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Last year when my son was completing his homeschool lessons for 3rd grade, he often worked in a geography workbook about the United States. This workbook was a really great introduction to the 50 states and it actually got him interested in traveling. Specifically, it made him want to travel to the states bordering Arkansas. So I agreed that we could start visiting at least one of these states each year. We decided that we would start with Tennessee. Memphis, Tennesse to be exact since it is the closest major city of a bordering state to us since we live in Central Arkansas.
Once we decided on the state and city next we had to pick something to do. I love museums and since we were planning this trip so our kids could explore a bordering state. I thought the Children’s Museum of Memphis would be a great place to visit. When I visited the website I was excited by all the different exhibits. Especially since there are exhibits both indoors and outside. I knew that my kids would love it there and they did.
My kids are 9 and 5 and they both loved every minute we were at the Children’s Musem of Memphis. We started out by exploring the indoor exhibits and I think we spent about 3 hours inside. There are so many fun indoor exhibits but the miniature Kroger grocery store was one of their favorite exhibits. They had a ball roaming the aisles with their kid-sized shopping carts and filling them up with groceries. Then using the self-checkout stations to ring up their groceries. I thought it was really cool that the self-checkout stations printed out a real Kroger receipt as they checked out.
They both also really enjoyed the FexEd plane exhibit. They sat in the front of the cockpit of a FedEx airplane and pretended they were the captain and co-captain of the flight. How cool is it that the Children’s Museum of Memphis has part of a real airplane inside of the museum.
There are so many fun indoor exhibits for kids of all ages. With my kids being four years apart in age they have different interests and likes. So they wanted to split up so they could each find the exhibits that they would enjoy the most.
For my five-year-old daughter, who loves playing dress up. She was absolutely thrilled to find the CMOM TV exhibit. Where she had a ball dressing up in costume and dancing around on the stage to her some of her favorite songs while seeing herself on the big screen tv.
My nine-year-old son, who LOVES being crafty loved the Doodlebug Art Studio where he made a wooden shell craft. He also had a lot of fun pretending to fish in the Mississippi River and visited this exhibit a few different times.
There are 23 indoor exhibits at the Children’s Museum so I won’t write about every single one that my kids enjoyed. But here are some more pictures of enjoying their time inside the museum.
After spending a few hours having fun experiencing the indoor exhibits. We headed to the Kids Cafe to have a snack. If you are like me you probably dread paying for overpriced food when traveling to theme parks, zoos, and museums. So I was pleasantly surprised that the Kids Cafe at the Children’s Museum of Memphis actually had normal priced food. Chips were $.50 a bag, hot dogs were $1, and I also believe the grilled cheese sandwiches were around $1 too. Plus, they also had fresh fruit for sale. Most of the bottled drinks were under $2. So everything was really reasonably priced which I loved.
Once we finished up our snacks we headed outside to see if the outdoor exhibits would be just as fun as the indoor exhibits. They are!!! 🙂 There is a huge splash pad outside that my kids had a great time running around on getting wet. Best of all there were beach chairs along the perimeter of the splash pad. So I got a chance to sit back and relax while my kids played.
They also spent some time playing in the sand and zip lining while enjoying the outdoor exhibits. The zip lines were really cool and they both used them several times.
There are also basketball hoops and a playground outside at the museum.
We spent about five hours at the Children’s Museum of Memphis and my kids enjoyed it the whole time. We live about 2.5 hours from Memphis and it was definitely worth the drive to visit the museum. If you happen to be visiting Memphis and you have kids this certainly a place that you will want to visit with your kiddos. To find out more information about the Children’s Museum of Memphis visit their website.
What’s your favorite travel destination to go with kids?