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Please check out the EMM 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 the 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 | EMM Review
Memphis Zoo
Dixon Gallery & Gardens | EMM Review
Brooks Museum of Art | EMM Review (Wacky Wednesday) and the new Inside Art exhibit for kids
Pink Palace Museum | 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
Music: Stax Museum of American Soul Music | Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum | Blues Hall of Fame
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

Indoor Fun

Bass Pro Shops: aquariums, ponds, gun shooting range, archery range, small arcade, Ducks Unlimited hunting museum, Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl (bowling) & Grill EMM Review, The Lookout EMM Review
The Rec Room arcade/game room EMM Review
 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.
Pump It Up (Bartlett) indoor inflatables | EMM Review
Incredible Pizza Chuck E. Cheese: arcade, indoor games the Chuck E. Cheese in Cordova has a toddler play area
Kid’s Play indoor preschooler fun | EMM Review
BowlingWinchester Bowl | Cordova Bowling Center | Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes | Andy B’s (Bartlett) | FunQuest (Collierville) | Bass Pro Shops EMM Review | Main Street (see below)
Main Event Entertainment: bowling, arcade, laser tag, billiards, restaurant EMM Review
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
Indoor Trampolines: SkyZone Memphis  EMM Review | Jumping World  EMM Review | GetAir  EMM Review
ClimBRIDGES indoor rock climbing | EMM Review
Autobahn Indoor Speedway | EMM Review
 Arts & Crafts: Seize The Clay paint your own pottery, glass fusing | Paint a Piece paint your own pottery | The Art House (some open studio times) | The Art Project drop-in kid art studio 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) | rent a paddle boat, take an airboat on the Mississippi River
FarmsMenagerie Farms (Collierville) | Cedar Hill Farm (Hernando, MS)
Go Ape Treetop Adventure (Shelby Farms Park) open March – October EMM Review
 Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Crazy Dash Digital Adventures | 3Quest Challenge | Wacky Walks

Bookstores, Toy Stores & Libraries

The Booksellers at Laurelwood | EMM Review (storytime)
Knowledge Tree – toys, homeschool and teacher supplies, storytimes, Lego and Star Wars events
Village Toymaker – toys, storytimes
East Memphis area library branches:

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

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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
Main Street Trolley  EMM Review (currently closed)
Chick-fil-A: food and indoor play! Midtown, Mendenhall/Poplar, 240/Poplar
• McDonalds (2030 Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN) – indoor play area
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!

Movies, Theaters, Music & Shows

• Movies: Malco Theaters including the Summer Drive In  EMM Review | Palace Cinema  EMM Review
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
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September Special Events

Beauty and the Beast, chess, Disney on Ice, Small Fry Triathlon, Spamalot, Dirty Dancing, Tiger football and more! September events that require tickets or reservations. Don’t miss out!

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