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VISITING WITH A GROUP

How to make a reservation | Experience Options | Helping the Day Go Smoothly | Group Visit Policies | FAQ

ImaginOn is a great place for kids and teens to visit any time of year. By submitting a group visit request, you can help the young people in your group have a focused and meaningful experience in our facility.

All of the library group visit options for the current school year are listed below. Please read the descriptions and select the experience that best aligns with the goals of your visit. Kids Visit experiences are for ages 11 and under. Teen Venture experiences are for ages 12 to 18.

Due to staffing and space constraints, we can only accommodate a limited number of groups during the same time slot. We ask that you provide alternate dates/times with your request. All requests must be submitted at least one week in advance of your desired visit date.

For the middle and high school events, if you have a larger group than the maximum group size listed, please fill out an additional group fieldtrip visit request to accommodate the total which can be organized as a rotation during your visit.

Please note during the month of May there will be no group programming visits. Reserved visits and program visits will resume in June.  Thank you.

Preschool and Elementary School Events

Experience Description Group Size Availability Request Fieldtrip
Kids Visit: Summer Group Visit :
Groups participate in a rotation of engaging library programming or can participate in self-directed literacy-related activities within ImaginOn. These self directed activities may include: scavenger hunts, board games, creative play, and more. Group leaders may borrow Group Activity Kits to use during the visit. Kit topics include word games, storytelling with puppets, and more. Children may visit the library to check out books and materials or use student computers. Groups with 10 or more students must register at the front Welcome Desk and maintain at least one adult chaperone to every 8 students ratio to gain entry into ImaginOn.

Audience: Kids ages 5-11 with adult Camp Counselors/Chaperones
Duration: 60 minutes
1 - 30 Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00am
2pm
Request

Middle and High School Events

Experience Description Group Size Availability Request Fieldtrip
Crack the Code:
Get an edge on your career or interests by taking technology learning to the next level. Teens will be exposed to hands-on activities including the basics of building a website, teach a robot to move, creating your own computer game and more. Activities will be chosen by staff and are dependent on resources available for your visit.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
5 - 15 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:00am
11:00am
Request
Giant Board Games:
Challenge yourself with our selection of Giant Board games. Teens can play Giant Chess, Giant Checkers, Giant Connect Four, and Giant Jenga for an oversized board game experience.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
5 - 20 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:00am
11:00am
2pm
Request
Teen Venture: Learn, Connect, Play: Pixel Art:
Teens will experiment with an art form using pixels by mapping shapes of video game (or other) characters on graph paper and try their hand at such classic games as Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:00am
11:00am
2pm
Request
Teen Venture: Live-Action Studio i:
Teens will learn the basics of live action video in this project-based workshop. Working in groups, they'll experience the role of a director, actor or editor. Prior preparation including preparing a rough script and choosing a background photo can help with participants being able to create a product by the end of their visit.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
5 - 15 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:00am
11:00am
2pm
Request

Helping the Day Go Smoothly Back to Top

  • All groups must check in at the Welcome Desk upon arrival at ImaginOn. One adult chaperone is required for every 8 students. View chaperone guidelines here . It helps to pre-assign small groups of students with each chaperone. Provide each chaperone with a list of student names and the cell phone number of the group leader.


  • Bring along emergency contact information, including the office number for your school or organization.


  • Complimentary bus parking is located more than a mile away, which prohibits the bus driver from also being a chaperone. Vans up to 8’ may park in the ImaginOn parking lot for 90 minutes free with a validated parking ticket. See Printable Map | Printable Bus Permit.


  • Encourage students to bring along their library cards, so they can check out materials. Note that materials borrowed from ImaginOn can be returned at any branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. Students will need their library cards if they want to access the Internet. Due to limited staff time and extreme use of the building, library cards for students in groups cannot be looked up.


  • ImaginOn has very limited space for lunch, available only November through March. These spaces must be reserved in advance on a first-requested, first-served basis. In nice weather, we encourage groups to eat outdoors in front of ImaginOn, or in our courtyard. If you need space for lunch, please indicate this on your online visit request form.


  • ImaginOn cannot provide storage for personal belongings. Please bring with you only what you are able to carry.


  • Visit our daily program calendar for information about programs and special events on the day of your visit.


Children’s Theatre of Charlotte offers special sales prices for groups of 10 or more. Follow the link for more information.


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