If you haven’t yet been to the Crayola Experience at the Mall of America with your kids, I highly recommend you take them! After visiting several times with my kids, we know there’s a lot of fun stuff to do and create, plus you can get $13.99 tickets via my site every day (vs. $19.99 regular price).
But there’s way more to the Crayola Experience than you may know about.
Did you know they offer an event every month just for adults? It’s called Crayola After Dark, and it takes place on the last Thursday of the month from 7:00 – 9:30pm.
I went with a friend in March. The art project was to paint sunflowers on a rustic wooden board that you can hang up. I am NOT an artist at all, so I’m always skeptical that I can create anything better than a stick figure. But I wanted to try it out – and have a fun girls’ night out!
When the Crayola Experience closed to the general public at 7:00pm, we and about 25-30 other adults came in little by little for the event. As we were welcomed, we were told we had some time to explore the Crayola Experience on our own before we got started.
It was weird but actually very cool to have the place to ourselves – no kids – and to just be playful and have fun. We created our own Drip Art to take home, using crayons that we melted. We also checked out the Art Alive area where we colored a space-themed object (their themes change regularly) and then chased our creations on a big screen.
After exploring the different activities for a while, we were invited to the area near the Puzzle It and Meltdown activities. Everything was set up for us – and we chose seats that had paint and supplies ready for us.
There were also beverages and hors d’oeuvres for us to enjoy. Beverages included a variety of beers and wines, and there were some hot snacks to try. They also offered water and sodas.
They had a DJ playing fun music like 80s music and other popular tunes. He took requests too! It definitely helped make the evening fun and energized!
Our paint and supplies were all ready for us.
They had a great instructor who did the art with us and explained it step by step. He brought his own sample around to show us in more detail. It made the project super easy and doable for everyone – a relief to me!
Here’s a glimpse of the night. It was very relaxed, fun, casual.
The whole event lasted until about 9:00pm. We had plenty of time to paint. I did each step a bit quickly – most others took their time and were detail-oriented. I probably should have taken more time but I think it still turned out ok. My friend said she’s not much of an artist but I think hers turned out so nicely!
Overall it was a great night – we both had such a fun time. We also enjoyed chatting with the other ladies at our table. It’s a fun way to meet people and just do something for yourself!
The Crayola After Dark events have filled up, so if you’re interested in attending one, be sure to sign up soon.
The cost is $29.99 per person, but if you have a Crayola Experience membership, it’s only $26.99.
Also, for general admission tickets for the Crayola Experience, be sure to purchase them at a discount via my special link!
(Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to this event to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are 100% mine!)