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ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center

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Address: 300 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2514
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The Best Children's Library!

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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 to climb and cavort. Inside a wonderfully intricate doll house, a stack of surprise-filled boxes,... More 

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North Carolina
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 everything downtown, with light rail right outside the doors!

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Thank Michele L
Charlotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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.

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Falmouth, Maine
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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

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New Delhi, India
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 terminals, story time, special shows..... lot of stuff And to top it all it's free... More 

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Charleston, Sc
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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, how to use & play it & the kids could give them a try! They... More 

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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I would very much recommend looking at their website before going bc you will see weekend special events, and some freebee things for kids and families. It is not your average library at all! They will have various areas where kids can listen to stories with headphones, as well as many interactive areas where kids can dress up, and role... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

I went into this museum by accident. It is near the Museum of the new south. I was so impressed that I came back. I loved it and wish I were a kid again.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

I visited Imaginon to attend a reading and book signing by popular children's author Kate DiCamillo. I was impressed by the building, inside and out. I look forward to attending a theater production with my little one in the future.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

My daughter came to hang out on the computers to play games and to pick up some books. She had a wonderful experience.

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