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ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Ranked #20 of 180 things to do in Charlotte
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Reviewed April 18, 2012

Upon entering ImaginOn, you feel instantly transported to Dr. Seuss-like world. This is a perfect partnership between the public library and the Charlotte Childrens Theater where books come to life. I did not know what to expect before my visit, but I was very impressed with the activities and programming at ImaginOn. I would recommend for kids of all ages.

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Reviewed March 14, 2012

We have taken our nine grandchildren to this wonderful museum several times. The possibilities for sparking a child's imagination are endless: dress-ups, with backdrops for acting out their own story ideas; computer art; play stations for very small ones; one section is a city/county public library, and they hold reading times and crafts periodically; there is a play trolley to sit in and scroll the window scenes, which show actual Charlotte scenes. Upstairs are play areas for toddlers and pre-schoolers, as well as a Children's Theater for older children. There are computer stations for older children, as well.

Once we visited this museum in conjunction with a Lynx train ride. The kids had been studying "transportation" in school, so we talked about modes of transportation on our way to the Transportation Museum, took the light rail train downtown, visited Imaginon, and rode the train back. They had a wonderful time!

Since it is located downtown, parking can be a problem. There is free parking (limited time) in an adjoining garage, and across the street is a lot which costs $5 / day or half day, can't remember which.

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Reviewed February 7, 2012

The fun, colorful and, whimsical entry to this magical library let's you know that it is the kind of place that caters to the imagination of a child. The floors are organized by age. Little ones on the first floor, older kids on the 2nd and, teens & tweens, go to the loft. There are activities offered each day but, you have to check the website to make sure. The building also houses the Children's Theatre so, making an afternoon of seeing a play and then finding the book version of it might be a nice idea. The Spangler library, on the first floor (for the wee ones), even has very small rainbow colored computers full of educational programs for pre-schoolers while the full sized grey ones nearby, are tailored to slightly older kids. For me, a person coming in with two kids aged 4 and 6, having both available is very convenient. We enjoy this place every time "my kids" come to town.

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

When I stepped in with my family to this museum, I was excited from the design that this place would cool to see things. That wasn't the case. As I continued to explore the place, I realized that this place is a library for children aged between 6-15. My two-year old was bored quickly. I tried to read her a book, but she let us know that it was time to go. Even so, my six-year old purchased some awesome books. Admission is free, but be sure to validate your parking ticket to pay for cheaper parking as your enter the place. All in all, it worth a first time visit, but I would go back unless my youngest daughter was at least six.

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Reviewed May 3, 2017
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