It’s warming up in Memphis and your kids (and you) are excited to get out of the house! Between the rainy days and the perfect and elusive, 75 degrees and sunny days, you’re going to need a list of always fun and sometimes free things to take your little ones too. From museum exhibits to family friendly brewery events, we’ve got you covered from March ‘til May!
Children’s Museum of Memphis
The Children’s Museum of Memphis is a great place to take your child during the Spring! They have weekly classes and programs such as storytimes and ‘Create Your Own Mini Book’ classes. CMOM also has unique exhibits that you can take your child to with some that change throughout the year! Their most recent exhibit is the Rube Goldberg Exhibit on display January 21 – May 7, 2023.
The Memphis Zoo
Free Tuesdays at the Memphis Zoo are year round and all you need is your ID that says you’re a Memphis local! Whether you choose to use the free day or not, there’s always something happening at the zoo.
Activation Days There are plenty of ‘Activation Days’ happening this Spring with the most recent one happening March 20th and focusing on World Frog Day! “Activation Days are an opportunity to spread awareness about animals who are facing peril in the wild and teach guests about the animals we have at the zoo. It also allows keepers and education staff to come face to face with guests and teach them how to be conservationists.”
Bunny Brunch On April 8th, head to the zoo for some Easter fun! Bunny Brunch is a family-friendly event with a buffet breakfast, a silent auction, “an exclusive animal encounter”, and a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny! “Hop on by the Memphis Zoo for brunch with the Easter bunny! Tickets are $30 for members, $45 for non-members, and available on the zoo’s website!
Storytime at Kifani Press Bookstore
Keep an eye out for events like storytime at Kifani Press! This black-owned bookstore was founded 10 years ago by sister-duo Ashley Foxx Davis and April Foxx. Not only do they host community events such as author meet and greets and story times but they provide free educational resources to inspire a love of reading and great books! Check out their site for more information.
Freckleface Strawberry the Musical
“Based on the award-winning book by actress Julianne Moore, Frecklface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles – from scrubbing them with soap to caking on makeup… and even wearing a ski mask to school! With the help of her lovable schoolmates, Freckleface learns that everyone is different – and that’s what makes everyone special.” Freckleface Strawberry is running at Playhouse on the Square fromMarch 10th to April 15th. Adult tickets are regular $30, child tickets are $10, and all are available via their website.
Museum of Science and History
Imposter Join MoSH for the second installment of Imposter!, the museum-wide game where crew members must complete technology activities and scavenger hunts to build a spaceship. But beware, android imposters are among you who will try to sabotage your progress. Players will be randomly and secretly assigned as crew members or imposters and will all complete the activities to gain or sabotage progress. Imposters have the power to dispatch crew members, but the crew have the power to call emergency meetings and vote out suspected imposters. All players will receive game booklets to keep track of their progress and navigate the museum and a player avatar card they can decorate to identify them as active or ghosts. Make sure to come in a space or technology themed costume for a chance to win a super special, super secret, one time use ability in the costume contest! The game begins at 11:00 AM and concludes by 2:00 PM. Players must arrive before 11:00 AM and have a parent or guardian with them during the game. All players must be between the ages of 6 – 18. Exhibit tickets are required to play
Meet a Snake March 18th from 11 AM- 1 PM your child can join the experienced volunteers at MoSH and study these scaly friends up close and personal! Learn about why snakes are important, how to identify poisonous ones, and much more. The event is free with general admission.
“Help I Found a Baby Animal” April 22nd What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with the Out of the Woods Wildlife Rescue and Rehab rehabilitators! Stop by the nature center from 11 AM-1 PM and meet some tiny baby animals and learn what to do so you can help rescue these creatures in need!
The Dixon has plenty of kid friendly events that happen weekly throughout the Spring and Summer! You can also picnic in the gardens for some family fun!
Kids in the Garden Second Saturday of every month, 10:30 AM-12 PM, ages 7-10, This fun, hands-on gardening workshop teaches kids the basics about horticulture and the flora around them. Registration required; Free
Mini Masters Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15 AM ages 2-4, Introduce your little ones to the arts and nature with crafts, movement, and more. Registration required Members free; Future members $8
Kaleidoscope Club Wednesdays 4-5 PM ages 5-9, Each week, participants will enjoy an art or horticulture project that sparks creativity and critical thinking. Registration required Members free; Future members $8
This list isn’t complete without some adult-friendly events too!
En Canto Cookie Decorating Party March 19th Each Ticket includes 1 Encanto-Themed Cookie Decorating Kit—Our Cookie Decorating Kit includes 1 dozen shortbread cookies, 4 piping bags filled with colorful vanilla buttercream, & two sprinkle sets! We’ll provide a selection of Tea, Coffee, and Punch. Enjoy freestyle cookie decorating with your guest while watching Encanto. We’ll also provide coloring pages for children! **Each Ticket Admits 2 Participants and Must Be Purchased in Advance**
Wiseacre Down For The Brew March 29th 11 AM Down syndrome awareness is a cause that is close to WISEACRE’s heart and we are hosting an event inviting several organizations from around the city to raise public awareness about the condition, advocate for acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, and provide a resource fair for people to learn more and connect. In partnership with the BADDOUR CENTER, we are planning a fun day of activities with art sale, talent show, games, fitness event, and more!
The Rotary Club of Memphis Cafe du Memphis May 6, 2023 at Malco Summer Drive-In! Join us from 10am - 1pm and enjoy beignets, shrimp & grits, cafe au lait, and plenty of fun. You may drive thru or dine in your car. Tickets are $15 for a half plate of beignets and $25 for a full plate of shrimp & grits and beignets. Proceeds benefit the Dorothy Day House and the Memphis Rotary Foundation.