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ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

300 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2514
+1 704-416-4600
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Wish There Had Been a Library Like This When I Was a Kid

When I was a kid, the children's library was a partial floor in the main downtown library with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Davidson, North Carolina
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Best library for children

If you want a free children activity then this is your place. They have hands on exhibits... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
David H
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300 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2514
+1 704-416-4600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I was a kid, the children's library was a partial floor in the main downtown library with small chairs and tables. Oh, how things have changed! From the meant-to-be-played-on sculptures outside the entrance, to the puppet show theater, Tinker Toy section, and art installments...More

Thank shell904
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a free children activity then this is your place. They have hands on exhibits, computers, story time and the parents could sit back and watch. This should be the model for all children library's in the country.

Thank David H
Reviewed 15 June 2017

I wish we had this when I was growing up in Philly. The kids always enjoy the various activities and the building also includes a Mecklenburg library. Displays are always changing and kids can check out the youth plays.

Thank cypherljk
Reviewed 9 June 2017

I am diehard library fan, and was excited to hear that my daughter-in-law wanted to take her 6 year old here. He really enjoyed the Tinker Toy exhibit, and we had to pull him away to move to the next planned activity. We enjoyed seeing...More

1  Thank Cindy B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Take Charlotte's excellent light rail to 7th Street Station, or park in Imaginon's own parking lot, or at 7th Street Station and bring your stub in for validation. The fun begins outside where typewriter keys (OK, keyboard keys!) and a giant picture window invite children...More

2  Thank ellenshep
Reviewed 1 May 2017

whether it is the two theaters on the main floor, or up the top floor for older teenagers to do stop animation, this library has it all....it is age compartmentalized and certain ages are restricted...they have wonderful resources, parking under the facility and close to...More

Thank Michele L
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Great instructor and such a great learning experience. Two Thumbs up. Imagionan is a great place for children to learn while having a good time.

Thank jmb4325
Reviewed 9 April 2017

This is no Exploratorium in San Francisco but it is an interesting hands on experiential museum for kids. Good gift shop

Thank Rose G
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

I wonder how I stayed in Charlotte for this long without going to this place even once 🙂 It's a amazing place for kids of all ages with lot of activities and things to do - videos games, Lego sets, art and crafts, iPads, computer...More

Thank pgsmh1
Reviewed 26 March 2017

a great weekend of nearly free - take kids to ImaginOn, the park across the street & ride the train! We visited ImaginOn on Sat & they had a 'petting zoo' sort of thing for music instruments, with folks on hand to explain each instrument,...More

1  Thank KimnSC
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28 June 2016|
Response from Scooter B | Reviewed this property |
It is the commuter train that currently runs from South Charlotte to uptown. The line running North is under construction.
25 November 2015|
Response from J M | Reviewed this property |
Yes to the 6 and 9 year old kids. The 12 and 16 year olds will probably find it immature. It seems to be most suited to kids under 10. There is a childten's theater there that perhaps all would enjoy if you can catch a... More
18 March 2015|
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Response from Robin M | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely! I have taken my grandchildren ages 5 - 10 and they have loved it. Taking my two 4 year old grandchildren this summer! Consider taking the Lynx train. It ends at ImaginOn.