sunny day.

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