Once you get past all the napping, learning to walk and use the potty you’ll find that your little person needs stuff to do! If you’re at home with your child you’ll find that being at home too much will make you both crazy. In addition to visiting parks, storytimes (see the EMM Calendar) and various area attractions (see the Stuff to Do list) there are several area activities you can do with your preschooler. Need to have an adult conversation? Check out our list of Restaurants with Play Areas.
Things to Do Together
Pre-K Jump Time
Pump it Up in Bartlett is full of indoor inflatables. They offer specific times each week for preschoolers (ages 6 and under) to run, slide and jump. Typically this is Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-11:30am but it varies when school is out. Check their calendar for dates. EMM Review
MJCC Art House
The Art House at the Memphis Jewish Community Center is an art space open to the entire Memphis community. They offer classes, workshops, private lessons and an open studio where you pay an hourly fee. Reservations are recommended as space is limited, call 870-1060.
Watch the animal keepers at the Lichterman Nature Museum feed the animals. Tuesdays through Saturdays at noon, click thru for a list of which animal is featured each day.
An indoor play area in Germantown with jungle gyms, soft play structures, and imagination-inspiring equipment. Parents or caregivers are invited to either play with their children or sit back, relax, and enjoy free wi-fi in the café. EMM Review
Bass Pro Shops
See the fish, ducks and alligators, try out the arcade and maybe even go up to the Lookout!
Take a Class with Your Child
Music for Aardvarks
East Memphis & Midtown
Kids love music. Sometimes the music kids love drives parents batty (think Barney). Thankfully Music for Aardvarks doesn’t fall into this category. Dress comfortably as you’ll be jumping and even “wiggling your hips” along with Mr. Joe while he plays his guitar and sings. Classes are all-ages. Some kids participate, others just sit and stare, either way it’s fun and you’ll walk away smiling. EMM Review
At the Dixon Gallery & Gardens every Thursday at 10:30am, ages 4-5. Introduce your child to the Dixon through exciting art and horticulture activities. Each Thursday your child can enjoy science, art, literature, horticulture, and more. Snack included. Reservations required, space is limited, reserve online.
Kindermusik with Ms Annette & Friends
East Memphis, Cordova, Collierville, Germantown
Parent and child music classes for newborns to age 7.
You can take a Spanish class with your 1+ year old in Cordova.
At the Memphis Botanic Garden, this class series is especially for toddlers to 5-year-olds, and includes fun-filled stories, crafts, and exploration. Classes are held in My Big Backyard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (you attend once a week for several weeks) from 10-11am. Call 636-4122 to register or for more information.
The Memphis Jewish Community Center (membership not required) offers Mommy & Me yoga at times, sign up by the class or for a session
Sign Your Child up for a Class or Sport
- Dance, Gymnastics & Cheer – click thru for details, most classes start at age 3
- Art, Drama & Music – click thru for details, some classes start at age 4
- Germantown Legions Soccer Club Happy Feet (ages 2-6)
- Little Superstar Soccer (Cordova)
- Shelby County Soccer Association – age 3+
- Little Wing – music class for ages 4-5 at School of Rock Germantown
- MJCC offers sports for ages 2-5