What a fun and busy Mother's Day Weekend! Jack, Casey and I drove to Philly, picked Pat up at the airport there and spent the weekend with his family. As we normally do when we are up there, we packed our weekend full of adventures.
Part of why I wanted to get back to Philly before we head to Tennessee for a couple years is that I realized the kids were probably a great age for the Crayola Factory - The Crayola Experience. It is in Easton, PA about an hour and a half from Pat's parents.
We made the trip through some hilly and windy roads which the kids thought was a lot of fun until Casey experienced her first bout of carsickness. I got a bag in time, but didn't quite get it opened up all the way. I didn't specifically have a change of clothes for her but we happened to have a whole bag of hand me downs that I had brought for my sister-in-law. We managed to find an outfit that would still fit and cleaned Casey up. Thankfully, we were only 5 minutes from the factory.
The kids had a great time at the factory. I had read something to them from the internet about being able to do a bunch of crafts and not having to clean up and Jack was pretty excited about that. There is basically a station in the museum for each product that Crayola makes - markers, crayons, paint, modeling clay, etc and the kids craft their way through the place. I thought it would be a little more factory-like. Although we did see a presentation of how they make crayons and markers with some of their machines.
I remembered my camera so here is our visit in pictures...
Jack was pretty sure he had just spotted the world's largest crayon. It's actually a yellow plastic crayon. You have to go into the gift shop to see the largest crayon.
Chalk tic-tac-toe with Nana.
Daddy helping Jack with his "flying saucer."
Dancing with Nana.
Excited about something :)
Trying on her space suit.
Making his space suit.
Working hard with Nana...
Another neat part of the museum was a hands on model canal system. As we drove to Easton, we followed the Delaware river for a while and could see where the canals used to be. Pat informed us that they used mules to pull cargo up the river through the canals. The kids got to pretend to be mules at the museum and sent their boats through a series of locks and ramps to get to the other side. It was a really neat display and the kids loved getting their hands wet.
And I guess Casey got her shirt wet too!
After a trip to the store to see the world's largest crayon and buy some goodies, we had a great lunch at Pearly Baker's Alehouse. The kids collected a special set of 4 different crayons throughout the museum so they got to color with them while we waited for lunch.