Lehigh Valley

Take your parents to play day a hit at Crayola Experience

Parents say worried about missing kid's childhood.

EASTON, Pa. - When's the last time you were like a kid? Like a real, fingers-dirty, eyes-wide, grin from ear-to-ear kid?

Crayola Experience, along with nearly two dozen other attractions in the Lehigh Valley, wants you to think about that as they roll out a new idea: Take your parents to play day!

"This place was made to get out of work, to get the parents excited, just like the kids!" says Matthew Nelson, the Marketing Assistant at Crayola Experience in Easton.

Crayola Experience was recently asked to take part in a study about the American family, and their research showed more than half of parents are worried they are missing out on key moments and crucial family time.

"I mean, with our everyday schedules it tends to get quite busy and hectic, so it's nice to take the time out and spend the day with the children," smiles mom Mary Utter.

Exactly! So, two dozen Lehigh Valley attractions are flipping 'take your kids to work day' on its head.

"Crayola took this, and, like we do, we made it creative and tried to make a fun day out of it and encourage parents to get out of the workplace and come on into a different attraction in the Lehigh Valley and spend more time with their kids," Nelson says.

“I think it's a good idea," shrugs 9-year-old Dillan Mettee.

"And he has definitely brought us here to play today," his mom Valerie smiles.

It's a day where the only paperwork is the kind 8-year-old Sarah Utter is drawing on.

"One of my favorite things that we did were labeling the Crayons," she shares, holding up her own namesake crayon.

The only meltdown comes from the newest Crayola attraction.

"You get to play with a gigantic Crayon melt pen!" Nelson explains, pointing out the 'Meltdown' attraction.

The results of the newest annual event in the Lehigh Valley might not be scientific yet...

"I like spending more time with mom!" Sarah says.

But they seem to be on point.

"Because my mom and dad are fun," Dillan says simply.

"We like the experiences, because that's what they're going to remember," his mom smiles.

So put a big colorful mark on your calendar for next year, because no matter if you're the kid or the parent, an entire day can be brighter with just a little play.

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