10 Kid-Friendly Spring Break Ideas
Shelby County Schools Spring Break dates for 2018 are March 12 through 16, with most other area schools have breaks throughout March. If you’re looking for spring break ideas for kids, here are a few.
1. Get A History Lesson at the National Civil Rights Museum: adults $16, kids $13
If you do one thing with your kids this spring break, make this it.
All Memphians should know what happened in Memphis (and around the world) to begin the long and still ongoing fight for justice and equality for people of color. Get more info and museum hours here. Read my post about the reopening of the museum and see photos here.
The NCRM is closed on Tuesdays.
2. Be A Tourist In Your Hometown At The Peabody: Free
Younger kids especially will get a kick out of the daily march of the Peabody ducks, daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (the 11 a.m. is usually a little less crowded). Read more about the duck march here.
3. Check out the planetarium and CTI Giant Theater at the Pink Palace (see ticket prices here)
Sure, you’ve taken the kids to the Pink Palace Museum, but have you been to the Planetarium? Click here for a schedule. The CTI 3D Giant Theater also has shows going on these days. Click here for a schedule. Right now, the Pink Palace has exhibits about gold in Panamanian culture and an exhibit about Martin Luther King, Jr.
4. Go Outside And Play: free
There’s nothing like a good old fashioned day at the playground to burn some energy and (hopefully) soak up the sun. Even if you need a jacket this week, it’s pretty nice out.
Try one of these: Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms, Rainbow Lake Playground at Overton Park, RiverFit at Tom Lee Park (good for older kids with adult supervision), Shelby Forest State Park, Williamson Park in Evergreen Historic District, or Germantown Municipal Park.
5. Take a Day or So Trip to Discovery Park: adults $14.95, kids $11.95 + $10+ for extra attractions + gas and food, etc. BUT they’re doing a $2 spring break special. Read more.
Technically not in Memphis, but you’re working with a little more time and budget, go to one of the craziest, most interesting places I’ve ever been: the Discovery Park of Tennessee in Union City.
It’s the only place I’ve seen a two-story human-shaped slide, a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, aquariums, holograms, inordinate amounts of of taxidermy, WWII planes, and replica dinosaur skeletons – all in one place. That’s only about 15 percent of what they have there. I can’t really do it justice with words.
The City Museum in St. Louis is cool in its own way, but this kind of blows it out of the water. I think I spent five or six hours there and I didn’t stop to “play” in the science exhibits. You really need to check out my full post about my trip there.
6. Go on a Kid-Friendly Food Crawl: price varies
Most food and pub crawls are for grown-ups, but what about a kid-friendly food crawl at several local restaurants?
Here are a few that kids will love (click on the link to read my full post about each of these):
– Belly Acres and Sweet Noshings in Overton Square
– A Schwab on Beale Street
– Lunchbox Eats downtown
– Elwood’s Shack on Summer Ave
– Ethiopian Restaurant in Cordova (for the adventurous types)
– Soul Fish Cafe
– Jerry’s Sno Cone
– Huey’s (bring a sharpie to sign the wall, try to shoot a toothpick in the ceiling!)
Get more youngster-friendly food ideas over at the Dining With Monkeys blog.
7. Find a Museum You Haven’t Been To: prices vary, usually under $10
After you’ve covered all the “big” museums in town, spend a few afternoons at some of the smaller, but just as charming, Memphis museums.
The Lichterman Nature Center in East Memphis features trails and a wildlife center, the Cotton Museum and Fire Museum are downtown; both showcase historical and educational exhibits with cool gift shops. The Belz Museum of Chinese and Judaic Art is fun for older kids and teens.
The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa gives a glimpse into the area’s original Native American inhabitants and is adjacent to lots of picnic-friendly places. Go here for a list of museums and parks in in the area.
8. Let The Kids Get Behind The Wheel: prices vary
Try the classic outdoor cart tracks at Golf & Games on Summer Avenue, take the older kids to the high-speed F1-inspired track at Autobahn Indoor Speedway, or race in the go-carts or bumper cars at Incredible Pizza.
9. Take a trip to a local bookstore.
Memphis has quite a few! Check out the guide to local Memphis bookstores here.
10. A Few Other Ideas. I’m Just Going To List Them.
– Spend an evening at Incredible Pizza (pizza buffet, arcade, mini bowling, indoor roller coaster, etc.)
– Ride the elevator at the Bass Pro Pyramid
– Check out Main Event Entertainment during family friendly hours (bowling, arcade, laser tag, etc.)
– Take a picture at an I Love Memphis mural
– Go to SkyZone indoor trampoline park.
– Ride the Greenline.
– Sign up to volunteer and give back to Memphis.
What’s the best Spring Break you (or your kids) ever had in Memphis? Tell me in the comments.