Going Walkabout In Uptown Charlotte With My Son
If I told my 9 year old: Hey we’re going to spend the afternoon wandering around uptown Charlotte, learning how to navigate city streets and exploring public art… he would open his iPad and say no thanks, mom, I’ll stay home.
Instead I told him we were headed to the Charlotte Children’s Library called ImaginOn (Great name for a library eh?). It doubles as a Children’s Theater and it’s one place we haven’t explored since moving here half a year ago. For my little nerd boy, a whole library devoted to books for his age sounded like the PERFECT Saturday afternoon!
The trick… was to park several blocks away from the Library and walk to our destination. I secretly asked him questions along the route: If we started on 1st Street and we just pasted 2nd Street which way is 7th Street where the library is? Easy… THAT way mom! Good… now what direction is THAT way? A little harder but he noted where the afternoon sun was and figured out that we were walking North.
Isn’t it interesting the streets going East/West have numbers? But the streets going North/South are named? We parked on Church… but now we’re walking along Tryon… I wonder what or who a Tryon is? Is Church Street named after a specific church or was that someone’s last name? Next up is College Street… which college do you think? A few Google Searches later and we had our answers.
Before he knew it he was learning street signs, reading art installment signs and we weren’t even half way to our destination yet! He was patient with me because my second motive was to fill my camera card with pretty and maybe a little funky Uptown Charlotte photos.
We made it to the 7th Street Public Market, located next to a light rail train stop and filled with fun shops. Since we had a late breakfast and ALL THAT WALKING MOM(!) we opted to share a 10 inch Pure Pizza. (Totally yummy)
And directly across the street is ImagineOn. The whole first level is devoted to children’s books for ages up to 11. And the 2nd floor is all TEEN books ages 12-18. Plus there are several art installments throughout the Library as well as many computers and iPads with learning games and apps installed on them. The current Children’s Play is a Louisiana twist on Little Red Riding Hood.
The cost to see plays is $10 and $12.