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Crayola IDEAworks announces they are closed

Officials say extreme heat and air conditioning challenges are to blame. The exhibit was supposed to continue until the end of July.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Put down your crayons, folks.

Crayola IDEAworks at Camp North End unexpectedly announced they are officially closed as of Tuesday. 

The creativity exhibition initially came to the area in May, with events including creating the world's largest coloring page.

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Keivu Knox says he and his family visited the exhibit in early July. Unfortunately, he says the experience was less than enjoyable.

"When we got there it was warm -- it was hot probably 90s, close to 100," Knox said. "Really, really hot."

But he adds the heat was only part of the issue.

“Some of [the stations] weren’t working — a lot of them weren’t working actually. We had to figure out which station would work properly," Knox said. "All and all we were disappointed."

Customers who bought tickets for later dates were also informed of the exhibit closing and promised a full refund.

Crayola IDEAworks provided WCNC Charlotte with the following statement:

"Crayola IDEAworks’ engagement at Camp North End has ended early because of the extreme heat and air conditioning challenges.

With the oppressive temperatures recently, the venue’s air conditioning system could not keep up with the demand, and the decision to close the 17,000-square-foot touring exhibition was made July 18th.

All pre-purchased tickets for future dates at Camp North End will be refunded and processed within 7-10 business days.

We are grateful to the Charlotte community for their wonderful support of Crayola IDEAworks over the past few months."

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