100 Things to do in Memphis over Spring Break

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High five, Mamas! You (and your kids) survived winter break! 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
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 (spring break is the perfect time for a real-life history lesson).


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!

head to the Bass Pro Shop for Spring Break
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 and 5 pm 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. Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade / March 17, 12:00pm (isn’t it great that St. Patrick’s Day is during spring break?)
17. Cheer on the Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum! (March 10 / Orlando Magic, March 17 / OKC Thunder)
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. On March 22, head to Primas Bakery for a Dinosaur Party! Decorate dinosaur cupcakes, watch The Land Before Time, and color dinosaur coloring sheets!
23. Play inside a giant catfish at Beale Street Landing
24. Have a car lover? Check out the Edge Alley Motor Museum! (Then grab a beer at High Cotton Brewery.)
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.
26. Memphis 901 FC is the newest team in town! Catch them at home (they play at AutoZone Park) on Saturday, March 14, at 7:00 pm.

midtown 

27. 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? 
28. Have an elegant girls lunch date! Eat a fancy lunch (on real china) at Palladio then go bargain hunting in their antique store. 
29. Visit the Planetarium at the Pink Palace Museum
30. Ride the carousel at the Children’s Museum of Memphis {CMOM}
31. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art: Bring the family and join local artists for Chalkiest (Saturday, March 14) – transform the pavement in front of the museum into a work of art! Bring your own chalk, or purchase from the museum for $3
32. Walk through the Elmwood Cemetery (8am-4:30pm daily) 
33. 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!  
34. Wake up early and be the first to eat breakfast at Brother Junipers.
35. The Memphis zoo has 2 weeks of “fun-ucation” Spring Break zoo camps for your little one this year. The first is March 9-13 and the second runs March 16-20. Email [email protected] for registration information.

“The bubble” at the Memphis Zoo.

36. Play Bocce Ball at South Main Park (Behind the big flower sculptures)
37. Get a library card! Libraries all across the cities host storytime for kids of varying ages, and the books provide endless FREE entertainment!
38. Paint a piece at Seize the Clay
39. Cooper Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade / March 17, 10:30am
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 host of movies, including The Little Mermaid. Check the movie schedule here
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 from toddlers to pre-teens. Check out the classes offered here
50. Want a spring break camp instead? “Spring to Art” at the Dixon is offered March 16-20!
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! The Malco Summer Drive-In is a great weekend activity for the whole family!
57. Go on a mural scavenger hunt! Take your picture in front of your favorite! 

mural scavenger hunt for spring break
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 Howard’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.  Rainy day? Let your kids burn off some energy at Creation Station at Bellevue Baptist Church.
66. You may drop some serious dough, but Incredible Pizza Company always is a crowd pleaser! 
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! Shelby Farms’ zipline adventure is sure to add a thrill to your week!
70. Take the kids skating at Cordova Skate Center. Wednesday is discount skate day – skate for only $6 including rental skates!
71. IKEA! Family Members get free lattes every day and kids can play for 1 hour (30 minutes on weekends)! Win,win!
72. Take the kids climbing at Highpoint Climbing – activities are offered for all levels of climbers!
73. Grab a lab coat and experiment with nature at Lichterman Nature Center! Their Spring Break Camp runs March 16-20 9am – 3pm with before and after care available. Register here.
74. Pinot’s Palette has Open Studio time March 14 and March 20 1-4pm. Paint anything you want, $12/person.
75. After painting pizza, head over to Broadway Pizza 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. If you’re not in a sugar coma yet, grab a gluten-free cupcake or an ice cream creation from Smallcakes in Collierville.
82. 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.
83. Visit the newest exhibit, “Bible by the Dozens” at the Bible Museum on the Square. $15/family or $5/person.
84. Eat a classic burger at a classic burger joint, Dyer’s Café.
85. Bring your whole family to Church Health Family Snack Attack Cooking Event March 16 5:30-6pm. It’s only $3 per person, but you must register kids ahead of time. 
86. Jump on over to Jumpin Jelly Beans, the new boutique play space! PS. There’s complimentary coffee for tired mamas! Score!
87. Go hiking in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.
88. See a native american replica house at C.H. Nash Museum Chucalissa.
89. Elvis is Alive! Graceland offers performing arts camp for kids and teens ages 6-15!
90. Checkout the Meditation Garden at Graceland too (7:30am-8:30pm daily).
91. Ice Skate at the Mid South Ice House.
92. Try your hand at escaping at the Escape Room!
93. Is it raining? Head over to the Main Event and eat, bowl and play!
94. Geocaching gets kids outside and thinking strategically.
95. Paint 901ROCKS and “plant” them around town. Don’t forget to leave clues on the Facebook page!

Painting 901 Rocks

96. Fly a kite!
97. Go all out with an extreme sugar rush at Milk Dessert Bar – create a milkshake masterpiece!
98.  Easel Town in offering a Star Wars spring break camp (March 12-13 plus March 16-20). 
99. Head over to Malco and see the new Pixar movie, Onward!
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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