Family Choice Awards 2012

Our annual Family Choice Awards gives you, our readers, the opportunity to weigh in on who you think does the best job in our city when it comes to serving families. It’s not an easy task, trying to meet the demands of choosy consumers, especially parents, who are constantly on the go.

But each year, lots of you share your opinions with us, weighing in on everything from your favorite pediatricians and kids clothing stores, to the restaurants that serve the best pizza and barbeque. From thousands of votes, we crunch the numbers to determine the Family Choice Award winners for 2012.

We know you appreciate those service providers that hit your sweet spot. Here, we salute the many outlets that you deem go above and beyond the call of duty by providing the best service, to adults and kids alike.  

This year we also introduce several new categories, including Best Parents Day Out programs, Best Afterschool Arts and Sports programs, Best Children's Consignment Store, Best Overnight Camp, and Best Spa for Moms, to name a few. We hope our listings will give you some ideas of places to try when you’re looking for new services for your family.

Finally, congrats to all the winners; whether gold, silver, or bronze, your excellence has been noted.

 

FUN PLACES TO GO

Best FREE Family Outing

Gold: Woodland Discovery Playground,
Shelby Farms
Silver: Levitt Shell
Bronze: Memphis Zoo, Free Tuesdays

Anything free is hard to beat. But even better are those destinations that provide a quality experience, too, which is exactly what these winners deliver. From the new playground at Shelby Farms to free concerts at the Shell or a stroll through the zoo, these attractions serve up plenty of fun that's free. Salute!

Best Family Day Trip

Gold: Memphis Zoo
Silver: Pickwick Lake
Bronze: Cedar Hill Farms

Don't you love discovering getaways that don’t require going too far yet still manage to transport you? If you haven’t visited these winners yet, put them on your to-do list.

 

FAMILY SHOPPING

Best Locally Owned 
Children’s Store

Gold: Cotton Tails
Silver: Chocolate Soup
Bronze: Itty Bitty Bella

Whether you want to your kids to look fashionable or just plain cute, you’ll find a great selection at these fine shops.

NEW • Best Kids 
Consignment Store

Gold: Once Upon A Child
Silver: Summer Kids
Bronze: TIE • Rhea Lana’s & Children’s Consignment

Gently-worn clothes are just the ticket when your kids are growing like weeds. Readers say these consignment businesses offer both variety and good quality merchandise for tots of all ages.  

Best Place to Buy Toys

Gold: Village Toy Maker
Silver:Summer Kids
Bronze: Trains and Tiaras

Every city needs a few stores that carry quality toys at a reasonable price. The Village Toymaker, their homey shops bulging with goodies, wins gold for good reason: you’ll always find a fabulous selection of interesting toys. The hardest part might just be making a decision. Congrats as well to our new silver and bronze winners. Welcome!

Best Maternity Store

Gold:  A Pea in a Pod
Silver: Haute Mama
Bronze: Summer Kids

Classy, sassy, repeat!

Best Store for Baby Gifts

Gold:  Cotton Tails  
Silver: Itty Bitty Bella
Bronze:  TIE • Spoiled Sweet &
Woman’s Exchange of Memphis

Who doesn’t want to arrive with the cutest item at a baby shower? Thankfully, these destinations provide plenty of captivating possibilities. Who says babies shouldn’t be spoiled?

Best Store for Children’s Gifts

Gold:  Village Toymaker
Silver: Booksellers of Laurelwood
Bronze:  Itty Bitty Bella

NEW• Best Place to Buy 
Baby’s Clothes

Gold: Cotton Tails
Silver: Itty Bitty Bella
Bronze: Woman’s Exchange of Memphis

Whether you’re looking for traditional christening gowns or trendier togs, readers tell us these shops offer a great selection of layette and baby clothes. Hats off to gold winner Cotton Tails, which continues to be the go-to store for fashion-savvy shoppers. Close on its heels is Itty Bitty Bella, which also carries a great collection of strollers, and the Women’s Exchange, with lots of hand-stitched items.

 

FOOD

Best Restaurant with Kids

Gold: Huey’s
Silver: Chick-Fil-A
Bronze: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

When you’ve got a picky eater at home, it always helps to have a go-to place (besides Mom's kitchen) where the food is predictably good. If you haven’t visited these restaurants yet, treat your family tonight. Our readers think they’re tops.

Best Restaurant without Kids

Gold: Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar
Silver: TIE • Restaurant Iris & Jim’s Place Restaurant and Bar 

Bronze: Ruth's Chris Steak House

All parents need an elegant night out on occasion. Our readers tell us these winners offer ambiance, tasty offerings, and a no-bicker zone. Ahh.  

Best Healthy Kids’ Menu

Gold: Jason’s Deli
Silver: Holiday Ham

Bronze:  Panera Bread

Memphis is lucky to have a growing number of contenders in this category. These three eateries offer food that not only tastes good, but is good for you.

Best Pizza Place

Gold:  Memphis Pizza Cafe
Silver: Mellow Mushroom

Bronze:  Russo’s New York Pizzeria

Whether it's thick crust, thin crust, or something in between, your pizza officianados will leave the table with a smile on their face after gnoshing at these fine pizzerias.

Best Barbecue

Gold: Central BBQ Memphis
Silver: Germantown Commissary
Bronze: Corky’s

With their latest downtown eatery now open, Central BBQ leads the pack in smoky deliciousness. When it comes to 'cue, these three know how to serve it up.

Best Ice Cream

Gold: Baskin-Robbins
Silver: YoLo Frozen Yogurt
Bronze: Ben and Jerry’s

In a word: Yum.

 

SERVICES

Best Kids’ Party Destination

Gold:  Sky Zone Sports    
Silver: Pump It Up
Bronze: Memphis Zoo

Although fairly new to Memphis, Sky Zone has captured the imagination of kids young and old who love to move. Pump It Up follows in their tracks; for a quality outdoor experience, our Memphis Zoo is hard to beat.

Best Kids’ Party Entertainment

Gold: Music for Aardvarks
Silver: Sky Zone Sports
Bronze:  Pump It Up

Kids live to wiggle and Mr. Joe, with Music for Aardvarks, gives them something to sing and shout about. Congrats to the Aardvarks and all our winners!

Best Bakery for Birthday Cakes

Gold: Muddy’s Bake Shop
Silver: Miss Muff’n Bakery  
Bronze: Kay’s Bakery

If you’ve been looking for a new place to pick up something tasty for your birthday boy or girl, your search is over.   

Best Salon for Kids’ Haircuts

Gold: Sports Clips
Silver: Super Cuts
Bronze:  Fantastic Sam’s

Looks like the price is right when it comes to finding stylists who will work with squirmy kids. Our readers endorse these fine outlets, which shape bedheads into things of beauty.

NEW• Best Spa for Mom

Gold: Gould’s
Silver: Germantown Day Spa
Bronze: Pavo

The best way to take care of your family is to take care of yourself. A visit to Gould's will give weary moms a place to relax and rejuvenate. Ahh...

Best Pediatrician

Gold: Dr. Chris Hanson, Laurelwood Pediatrics
Silver: Dr. Landon Pendergrass, Pediatric Consultants
Bronze:  Dr. Aimee Christian, Memphis Pediatrics

This is always a hotly contested category, with many doctors receiving votes. But those who came in on top had the most ardent followers. Congratulations, all.

Best Pediatric Dentist

Gold: Dr. Bradley Wilkinson
Silver: Dr. Meade Moore
Bronze: Dr. Michael Blen
We also had many dentists mentioned in this category, so congrats to these winners for coming out on top.

Best Orthodontist

Gold: Dr. Danny Weiss
Silver: Dr. Stanley Werner
Bronze:  Dr. Gregory Wilkinson

 

BEST OF THE CITY

Best Hospital

Gold: TIE • Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Methodist-Le Bonheur Germantown
Silver: Baptist Memorial Hospital
Bronze: Methodist Hospital

We are blessed to live in a city that offers excellent medical care.  

NEW • Best Place to Have Your Baby

Gold:  Baptist Women’s Hospital
Silver: Methodist Germantown
Bronze:  Baptist  

A good birth experience is what these hospitals deliver.

Best Public School

Gold: White Station High School
Silver: Crosswind Elementary   

Bronze: Grahamwood Elementary

This category always yields a lengthy list of schools. But this year, it was White Station High that took the gold, just passing Crosswind Elementary. Grahamwood Elementary nosed out several other strong contenders to remain in the bronze position. But as any parent will tell you, a school is only good as its principal and teachers. Hats off to these educators, our readers voted you number one.

Best Private School

Gold: Woodland Presbyterian  

Silver: Grace St. Luke’s
Bronze: Briarcrest Christian School

Always a horse race, this year was no exception. But Woodland Presbyterian managed to stay out in front again this year, successfully winning gold. Grace St. Luke’s came in a strong second, and Briarcrest Christian fended off the competition to retain their bronze finish.  

Best Field Trip for Kids

Gold: Memphis Zoo
Silver: Memphis Botanic Garden
Bronze: Children’s Museum of Memphis

Field trips are more difficult to pull off these days, which is why having destinations that offer strong programming is so important. The zoo and botanic garden help kids learn about nature and animals, and CMOM, which just edged out the Pink Palace for the bronze, gives kids a glimpse into the grown-up world. Kudos to all, you do a great job educating (and entertaining) young learners.

Best Day Care


Gold: Memphis Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Center  
Silver: Lindenwood Christian Child Care
Bronze: We Love Kids Learning Center

Ask any parent what they need when children are young and quality childcare is often their response. Thankfully, the landscape has improved dramatically since we began this survey a decade ago. This year’s finish highlights some of the best: Memphis Jewish Community Center, which roared back to reclaim gold, followed closely by Lindenwood Christian and We Love Kids with bronze.

NEW • Best Parent’s Day 
Out Programs

Gold: Mullins United Methodist Church
Silver: Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal
Bronze:  Holy Rosary Catholic Church

Perfect when children are young and mom needs a breather during the week.

NEW • Best After-school Performing Arts Program

Gold: Music for Aardvarks
Silver: TIE • New Ballet Ensemble & Playhouse on the Square
Bronze: TIE • Briarcrest Performing Arts School & Hutchison Center for Excellence

Kids love to create and these programs give them lots of potential outlets.  

NEW • Best After-school Sports Program

Gold: TIE • Briarcrest & Memphis Jewish Community Center
Silver: TIE • Grace St. Luke’s & Holy Rosary
Bronze: Soccer Ole

NEW • Best Overnight Camp

Gold: Victory Ranch
Silver: Camp Bear Track
Bronze: Pinecrest

Camp is the place kids can not only make new friends, but discover new talents in themselves. These winners help kids discover a new home away from home.

NEW • Best Recreational Outing

Gold: Shelby Farms
Silver: Memphis Zoo
Bronze: The Green Line

For health and fitness fun, our readers say these destinations rock.

Best Annual Event for Families

Gold:  Zoo Boo
Silver: Memphis Italian Fest   
Bronze:  Memphis in May

Zoo Boo continues to bring home the gold in this popular field. An annual Halloween tradition, it's one that's sure to please.

Best Tourist Attraction

Gold: Memphis Zoo
Silver: Graceland
Bronze:  Beale Street

Three destinations that say Memphis.

Best Local Blog

Gold: Eastmemphismoms.blogspot.com
Silver: ILoveMemphisblog.com
Bronze: diningwithmonkeys.blogspot.com

These informational bloggers talk about the best places to visit, eat, and have fun with your family. Bookmark them — along with memphisparent.com, 
of course!

Best Local Role Model

Gold:  Coach Josh Pastner, University of Memphis Tiger Basketball Coach
Silver: Memphis Mayor AC Wharton
Bronze: TIE • Penny Hardaway, Minority Owner, Memphis Grizzlies & WMC Weatherman Dave Brown

Sports, weather, and civic leaders are the folks our readers look up to. Kudos to all.

 

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Events Calendar

August 2015

The inaugural faire is coming to Memphis with the theme - Reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Travel back to the era to learn Elizabethan dances, be knighted by the Queen herself, sail the seas with the...

Cost: $13/adult. $8/child ages 6-12. 4-Day Pass: $35/adult. $20/child.

Where:
Shelby Farms Park
6489 Mullins Station Rd
Memphis, TN  38134
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Explores the 40-year evolution of video games from an artistic perspective through interactive games, still images, videos, historic gaming consoles, and interviews with 20 developers and artists....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
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More information

Registration open to students in grades 7-12 until December 15 for TheatreKids' An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe show. 8-week rehearsal period begins early January. Performances run March...

Cost: $100 Registration fee includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Balance due: Dec 31

Where:
BPACC
3663 Appling Rd.
Bartlett, TN  38133
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Reelfoot Lake State Park invites you to take the Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour as naturalists pilot the cruise and discuss the history of Reelfoot Lake. On your trip, you will see cypress...

Cost: 3 hour & Sunset Cruise: $10/adult $6/children under 16. 1 hour cruise: $6/person

Where:
Visitor Center/Ellington Assembly Hall @ Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 HWY 21 E.
Tiptonville, TN  38079
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Students learn the international syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Other classes offered depending on age and abilities in Modern and Jazz. Open to ages 3-18 years. For details, visit...

Cost: Registration fee: $20. Call 301-3262 for appointment and class fees.

Where:
Trinity's Educational Center
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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More information

Jun Kaneko is an internationally-renowned ceramic artist specializing in large-scale, hand-built sculptures. This outdoor exhibit offers an opportunity for adults and children alike to discover the...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

More information

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Museum Day Live! event. Beginning August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket for access to...

Cost: Free tickets now available for download

Where:
Participating Museums
Memphis, TN

More information

Scene Painting for ages 9-18 meets on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. The Actor's Tools: Body, Voice, and Imagination for ages 9-18 meets on Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. Sessions run September 2 through...

Cost: $85/session

Where:
Germantown Community Theatre
3037 Forest Hill Irene Rd
Germantown, TN  38138
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More information

Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this family-friendly exhibit gives visitors hands-on experience with...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Bodine Exhibit Hall @ Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38111
View map »

More information

An all new, free-flight bird show featuring over 30 different birds representing 17 different exotic species opens on February 28th. Show times during the week: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Show times...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN  38112
View map »

More information

Exhibit explores the early Collierville teams, and the development of youth recreation and competitive baseball in the 1950s. Visit http://colliervillemuseum.org or call 457-2650.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morton Museum of Collierville History
196 N. Main Street
Collierville, TN  38017
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Join on the Little Garden Patio and use dishes, spoons, and nature's decorations to "bake" your own cake creations. Visit http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 636-4100.

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN  38117
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More information

Jun Kaneko is an internationally-renowned ceramic artist specializing in large-scale, hand-built sculptures. This outdoor exhibit offers an opportunity for adults and children alike to discover the...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

More information

Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this family-friendly exhibit gives visitors hands-on experience with...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Bodine Exhibit Hall @ Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38111
View map »

More information

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Museum Day Live! event. Beginning August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket for access to...

Cost: Free tickets now available for download

Where:
Participating Museums
Memphis, TN

More information

An all new, free-flight bird show featuring over 30 different birds representing 17 different exotic species opens on February 28th. Show times during the week: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Show times...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN  38112
View map »

More information

Exhibit explores the early Collierville teams, and the development of youth recreation and competitive baseball in the 1950s. Visit http://colliervillemuseum.org or call 457-2650.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morton Museum of Collierville History
196 N. Main Street
Collierville, TN  38017
View map »

More information

Explores the 40-year evolution of video games from an artistic perspective through interactive games, still images, videos, historic gaming consoles, and interviews with 20 developers and artists....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
View map »

More information

Scene Painting for ages 9-18 meets on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. The Actor's Tools: Body, Voice, and Imagination for ages 9-18 meets on Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. Sessions run September 2 through...

Cost: $85/session

Where:
Germantown Community Theatre
3037 Forest Hill Irene Rd
Germantown, TN  38138
View map »

More information

Registration open to students in grades 7-12 until December 15 for TheatreKids' An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe show. 8-week rehearsal period begins early January. Performances run March...

Cost: $100 Registration fee includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Balance due: Dec 31

Where:
BPACC
3663 Appling Rd.
Bartlett, TN  38133
View map »

More information

Reelfoot Lake State Park invites you to take the Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour as naturalists pilot the cruise and discuss the history of Reelfoot Lake. On your trip, you will see cypress...

Cost: 3 hour & Sunset Cruise: $10/adult $6/children under 16. 1 hour cruise: $6/person

Where:
Visitor Center/Ellington Assembly Hall @ Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 HWY 21 E.
Tiptonville, TN  38079
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Features local produce, food trucks, live music, and healthy cooking demos. Visit http://www.ChurchHealthCenter.org or call 259-4673 x 2228.

Cost: Free

Where:
Church Health Center
1115 Union Ave
Memphis, TN  38104
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Toddlers to five year olds are invited to join for stories, music & movement, nature-inspired art, and adventure hikes in My Big Backyard. Our semester theme: The Music of the Garden-The Rhythm...

Cost: 6-class semester price: $75. Registration required.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd.
Memphis, TN  38117
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Parent-child workshop for toddlers features a story time, art activity, and snack. Visit http://www.dixon.org or call 761-5250.

Cost: $8/child. Registration required by noon the day before class.

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Ave
Memphis, TN  38117
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Watch the Backyard Wildlife Center's animal keepers feed the animals. Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: Box Turtle. Wednesday: Red Tailed Hawk. Friday: Snakes. Visit...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN  38119
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Classes include creative preballet for toddlers, preballet, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and musical theater, performances of famous musicals, and The Nutcracker ballet. Open to Pre-K through 12th...

Cost: $245-$255

Where:
Racquet Club of Memphis
5111 Sanderlin Ave
Memphis, TN  38117
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Introduces children to the dynamics of music and dance through movement, rhythmic exercises, and games. Students learn to dance both as an individual and as a member of a group, then participate in...

Cost: Pre-Ballet: $210. Ballet 1: $260 Ballet 2: $300 Reservations.

Where:
GPAC
1801 Exeter Rd
Germantown, TN  38138
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More information

Exhibit explores the early Collierville teams, and the development of youth recreation and competitive baseball in the 1950s. Visit http://colliervillemuseum.org or call 457-2650.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morton Museum of Collierville History
196 N. Main Street
Collierville, TN  38017
View map »

More information

Reelfoot Lake State Park invites you to take the Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour as naturalists pilot the cruise and discuss the history of Reelfoot Lake. On your trip, you will see cypress...

Cost: 3 hour & Sunset Cruise: $10/adult $6/children under 16. 1 hour cruise: $6/person

Where:
Visitor Center/Ellington Assembly Hall @ Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 HWY 21 E.
Tiptonville, TN  38079
View map »

More information

Explores the 40-year evolution of video games from an artistic perspective through interactive games, still images, videos, historic gaming consoles, and interviews with 20 developers and artists....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
View map »

More information

Lichterman invites non-profit groups, clubs, classrooms, and troops to be part of the Scarecrow Contest. Framework for scarecrow provided. Prizes awarded for best school entry, greenest, most...

Cost: Entry Fee: $30 Deadline for submission: September 10.

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Rd.
Memphis, TN  38119
View map »

More information

Registration open to students in grades 7-12 until December 15 for TheatreKids' An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe show. 8-week rehearsal period begins early January. Performances run March...

Cost: $100 Registration fee includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Balance due: Dec 31

Where:
BPACC
3663 Appling Rd.
Bartlett, TN  38133
View map »

More information

Jun Kaneko is an internationally-renowned ceramic artist specializing in large-scale, hand-built sculptures. This outdoor exhibit offers an opportunity for adults and children alike to discover the...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

More information

Students learn the international syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Other classes offered depending on age and abilities in Modern and Jazz. Open to ages 3-18 years. For details, visit...

Cost: Registration is $25. Call 301-3262 for class fees.

Where:
Trinity's Educational Center
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
View map »

More information

Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this family-friendly exhibit gives visitors hands-on experience with...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Bodine Exhibit Hall @ Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38111
View map »

More information

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Museum Day Live! event. Beginning August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket for access to...

Cost: Free tickets now available for download

Where:
Participating Museums
Memphis, TN

More information

An all new, free-flight bird show featuring over 30 different birds representing 17 different exotic species opens on February 28th. Show times during the week: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Show times...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN  38112
View map »

More information

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NAMI Friends of Tennessee is sponsoring FREE educational classes through the NAMI Memphis affiliate office. BASICS is a six week self-help course for those caring for a child under the age of 25,...

Cost: FREE. Materials provided.

Where:
NAMI Memphis Office
5830 Mt. Moriah
Suite 6
Memphis, TN  38115
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Sponsor: NAMI Memphis
Telephone: 901-725-0305
Contact Name: Virginia Winn
Website »

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Toddlers to five year olds are invited to join for stories, music & movement, nature-inspired art, and adventure hikes in My Big Backyard. Our semester theme: The Music of the Garden-The Rhythm...

Cost: 6-class semester price: $75. Registration required.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd.
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

More information

Watch the Backyard Wildlife Center's animal keepers feed the animals. Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: Box Turtle. Wednesday: Red Tailed Hawk. Friday: Snakes. Visit...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN  38119
View map »

More information

Children ages 5 and up are invited to tour Tropical Greenhouse, participate in a rainforest game, taste jungle foods, and take home a tropical plant. Call 636-4100 to register and pre-pay.

Cost: $5/child. Garden admission not included.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd.
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

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Shop for locally grown produce, home-baked breads and sweets, honey, and artisan items. Visit http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 636-4100.

Cost: Free

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

More information

Registration open to students in grades 7-12 until December 15 for TheatreKids' An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe show. 8-week rehearsal period begins early January. Performances run March...

Cost: $100 Registration fee includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Balance due: Dec 31

Where:
BPACC
3663 Appling Rd.
Bartlett, TN  38133
View map »

More information

Children ages 6-12 are invited for hands-on learning through a variety of topics focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math skills. 1 or 4:30 p.m. Go to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Germantown Community Library
1925 Exeter Rd
Germantown, TN  38138
View map »

More information

Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this family-friendly exhibit gives visitors hands-on experience with...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Bodine Exhibit Hall @ Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38111
View map »

More information

Lichterman invites non-profit groups, clubs, classrooms, and troops to be part of the Scarecrow Contest. Framework for scarecrow provided. Prizes awarded for best school entry, greenest, most...

Cost: Entry Fee: $30 Deadline for submission: September 10.

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Rd.
Memphis, TN  38119
View map »

More information

Reelfoot Lake State Park invites you to take the Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour as naturalists pilot the cruise and discuss the history of Reelfoot Lake. On your trip, you will see cypress...

Cost: 3 hour & Sunset Cruise: $10/adult $6/children under 16. 1 hour cruise: $6/person

Where:
Visitor Center/Ellington Assembly Hall @ Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 HWY 21 E.
Tiptonville, TN  38079
View map »

More information

An all new, free-flight bird show featuring over 30 different birds representing 17 different exotic species opens on February 28th. Show times during the week: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Show times...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN  38112
View map »

More information

Jun Kaneko is an internationally-renowned ceramic artist specializing in large-scale, hand-built sculptures. This outdoor exhibit offers an opportunity for adults and children alike to discover the...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

More information

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Museum Day Live! event. Beginning August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket for access to...

Cost: Free tickets now available for download

Where:
Participating Museums
Memphis, TN

More information

Exhibit explores the early Collierville teams, and the development of youth recreation and competitive baseball in the 1950s. Visit http://colliervillemuseum.org or call 457-2650.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morton Museum of Collierville History
196 N. Main Street
Collierville, TN  38017
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Classes include creative preballet for toddlers, preballet, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and musical theater, performances of famous musicals, and The Nutcracker ballet. Open to Pre-K through 12th...

Cost: $245-$255

Where:
Racquet Club of Memphis
5111 Sanderlin Ave
Memphis, TN  38117
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Introduces children to the dynamics of music and dance through movement, rhythmic exercises, and games. Students learn to dance both as an individual and as a member of a group, then participate in...

Cost: Pre-Ballet: $210. Ballet 1: $260 Ballet 2: $300 Reservations.

Where:
GPAC
1801 Exeter Rd
Germantown, TN  38138
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Explores the 40-year evolution of video games from an artistic perspective through interactive games, still images, videos, historic gaming consoles, and interviews with 20 developers and artists....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
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Students learn the international syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Other classes offered depending on age and abilities in Modern and Jazz. Open to ages 3-18 years. For details, visit...

Cost: Registration is $25. Call 301-3262 for class fees.

Where:
Trinity's Educational Center
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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Annual community event features children's activities, entertainment, and food. Visit http://www.cordovacommunitycenter.com or call 757-4400.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cordova Community Center
1017 Sanga Rd.
Cordova , TN
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Watch the Backyard Wildlife Center's animal keepers feed the animals. Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: Box Turtle. Wednesday: Red Tailed Hawk. Friday: Snakes. Visit...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN  38119
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Celebrate GPAC's new season with a Food Truck Festival. Join in the GPAC grove to enjoy food from Hot Mess Burritos, Stick'em, Fuel Cafe and MemPops! DJ Mark Anderson entertains with...

Cost: Party is free. Ticket reservations required for main stage performance.

Where:
GPAC
1801 Exeter Rd.
Germantown, TN  38138
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Registration open to students in grades 7-12 until December 15 for TheatreKids' An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe show. 8-week rehearsal period begins early January. Performances run March...

Cost: $100 Registration fee includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Balance due: Dec 31

Where:
BPACC
3663 Appling Rd.
Bartlett, TN  38133
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An all new, free-flight bird show featuring over 30 different birds representing 17 different exotic species opens on February 28th. Show times during the week: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Show times...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN  38112
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Lichterman invites non-profit groups, clubs, classrooms, and troops to be part of the Scarecrow Contest. Framework for scarecrow provided. Prizes awarded for best school entry, greenest, most...

Cost: Entry Fee: $30 Deadline for submission: September 10.

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Rd.
Memphis, TN  38119
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Grab you family and friends, bring a chair or blanket, and enjoy a movie under the stars. September 3: Raiders of the Lost Ark. September 10: Muppets Most Wanted. September 17: Ghostbusters...

Cost: Free. Concessions available for purchase.

Where:
Municipal Park
1801 Exeter Rd.
Germantown, TN  38138
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Exhibit explores the early Collierville teams, and the development of youth recreation and competitive baseball in the 1950s. Visit http://colliervillemuseum.org or call 457-2650.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morton Museum of Collierville History
196 N. Main Street
Collierville, TN  38017
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Explores the 40-year evolution of video games from an artistic perspective through interactive games, still images, videos, historic gaming consoles, and interviews with 20 developers and artists....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
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Reelfoot Lake State Park invites you to take the Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour as naturalists pilot the cruise and discuss the history of Reelfoot Lake. On your trip, you will see cypress...

Cost: 3 hour & Sunset Cruise: $10/adult $6/children under 16. 1 hour cruise: $6/person

Where:
Visitor Center/Ellington Assembly Hall @ Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 HWY 21 E.
Tiptonville, TN  38079
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Students learn the international syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Other classes offered depending on age and abilities in Modern and Jazz. Open to ages 3-18 years. For details, visit...

Cost: Registration is $25. Call 301-3262 for class fees.

Where:
Trinity's Educational Center
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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Classes include creative preballet for toddlers, preballet, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and musical theater, performances of famous musicals, and The Nutcracker ballet. Open to Pre-K through 12th...

Cost: $245-$255

Where:
Racquet Club of Memphis
5111 Sanderlin Ave
Memphis, TN  38117
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Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Museum Day Live! event. Beginning August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket for access to...

Cost: Free tickets now available for download

Where:
Participating Museums
Memphis, TN

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Jun Kaneko is an internationally-renowned ceramic artist specializing in large-scale, hand-built sculptures. This outdoor exhibit offers an opportunity for adults and children alike to discover the...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
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Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this family-friendly exhibit gives visitors hands-on experience with...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Bodine Exhibit Hall @ Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38111
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Enjoy lunch from favorite food trucks on the Dixon grounds. Visit http://www.dixon.org or call 761-5250.

Cost: Prices vary.

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Ave.
Memphis, TN  38117
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Watch the Backyard Wildlife Center's animal keepers feed the animals. Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: Box Turtle. Wednesday: Red Tailed Hawk. Friday: Snakes. Visit...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN  38119
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Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy concerts at Memphis' favorite open-air amphitheater, located in the heart of Overton Park. Visit http://www.levittshell.org or call 272-2722.

Cost: Free

Where:
Overton Park
Memphis, TN

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Classes include creative preballet for toddlers, preballet, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and musical theater, performances of famous musicals, and The Nutcracker ballet. Open to Pre-K through 12th...

Cost: $245-$255

Where:
Racquet Club of Memphis
5111 Sanderlin Ave
Memphis, TN  38117
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Festivities include live entertainment, exhibits, livestock show, crafts, culinary, Senior American Day, Latino Day, Acting Master Class, midway rides, and vendors. Discounts for family fun pack...

Cost: $10/adult. $5/child ages 5-12. Midway wristband: $25 for all ages.

Where:
Agricenter
7777 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, TN  38120
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Sponsor: Ford & TN Lottery
Telephone: 901-867-7007
Contact Name: Reid Shuping
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An all new, free-flight bird show featuring over 30 different birds representing 17 different exotic species opens on February 28th. Show times during the week: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Show times...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN  38112
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Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this family-friendly exhibit gives visitors hands-on experience with...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Bodine Exhibit Hall @ Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38111
View map »

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Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Museum Day Live! event. Beginning August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket for access to...

Cost: Free tickets now available for download

Where:
Participating Museums
Memphis, TN

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Features over 60 carnival rides, live music, crafts, culinary, collectibles, livestock, attractions, vendors, and food. Visit http://www.deltafest.com or call 213-7469.

Cost: $10/adult. $5/child ages 5-12.

Where:
Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, TN  38120
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Students learn the international syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Other classes offered depending on age and abilities in Modern and Jazz. Open to ages 3-18 years. For details, visit...

Cost: Registration is $25. Call 301-3262 for class fees.

Where:
Trinity's Educational Center
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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Exhibit explores the early Collierville teams, and the development of youth recreation and competitive baseball in the 1950s. Visit http://colliervillemuseum.org or call 457-2650.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morton Museum of Collierville History
196 N. Main Street
Collierville, TN  38017
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Movies begin at dusk in Central Park. June 12: Cinderella (PG). June 26: Muppets Most Wanted (PG). July 10: Annie (PG). July 24: Sleeping Beauty (G). August 7: 101 Dalmations (G). August 21:...

Where:
Carriage Crossing
4674 Merchants Park Circle
Collierville, TN  38017
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Jun Kaneko is an internationally-renowned ceramic artist specializing in large-scale, hand-built sculptures. This outdoor exhibit offers an opportunity for adults and children alike to discover the...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

More information

Lichterman invites non-profit groups, clubs, classrooms, and troops to be part of the Scarecrow Contest. Framework for scarecrow provided. Prizes awarded for best school entry, greenest, most...

Cost: Entry Fee: $30 Deadline for submission: September 10.

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Rd.
Memphis, TN  38119
View map »

More information

Reelfoot Lake State Park invites you to take the Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour as naturalists pilot the cruise and discuss the history of Reelfoot Lake. On your trip, you will see cypress...

Cost: 3 hour & Sunset Cruise: $10/adult $6/children under 16. 1 hour cruise: $6/person

Where:
Visitor Center/Ellington Assembly Hall @ Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 HWY 21 E.
Tiptonville, TN  38079
View map »

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Registration open to students in grades 7-12 until December 15 for TheatreKids' An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe show. 8-week rehearsal period begins early January. Performances run March...

Cost: $100 Registration fee includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Balance due: Dec 31

Where:
BPACC
3663 Appling Rd.
Bartlett, TN  38133
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The festival's live music kicks off with a Crosstown Block Party on Friday featuring singer-songwriters at Amurica Studios, HiTone hip-hop performance, and a chance to sink surprise guests in...

Cost: Donations benefit Church Health Center

Where:
Locations across midtown
Memphis, TN

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Explores the 40-year evolution of video games from an artistic perspective through interactive games, still images, videos, historic gaming consoles, and interviews with 20 developers and artists....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
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Features music, craft, pet adoption, and more with different themes each week. Sept. 5: For the Grill of It. Sept. 12: Oh, My Squash! Sept. 19: Apple of Our Eye. Sept. 26: Fall Into Autumn. For...

Cost: Free

Where:
Memphis Farmers Market
G. E. Patterson and South Front Street
Memphis, TN  38103
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Short guided tours of the gardens focus on plants, sculptures, and other places of interest. Visit http://www.dixon.org or call 761-5250.

Cost: Free

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
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Drop in at the Dixon to create works of art, open studio-style. Visit http://www.dixon.org or call 761-5250

Cost: Free. Outdoor program (weather permitting)

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
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At this special story time, children are invited to meet dancers in costume, get their autographs, and watch excerpts from Saint-Exupery's classic The Little Prince. For details, call 737-7322.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
387 Perkins Road Extended
Memphis, TN  38117
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Watch the Backyard Wildlife Center's animal keepers feed the animals. Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: Box Turtle. Wednesday: Red Tailed Hawk. Friday: Snakes. Visit...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN  38119
View map »

More information

Grab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy concerts at Memphis' favorite open-air amphitheater, located in the heart of Overton Park. Visit http://www.levittshell.org or call 272-2722.

Cost: Free

Where:
Overton Park
Memphis, TN

More information

Reelfoot Lake State Park invites you to take the Scenic Pontoon Boat Tour as naturalists pilot the cruise and discuss the history of Reelfoot Lake. On your trip, you will see cypress...

Cost: 3 hour & Sunset Cruise: $10/adult $6/children under 16. 1 hour cruise: $6/person

Where:
Visitor Center/Ellington Assembly Hall @ Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 HWY 21 E.
Tiptonville, TN  38079
View map »

More information

An all new, free-flight bird show featuring over 30 different birds representing 17 different exotic species opens on February 28th. Show times during the week: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Show times...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN  38112
View map »

More information

Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this family-friendly exhibit gives visitors hands-on experience with...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Bodine Exhibit Hall @ Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38111
View map »

More information

Students learn the international syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) Other classes offered depending on age and abilities in Modern and Jazz. Open to ages 3-18 years. For details, visit...

Cost: Registration is $25. Call 301-3262 for class fees.

Where:
Trinity's Educational Center
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
View map »

More information

Explores the 40-year evolution of video games from an artistic perspective through interactive games, still images, videos, historic gaming consoles, and interviews with 20 developers and artists....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
1934 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
View map »

More information

Classes include creative preballet for toddlers, preballet, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical and musical theater, performances of famous musicals, and The Nutcracker ballet. Open to Pre-K through 12th...

Cost: $245-$255

Where:
Racquet Club of Memphis
5111 Sanderlin Ave
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

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Southern Folklore Center's signature event showcases folk artists on six stages, cooking demos, workshops, storyteller's corner, heritage fest for kids, and vendors. Visit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street from Peabody Place to Union
Memphis, TN  38103

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Exhibit explores the early Collierville teams, and the development of youth recreation and competitive baseball in the 1950s. Visit http://colliervillemuseum.org or call 457-2650.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morton Museum of Collierville History
196 N. Main Street
Collierville, TN  38017
View map »

More information

Jun Kaneko is an internationally-renowned ceramic artist specializing in large-scale, hand-built sculptures. This outdoor exhibit offers an opportunity for adults and children alike to discover the...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
View map »

More information

Festivities include live entertainment, exhibits, livestock show, crafts, culinary, Senior American Day, Latino Day, Acting Master Class, midway rides, and vendors. Discounts for family fun pack...

Cost: $10/adult. $5/child ages 5-12. Midway wristband: $25 for all ages.

Where:
Agricenter
7777 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, TN  38120
View map »


Sponsor: Ford & TN Lottery
Telephone: 901-867-7007
Contact Name: Reid Shuping
Website »

More information

Registration open to students in grades 7-12 until December 15 for TheatreKids' An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe show. 8-week rehearsal period begins early January. Performances run March...

Cost: $100 Registration fee includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Balance due: Dec 31

Where:
BPACC
3663 Appling Rd.
Bartlett, TN  38133
View map »

More information

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Museum Day Live! event. Beginning August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket for access to...

Cost: Free tickets now available for download

Where:
Participating Museums
Memphis, TN

More information

Lichterman invites non-profit groups, clubs, classrooms, and troops to be part of the Scarecrow Contest. Framework for scarecrow provided. Prizes awarded for best school entry, greenest, most...

Cost: Entry Fee: $30 Deadline for submission: September 10.

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Rd.
Memphis, TN  38119
View map »

More information

Features over 60 carnival rides, live music, crafts, culinary, collectibles, livestock, attractions, vendors, and food. Visit http://www.deltafest.com or call 213-7469.

Cost: $10/adult. $5/child ages 5-12.

Where:
Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, TN  38120
View map »

More information

The festival's live music kicks off with a Crosstown Block Party on Friday featuring singer-songwriters at Amurica Studios, HiTone hip-hop performance, and a chance to sink surprise guests in...

Cost: Donations benefit Church Health Center

Where:
Locations across midtown
Memphis, TN

More information

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