10 Kid-Friendly Spring Break Ideas

Family by Memphis mural in the Edge District
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10 Kid-Friendly Spring Break Ideas

Things To Do With Kids In Memphis

Shelby County Schools Spring Break is March 29 - April 2, 2021. If you're looking for spring break ideas for kids, or just things to do with the kids this year—here are a few ideas!

1. Take a Memphis civil rights history driving tour.
family of four in front of Upstanders civil rights mural
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Family embracing remote learning by taking in some of Memphis' historical places. "Upstanders" Mural by Nelson Guitierrez and Cedar Nordbye.

If the kids are old enough, book a caravan driving tours with A Tour of Possibilities to learn about Black history in Memphis. You could also do a self-guided driving tour of civil rights sites like these: 

2. Be A Tourist In Your Hometown At The Peabody

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. Take an in-person or virtual Theatre Class

Playhouse on the Square will host in-person and virtual theatre classes for students ages Pre-K through 12th grade this spring, March 27 - May 15. The class are eight weeks long, for and hour or so on Saturdays focusing on drama, dance, musical theater, and writing, kids of all ages can learn and have fun. There are also homeschool classes. Fees are $120 - $125 for the full class. Sign up here.

4. See The Dinos at the Museum of Science & History - Pink Palace

The interactive dinosaur exhibit is at the Pink Palace this spring, and don’t forget their CTI Giant Theater and Planetarium shows. More info.

5. Go Outside And Play

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, it’s worth it to get moving. Try one of these: 

There’s a chance that the Woodland Discovery Park at Shelby Farms and the My Big Backyard area at the Botanic Gardens will reopen this spring, too.

rainbow lake playground overton park 

6. Take a Day Trip to Discovery Park in Union City

Technically not in Memphis, but you're working with a little more time and budget, go to one of the craziest places I've ever been: the Discovery Park of Tennessee in Union City. It’s a two-and-a-half hour drive, but it’s worth it at least once. It’s part children’s museum, part history museum, part St. Louis City Museum, and part recreated historical village. I can’t really explain it in words.


7. Go on a Kid-Friendly Food Crawl

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:

holiday chickens salad at Lunchbox Eats

8. Find a museum you haven't been to.

Spend a few afternoons at some of these charming kid-friendly Memphis attractions.

  • The Fire Museum downtown is especially great for younger kids.
  • The Lichterman Nature Center in East Memphis features trails and a wildlife center
  • The Children’s Museum of Memphis has a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibit this spring. 
  • 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.
9. Put the kids behind the wheel. 

Try the classic outdoor cart tracks at Golf & Games on Summer Avenue or take the older kids to the high-speed F1-inspired track at Autobahn Indoor Speedway.


A little Friday night speed at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Video courtesy of @thefilmjerk. #speed #gocarts

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10. Take a trip to a local bookstore or the library.

Memphis has quite a few! Check out the guide to local Memphis bookstores here.

A Few Other Ideas. I'm Just Going To List Them.

What's the best Spring Break you (or your kids) ever had in Memphis? Tell me in the comments.

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Dorothy Chancey
I didn't see this on your blog, but the National Ornamental Metal Museum on Channel 3 Drive is a great place to take a family. You can pay a small fee to go into the museum proper and see the latest exhibits of metalworking, or you can stroll over to the blacksmith in the adjacent building and watch the smith at work. Ask questions. The answers are interesting and informative. Bring a picnic lunch, because the courtyard between the blacksmith shop and the museum is full of metal sculptures and places to sit and eat lunch. Or go across the street to the park and see where Hernando De Soto discovered the Mississippi River. There is a mound there that is of unknown origin but may have been built by the Native Americans. Also, look at the buildings next to the museum property. They are the remains of the Great Yellowfever Epidemic hospital. Who knew there was so much to see in such a small area?!
March 9, 2016 7:13pm

I really appreciate this site! Thank you for sharing ideas to help parents make this Spring Break fun in the local area.
March 10, 2016 8:27am