Spring Break Ideas – Living in Memphis

Students across Memphis and Shelby County will be out of school for Spring Break this month. We’ve compiled a handy list of activities and adventures for the kids in your life. 

The Children’s Museum of Memphis 

Various Activities 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

At the Children’s Museum of Memphis, imagination takes center stage. Kids can play lifesize chess, climb the “skyscraper,” explore a miniature Mississippi River, get behind the wheel of a fire engine, and so much more. Sensory Play Experiments like yarn painting and paper making take place each Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The Art Innovation Lab, which is stocked with art supplies, is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and allows your kids to make a mess, with no clean-up required. 

Memphis Botanic Garden 

Flower Tots: Storytime at the Garden 

Every Thursday in March & April at 10:00 a.m. 

There is so much to explore at the Memphis Botanic Garden, from the whimsical playhouses of My Big Backyard to the chickens in the Urban Home Garden. This spring, you can join the Memphis Botanic Garden’s Youth Education Program Director every Thursday in March and April for Flower Tots: Storytime at the Garden, followed by a motion activity or show for Pre-K and Kindergarten-aged children accompanied by an adult. Storytime reads include The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Spring by Eric Carle, I See Spring by Charles Ghigna, and more! Flower Tots Storytime is free with Garden admission.  

Memphis Zoo 

Various Activities 

Open Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If you’re home for a week with the kids, you can easily take multiple trips to the Memphis Zoo and see something different each time. Be sure to check out the daily schedule on the Memphis Zoo website to plan ahead for the sea lion show, penguin feeding, farm chat and more! Tennessee residents are allowed free general admission with ID on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to close.

Museum of Science & History 

Sue: The T. rex Experience 

February 10 – May 13, 2024  

This spring, the Museum of Science & History (MoSH) invites visitors into SUE: The T. rex Experience to learn about one of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever discovered. Full-scale casts of SUE battling a Triceratops allow visitors to marvel at the size of these prehistoric creatures. A multimedia show transports visitors deep into the Cretaceous forest. And a sensory experience allows visitors to feel the texture of dinosaur skin and hear the rumbling roar of a T. rex. The kids (and kids at heart) in your life will find plenty to learn and explore! 

Shelby Farms Park 

Various Activities 

Daily, from sunrise to sunset

Hiking, biking, boating, oh my! There’s so much to do at Shelby Farms Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Shelby Farms Park features more than 40 miles of trails, 20 bodies of water, and even a herd of buffalo. Plan ahead for a chance to try horseback riding, treetop adventures, or paintball. Or visit the Woodland Discovery Playground, the perfect place to let your little one run wild. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. until one hour before sunset, the Woodland Discovery Playground is fun for all ages, with giant slides, a sand box, and every type of swing you can imagine. You’ll be sure to work up an appetite, so pack a picnic, or plan to visit one of the park’s eateries for a bite to eat. 

As winter turns to spring and the days grow longer and warmer, we hope you and your young  ones enjoy exploring all of the museums, parks, and playgrounds that Memphis has to offer. Be sure to check each website for information on ticketing and pricing before you go. 

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