Monday, May 4, 2009

Day Trip-ImaginOn & Ridin' The Rails

Saturday we took a day trip to downtown Charlotte. We parked our car and rode the new Lynx light rail system into downtown and it was such a neat experience for the kids. It was easy to buy tickets and the cars were clean and the ride was smooth. The light rail system is definitely an asset to Charlotte.

Once we reached downtown, we got off the Lynx practically at the front door of ImaginOn, the children's library/children's theater complex. We love ImaginOn! There is so much to do there such as dress up, have a puppet show, look at the art displays, catch a show, and interact with the traveling museum exhibits. The exhibit currently installed was about art and sculpture.

The centerpiece of ImaginOn is the Story Jar, filled with marbles, each of which represents a story. Hanging above the giant jar are a variety of toys and items which serve as story starters.

After we left ImaginOn, we hopped on the Lynx train back to our car and ate dinner. Since our tickets were good for the whole day, we parked our car at a different station and rode south, hopped on the northbound train, and went back to our car. The Lynx light rail system was expensive to build but ridership has been great. The cars were getting full as we left since the Quail Hollow Golf Championship was finishing up.

Of course, we can't pass up hitting a few Goodwill stores while in Charlotte, and we found some nice treasures. It was a great day!

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