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
who doesn’t love a visit to the zoo?
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
the garden is great fun to visit with your kids EMM review
Brooks Museum of Art
check their events page for special family-oriented events
Pink Palace Museum
visit the website for info on current exhibits – free Tuesday afternoons! EMM review
Fire Museum of Memphis
interactive and fun! EMM review
Mud Island River Park
An indoor museum as well as an outdoor scale replica of the Mississippi River, located on the Mississippi River EMM review

C.H. Nash Museum at the Chucalissa Archaeological Site
Sharpe Planetarium
National Ornamental Metal Museum | EMM Review
The Cotton Museum
housed on the trading floor of the historic Memphis Cotton Exchange, museum highlights include video footage, oral histories, artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of cotton and its impact on our region and the world, as well as a self-guided audio tour of Cotton Row.
Tennessee Safari Park
Alamo, TN EMM Review
Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum
Thomas the Tank Engine exhibit, model trains and more. 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 EMM review
Pink Palace IMAX Theater
The Orpheum
Buckman Performing Arts Center
Germantown Performing Arts Center
Playhouse on the Square
Theatre Memphis
Levitt Shell
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
• Bowling: Winchester BowlCordova Bowling CenterBilly Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, Andy B’s (Bartlett)
• Roller Skating: Cordova Skate Center   EMM Review
• Ice Skating: Mid-South Ice House (Olive Branch) & Memphis Zoo on Ice (select days/nights mid-November through late January)
FunQuest (Collierville)
roller skating, bowling, laser tag
SkyZone Memphis
indoor trampoline center EMM review
ClimBRIDGES
indoor rock climbing, open once/month EMM review

Treats

GiGi’s Cupcakes
Muddy’s Bake Shop
Whole Foods (muffins, cookies, cupcakes, coffee etc.) EMM review
Starbucks
La Baguette
• Baskin Robbins (Summer Ave & S. Highland)
YoLo self-serve frozen yogurt EMM review
Ben & Jerry’s  EMM review
Cheffie’s Cafe gelato bar EMM review
Jerrys Sno Cones
La Michoacana: paletes (ice pops) and ice cream 4091 Summer Avenue
Mama D’s Italian Ice
Cosmic Coconut juice bar EMM review
Gibson’s Donuts
• Howard’s Donuts EMM review

Playgrounds/Outdoor Fun

Visit this post to see the favorite playgrounds of East Memphis Moms.
Shelby Farms Park
Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms EMM review
• Kessler Stables offers private horseback riding lessons and trail rides daily except Tuesday and Wednesday.  Read more in this article.
Overton Park, 2080 Poplar EMM review
Avon Park, 310 N. Avon
Sea Isle Park, 5220 Sea Isle
Marquette Park, corner of Park Ave & Mr. Moriah Rd
Peabody Park, 712 Tanglewood St.
My Big Backyard at the Memphis Botanic Garden EMM review
• Go fishing at Catch ‘em Lake at the Agricenter or drive a bit further to Herb Parsons Lake (8 miles North of Collierville)
Memphis Skate Park
10,000 square foot park at Tobey Field near Central and Hollywood
Paintball Park
CHF Paintball (Hernando, MS)
Battlefront Lasertag & Paintball at Shelby Farms Park
• Some area farmers’ markets offer kid’s activities and special events.  Check this post for a list of area markets.
• Canoe or kayak the Wolf River (rentals available), or rent a paddle boat
• Take an airboat on the Mississippi River
Showcase Equestrian Center (Eads)
spend a day at the farm on a Saturday morning (plus lessons, camps and birthday parties)
Cedar Hill Farm
Menagerie Farms

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
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.

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