Memphis Fall Break Ideas For The Kids

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 10th 2017 1017 0

It’s Shelby County Schools fall break this week, and I know you’ll need some ideas to keep the family busy.

I’ve covered some special exhibits and activities in this first section. Note that most of these things are included with usual cost of admission to the attraction, which is listed here.

Below this you’ll find a basic list of great things to do with your kids in Memphis during fall break or anytime. Follow the links for more info. Got more ideas? Leave em in the comments.

See the Big Bugs at the Memphis Botanic Garden
Artist David Rogers installed his Big Bugs exhibit just a few weeks ago. Take the kids to see these gargantuan insects this week.
Cost: $10 adults/$5 kids 2-12.

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Create spooky fun Art at the Children’s Museum
This week, CMOM hosts several Halloween themed (cats, owls, ghosts, skeletons) art-making sessions in addition to all their usual activities. Check out the daily schedule here.
Cost: $15 per person + $4 parking.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! At the Zoo
From October 7 through 15, Ripley’s will be in residence at the Memphis Zoo with fun exhibits and “Oddities” interactive shows on Saturday and Sunday. Ripley is the name of the Zoo’s baby Francois langur, which was born to Tanah earlier this year. Tanah is the world’s oldest Francois langur mom!
Cost: $15 adults/$10 kids 2-11

Recycled car part T-Rex, part of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! @ the Memphis Zoo. This week only!

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See A 3D Movie or Harry Potter at the Pink Palace
The Pink Palace’s CTI Giant Theater is showing three 3D films this week/weekend: Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea 3D, Extreme Weather 3D, and Wild Africa 3D. They’re also showing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2D.
Cost: $10 adult/$8 child (does not include Pink Palace exhibits)

Fall Art Break at the Dixon
Drop in daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dixon for hands-on activities for kids ages 6 and up.
Cost: $7 adults/$3 kids 7-17

See The Scarecrows at Lichterman Nature Center
In addition to their permanent exhibits, check out this year’s crop of “life-sized, ecological, green, scary, silly, funny and educational scarecrows” created by local clubs, Scouts, artists, classes, and more. Included in cost of admission to the center.
Cost: $9 adult/$5 child

Fern lady scarecrow from a few years back.

Shelby Farms Playtime and Park After Dark
Take the kids to all their favorites at Shelby Farms: trails, Woodland Discovery Playground, kayak and canoe rentals, horseback riding, buffalo watching, lunch at The Kitchen. This Friday night, they’re showing two Halloween movies – Hocus Pocus and Friday the 13th. (So you might want to take the kids home after Hocus Pocus).
Cost: Free admission, $10 per car parking for non-members

The Art Project in Overton Square
The Art Project hosts “Art Free Play” sessions for you to make art with your kids or watch while they work. You’ll need reservations for sure. Check out this week’s schedule.
Cost: $14 for 1.5 hours


A Few More Ideas For Things To Do With Kids In Memphis 

Don’t forget places like Incredible Pizza, Golf & Games aka Putt Putt on Summer, Main Event Entertainment, SkyZone, and Jumping World, Memphis Escape Rooms, I Escaped!

National Civil Rights Museum
See the Peabody ducks’ daily march at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
A. Schwab on Beale
Take a photo at all the I Love Memphis Murals
Go to Jerry’s Sno Cone
– Visit a Local Bookstore, we have a whole list here
– Visit Crosstown Concourse
Rock n Soul Museum
Cotton Museum
Chucalissa
Fire Museum of Memphis
Brooks Museum
Bass Pro Pyramid
Mud Island River Park

What’d I miss? Leave it in the comments.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Serah says:

    There’s also the Pink Palace Crafts Fair at Audubon Park this weekend!

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