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100 Things to do in Memphis over Spring Break

High five, Mamas! You (and your kids) survived winter break AND snowmagedon. But now, the weather is getting nicer and we’re quickly approaching yet another week off for Spring Break! Not sure how you’ll fill the days (or nights?)…. well, MMB is here for you…. 100 things to do in our amazing city! Ready, GO!

BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY!
Visit the places others come to Memphis for!

downtown

1. Listen to some Johnny Cash and then go tour Sun Studios! Click on the link for $2 off!
2. Visit the Blues Hall of Fame. Didn’t know we had one? (me neither!)
3. Just because school is out doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in some Delta history. Visit The Cotton Museum and walk on the original Cotton Exchange floor! 
4. Walk to Arkansas! — visit Big River Crossing
5. Tour the National Civil Rights Museum and celebrate MLK 50th.


6. Ride the sky trolley to Mud Island and “walk” the Mississippi River
7. Visit the Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum
8. Make s’mores right at your table at Kooky Kanuks
9. Hungry? you can never go wrong eating Rendevous’ famous BBQ ribs
10. Take in the city view a little differently! Ride a Memphis Riverboat
11. See downtown with a birds’ eye view! Ride the largest free standing elevator in the country at Bass Pro! ($10/each). Want to keep your feet firmly on the ground? That’s ok: Check out the giant fish tank and watch the scuba diver feed the fish at 10am or 5pm!

Pond at the Bass Pro Shop

12. Beale Street isn’t just famous for drinking! Take the kids “souvenir” shopping at A. Schwab Dry Goods Store, one of the oldest establishments downtown.
13. Be a duckmaster! Every day at 11am the duck parade happens at the historic Peabody Hotel
14. Take a tour of downtown via horse and carriage! Rides daily outside of the Peabody and along Beale Street. $40/hour. Most carriages can easily seat a family of 6+.
15. You can’t visit downtown Memphis without riding the trolley! Park for free at the bus depo and ride both the Main Street and the Riverfront lines. Base fare is only $1!
16. Join the Memphis Moms Blog for a Mommy and Me yoga class at Downtown Yoga. Monday, March 12th / 10:30am / $15/family 
17. Cheer on the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum! (March 12 / Milwaukee Bucks, March 15 / Chicago Bulls)
18. Does your kids love trains? Visit a hidden gem: The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum
19. Take a picture on the court house steps and discuss what it means to live in a democracy!
20. Calling all Firemen! Spend an afternoon (or all day!) at the Fire Museum of Memphis. Kids 3-18 $8, under 2 FREE!
21. With its famous chicken hash & waffles and fish pudding, the Waffle Shop provides downtowners with a unique lunch during the season of Lent while supporting the outreach ministries at Calvary Episcopal Church.
22. Get your kids dressed up for an elegant evening out! Take in the broadway hit WICKED! playing March 7-25 at the Orpheum Theatre
23. Play inside a giant catfish at Beale Street Landing
24. Learn how a guitar is made at the Gibson’s Guitar Factory. Tours daily.
25. Listed on the national register of historic places, the Victorian Village is a must-see. Visit both the Mallory-Neely House and the Magveney house. March 16 / 1-4pm / free admission!

midtown 

26. Let the kids play while you enjoy a quiet moment in a hammock at Railgarten. Upscale diner fare for both kids and adults. Frosé (frozen rosé), Mama? 
27. Have an elegant girls lunch date! Eat a fancy lunch (on real china) at Palladio then go bargain hunting in their antique store. 
28. Visit the (updated) Planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum
29. Ride the new carousel at the Children’s Museum of Memphis {CMOM}
30. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art: Celebrate National Pi Day and Lisa Hoke’s Pie in the Sky, currently on view in the museum rotunda, with pi and pie-related activities. March 14th {3.14}
31. Walk through the Elmwood Cemetery (8am-4:30pm daily) 
32. Crosstown Concourse. So.Many.Options. Need an afternoon treat or pick me up? grab a coffee from French Truck Coffee or a yummy smoothie from Juice Bar. Or grab burgers for dinner with the whole family at Farm Burger! Besides food joints there’s so many things to check out!  
33. Wake up early and be the first to eat breakfast at Brother Junipers
34. March 3-July 8, Ripley’s Believe It or Not comes to the Memphis Zoo! Catch the new exhibit before the summer heat kicks in!

“The bubble” at the Memphis Zoo.

35. Play Bocce Ball at South Main Park (Behind the big flower sculptures)
36. Get a library card! Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library has many community classes and activities for kids of all ages.  Saturday, March 10th / 11:00 / Family Tunes and Tales with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra! weekly: Tuesdays / 10:15am / Babies & Books, Wednesdays / 10:15 / Toddler Storytime, Thursdays / 6:00 / Computer Basics for Kids &  {free!} Ukulele Lesssons, Saturdays / 1:00 / Paws for reading
37. Paint a piece at Seize the Clay
38. Get rolled ice cream (what?!) at 901 Scoops
39. Approximately 250 ancient Egyptian objects are on display in the Egyptian Gallery of the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. The museum is open to the public — Mon-Sat / 9am – 5pm / {free!}
40. Did you know the University of Memphis commissioned 100 tiger statues for their 100th Anniv? FIND the tigers all over campus and take a picture next to your favorite!
41. Pack a picnic lunch and eat at Overton Park. Afterward burn some energy at the Rainbow Lake Playground
42. Let out your inner Picasso. Take your kids to The Art Project in Overton Square! They take care of clean up and you save your sanity!
43. While you’re in Overton Square, eat lunch at Belly Acres (local vegetable plate!) then get candy/ice cream/fudge/popcorn at Sweet Noshings
44. Stick your heads out of famous Memphians! (next to the parking garage at Overton Square)
45. Is your kid (or husband) into video games? Play original Nintendo at Rec Room
46. Go swimming in a lazy river (indoors!) at The Kroc Center
47. the CTI Giant IMAX theatre at the Pink Palace Museum is playing a special viewing of the classic movie, Mary Poppins. $8 / children 3-12. 
48. Children 8 and under are always free at the Stax Museum!
49. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens hosts a variety of classes for kids! Try: Sprouts {12-24mo} Thursdays, 10:30-11am / Mini Masters {ages 2-4} Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am / Kaleidoscope Club {ages 5-9} Wednesdays, 4-5pm 
50. Want a spring break camp instead? “Spring to Art” at the Dixon is new this year!
51. Right across the street, The Botanic Gardens is also hosting a spring break camp for ages 6-9.

summer avenue // east memphis // germantown

52. Taco Tuesday! Let your kids practice their Spanish ordering from the Taco Truck on Summer Avenue. $1/taco
53. Get a SnoCone at Jerry’s Sno Cones
54. Never been in a pawn shop? Check one out along Summer Avenue. You never know what treasure you might discover!
55. Pineapple chili, rice pudding, and salted margharita….those are just some of the unusual flavors of La Michoacana’s famous ice cream! They also offer real fruit popsicles such as watermelon, guava, and spicy cucumber! $2/popsicle. 
56. Grab those pillows and pile in! March 11 at the Summer Drive-In is Time-warp Night
57. Go on a mural scavenger hunt! Take your picture in front of your favorite! 

Find this mural in the Memphis Mural Scavenger Hunt!

58. The Crystal Shrine Grotto at Memorial Park Cemetery is a little known gem (ha! see what we did there?) 
59. Eat donuts in your PJs at Gibson’s Donuts
60. Find the Little Libraries all around town. Take a book, leave a book!
61. Walk along the Wolf River Greenway
62. Kids climbing the walls? Then let them climb through inflatable obstacle courses at Pump It Up!
63. Shelby Farms Park is another amazing place in Memphis! Head over to Hyde Lake and rent a paddle boat or kayak. Adventurous family? Try the paddle boarding! 
64. Bike the Greenline: 10.6 miles tip to tip of paved path! For extra fun, rent a bicycle built for two at either the Hyde Lake Wheel House or the Greenline Wheel House!
65. Head over to The Kitchen, Shelby Farms Park’s newest restaurant with a view! 
66. You may drop some serious dough, but Incredible Pizza Company always is a crowd pleaser! Click here for a free $5 game card! 
67. Try your hand at disc golf! There are 3 courses in Memphis: Libertyland, Shelby Farms, and Bud Hill!
68. Go bowling at Billy Hardwicks All-Star Lanes.
69. For those kids {age 10+} wanting a little more adventure, try GO APE! Use code PSXA to get 10% off during spring break week!
70. Kids skate free at Cordova Skate Center! Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 / Fridays 2:30-8 / Sundays 2-5
71. IKEA! Family Members get free lattes every day and kids can play for 1 hour! Win,win!
72. Jump out the energy at Skye Zone.
73. Meet a scientist from a different STEM field every day at Lichterman Nature Center’s Spring Break Camp! Register here.
74. Friday, March 16, Pinot’s Pallet is hosting “Little Brushes: a Family Paint Day” from 3-4:30. Paint a “slice of heaven.” I mean, what kid wouldn’t want to paint pizza?
75. After painting pizza, head over to Mellow Mushroom and eat a real one!
76. Muddy’s Cupcakes
77. Frost Bakeshop
78. MemPops
…….do we really need to explain those last three?! Ha!

… and more fun things to do!

79. Introduce those tiny taste bud to real southern cuisine at the Silver Caboose Restaurant
80. For a sweet treat, head over to the Donut Hutt.
81. Check out Little Studio on Square for a variety of art classes for all ages! Then play on the historic trains next to the square.
82. Visit the newest exhibit, “Generations of Faith” at the Bible Museum on the Square. You may just see some faces that you recognize! $15/family
83. Eat a classic burger at a classic burger joint, Dyer’s Cafe.
84. Try your hand at being a chef at Whole Food’s Salud Cooking School!
85. Jump on over to Jumpin Jelly Beans, the new boutique play space! PS. There’s complimentary coffee for tired mamas! Score!
86. Go hiking in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
87. See a native american replica house at C.H. Nash Museum Chucalissa
88. Elvis is Alive! Graceland offers performing arts camp for kids and teens ages 6-15!
89. Checkout the Meditation Garden at Graceland too (7:30am-8:30pm daily)
90. Ice Skate at the Mid South Ice House
91. Try your hand at escaping at the Escape Room!
92. Is it raining? Head over to the Main Event and eat, bowl and play!
93. Geocaching gets kids outside and thinking strategically
94. Paint 901ROCKS and “plant” them around town. Don’t forget to leave clues on the Facebook page!

Painting 901 Rocks

95. Fly a kite!
96. Cooper Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade / March 17, 10:00am
97. Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade / March 17, 3:00pm 
98. High Cotton Free St. Patrick’s Day Show / March 17, 6:30pm
99. Get ready for Easter by heading over to a Malco Theatre to see Peter Rabbit!
100. Get your tackle box dusted off and head to Nonconnah Creek for an afternoon of fishing!

 

Whew! These are just some of the amazing things you can do here in Memphis!
What would you add to the list?
Which one(s) do you think you’ll try?

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One Response to 100 Things to do in Memphis over Spring Break

  1. Kelley Moore March 7, 2018 at 10:07 PM #

    A tour of Old Dominick distillery!

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