100 Things to do in Memphis over Spring Break

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High five, Mamas! You (and your kids) survived the 2022 ice storm and all the crazy winter weather. 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, MMC is here for you….

But first, mark you calendars for 2 FREE playdates we’ll be hosting. Click on the images and go RSVP “going” on the Facebook event, then tell all your friends! 


spring break chucalissa playdate

Come be an archaeologist for the day! Chucalissa is a little known gem in the city of Memphis. We’ll tour the museum (for free!), explore the burial mounds, do a scavenger hunt, hike the trails, and see behind the scenes where the archaeologists work! Bring a lunch and enjoy the many picnic areas around the property! Saturday, March 12 at 10:00am. Can’t wait to see you!

spring break princess play date

 

We’re teaming up with the princesses again! Join us at Cameron Brown Park playground (on the backside of the lake) and visit with the Dreams Come True Princesses. Take as many pictures with each princess as you want (make sure you bring your phone) and let your littles run their energy out! Monday, March 14 at 10am. See you there!

100 Things to do in our Amazing City!

Downtown

1. Go see a Grizz game! They’re playing March 11 at 7:00 vs the New York Nicks! Buy tickets here
the grizz team
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. Walk the Mississippi River down at Mud Island Riverwalk
4. Walk to Arkansas! — visit Big River Crossing

big river crossing
Half in Arkansas, Half in Tennessee!

5. Tour the National Civil Rights Museum (spring break is the perfect time for a real-life history lesson)
6. 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!
7. Visit the Memphis Rock’n’Soul Museum
8. The 49th annual Silky O’Sullivan St. Patrick’s Day parade is March 12 on Beale Street!
9. Hungry? you can never go wrong eating chicken & waffles at Polly’s on Beale
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!
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. Borrow a doggy for a sleepover!memphis animal services

16. Take in a show at the Orpheum Theatre!
17. Eat some homemade cheesecake at The Cheesecake house
18. Does your kids love trains? Visit a hidden gem: The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum
19. Take a picture on the courthouse 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. Takeout available on Wednesdays and Fridays

The Edge District

22. Be like Elvis and strike a pose
23. Go souvenir shopping at locally owned Nine01Five04
24. Have a car lover? Check out the Edge Alley Motor Museum! (Then grab a beer at High Cotton Brewery)
25. Throw axes at Craft Axe Throwing! See who can make the most bulls-eyes and get a picture taken in the throne
26. Take a picture in front of one of Memphis’ newest murals located on the side of the Riverdeep building
27. Listen to some Johnny Cash and then go tour Sun Studios!

Midtown 

28. Chalk Fest is back! March 12 at 10am at the Brooks Museum
29. 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?
30. Ride the carousel at the Children’s Museum of Memphis {CMOM}
31. Buy a book at Burke’s bookstore, the oldest bookstore in the city!
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 eat burgers for dinner with the whole family at Farm Burger! Besides food joints there’re so many things to check out — especially the library & children’s area on the 2nd Floor
34. The Memphis zoo is always a family favorite!

“The bubble” at the Memphis Zoo.

36. Play Bocce Ball at South Main Park (Behind the big flower sculptures)
37. Eat tacos at TACOnganas‘s newest location in CY at the corner of Cooper and Central!
38. Children 8 and under are always free at the Stax Museum!

stax museum
photo courtesy of their facebook page

39. Pack a picnic lunch and eat at Overton Park. Afterward burn some energy at the Rainbow Lake Playground
40. 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!
41. Gather your girl friends and daughters and attend tea at one of our favorite places — 17Berkshire!
42. Stick your heads out of famous Memphians! (next to the parking garage at Overton Square)
43. Go swimming in a lazy river (indoors!) at The Kroc Center

East Memphis

44. Did you know the University of Memphis commissioned 100 tiger statues for their 100th Anniversary? FIND the tigers all over campus and take a picture next to your favorite!
45. The CTI Giant IMAX theatre at the Pink Palace Museum is the PERFECT place to go. Plus it’s dark. And quiet. (Shhhhh! Mommy’s naptime)
46. Stak’s Pancake Kitchen is the best place for hungry tummies! Curbside available.
46. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens hosts a variety of classes for kids from toddlers to pre-teens. Check out the classes offered here
50. Memphis Botanic Garden has hidden dinosaurs near a secret playground. See if you can find it.
51. The Crystal Shrine Grotto at Memorial Park Cemetery is a little known gem (ha! see what we did there?)
52. Grab a kolchi (basically a hot dog wrapped in an amazing pastry shell) at OB Donuts — the newest donut place on Ridgeway Ave.
53. Kids climbing the walls? Then (literally) let them climb them Highpoint Climbing!
54. Go bowling at Billy Hardwicks All-Star Lanes
55. Hike the trails at Lichterman Nature Center! Or sign up for their Spring Break Camp!
56. Lazy days are made for reading. Get a book delivered from Novel.

Summer Avenue 

57. Plan a special outing to eat at El Sabor Latino — an authentic Columbian restaurant. Watch Encanto then order a feast!
58. Get a SnoCone at Jerry’s Sno Cones
59. Never been in a pawn shop? Check one out along Summer Avenue. You never know what treasure you might discover!
60. 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.
61. Grab those pillows and pile in! The Malco Summer Drive-In is a great weekend activity for the whole family!
62. 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!

63. Peruse the lego aisle at the Knowledge Tree
64. Play some putt-putt at Putt-Putt Family Park
65. Did you know there’s a brand new Chick Fil A on Summer Ave? Well, now you do!
66. Eat dinner at Central BBQ. 2 free kid meals on Wednesdays!

… and more fun things to do around town, out in the ‘burbs or at home!

67. Find the Little Libraries all around town. Take a book, leave a book!
68. Creation Station at Bellevue is back!
69. Head to the Collierville Square and ride the mechanical pony (bring quarters!)
70. 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!
71. For those kids {age 10+} wanting a little more thrills, try GO APE!
72. 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
73. You may drop some serious dough, but Incredible Pizza Company always is a crowd pleaser!
74. Try your hand at disc golf! There are 3 courses in Memphis: Libertyland, Shelby Farms, and Bud Hill!
75. Plan your relaxing bubble bath later on by shopping at Magnolia Soap Company. They have the BEST bath bombs, made fresh on site. What’s your favorite spring scent?
76. Book Glamp901 to come and set up mini tents inside your house for a fun twist on a sleepover — game night, movie night, you choose the theme!
77. Take the kids skating at Cordova Skate Center. Wednesday is discount skate day – skate for only $6 including rental skates!
78. IKEA! Family Members get free coffee every day!
79. Paint 901 rocks and hide them around your neighborhood
80. Shop til you drop at Hobby Lobby and grab a “make your own quilt” kit. Make 1 for yourself and make 1 for someone in a nursing home.
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. Get your tackle box dusted off and head to Nonconnah Creek for an afternoon of fishing!
83. Swing on the swings at McVay Park in Germantown
84. Does your kid want to be an archaeologist? Visit Chucalissa and go back in time!
85. For a sweet treat, head over to the Donut Hutt
86. Jump on over to Jumpin’ Jelly Beans, a boutique play space! PS. There’s complimentary coffee for tired mamas! Score!
87. Go hiking in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.
88. Make Tie-Dye T-shirts!

tie dye
89. Fly a kite
90. Checkout the Meditation Garden at Graceland (7:30am-8:30pm daily). (Later in the spring, Graceland is home to the Beyond Van Gogh experience!)
91. Ice Skate at the Mid South Ice House.
92. Have your heard about Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum? Check it out!
93. Is it raining? Head over to the Main Event and eat, bowl, and play!
94. Geocaching gets kids outside and thinking strategically.
95. Make homemade playdoh
96. Walk your dog! (everyone got a pandemic puppy, right?)
97. Drive out to Arlington and play all afternoon at their amazing Playground of Dreams
98. Learn to sew
99. Take in a movie at a Malco Theatre.
100. Lock up those ipads and school devices and go a week without technology!

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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