Fun Things To Do With Kids in Memphis

What are the most fun things to do with kids in Memphis? Plan your family trip to Memphis with this list of family-friendly Memphis activities and things to do with kids in Memphis. 

They're perfect for summer ideas, spring break activities for kids, or fun for the whole family. 

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

    This special area at the Memphis Botanic Garden offers places for kids to 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.

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    Children's Museum of Memphis
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    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.

    In late 2017, the Children's Museum is restored their 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel, a beautiful, glass-enclosed historic carousel that the whole family can ride and enjoy. You can ride the Grand Carousel for an additional $3 ticket (purchase of CMOM ticket not required). The Carousel is also ADA-accessible. 

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    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. Enjoy exhibits like the Northwest Passage (polar bears), China (panda bears), Zambezi River (hippos), Cat Country (lions and more), and Teton Trek (grizzly bears). 

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    Pink Palace Museum memphis
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    The Pink Palace Museum started out as the home of Clarence Saunders, founder of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores. The sprawling pink-stone-clad mansions was gifted to the city to become a natural and city history museum. 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.

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    Fire Museum Memphis
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    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).

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    Golf & Games Memphis
    ••• Courtesy of Golf and Games Family Park

    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. You can sometimes find food truck onsite as well.

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    Memphis Central Library
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    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.

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    Shelby Farms Park Dog Park
    ••• Dog Park at Shelby Farms. 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.

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    Peabody Ducks
    ••• Courtesy of Peabody Hotels & Resorts

    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.

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    Family-Friendly Food

    Beale Street Memphis
    ••• Beale Street. Edwin Remsberg / Getty Images

    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. 

    Updated by Holly Whitfield January 2018