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Old 08-24-2003, 01:45 PM
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Location: Easton, Pennsylvania
What's Cool: The ChalkWalk, Color Carousel, giant glass wall and other art activities
What child has not gone through boxes of crayons, fighting for the sharpest cornflower blue and lamenting when the wilted wrapper falls off? At Crayola, visitors walk through the manufacturing floor where they learn the process of making crayons and markers. The Hall of Fame showcases memorabilia, including those crayon colors that have been retired for good. The strongest part of the tour is the variety of arts and crafts available, giving kids and adults the opportunity to try out new products, complete craft activities to bring home, and experience exhibits like the Crayola Color Garden or the Color Carousel. At the Crayola Factory, kids are able to draw on the walls and make clay sculptures without a nervous parent hovering in the background. The tour is realistic and keeps the attention of even the youngest visitors.

Where: Two Rivers Landing, 30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 515-8000
Web Site:
Rates: Tour costs are $7 adults and kids; $6, seniors; free for children under 2; Reservations are necessary for groups
Hours: Tours are given on a first-come, first serve basis Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
What's Cool: A personalized cereal box or birthday party complete with tour and birthday card from Tony the Tiger
Although the Kellogg's Cereal City tour shows a simulated cereal-making process, it is close enough to the real thing in sense, smell and taste. Cereal City is complete with store-lined streets and a theater that lets audience members experience the morning breakfast table from the point of view (and size) of a salt shaker. There are plenty of hands-on activities and exhibits, as well as the chance to see Kellogg favorites like Tony the Tiger roaming the streets of this "city" devoted to cereal production. Before departing, visitors have the chance to sample a bowl of the famous flakes and maybe even get a box complete with their pictures on the outside.

Where: 171 West Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Phone: (616) 962-6230
Web Site: Click here
Rates: Tour costs are $6.95, adults; $4.95, kids 3 to 12; $5.95, seniors 65 plus; free for children under 3; Reservations are necessary for groups of more than 25 people
Hours: Tours are given Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays

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