Best Things To Do With Kids in Memphis

What are the best things to do with kids in Memphis? If you're looking for a list of tried-and-true super fun things for kids in Memphis, this list will help. 

Here are the top 10 kid-friendly activities in Memphis. They're perfect for summer ideas, spring break activities for kids, or fun for the whole family. 

Updated by Holly Whitfield April 2017.

  • 01 of 10

    My Big Backyard

    My Big Backyard at the Memphis Botanic Garden
    ••• Treetop Bird House. Photo courtesy of the Memphis Botanic Garden

    This family garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden features places to splash, climb, build, make music, and much more. The Idea Garden area of My Big Backyard has a new theme every year, so there is always something new to explore. My Big Backyard is included with admission to the Memphis Botanic Garden.

    750 Cherry Road
    Memphis, TN 38117
    www.memphisbotanicgarden.com

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    Children's Museum of Memphis

    Children's Museum of Memphis

    The Children's Museum of Memphis is the ultimate in hands-on fun. Kids are invited to explore and interact with a variety of exhibits and features including art stations, real emergency vehicles, a skyscraper to climb in, a kid-sized grocery store, a toddler area, and much more. There is an outdoor splash park open during the summer.

    Coming in 2017: The Children's Museum is restoring the 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel, a beautiful, glass-enclosed historic carousel that the whole family can ride and enjoy

    2525 Central Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38104
    www.cmom.com

  • 03 of 10
    Kid Friendly Activities Memphis Zoo
    ••• Entrance to the Memphis Zoo. Richard Cummins/Getty Images

    The Memphis Zoo has been one of the city's most popular attractions since its beginnings in 1906 and is now bigger and better than ever. With over 3,500 animals housed on its 70 acres, the Zoo offers hours of entertainment and education for kids and adults alike.

    2000 Prentiss Place
    Memphis, TN 38112
    www.memphiszoo.org

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    Pink Palace Museum in Memphis

    The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the southeastern United States. Its large collection of permanent exhibits will help kids to explore Memphis' natural and cultural history, and the planetarium and CTI Giant 3D Theater provide education and entertainment. Add in rotating visiting exhibits, and there is always something new to see.

    3050 Central Ave.
    Memphis, TN 38111
    www.memphismuseums.org

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  • 05 of 10
    Fire Museum of Memphis
    ••• Photo by Flickr user ginnerobot, Creative Commons License

    The Fire Museum is a unique destination for kids in Memphis. It features exhibits highlighting fire history in Memphis, fire safety, and fire prevention. As an added bonus, admission to the museum is two for one on Tuesdays (please always confirm pricing before making your trip).
    118 Adams Ave.
    Memphis, TN 38103
    www.firemuseum.com

  • 06 of 10
    Putt-Putt Golf and Games in Memphis

    Golf and Games, sometimes known locally as "Putt-Putt" is a one-stop fun shop. While its namesake attraction is miniature golf, it also features an arcade, batting cages, go karts, bumper boats, laser tag, a sky-high obstacle course, kiddie rides, and more.
    5484 Summer Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38134
    www.puttputtmemphis.com/

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    Memphis Central Library
    ••• Memphis Central Library. Holly Whitfield

    If the library seems a little tame as a destination for kids, don't discount it too quickly. The children's department at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library is a bright and colorful place filled with children's books, videos, CDs, and more. Plus, throughout the week they offer story time, craft time, and more.
    3030 Poplar Ave.
    Memphis TN 38111
    www.memphislibrary.org

  • 08 of 10

    Shelby Farms Park

    Shelby Farms Park Dog Park
    ••• Dog Park at Shelby Farms. Photo courtesy of Shelby Farms Park

    One of the largest urban parks in the country, Shelby Farms offers miles of trails, an off-leash dog park, horseback riding, the world-class Woodland Discovery Playground and Go Ape, an adventure ropes course for older kids and teens. Seasonal events and activities mean there's plenty to keep children occupied outside year-round.
    7171 Pine Lake Drive West
    Memphis TN 38134
    shelbyfarmspark.org

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  • 09 of 10

    Peabody Ducks

    ••• The Peabody Ducks. Photo Courtesy Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau

     Kids will absolutely love these fine feathered friends that march in the Peabody Hotel daily. At 11 a.m., a Peabody Duckmaster leads the ducks down from their rooftop Penthouse in the elevator, then they march down a red carpet into the fountain, where they spend the day splashing away. At 5 p.m., the red-coated Duckmaster comes back to send them back upstairs for the evening. It's free and fun to watch.
    149 Union Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38104
    peabodymemphis.com

  • 10 of 10

    Family-Friendly Food

    ••• Photo by Gary J. Wood, Creative Commons License

    Memphis' food scene is one of the most compelling reasons for adults to visit Memphis, and it should be no different for the kids! Take your kids to Belly Acres for burgers in an elaborate farm-fun atmosphere (including an airplane and a tractor), or take them for milkshakes at an old-fashioned soda foundation during the day on Beale Street at A. Schwab general store.