I feel guilty that I don’t write about more of the events at ImaginOn. It’s one of my favorite Charlotte places for kids, and one that truly caters to all age kids, even teens. They have so much scheduled every week for kids that it’s hard to just pick out a couple things to write about. Not only are there shows by the amazing Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and a full complement of story times for various age kids, and plenty of teen-friendly activities up in The Loft, but there are drop in activities too, like this one:
Puppet Tales: June 11th, from 11:00 to 11:20. Familiar (and new) stories come to life with puppets and fun.
But back to the teens. The Loft is a place for teens. There are regularly scheduled activities, like video game tournaments, poetry slams, craft projects, and movies. But it’s also a place where teens can just hang out, safely, without being hassled. With malls starting to have “no unsupervised teens” policies on weekend evenings, and many neighborhoods enacting curfews, you have to wonder: just exactly where are teens supposed to go? The Loft is one place.
Also in The Loft is Studio I, an incredible multimedia studio where teens can create music videos, animations, and much more. They’ve got a great setup and helpful staff. Families with younger kids can also use it at certain times – check the schedule on the website. My daughter spent a lot of time there the summer she was 12, and made this video:
Pretty cool that a public library would have the hardware, software, and staff to help a 12 year old make a video that ended up getting over 160,000 views on Youtube, huh?
When you see this ImaginOn calendar, you’ll understand why I get overwhelmed trying to write about it. Click on just about any day and you’ll see multiple offerings, almost always free. So please keep checking the ImaginOn website to see what’s going on for kids and teens. There’s no way I can cover it all here. I’ll occasionally write about an event just to remind readers of what’s available, but I can’t possibly write about even a small fraction of what’s available.