Things to Do on a Rainy Day With Kids in Memphis

Children's Museum of Memphis
The fire truck exhibit at the Children's Museum of Memphis. Thomas R Machnitzki/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

It's pouring down rain and you're stuck inside with kids who aren't happy. Well, it's more likely that the adults are the ones not happy because kids tend to be happiest with a gaming system nearby.

So let's say you find yourself looking for things to do on a rainy day with kids who don't have a gaming system nearby. Now that sounds like trouble, especially if you had a fun outdoorsy weekend planned or you're on a family vacation and time is precious. These five things to do on a rainy day with kids in Memphis will give you ideas to keep the whole family entertained.

Visit a Museum

Depending on the age of the children, Memphis has several museums geared toward them. The Children's Museum of Memphis and Fire Museum of Memphis are favorites of children from toddlers through older school aged. The Children's Museum of Memphis is in Midtown and features interactive permanent exhibits as well as traveling ones that are meant to provide educational opportunities in a fun setting. The Fire Museum of Memphis helps children learn about fire safety in a fun interactive setting that also has old fire equipment on display in Downtown Memphis.

Other museums with an educational twist for children include the Pink Palace Museum, which brings the history of the city alive in a beautiful pink-colored mansion on Central Avenue, and the history of the Mississippi River at the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island River Park. And don't forget the city's great music museums as well.

See a Film on the Big Screen

Yes, you could go see a movie at one of the city's many theaters. But why not go big and see a massive film on the Pink Palace Museum’s RealD 3D digital screen? Fun movies such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” are shown as well as exciting educational films like “Tornado Alley” and “Flight of the Butterflies.”

Discover the Arts

Memphis is home to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Dixon Gallery and Gardens, two art museums that frequently have rotating exhibits of world-class art, not to mention their own permanent collections with great pieces to check out. Both museums often host family day events on special Saturdays in conjunction with exhibits. 

Have an Indoors Adventure

From the trampolines at Sky Zone Memphis to the many bowling alleys, roller rinks and laser tag centers, there are a number of options in and around Memphis to have an indoors adventure. 

Lace Up the Skates

Memphis isn't known for ice skating. In fact, from 2003 when the Mall of Memphis and its ice rink closed to September 2011 when the Mid-South Ice House opened in Olive Branch, the Memphis area didn't have an ice rink open to the public. But thanks to the Mid-South Ice House, there are plenty of ice skating opportunities again. The facility plays host to figure skating, ice hockey and curling and has a schedule of public skate times throughout the week and weekends.