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

July 2015

An intensive dance program for juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (13 and up) including ballet, jazz, creative, art and music for juniors, and ballet modernization, improvisation, jazz & variation...

Cost: Registration fee: $25 Call for course fees.

Where:
Trinity United Methodist Church
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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FREE Summer Movie Series at the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art! The museum will screen Asian or Judaic themed movies every Saturday and Sunday from May 30th to August 9th (except July 4th)....

Cost: FREE, Museum admission sold separately

Where:
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
119 S. Main St.
Pembroke Building, Concourse Level
Memphis, TN  38103
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Sponsor: Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
Telephone: 901-523-2787
Contact Name: Belinda Fish
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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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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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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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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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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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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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An intensive dance program for juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (13 and up) including ballet, jazz, creative, art and music for juniors, and ballet modernization, improvisation, jazz & variation...

Cost: Registration fee: $25 Call for course fees.

Where:
Trinity United Methodist Church
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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Children ages 5-7 are invited to join for the last week of garden fun and exploration with different themed activity throughout the week. Monday: Old Fashioned Fun. Tuesday: Fun in the Sun....

Cost: $150 for the week. or $32/day. Bring sack lunch, snack provided.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN  38117
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Families with infants and toddlers are invited for a morning stroll through the garden exploring the smells, textures, colors, and sounds of nature. Visit...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd
Memphis, TN  38117
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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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Children ages 6-12 are invited to learn through play on one of the library-owned Kindle Fires, iPad Minis, and iPad Airs. Bring your own tablets as well to learn a skill. Visit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ben
3030 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN  38111
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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
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
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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
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

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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An intensive dance program for juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (13 and up) including ballet, jazz, creative, art and music for juniors, and ballet modernization, improvisation, jazz & variation...

Cost: Registration fee: $25 Call for course fees.

Where:
Trinity United Methodist Church
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
View map »

More information

Children ages 5-7 are invited to join for the last week of garden fun and exploration with different themed activity throughout the week. Monday: Old Fashioned Fun. Tuesday: Fun in the Sun....

Cost: $150 for the week. or $32/day. Bring sack lunch, snack provided.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN  38117
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Children ages 4 and under are invited to come enjoy a story and craft each week. July 7: Cows in the Kitchen. July 14: The Three Little Pigs. July 21: Ten Little Ladybugs. July 28: The Very Hungry...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
CMOM
2525 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
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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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Bring in your kids to watch some of your favorite movies. For details, go to http://www.malco.com

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Malco Theatres
Memphis, TN

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Parent-child workshop designed for toddlers includes story time, art activity, and snack. Visit http://www.dixon.org or call 761-5250.

Cost: $8. Pre-register/pre-pay by noon the day before class.

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
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EXPLORE MEMPHIS with Memphis Botanic Garden. Visit http://www.memphislibrary.org or call 743-3655.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cherokee Library
3300 Sharpe
Memphis, TN  38111
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Meeman-Shelby Forest Ranger presents this live animal program for children. Visit http://www.memphislibrary.org or call 323-6201.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hollywood Library
1530 N. Hollywood
Memphis, TN  38108
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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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Free workshop facilitated by the Memphis Child Advocacy Center helps organizations who deal with children review and strengthen their child protection policies. Key areas discussed include:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Leadership Memphis Gallery
363 So. Main
Memphis, TN  39103
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Children ages 4-11 are invited to come join for a creative mix of music, magic, and storytelling. Visit http://www.memphislibrary.org or call 942-0836.

Cost: Free

Where:
Gaston Park Library
1040 S. Third
Memphis, TN  38106
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A celebration of summer activities and back to school with math-centered party games. Visit http://www.memphislibrary.org or call 323-6201.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hollywood Library
1530 N. Hollywood
Memphis, TN  38108
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Children ages 5-12 are invited to come dig for fossils. Visit http://www.memphislibrary.org or call 754-8443.

Cost: Free. Registration required.

Where:
Cordova Library
8457 Trinity Rd.
Cordova, TN  38018
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Children ages 2-8 are invited to come celebrate the newly discovered Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? with a special story time event. Visit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble Wolfchase
2760 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN  38133
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Bring a blanket to enjoy classic movie series under the stars by the Mississippi River. June 30: Independence Day (PG-13). July 7: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (PG-13)....

Cost: Free

Where:
Beale Street Landing
Memphis
, TN

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Activities include tour of the museum, scavenger hunt in Main Hall, throw darts with an atlatl, tour hands-on Archaeology Lab, participate in fun program, and create a keepsake craft to take home....

Cost: $5/adult. $3/child ages 4-11. Free for children under 4

Where:
C.H. Nash Museum
1987 Indian Village Dr.
Memphis, TN  38109
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New moms are invited to bring children ages six weeks to two months and join in studio B for a one hour yoga session. Bring a carrier and a clean blanket for baby. Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday...

Cost: Check website for details

Where:
Midtown Yoga
524 South Cooper-Main Studio
Memphis, TN  38104
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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 »

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

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

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

Show More...
Show Less...

An intensive dance program for juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (13 and up) including ballet, jazz, creative, art and music for juniors, and ballet modernization, improvisation, jazz & variation...

Cost: Registration fee: $25 Call for course fees.

Where:
Trinity United Methodist Church
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
View map »

More information

Children ages 5-7 are invited to join for the last week of garden fun and exploration with different themed activity throughout the week. Monday: Old Fashioned Fun. Tuesday: Fun in the Sun....

Cost: $150 for the week. or $32/day. Bring sack lunch, snack provided.

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

More information

Bring in your kids to watch some of your favorite movies. For details, go to http://www.malco.com

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Malco Theatres
Memphis, TN

More information

Families are invited to join in to watch independent and international children's short films as well as animated versions of classics in the auditorium and also make art together in the...

Cost: Free

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

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
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Children ages 6-12 are invited to make superhero crafts to take home. Go to http://www.facebook.com/GermantownCommunityLibrary or call 757-7323.

Cost: Free

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

More information

2015 Kids Summer Workshops for children ages 6-12 explores different themes from the past each week. June 3 & July 29: Civil War. June 10 & July 15: Turn of the Century Collierville....

Cost: Free. RSVP required.

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

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

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

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

Show More...
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An intensive dance program for juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (13 and up) including ballet, jazz, creative, art and music for juniors, and ballet modernization, improvisation, jazz & variation...

Cost: Registration fee: $25 Call for course fees.

Where:
Trinity United Methodist Church
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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Children ages 5-7 are invited to join for the last week of garden fun and exploration with different themed activity throughout the week. Monday: Old Fashioned Fun. Tuesday: Fun in the Sun....

Cost: $150 for the week. or $32/day. Bring sack lunch, snack provided.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
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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A special guest shows how to create different animals and figures using masking tape. Visit http://www.memphislibrary.org or call 452-1068.

Cost: Free

Where:
Randolph Library
3752 Given
Memphis, TN  38112
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Series teaches teens how to make different types of craft projects. Visit http://www.memphislibrary.org or call 276-6631.

Cost: Free

Where:
North Library
1192 Vollintine
Memphis, TN  38107
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Producer-only market offering local foods, produce, meats, arts & crafts. Special programming include chef demos, live music, and performances. Contact: Joni Roberts, 757-7378.

Cost: Free. Parking near Germantown Elementary School. Shuttles available.

Where:
Bobby Lanier Farm Park
2660 Cross Country Rd
Germantown, TN  38138
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Make your own superhero mask, take pictures at dress-up photo booth, compete in costume contest at this end of summer reading celebration. Go to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Germantown Community Library
1925 Exeter Rd
Germantown, TN  38138
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Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy music in the outdoors. June 4: Bryan Hayes & the Retrievers. June 11: Eric Hughes. June 18: AIMS Gang. June 25: SIX Degrees. July 9: Blind Mississippi Morris....

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Collierville
125 N. Rowlett St.
Collierville, TN  38017
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Explore the books, toys, games, music, movies, TV and fashion that shaped the different decades. July 2: 1950s - Hula Hoop Event. July 9: 1960s - Barrel of Monkeys. July 16: 1970s - Rubik's...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble Wolfchase
2774 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN  38133
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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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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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Children ages 4 and up are invited to join for fun science projects on select Thursdays (except July 23) and one Wednesday (July 29). July 9 from 11 a.m. until noon: Silly Putty. July 16,...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
CMOM
2525 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
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Shop for clothing, children's furniture, outdoor equipment, toys, games, books and more. Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Half-price sale Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN  38120
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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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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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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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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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Activities include tour of the museum, scavenger hunt in Main Hall, throw darts with an atlatl, tour hands-on Archaeology Lab, participate in fun program, and create a keepsake craft to take home....

Cost: $5/adult. $3/child ages 4-11. Free for children under 4

Where:
C.H. Nash Museum
1987 Indian Village Dr.
Memphis, TN  38109
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This year's line-up consists of comedies, classics, fan favorites, and family-friendly features. Also includes the Friday Night double feature, family matinees, and special screenings...

Cost: $7/adult. $5/child under 12. Package and group discounts available.

Where:
The Orpheum Theatre
203 S. Main Street
Memphis, TN  38103
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An intensive dance program for juniors (ages 7-12) and seniors (13 and up) including ballet, jazz, creative, art and music for juniors, and ballet modernization, improvisation, jazz & variation...

Cost: Registration fee: $25 Call for course fees.

Where:
Trinity United Methodist Church
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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Children ages 5-7 are invited to join for the last week of garden fun and exploration with different themed activity throughout the week. Monday: Old Fashioned Fun. Tuesday: Fun in the Sun....

Cost: $150 for the week. or $32/day. Bring sack lunch, snack provided.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN  38117
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Join in for fun at the garden. Visit http://www.memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 636-4100.

Cost: $3/child plus garden admission.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
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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This summer, Dixon offers open studio time in the gardens for children ages 15 and up. Bring your sketchbook and pencils and get advice from an art instructor on how to advance your skills....

Cost: Walk-in program - Free with admission

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
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The City of Memphis presents this event as part of the Memphis Gun Down Safe Summer. Features entertainment, movies, games, sports, and food. Pool open until 9 p.m. Park/Center open until 10...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hickory Hill & Ed Rice Community Centers
Memphis, TN

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Children ages 2-8 are invited to join the Dr. Seuss celebration. Visit http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2822.or call 386-2468.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble Wolfchase
2774 N. Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN  38133
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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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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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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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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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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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Based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, this play follows Ben Cates as he is put on a trial for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution to his high school science class.  Friday &...

Cost: $10/adult. $7/child ages 18 and under.

Where:
Germantown Community Theatre
3037 Forest Hill Irene
Germantown, TN  38138
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This year's line-up consists of comedies, classics, fan favorites, and family-friendly features. Also includes the Friday Night double feature, family matinees, and special screenings...

Cost: $7/adult. $5/child under 12. Package and group discounts available.

Where:
The Orpheum Theatre
203 S. Main Street
Memphis, TN  38103
View map »

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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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Shop for clothing, children's furniture, outdoor equipment, toys, games, books and more. Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Half-price sale Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN  38120
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Features music, craft, pet adoption, and more with different themes each week. August 1: Roll Into Watermelons. August 7: The Cream of the Crop - National Farmers Market Week. August 15: Hot! Hot!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Memphis Farmers Market
G. E. Patterson and South Front Street
Memphis, TN  38103
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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 Ave
Memphis, TN  38117
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FREE Summer Movie Series at the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art! The museum will screen Asian or Judaic themed movies every Saturday and Sunday from May 30th to August 9th (except July 4th)....

Cost: FREE, Museum admission sold separately

Where:
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
119 S. Main St.
Pembroke Building, Concourse Level
Memphis, TN  38103
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Sponsor: Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
Telephone: 901-523-2787
Contact Name: Belinda Fish
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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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Prenatal yoga classes open to pregnant women at least 11 weeks along. Learn how to use mental focus to calm and relax your body. Beginners welcome. For details, go to...

Cost: $16 per class or $91 for 7-week class

Where:
Evergreen Yoga Center
1541 Overton Park Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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Catch the movie on Saturdays in CTI 3D Giant Theater at the Pink Palace. Visit http://www.memphismuseums.org or call 636-2362

Cost: $9/adult. $7/child ages 3-12.

Where:
Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38111
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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

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

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

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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Shop for clothing, children's furniture, outdoor equipment, toys, games, books and more. Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Half-price sale Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m....

Cost: Free

Where:
Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Road
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. Call 301-3262 for appointment.

Cost: Registration fee: $20. Call for class fees.

Where:
Trinity's Educational Center
1738 Galloway Ave.
Memphis, TN  38112
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Based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, this play follows Ben Cates as he is put on a trial for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution to his high school science class.  Friday &...

Cost: $10/adult. $7/child ages 18 and under.

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

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New moms are invited to bring children ages six weeks to two months and join in studio B for a one hour yoga session. Bring a carrier and a clean blanket for baby. Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Saturday...

Cost: Check website for details

Where:
Midtown Yoga
524 South Cooper-Main Studio
Memphis, TN  38104
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