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Hello New Year! The Memphis Moms’ Guide to January 2017

Even though it feels like we just got done cleaning up the mess of Christmas morning, it’s time to celebrate the arrival of 2017! And with the new year, all the promises of new adventures, new beginnings, and New Year’s Resolutions. Speaking of resolutions; Perhaps you’re wanting to take a little more Mommy Time for yourself in 2017? Maybe read books that aren’t The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Goodnight Moon?  Memphis Moms’ Blog is launching a new online book club Read Between the Wines! Join us for a few glasses of wine, some time to socialize, and read a few great books. 

If you’re thinking you want the family to spend more time out in the fresh air this year, the amazing outdoor spaces of Memphis and the Midsouth have got you covered. Between the awesome expansion of Shelby Farms Park, the Big River Crossing, First Day hikes, the Greenline, and so much more… there’s sure to be a way to make everyone happy (and a little healthier).

We here at Memphis Moms Blog have gathered up January’s best family friendly events in order to give you extra (mommy) time for those resolutions glasses of wine.


January 1-8

January 1: 8:30 am First Day Hike at T.O. Fuller State Park Join this free nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage families to get outdoors. Meet at the Visitor’s Center to take part in this informative hike led by park rangers. Learn about the history of the park, enjoy the Mississippi flyway along the 4.5 mile Discovery Trail, and check out scenic points including the Chucalissa Indian Village. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Bring a water bottle. Preregister to secure your spot here or call (901) 543-7581.

January 1: 3:00 pm -4:00 pm Reelfoot Lake First Hike of the Year Join this New Year’s Day hike and along the way take pictures of eagles, snow geese, ice formations, and more. The hike is free, but it is requested you preregister here or call 731-253-9652 to reserve a spot.

Open through January 29: Check website for hours Fourth Bluff Ice Skating Rink Not ready to let go of holiday fun? No worries! The Fourth Bluff Skating Rink is open through the end of January for your skating pleasure. $10 will get you two hours of skating time, plus skate rental. Concessions like hot chocolate, funnel cakes, and s’mores are available for purchase. For hours and special event details, check Fourth Bluff’s FB page.

January 7: 7:00 pm Harlem Globetrotters at Fed Ex Forum The world famous Harlem Globetrotters return to Memphis for a fun-filled night for the whole family. Tickets start at $23.50 and can be purchased here.

January 7, 2017 10:00 am and 1:30 pm Chucalissa Family Day at C.H.Nash Museum Family Day activities include museum tour, throwing darts with an atlatl, scavenger hunt, the hands-on-lab tour, an educational program, and creating a keepsake craft to take home. Family programs and craft activities change weekly, this weeks theme is Stone Tools and Weapons. Family Day happens on Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-11.  Jan 7:  Program:  Stone Tools & Weapons. Craft: Talking Sticks. For more information, visit the website or call 785-3160.

January 8: 2:00 pm  to 3:00 pm Family Fun Hike at Shelby Farms Park
Get outside at Shelby Farms for a hike led by the park interpretive docent taking place every second Sunday of the month. Meet at the Shelby Farms Park Visitor Center located at 7171 Pine Lake Drive West, 38134. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing and comfortable walking shoes, and bring a water bottle. No pets, please. The hike is free, but RSVP is required. For details, go to the website


January 9-15

Open through January 29: Check website for hours Fourth Bluff Ice Skating Rink Not ready to let go of holiday fun? No worries! The Fourth Bluff Skating Rink is open through the end of January for your skating pleasure. $10 will get you two hours of skating time, plus skate rental. Concessions like hot chocolate, funnel cakes, and s’mores are available for purchase. For hours and special event details, check the website.

January 12: 11:00 am- 1:00 pm Memphis Library Winter craft at Parkway Village Library If one of your child’s resolutions is to do more crafts, here you go! Memphis Library presents Winter Craft Time at the Parkway Village Library for a story and arts and craft with a winter theme. This event is free.

January 14: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm Let’s Dance at Cordova Library Who doesn’t love a good dance party? Come to the Cordova Library to dance with ribbons and top hats. Enjoy a free dance lesson with the teachers from E. Studio. Dance to music from the movie, Frozen and more. This is a free event.

January 14: 11:30 am- 12:30 pm Martin Luther King Day–Create and Commemorate at the South Library Join the Memphis Library as they celebrate Dr. King’s life and work with arts and crafts. This is a free event held at the South Library location.

January 14: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Chucalissa Family Day at C.H.Nash Museum Family Day Activities include museum tour, throwing darts with an atlatl, scavenger hunt, the hands-on-lab tour, an educational program, and creating a keepsake craft to take home. Family programs and craft activities change weekly, this weeks theme is Mystery Box. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-11. Jan 14:  Program: Mystery Box  Craft: Beading. For more information, visit the website or call 785-3160


January 16-22

Open through January 29: Check website for hours Fourth Bluff Ice Skating Rink Not ready to let go of holiday fun? No worries! The Fourth Bluff Skating Rink is open through the end of January for your skating pleasure. $10 will get you two hours of skating time, plus skate rental. Concessions like hot chocolate, funnel cakes, and s’mores are available for purchase. For hours and special event details, check the website.

January 16: 8:00 am -6:00 pm King Day at National Civil Rights Museum Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Museum will host activities for the entire family with daylong performances, youth-centered edutainment, the museum experience, and opportunities for community service. The museum will hold its annual Mid-South Food Bank Drive and Lifeblood Drive with reduced admission incentives, and provide a Health Pavilion, booths for Community Resources and Children’s Arts & Crafts Tent. 

January 18: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm Bad Kitty Takes a Test- Book Signing- Nick Breul Booksellers at Laurelwood Head over to the Booksellers at Laurelwood to get the latest installment of the hit book series Bad Kitty signed by author Nick Breul. In this new edition of the beloved, bestselling Bad Kitty series, Bad Kitty faces . . . a test! Kitty must take an aptitude test to determine if she deserves to be a cat. If she fails, she will no longer be able to be a cat. With a little help, Bad Kitty learns all about being a cat, and a little about herself too. Side note: Booksellers at Laurelwood have an amazing story time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00. For more information, please visit the website.

January 21: 10:00 am – 3:00pm Princess Power Day at CMOM Calling all royal families of Memphis, you are cordially invited to attend Princess Power Day at CMOM! Princesses and their chaperones are treated to a day of royal activities that include photos with the princesses, mini-manicures, face painting, themed crafts, and hair styling with clip-in hair braids. Princesses are encouraged to dress in costume. Advanced reservation prices: members are $3 and non-members are $15. At the door pricing day of the event based on availability: members are $5 and non-members are $20. All sales final – tickets are non-refundable. Purchase your tickets here.

January 21, 2017 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Chucalissa Family Day at C.H.Nash Museum Family Day activities include museum tour, throwing darts with an atlatl, scavenger hunt, the hands-on-lab tour, an educational program, and creating a keepsake craft to take home. Family programs and craft activities change weekly, this weeks theme is Music. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-11. Jan 21:  Program: Music. Craft: Coloring Book. For more information, visit the website or call 785-3160

January 21: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Hoppy Hour at Brooks Museum of Art  Bring your family and friends and join us for Hoppy Hour at Brooks Outside: Intrude on Saturday, January 21 from 3 to 7 pm. You’ll enjoy hot chocolate, giveaways and music as you interact with the #BrooksMuseumBunnies. At 4 pm, Join Overton Park Conservancy for a guided hike of the 126-acre Old Forest State Natural Area.  Plan to spend about an hour learning the history and features of this special place, the only old-growth forest inside an urban area in Tennessee. The hike will begin on the museum’s plaza. Please be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothes! This hike will be open to the first 60 people who sign up during Hoppy Hour, so get there early. For more information on Brooks Outside: Intrude, please visit the website

January 22: 3:00 pm Costume Story Time: Maisy visits Barnes & Noble Wolfchase. Come to this special story time to meet Maisy Mouse and take pictures. This event is free. Visit the B&N Wolfchase website or call 386-2468 for more information.


January 23-31

Open through January 29: Check website for hours Fourth Bluff Ice Skating Rink Not ready to let go of holiday fun? No worries! The Fourth Bluff Skating Rink is open through the end of January for your skating pleasure. $10 will get you two hours of skating time, plus skate rental. Concessions like hot chocolate, funnel cakes, and s’mores are available for purchase. For hours and special event details, check the website.

January 26: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Hattiloo at the Library HAL (Hattiloo at the Library) presents It’s a Shel-e-bration!  a celebration of the beloved poet and author Shel Silverstein. Hattiloo actors will bring Silverstein’s zany, silly, and smart poems to life! This is a free event at the North Branch location. For more information, call 525-0009.

January 28:10:00 am Magic Carpet Ride: Chinese New Year Celebration at Beckman Children ages two to eight are invited to grab their magic carpet for a Chinese adventure celebrating the year of the rooster! Tickets are $5 for children and can be purchased here.  Free to adults. For more information call 537-1483.

January 28: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm Chucalissa Family Day at C.H.Nash Museum Family Day Activities include museum tour, throwing darts with an atlatl, scavenger hunt, the hands-on-lab tour, an educational program, and creating a keepsake craft to take home. Family programs and craft activities change weekly, this weeks theme is Trash Talks. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-11. Jan 28 Program: Trash Talks. Craft: Snake Painting. For more information, visit the website or call 785-3160

January 28: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm Family Day with Backbeat Tours Join Backbeat Tours for our 4th Annual Family Day. Enjoy the popular Mojo Tour with the whole family for one low price. Just $9 for a family or up to 5 people! Live music, balloons, cookies, and a special appearance by Rufus the Backbeat Hound Dog are sure to help shake those winter blues! Call (901)527-9415 to reserve your tickets. 


If we forgot your family’s favorite January event, here. We here at MMB look forward to another great year of bringing you the best of what Memphis has to offer for families in the Midsouth. We hope 2017 is a year of happiness, fun, and making amazing memories with your family! 

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