Summer vacation is almost here, are you ready? If you’re still looking for day camps you can search the EMM Summer Camp Directory (gigantic list of camps), and don’t forget about Vacation Bible School and Summer PDO Programs! Here are a ton of other ideas to keep your kids engaged and happy, and visit the Stuff To Do page for over 50 places to go![bctt tweet=”Your 2017 Memphis Summer Survival Guide is here!” username=”eastmemphismoms”]
Register for Free Activities
- Register at KidsBowlFree.com to receive two free games of bowling every day this summer. Good at Andy B’s, Winchester and Billy Hardwicks
- Register at KidsSkateFree.com (via a PC, not mobile device) to receive a weekly email pass good for specific sessions as the East End Skating Center.
- Sign up (you must do this in May) for a 90-day free membership to The Pink Palace and Lichterman Nature Center.
- Join the Kidgits Club at Wolfchase Galleria (for $5/child each year, so technically not free, but close!) and attend free events at the mall. EMM Review
- Get a library card to get free admission (Dixon, Civil Rights, Stax, Metal Museum) and other stuff via Explore Memphis
- Camp Legacy at Morton Museum (Collierville) is having free kid activities Wednesday in June and July, ages 6-12. Registration required.
Barlett Movies in the Park
W. J. Freeman Park
2629 Bartlett Boulevard
The Bartlett Movies in the Park project is in conjunction with the Bartlett Station Commission and the City of Bartlett. This is a free family-oriented event. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and enjoy a kid-friendly movie inside W. J. Freeman Park.
- June 2 Storks
- June 16 Lost & Found
- July 14 The Wild Life
- July 28 The Great Gilly Hopkins
Orpheum Summer Movie Series
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12
- Friday, June 2 @ 7p Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
- Thursday, June 8 @ 7p Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- Saturday, June 10 @ 2p The Sandlot
- Thursday, June 22 @ 7p Psycho
- Friday, June 23 @ 7p The Wizard of Oz
- Thursday, June 29 @ 7p Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Friday, June 30 @ 7p Dirty Harry
- Friday, July 7 @ 7p The Princess Bride
- Friday, July 14 @ 7p The Maltese Falcon
- Friday, July 21 @ 7p Grease
- Friday, August 11 @ 7p Gone with the Wind
- Saturday, August 12 @ 7p Coming to America hosted in partnership with The TaKeOver
- Friday, August 25 @ 8p The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Catch your favorite family-friendly films at Malco Kids Summer Film Fest.Tickets: $2/person. Line-up includes
- June 6 & 7: The Peanuts Movie
- June 13 & 14: Kung Fu Panda 3
- June 20 & 21: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
- June 27 & 28: Trolls
- July 4 & 5: Horton Hears a Who!
- July 11 & 12: Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Road Chip
- July 18 & 19: Penguins
- July 25 & 26: Rio 2
Movie Mania at Carriage Crossing
movies start at dusk, pre-movie fun starts at 7pm, free
- June 2 Zootopia
- June 16 Secret Life of Pets
- June 30 The Jungle Book
- July 14 Pete’s Dragon
- July 28 The Wild Life
- August 11 Storks
- August 25 Sing
South Lawn Cinema
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
Gates will open at 6pm, movie at 8pm. Non-member adults: $5, children(4-10): $2, 3 & under: free
(can’t find 2017 schedule yet, will keep checking)
City of Germantown
Municipal Park, Fridays in June 8:15pm
- June 9: Moana
- June 16: SING
- June 23: The Secret Life of Pets
- June 30: A Dog’s Purpose
Beale Street Landing, Tuesdays 8:30pm
- June 6 The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13)
- June 13 Space Jam (PG)
- June 20 The Wiz (G)
- June 27 La La Land (PG-13)
- July 11 Captain America: Civil War (PG-3)
- July 18 Zootopia (PG)
- July 25 Karate Kid (Original) (PG)
Download this free Memphis Summer Bucket List printable coloring page.
River Series at Harbor Town: May 21 & 28, 3pm, $5
Groovin’ and Grillin’ Concert Series: Germantown, food at 6pm, music at 7pm on June 6, 13, 20
KIX On Beale: free, all ages country music shows at Handy Park on Beale St in June and July
Summer Reading Programs
All of the area libraries offer a free Summer Reading Program for kids and adults. Sign ups typically start in June, so stop by your local branch. There are a lot of free activities (movies, performances, crafts) each week and prizes for reading.
Barnes & Noble is offering a Summer Reading Triathlon this year where you child can earn a free book. (Scroll down to “kids earn a free book.”)
Enjoy a Free Activity
Watch the duck march at The Peabody at 11am or 5pm. Check this post for recommended area restaurants.
Visit the Brooks Museum for Wacky Wednesday in June at July from 10am-noon for a drop-in art activity and film. EMM Review
Visit one of our awesome parks, here are parks the moms recommend.
Read this post for a list of pools and splash parks (some free, some paid).
Register for a free Lego Club meeting select Saturdays at a Knowledge Tree store.
Visit Mud Island River Park (outside is free) EMM Review
Visit a museum for free on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays!
Kids Camp craft activity at Carriage Crossing Tuesdays in June from 9-10:30 for ages 4-8 with an adult (can’t find 2017 info on this yet)
Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops (Pyramid and Macon Rd stores). Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays (2017 dates coming soon). Shooting arcade, casting challenge, crafts and workshops.
Home Depot (EMM Review) offers free kid’s building projects each month. (According to this site Lowe’s no longer offers this. Is that true?)
Michaels has Kids Club craft events for $2 on Saturdays and Camp Creativity ($5/session) M/W/F in June and July.
Joann Fabrics and The Art Project offer a ton of classes/workshops
The Dixon Gallery & Gardens offers weekly classes for ages 2 and up.
Check the EMM Calendar for daily events.