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100 Things to do in Memphis all Summer

Summer is awesome in the South. But kids can only take so much porch sittin' and sweet tea sippin'. That's why we've come up with a list of 100 Things to Do all over the city to help keep the "I'm bored" cries at bay.

1 Watch a 901 FC soccer game

2 Have the best time at the Amuse Museum

3 Try to escape from the Memphis Escape Rooms

4 Paw Patrol Live is coming!! Calling all good citizens! The PAW Patrol is yelping for help as they face their greatest challenge yet. Mayor Humdinger has dognapped Robo Dog and cloned him, causing chaos all over the world. It’s up to the pups to catch those clones, rescue Robo Dog, and show that when the going gets “ruff,” lending a paw makes you the ultimate TOP HERO!  Don’t miss PAW Patrol Live! at the Landers Center July 27-28.

Paw Patrol Live graphic

5 Burn off energy at Jumping World.

6 Ride a bike

7 Get outside and play with Memphis Parks

8 Go to the library and read a book

kids reading books for Black History Month

9 The Dixon Gallery and Gardens is currently free to explore

10 Go to a Redbirds game (there are fireworks at Saturday home games)

11 Celebrate Christmas in July

swimming with Santa

12 Create a time capsule

13 Memphis Botanic Garden is always a favorite

14 Children's Museum of Memphis

15 Museum of Science and History (which will forever be the Pink Palace)

16 Take a road trip

17 Try out a new splash pad

18 Eat a cold sweet treat (summer bucket list to try them all?)

19 Try a new cuisine

20 See live music at Orion Concert Series at the Shell

21 Attend one of Memphis Moms' Park Hop Play Dates

22 Try a new playground

boy at the playground in the summer

23 Go to the Stax Museum

24 Have a water balloon fight (make sure you also drink from the hose)

25 Have a watermelon seed spitting contest

26 Have a family board game night

27 Buy something at a yard or estate sale

28 Make a root beer float

29 Go rock climbing

30 Creation Station at Bellevue Baptist

31 Paint Pottery (this place delivers!)

32 Create art at The Art Project

33 Build a Fort

34 Plant something and watch it grow

vegetables from a garden

35 Watch a movie in Overton Square on Thursday nights

36 Or attend one of the many other events happening there, like the Princess Festival

37 Attend a concert in the Grove at GPAC

38 Play kickball

39 Swim in a lake

40 Catch fireflies

41 Make smores

42 Play video games at Nerd Alert in Collierville

43 Have a cannonball contest at one of the local pools

swimming at the pool in the summer

44 See some art at the Brooks Museum

45 Visit the Crystal Shrine Grotto, one of Memphis's hidden gems

inside the grotto

46 Go see a show at the Orpheum

47 Or one at Playhouse On the Square

48 Moms, take your son on a date

49 Set up a tent INSIDE and camp in your living room

50 Check out Putt Putt Family Park

51 Go roller skating

52 Or attend Sunset Skate Night downtown, Thursdays from 6-9

53 Spend a week at a local summer camp

54 Or be brave and send them to a sleep away camp (post)

55 Make popsicles

56 Do a neighborhood lemonade stand

57 Go to Jumping Jellybeans

58 Check out Slimetastic

59 Tots Play World for the smaller crowd

60 Order an inflatable water slide for the neighborhood

61 Check out a local fireworks display over 4th of July

62 Hike in Shelby Forest

63 Then eat at the Shelby Forest General Store

64 Shop at A. Schwab and order something from the soda fountain

65 Ride the trolley downtown

66 Walk to Arkansas on the Big River Crossing

big river crossing

67 Duckpin Bowling at Rock 'n Dough in the Edge District

68 Junior pickleball Tuesdays at Bluff City Pickleball (3-6 pm)

69 Play Cosmic Bowling at Billy Hardwick's

70 Attend Crafts and Drafts 2024 at Crosstown on June 15

71 Make art with sidewalk chalk

72 Make it a 90s summer with sprinklers and a slip 'n slide

dad and baby playing in the hose

73 Memphis Moms' Period event on June 22 at Novel bookstore

74 Head to your local library for story time

75 Play a board game at Boards to Beers

76 Play chess at Memphis Chess Club

77 Learn how to hula hoop

78 Or juggle

79 Watch the Summer Olympics!

80 Juneteenth Celebration in Health Sciences Park

81 And then go to the National Civil Rights Museum

82 Go to a drive in movie

83 Go to the Zoo

boy at the zoo

84 Memphis Rock 'n Soul Museum (created in 2000 by the Smithsonian; how have I never been?)

85 Lay on the grass and look at the stars

86 Send a postcard

87 Make homemade ice cream

88 Go fishing

89 See the ducks march at the Peabody

90 Go to the Fire Museum

91 Get outdoors at Lichterman Nature Center

92 Check out the Metal Museum

93 Chucalissa, another hidden gem and one of my kids' favorites

Dart throwing during family day at Chucalissa

94 Take a ride on a riverboat

95 See where the magic started at Sun Studios (kids must be 5 for this one)

96 Zip line at Go Ape USA

97 Axe throwing

98 Eat a picnic

99 Go to a Farmer's Market

100 Go kayaking or paddle boarding at Shelby Farms

Whew! So many fun things to do this summer! What are your summer plans? Can't wait to see them! Tag us on Instagram when you do something fun!

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