January 28, 2015

FREE & Discount Family Activities In & Around Memphis!

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Looking for things to do in the Memphis Area on a budget? Check out this list of Free & Discount activities to do with the family around town.

Know of an activity not listed? Leave it in the comments below or email me at mymemphismommy@gmail.com.


•McDonald's with Playplaces:
-8062 US HIGHWAY 64
BARTLETT, TN TN 38133 (901)382-8177


Main Street Collierville: Visit quaint shops, restaurants and the train depot.

Local Parks with Playgrounds


•McDonald's with Playplaces:
CORDOVA TN 38018-6210 (901)757-1989


Kids Play:
-Toddler Tuesdays & Thursdays: $5 per child for all day play (This rate applies for children ages 3 and under)
-Four After Four: Enjoy $4 admission per child after 4pm. (This rate does not apply for Extended Spring Hours)
-Five Dollar Fridays: Children of ALL AGES receive ALL DAY admission for $5.
9155 HWY 72 (Poplar Ave) #27
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 758-1015

Local Parks with Playgrounds

•McDonald's with Playplaces:
GERMANTOWN TN 38138-2844 (901)755-5175


Autozone Park: Lawn/Bluff Seating $5/person. (Free Fireworks on select nights).

Beale Street Landing

Dixon Gallery & Gardens: Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. : Pay-What-You-Can (As a service to the community the Dixon has instituted Pay-What-You-Can-Tuesdays.) & Saturdays 10 a.m. - noon: FREE

Home Depot Kids workshops: free workshops for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.

Kids Skate Free

Lichterman Nature Center: Free admission to Lichterman Nature Center on Tuesdays from 1:00 until closing.

Local Parks with Playgrounds

Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics: Free to the public and occur select Saturdays at 10am.

•McDonald's with Playplaces:
MEMPHIS TN 38128-3801 (901)388-7570
MEMPHIS TN 38118-3240 (901)365-7570

Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum: Adults $3.00, under 12 $1.00, 3 and under free.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday & Saturday
Noon - 5:00 PM Sundays
Central Station
545 S. Main Street, Suite 121
(901) 590-3099

Memphis Zoo: Free admission on Tuesday from 2 p.m. to close. for Tennessee residents only. NOTE: There is a $3 Conservation Fee to enter the CHINA exhibit where the Giant Pandas are located. Free Tuesdays will not be held during the month of March.

National Civil Rights Museum: Free on Mondays from 3 p.m. until closing. (Not applicable for tour groups and operators. Not available on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day or Veterans’ Day.)

Peabody Ducks: Every day at 11 a.m., the Peabody's famed ambassadors are led by the Duckmaster down the elevator to the Italian travertine marble fountain in the Peabody Grand Lobby. A red carpet is unrolled and the ducks march through crowds of admiring spectators to the tune of John Philip Sousa's King Cotton March. The ceremony is reversed at 5 p.m., when the ducks retire for the evening to their palace on the roof of the hotel.
149 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103

Playhouse on the Square: Pay what you can select performances. See the list HERE.

Shelby Farms Park:
-Woodland Discovery Playground: Tons of play space for all families.
-The Outback: The Outback provides more than 100 acres of area designated for off-leash activities for you and your four-legged pal.

Sky Zone Memphis:
Happy Hour Hop- Join us for a 60 minute jump beginning between 3pm - 4pm for the price of 30 minutes on Tuesdays - Fridays. This is great for an after school activity or to FLY for a special price!

South Main Free Trolley Night: 6-9pm the last Friday of every month. A fun and family friendly community event!

Olive Branch:

•McDonald's with Playplaces:
OLIVE BRANCH MS 38654 (662)893-2900


Greenline: Pedestrian Biking Trail connecting midtown to Shelby Farms.

Seasonal Activities:

Disney Store Summer Play Days

Bowling & Skating

Kids Bowl Free (Summer)
-2 Free Games of Bowling everyday


Germantown Groovin' and Grillin' Concert Series
-Free concert

Levitt Shell Free Music Concert Series


Brooks Museum: Wacky Wednesdays provides a creative outlet during the summer for families, day camps, and child care centers with an open artworks studio, gallery guides, and children’s international short films every Wednesday in June and July.
-"Pay what you can Wednesday"

Pink Palace Family of Museums FREE 3-Month Summer Membership!

Summer Movie Programs:

Bartlett Movies in the Park!
This is a free family-oriented event. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and enjoy a kid-friendly movie inside W. J. Freeman Park.

Carriage Crossing Movie Mania!
-Enjoy a complimentary family-friendly movie

Cineplanet 16 in Atoka Movie Series: Free movies.

The Orpheum Theatre-Memphis Summer Movie Series List!
-Discount movies

Summer Reading Programs:

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Local Public Library: Most of the Public Libraries offer Storytime & Summer Reading Programs.
-Click Here for the Memphis Public Libraries Storytime calendar.
-Click Here for the DeSoto, Lafayette, Panola, Tate, and Tunica Counties Storytime Calendar.
-Click Here for the Collierville Library for Storytime & Summer Reading Program.
-Click Here for Tipton County Storytime & Summer Reading Program.
-Click Here for Fayette County Storytime & Summer Reading Program.

Spray Parks, Swimming Pools & Fountains: (Summer Activities)

City of Memphis Aquatic Centers (You must obtain a City Access Card).

Civic Center Plaza: Located right in front of City Hall, the fountains at Civic Center Plaza are almost always on. Each in-ground jet sprays intermittently, providing endless fun for kids (and some adults) as they try to "catch" or avoid each spray. There are no colorful sprayers or water features but that doesn't seem to detract from the fun.
125 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Mud Island Riverwalk: The Mud Island Riverwalk is a scale model of the lower Mississippi River. The bumps and contours are a little rough under bare feet, but the kids don't seem to mind. Best of all, the Riverwalk is part of Mud Island's free exhibits. If you can find a free place to park and walk across the pedestrian bridge, this can be a completely free visit.
125 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Suggs Park Spray Parks

Peabody Park / Raymond Skinner Center
712 Tanglewood
Memphis, 38103

Walker Park
Atoka, TN

W.C. Johnson Park Spray Parks

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