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Things To Do With Kids in Memphis

This southern city on the banks of the Mississippi River is known for its soul rhythm, blues, and Rock’n’Roll traditions. Memphis’s dedication to historic preservation is as vibrant and colorful as its many neighborhoods and historic businesses, which still delight visitors today. Bring along the family on your trip to Tennessee this year, where museums are insightful, music is everywhere, and BBQ is famously flavorful. Here are some of the most notable activities and ways to enjoy Memphis with kids:

Memphis is wild ride in the best way. Welcome to a city where kids eat free, families visit amusement parks at a discount, and laser tag is just a discount click away. If you’re looking to get to know the city, bring the family to any of these Memphis kids activities:

  • Imagine bowling with deep sea creatures at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill
  • Choose your own adventure at the arcade, laser tag, or mini-golf course inside Golf and Games Family Park
  • Defend your honor during an outdoor laser tag game at Battlefront Laser Tag & Paintball
  • Watch a professional metalsmith smelt inside the galleries at the Metal Museum
  • See the most famous ducks in Memphis waddle down the red carpet inside the Peabody Hotel

Family outings should entertain parents, too. Memphis is home to interactive museums, sports games, and theatres that will keep family members of every age on the edge of their seats. Some of the best things to enjoy with the family include:

  • Wander the galleries of one of the largest museums in the south at Memphis Pink Palace Museum
  • Cheer on the Grizzlies at the FedExForum colosseum while they take on their NBA rivals
  • Learn how to ride horses before picnicing at Shelby Farms Park
  • Tour the world’s most famous rock’n’roll residence at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley
  • At the Orpheum Theatre, experience one of the last ‘movie palaces’ in existence

Charming neighborhoods, expansive gardens, and exciting galleries await those looking for sightseeing activity in Memphis. Bring the whole family and enjoy these affordable activities throughout the metro area:

  • Window shop along Beale Street before filling up on ice cream at Beal Sweets Sugar Shack
  • Groove while enjoying 96 acres of natural gardens at Memphis Botanic Garden during the Live at the Garden concert series
  • Stroll the riverwalk at Mud Island River Park
  • Teach the family all about impressionist artwork inside the Dixon Gallery & Gardens
  • Explore the animal exhibits and arboretum at Lichterman Nature Center for free on Tuesday afternoons
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Take the kids and become best friends with the tigers at the zoo. Or, grub up on pizza and snowcones. Memphis offers many kid-centric activities for the family to explore today — try doing one of the following:

  • See the great Mississippi River from the best seat in the house at the Museum at Mud Island River Park
  • Choose your favorite flavor at Jerry’s Sno Cones
  • Explore global habitats of the kids’ favorites creatures at the Memphis Zoo
  • Beat the most classic arcade games after enjoying a hot pie at The Incredible Pizza Co and Fun Center
  • Let the kids run free inside the playground at Kids Play while parents take a break

When travelling through Memphis with a group, enjoy a variety of social activities throughout the city. Go ziplining in the city proper or cheer for the home team at a Grizzlies game. Try these group-oriented kids activities while you’re in Memphis with family:

  • Enjoy a stadium hot dog during a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game
  • Choose between 5 ziplines that soar across Pine Lake at Go Ape Shelby Farms
  • Bring the group for homemade popsicles at MEMpops
  • Teach the kids about old school arcade games at Rec Room
  • Watch an educational blockbuster come to life at the CTI IMAX Center

Whoever said fun and school don’t mix has never been to Memphis. This southern city is packed full of evocative museums, historic exhibitions, and thrilling experiences that pay homage to the city’s history in a way that is appropriate for all ages to enjoy. Educational activities in Memphis include:

  • After exploring The Children’s Museum of Memphis, take a spin on the carousel
  • See a live show at the Center for Southern Folklore
  • See famous guitars during a tour of Gibson Beale Street
  • At the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, pay your respects to the greats
  • Uncover important cultural history at Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

Whoever said fun and school don’t mix has never been to Memphis. This southern city is packed full of evocative museums, historic exhibitions, and thrilling experiences that pay homage to the city’s history in a way that is appropriate for all ages to enjoy. Educational activities in Memphis include:

  • After exploring The Children’s Museum of Memphis, take a spin on the carousel
  • See a live show at the Center for Southern Folklore
  • See famous guitars during a tour of Gibson Beale Street
  • At the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, pay your respects to the greats
  • Uncover important cultural history at Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

For days when indoors is the mood, bring the kids to an escape room or seek thrills on the go-kart track. Museums and interactive exhibits are plentiful on rainy days in Memphis — start with the following options:

  • Explore the stars at the Sharpe Planetarium
  • Test your need for speed on the track at Golf and Games Family Park
  • Break free by unlocking the puzzle at Memphis Escape Rooms
  • Get inside the head of a firefighter at The Fire Museum of Memphis
  • Visit the imagination playground at The Discovery Park of America