How to Keep Kids NOT Bored in Memphis This Summer


summer list boredom buster

Avoid the awful whines of boredom and replace them with the laughter of fun this summer! We’ve polled our team {and readers!} to get the scoop on the best ways to beat boredom this summer in order to make summertime motherhood just a *tad* easier for you.

Stay cool in the air-conditioning.


Visit a museum.


Get some fresh air.

  • See your favorite animals at the Memphis Zoo.
  • Explore the outdoors with our Nature Walk Scavenger hunt. Find it here.Summer Fun
  • Be a tourist and visit all the I Love Memphis murals. You can find out more here.
  • Fall in love with the Memphis Botanic Gardens. My Big Backyard is an awesome play area for kids!
  • Rent paddle boats at Shelby Farms. More information is available here.
  • Have a blast at Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms.
  • Hop on your bike and ride the Green Line.
  • Brush up on your putt-putt skills. Vantage Point in Cordova has been mom tested and kid approved by Memphis Moms Blog!


Enjoy adult conversation while the kids play.

  • Let the kids play cornhole at Overton SquareAnd before or after, you can enjoy some adult conversation and a meal {and beverages} at Belly Acres.
  • Enjoy a play date at Kid’s Play Cafe. The kids can play while you enjoy some coffee and conversation. Also, free wifi!
  • Let the kids explore while you relax at Loflin YardJust be sure to keep rowdiness in check, as this is a place for adults where children just happen to be welcome.
  • Grab lunch where there’s an indoor playground. Chick-fil-A is a great place, along with some McDonald’s restaurants. The Backyard Burgers in Collierville has an awesome indoor play area, too!


Be entertained.

  • Go see a movie at Malco. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, select locations are offering $2 movies at 10:00am. More information is available here.
  • Sing along at an outdoor concert. {Our Outdoor Concert Guide is COMING SOON!}
  • Watch a movie on the big screen outdoors. For our guide of outdoor movies this summer, click here.2016 Guide to Outdoor Movies in the Memphis Area Memphis Moms Blog
  • See a show at the Orpheum.
  • Go to a movie during the Orpheum Summer Movie Series.


Become a foodie.


Cheer on the home team.

  • Watch Memphis’ own semi-pro soccer team, Memphis City FC, in action.
  • Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks at AutoZone Park and root for the Memphis Redbirds.


Grow your mind.


  1. While the summer has come to an end for many kids, these are still some great things to do while it’s still warm! I’ll definitely have to bring my nieces and nephews out to the zoo while it’s still nice outside. Thanks for sharing!

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