Final exams are in full blast. Classes are wrapping up. And summer camp admissions are in full force. For families, it’s time to start planning what kinds of activities you can do with your children during the long, hot Summer days.

Here are a few things that I suggest you and your children can take part of this Summer!

  1. Memphis Zoo
    • The Memphis Zoo has always been a big hit for families. Although the admission is not free, there are tons of opportunities to for your children to learn and have fun at the same time. Also, with the opening of the Zambezi River, the Zoo is bound to be a hit this Summer.
      Admission: Ages 12-59 – $15.00, Ages 2-11 – $10.00 Ages 60+ – $14.00, Parking: $5.00.
      Tennessee Tuesdays: 2:00 pm – close – FREE general admission with valid Tennessee ID .
  2. Go to the Memphis Public Library:
    • Signing up for a library card is one of the best activities you can engage in with your children. Not only do the public libraries have tons of books to read on comfy couches, computers to play on, but also will be holding child-friendly events all Summer! And to top it off: library cards are free.
  3. Have you ever heard of the Shelby County Books from Birth
    • The Shelby County Books from Birth program gives children a free book in the mail every month until they turn 5. The program is free and is a great gift for your child. Everyone loves get packages in the mail! And it will also get your child reading outside of the school year.
  4. Shelby Farms
    • Shelby Farms park has tons of walking trails, a large dog park, and tons of grassy areas to set up camp for a good afternoon picnic. You can also grab your frisbees and hold a game of Disc Gold with the family. Walking you kids around the park, you can expose them to a day of exercise, fun, and history by showing them the notorious Buffalos.
  5. Overton Park
    • Overton Park is another park in Memphis that you can grab your kids and take them to stroll around in for the day. You can also grab your blankets and coolers during the evenings for one of the many FREE concerts that the Levitt-Shell has to offer throughout the summer.
      Admission: FREE.
  6. Children’s Museum of Memphis
    1. If you want to get your kids out of the sun for a day, or even avoid a long, rainy day indoors, try taking them over to the Children’s Museum in midtown. Admission is $12 for all ages, and they offer many hands-on exhibits and fun programs to keep your kids entertained.
  7. Pink Palace Family of Museums
    • Who doesn’t love a good museum? The Pink Palace offers one-of-a-kind exhibits like the Piggly Wiggly  replica. Also, they offer a slew of movies and 3D extravaganzas in the iMax theatre or take a look at the layout of the starts in the Planetarium.
  8. Fire Museum of Memphis
    • The Memphis Fire Museum is a fun, inexpensive trip for the family as it gives children not only fire safety education but also shows the history of the fire station and its impact and contribution to the community. What kid doesn’t want  Admission is between $5-$6 and free for children under 3.
  9. Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park
    • Hotdogs, nachos, sodas, and baseball: what else could a kid want? Grab your family and go see the Redbirds play this summer downtown at Autozone Park. On Saturdays, they even have a fireworks show. You can bring your picnic blankets and cool out on the grassy lot rather than the seats for only $5, and your kids can run around with their friends!
  10. Peabody Ducks at Peabody Hotel
    • The Peabody Hotel is one of the most iconic hotels in Memphis, and the Peabody Ducks go hand-in-hand with it. You can take the kids anyway of the week between 11 Am – 5 PM and watch the Duck Master troll them through the lobby. Then take a trip upstairs to their rooftop patio and see the awesome Duck hotel that is their habitat. Admission is free!

There are TONS of other things to do this Summer, so I suggest getting out your calendars and finding the best days to patrol the city with your family.

The Urban Child Institute has recently written an article on 31 things to do with your family this Summer in Memphis. You can view their article here.