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Charlotte’s Best Stuff for Young Kids (5-8)

January 11, 2011 3:44 PM

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Young children are full of curiosity about the world around them. Charlotte-area parents and caregivers are fortunate to have so much help. Here, you’ll find all kinds of things to fascinate, educate and amaze youngsters and hip parents alike. Charlotte’s best stuff for young kids between the ages of 5 to 8 won’t disappoint. - Steve Hartsoe

ImaginOn
300 E. Seventh St.
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
(704) 416-4600
www.imaginon.org

ImaginOn is a library, but it’s also a theater, classroom and a full-on fun experience. Through a partnership between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Children’s Theater of Charlotte, children at ImaginOn are exposed to art and education in a whole new way. In addition to housing the Spangler Library, ImaginOn also offers children’s theater productions and children’s theater classes. If you want to make learning fun, this is the place. Admission is free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
(704) 372-6261
www.discoveryplace.org

With an interactive room for children younger than age 7, Discovery Place is where you can let little hands explore, create and learn. Go ahead and let the kids play until their hearts are content, because while they’re having fun, they’re also learning about water, wind, gears and more. For more science enjoyment, why not host your child’s birthday party here? This much fun plus this much learning definitely ranks Discovery Place among Charlotte’s best stuff for young kids. Admission is $9 for children ages 2 to 13; $12 for ages 14 to 59; $10 for senior citizens. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

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Ray’s Splash Planet
215 N. Sycamore St.
Charlotte, N.C. 28202
(704) 432-4729
www.charmeck.org

Open year-round, Ray’s Splash Planet is watery fun you can’t resist. The indoor water park includes four slides for competent swimmers as well as areas for toddlers and beginning swimmers. This fun place caters to a variety of occasions, from an early evening cool-off in the hot summer, to a weekend outing with friends. You can also host a birthday party in one of the birthday party rooms. And when you need a break, grab something to eat at Ray’s Snack Shack. Mecklenburg County resident admission is $6 for children ages 17 and under; $8 for ages 18 to 54; and $6 for patrons older than 55; Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday; noon to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday; 1 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday.

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