Have you tried the Mondo Llama brand from Target? I've tested out their colored pencils, crayons, and markers. They are pretty much the same as the Up & Up brand that use to be at Target. I'm not sure if it is just a repackaging of the old brand or something totally. I will say that I tend to break the crayons a bit easier than Crayola (Crayola has been snapping easier the past few years too I've noticed!)
I decided to pick up some of the Mondo Llama Acrylic paint to see how they performed. I actually really like them! They are a bit thicker/creamier than Apple Barrel (that you can get at Wal-Mart). The finish is a satin, and I really love it! They won't replace your professional acrylics, but they are really nice. Get a few bottles the next time you are at Target and try them out!