Please check out our Calendar for an up-to-date list of special events, festivals, story time, and more.  If you’ve got little ones, make sure you check out our activity ideas for Preschoolers and Babies & Crawlers.

Am I’m missing something great?  Please let me know.

Museums & Such

Many Memphis museums offer free or discounted admission on certain dates.  Check out this post for more info.
Children’s Museum of Memphis
crawlers to elementary school kids will love CMOM EMM review
Memphis Zoo
Dixon Gallery & Gardens | EMM review
Brooks Museum of Art
Pink Palace Museum
free Tuesday afternoons EMM review
Fire Museum of Memphis | EMM review
Mud Island River Park (open April – October) EMM review
C.H. Nash Museum at the Chucalissa Archaeological Site
Sharpe Planetarium
National Ornamental Metal Museum | EMM Review
The Cotton Museum
Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum | EMM review
Graceland   EMM Review
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum

Movies, Theaters, Music & Shows

Malco Theaters including the Summer Drive In
Palace Cinema
Pink Palace IMAX Theater
The Orpheum
Buckman Performing Arts Center
Germantown Performing Arts Center
Playhouse on the Square
Theatre Memphis
Levitt Shell | EMM Review
Hattiloo Theater
Harrell Performing Arts Center
Germantown Community Theater
The Cannon Center
FedExForum

Game/Play Places

Golf & Games Family Park
(aka Putt Putt): miniature golf, BattleZone (water fight), Sky Trail, arcade, batting cages, go karts, laser tag, bumper boats, and more.
Laser Quest
Pump It Up (Bartlett) indoor inflatables | EMM review
Incredible Pizza & Chuck E. Cheese: arcade, indoor games
Note: the Chuck E. Cheese in Cordova has a toddler play area
Kid’s Play indoor preschooler fun | EMM review
BowlingWinchester BowlCordova Bowling CenterBilly Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, Andy B’s (Bartlett)
Roller SkatingCordova Skate Center  | EMM Review
Ice SkatingMid-South Ice House (Olive Branch) & Memphis Zoo on Ice (mid-November – late January)
FunQuest (Collierville)
roller skating, bowling, laser tag
SkyZone Memphis indoor trampolines | EMM review
ClimBRIDGES indoor rock climbing | EMM review

Playgrounds/Outdoor Fun

Recommended playgrounds
Shelby Farms Park and Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms EMM review
Horses: Shelby Farms Park stables, Showcase Equestrian Center (Eads)
My Big Backyard at the Memphis Botanic Garden EMM review
Memphis Skate Park (10,000 square foot park at Tobey Field near Central and Hollywood)
Paintball: Paintball Park, CHF Paintball (Hernando, MS), Battlefront Lasertag & Paintball at Shelby Farms Park
Boating: Canoe or kayak the Wolf River (rentals available), or rent a paddle boat, take an airboat on the Mississippi River
FarmsMenagerie Farms (Collierville), Cedar Hill Farm (Hernando, MS)

Bookstores & Libraries

The Booksellers at Laurelwood (aka Davis-Kidd) EMM storytime review
• East Memphis area library branches:

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Poplar-White Station Branch Library
Highland Branch Library
Randolph Branch Library

Sports to Watch

Memphis Grizzlies
professional basketball
Memphis Redbirds
minor league baseball  EMM Review
Memphis Roller Derby
All-female, amateur, flat-track roller derby league
Memphis Blast
Minor-league football
University of Memphis Tigers
You name it, they play it
Mississippi Riverkings
Professional minor league ice hockey team, part of the Central Hockey League. Games are in Southhaven, MS. EMM review
Memphis Polo Club
A 30 minute drive from East Memphis, the Memphis Polo Club plays and trains on 200 acres of beautifully landscaped countryside. Weekend tournaments are open to the public.
Memphis International Speedway

Other Stuff That’s Fun

Peabody Ducks
Kid Station
Need some time away from your kids? EMM review
Main Street Trolley  EMM review
Chick-fil-A – food and indoor play! Midtown, Mendenhall/Poplar, 240/Poplar
McDonalds (2030 Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN) – indoor play area
Seize The Clay
paint your own pottery, glass fusing and more
Paint a Piece
paint your own pottery
The Art House
at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, classes and open studio times (open to anyone)
Wolfchase Galleria (Germantown) – six screen cinema, carousel and jump area, plus a play area for toddlers.  And check out their Kidgit Club for special events and gifts.
Take your kids out for a treat – ice cream, donuts, cupcakes and more!

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