Having a high-energy toddler means I’m always searching for fun ways to tire him out. A trip to Crayola Experience never fails — It’s one of his favorite places to play, and one of my favorite places to let him burn off some energy. Currently, there is only one location in Texas, and it’s in the ever-growing city of Plano.
Every time we visit Crayola Experience (located inside The Shops at Willow Bend), we are greeted by a friendly worker who provides us with two tokens. The tokens are included in admission and are used for some of the interactive stations. My son’s favorite place to start is the “Melt & Mold” station. Here, he’s able to select any color crayon and watch it mold into a race car or a wearable ring. It’s a really cool process to watch because it involves the crayon being melted and then frozen back into shape!
My personal favorite is the “Wrap It Up” station. This activity requires a token, but it’s totally worth it. I love being able to design and personalize my very own crayon. It makes the cutest keep-sake! If there is time, we like to use our second token at the “Modeling Madness” station. All you have to do is place a token in the vending machine, select your desired color and out comes sculpting dough. The nearby tables offer lots of fun tools to help build your perfect creation.
Once we finish up our activities, we like to visit Café Crayola for lunch. Their kid’s meals are delicious, and they come with the cutest reusable cup and lunch box. My son loves cheese, so we typically order the cheese pizza. Since we have an annual pass, we receive 20% off our food purchases and the discount extends to the Crayola Store, which is awesome.
After lunch we like to visit the play area, “Toddler Town”. Since my son is still very young, I appreciate that the space was specially designed for children his age. If your kiddo isn’t a toddler, don’t worry! Crayola Experience also offers a larger and more challenging play area for older children. Lastly, before heading out, we make sure to stop at the “Be A Star” station. This is a photo-booth attraction that turns images into super cute coloring pages. We love being able to take home the fun!
I highly recommend buying an annual pass if you plan to visit Crayola Experience more than once. If you do decide to upgrade, stop by the front desk and they will happily apply your admission cost towards an annual pass — just make sure to do it before you leave for the day.
In addition to Crayola Experience, The Shops at Willow Bend offers some of my favorite stores, like Crate & Barrel, Anthropology and Janie & Jack. The mall is also undergoing a huge transformation. For example, the newly added “District at Willow Bend” will continue to open more restaurants alongside local favorites like Knife. I’m already planning my first visit to Acai and Alchemy! Last year brought Texas’ first Crayola Experience to The Shops at Willow Bend, and this year is sure to bring some more big and exciting changes.