Keeping kids occupied can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun destinations in Memphis for children of all ages. The following list includes the best of these destinations in no particular order.
Photo courtesy of the Memphis Botanic Garden
This family garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden features places to splash, climb, build, make music, and much more. Some components of the garden are rotated by season so there is always something new to explore. My Big Backyard is included with admission to the Memphis Botanic Garden.
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117 www.memphisbotanicgarden.com
The Children's Museum of Memphis is the ultimate in hands-on fun. Kids are invited to explore and interact with a variety of exhibits and features including art stations, real emergency vehicles, a skyscraper to climb in, water play, a toddler area, and much more.
2525 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104 www.cmom.com
Photo Courtesy of The Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo has been one of the city's most popular attractions since its beginnings in 1906 and is now bigger and better than ever. With over 3,500 animals housed on its 70 acres, the Zoo offers hours of entertainment and education for kids and adults alike.
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN 38112 www.memphiszoo.org
The Pink Palace Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the southeastern United States. Its large collection of permanent exhibits will help kids to explore Memphis' natural and cultural history and with rotating visiting exhibits, there is always something new to see.
3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111 www.memphismuseums.org
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The Fire Museum is a unique destination for kids in Memphis. It features exhibits highlighting fire history in Memphis, fire safety, and fire prevention. As an added bonus, admission to the museum is two for one on Tuesdays (please always confirm pricing before making your trip).
118 Adams Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103 www.firemuseum.com
Putt-Putt is a one-stop fun shop. While its namesake attraction is miniature golf, it also features an arcade, batting cages, go karts, bumper boats, laser tag, a sky-high obstacle course, kiddie rides, and more.
5484 Summer Avenue
Memphis, TN 38134 www.puttputtmemphis.com/
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If the library seems a little tame as a destination for kids, don't discount it too quickly. The children's department at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library is a bright and colorful place filled with children's books, videos, CDs, and more. Plus, throughout the week they offer story time, craft time, and more.
3030 Poplar Ave.
Memphis TN 38111 www.memphislibrary.org