Family Activities in Memphis, TN
Grab the family and get ready for some downtown fun! Let the kids play in the mini water spray park in front of City Hall. Then jump on the trolley to get a relaxing tour of Downtown Memphis. You can make a stop on Beale Street, browse shops like the historic A. Schwab’s whose motto is "If you can’t find it at A. Schwab, you’re probably better off without it!" and then grab a bite at one of the many meat plus three restaurants for a true taste of the South.
Your entire family will experience an animal adventure at the expansive Memphis Zoo. Of course there are lions, tigers, and bears but this zoo is also only 1 of 4 U.S. zoos that giant pandas call home. In addition to the various multi-million dollar exhibits that transport you to the animals’ natural habitats, you can also catch a show or listen in on one of the zookeeper chats. Throughout the year there are several seasonal events like Zoo Boo (trick or treating through the Zoo), Zoo Lights and ice skating. Over 3,500 animals on 70 acres leaves a lot of ground to cover so why not give your feet a break and grab a ride on the convenient Zoo Tram. Every Tuesday the Zoo offers FREE admission from 2pm-close.
Some of the best bands in Memphis (think Harlan T. Bobo, Luv Clowns, Jack O. and the Tennessee Tearjerkers) play during the day at Rock’n’Romp, a monthly family-friendly concert series. The free shows, which attract hundreds of people to parks and green spaces around the city, are exculsive - you have to bring a kid if you want to get in. Once you’re in, there’s live music, barbecue, beer for the adults, games and activities like build-your-own instruments, crafts and photo booths.
There are few things more relaxing than nine innings of AAA baseball at downtown’s AutoZone park. The airy, brick stadium is home to the Memphis Redbirds, a AAA feeder league for the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s also home to some of the best stadium food in the south - think barbecue nachos, all-beef brats, veggie wraps and chicken on a stick. Bring a blanket and sit on the grassy bluff (where there’s plenty of room to run around), check out the playground and game areas and stick around for post-game fireworks.
If a team of children got together to design their ideal playground, they might come up with something close to the Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms. That’s almost what happened - designers interviewed kids before starting on the brand-new, environmentally friendly playground. The result is stunning – there are several large “nests” where kids of all ages can slide, swing, climb, make noise and build sand castles. The playground is in the middle of one of the country’s largest urban parks, so there are plenty of trails, fields and stables to explore once you’re done playing.