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.

 

 

Events Calendar

October 2014

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee presents the Healthy Church Fairs, a series of health fairs aimed at combating health disparities throughout Memphis. Each Saturday (9/20-11/8) a fair takes place...

Cost: Free

Where:
See flyer for dates and locations
Memphis, TN


Sponsor: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Telephone: 901-278-0881
Contact Name: Lauren Evans
Website »

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Activities include one mile fun walk, children's area, live entertainment, family picnic, and prizes. The 17th annual event features special guest entertainer Chris Burke from Life Goes On....

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN  38117
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Features hay rides, candy stations, straw mazes, and more. Visit http://www.memphiszoo.org or call 333-6500.

Cost: $15 Advance discounts available.

Where:
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN  38112
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New Day Children's Theater presents Beauty and the Beast at The Harrell Theater in Collierville. Friday, October 17, to Sunday, October 26. School matinees take place October 22...

Cost: $10/ages 2-12, $12/adults

Where:
Harrell Theatre
440 W. Powell Rd.
Collierville, TN  38017
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Sponsor: New Day Children's Theatre
Telephone: (901) 853-9669
Contact Name: Leanne Chasteen
Website »

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The final installment in Ballet Memphis' series premieres with short original works by Petr Zahradnicek, Matthew Neenan, and Steven McMahon. Free Family Day Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m....

Cost: $10-$72. Group discounts available..

Where:
Playhouse on the Square
66 S. Cooper Street
Memphis, TN  38104
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Hattiloo Children's Theatre presents this musical based on C.S. Lewis' classic. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit http://www.hattiloo.org or call...

Cost: $12/adult. $5/child.

Where:
Main Stage @ Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper
Memphis, TN  38104
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Contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, groups, and businesses. Forty entries accepted on a first come, first served basis. Visit http://www.thefarmpark.org or call...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Farm Park
2660 Cross Country
Germantown, TN  38138
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Life-size scarecrows on display around the lawn compete for best school entry, greenest, most creative, best critter, and most popular scarecrow contests....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN  38119
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This family-friendly audio recording is presented in collaboration with Theatre Memphis' ShoWagon. The 40-minute production features three folktales by the Brothers Grimm: The Old Woman in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatterbox Audio Theater
Memphis, TN

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Features flight demonstrations including a Blue Angels, Shockwave Jet Truck, and Otto the Helicopter, live entertainment, car show, kids family fun zone, and multiple static aircraft...

Cost: $25/adult. $15/child. Photo Pit Pass: $75

Where:
Millington Regional Airport
8182 Hornet Avenue
Millington , TN  38053
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Spring Production: THEATREKIDS in “FOOTLOOSE” Registration for children in grades 7-12 is available now through December 19. Rehearsals for the musical begin in January 2015....

Cost: $75

Where:
Bartlett Performing Arts And Conference Center
3663 Appling Road
Bartlett, TN  38133
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Drop by the garden to go on a nature tour and make a craft each week. Oct. 6: Incredible Insects: Learn about pollinators and decorate a magnifier. Oct. 13: Woodland Trek: Discover...

Cost: $3 plus garden admission.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN  38117
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The final installment in Ballet Memphis' series premieres with short original works by Petr Zahradnicek, Matthew Neenan, and Steven McMahon. Free Family Day Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m....

Cost: $10-$72. Group discounts available..

Where:
Playhouse on the Square
66 S. Cooper Street
Memphis, TN  38104
View map »

More information

Contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, groups, and businesses. Forty entries accepted on a first come, first served basis. Visit http://www.thefarmpark.org or call...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Farm Park
2660 Cross Country
Germantown, TN  38138
View map »

More information

This family-friendly audio recording is presented in collaboration with Theatre Memphis' ShoWagon. The 40-minute production features three folktales by the Brothers Grimm: The Old Woman in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatterbox Audio Theater
Memphis, TN

More information

Life-size scarecrows on display around the lawn compete for best school entry, greenest, most creative, best critter, and most popular scarecrow contests....

Cost: Free with admission

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

More information

Spring Production: THEATREKIDS in “FOOTLOOSE” Registration for children in grades 7-12 is available now through December 19. Rehearsals for the musical begin in January 2015....

Cost: $75

Where:
Bartlett Performing Arts And Conference Center
3663 Appling Road
Bartlett, TN  38133
View map »

More information

Hattiloo Children's Theatre presents this musical based on C.S. Lewis' classic. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit http://www.hattiloo.org or call...

Cost: $12/adult. $5/child.

Where:
Main Stage @ Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper
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. Semester Theme- Weather Wisdom: Observing the...

Cost: 6-class semester fee: $70 or $13/session.

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN  38117
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Parent-child workshop designed for toddlers features story time, art activity, and snack. Pre-register and pre-pay noon before class. Visit http://www.dixon.org or call 761-5250.

Cost: $8/child

Where:
Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, TN  38117
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Life-size scarecrows on display around the lawn compete for best school entry, greenest, most creative, best critter, and most popular scarecrow contests....

Cost: Free with admission

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

More information

This family-friendly audio recording is presented in collaboration with Theatre Memphis' ShoWagon. The 40-minute production features three folktales by the Brothers Grimm: The Old Woman in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatterbox Audio Theater
Memphis, TN

More information

The final installment in Ballet Memphis' series premieres with short original works by Petr Zahradnicek, Matthew Neenan, and Steven McMahon. Free Family Day Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m....

Cost: $10-$72. Group discounts available..

Where:
Playhouse on the Square
66 S. Cooper Street
Memphis, TN  38104
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Free with admission

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

More information

Contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, groups, and businesses. Forty entries accepted on a first come, first served basis. Visit http://www.thefarmpark.org or call...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Farm Park
2660 Cross Country
Germantown, TN  38138
View map »

More information

Spring Production: THEATREKIDS in “FOOTLOOSE” Registration for children in grades 7-12 is available now through December 19. Rehearsals for the musical begin in January 2015....

Cost: $75

Where:
Bartlett Performing Arts And Conference Center
3663 Appling Road
Bartlett, TN  38133
View map »

More information

Hattiloo Children's Theatre presents this musical based on C.S. Lewis' classic. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit http://www.hattiloo.org or call...

Cost: $12/adult. $5/child.

Where:
Main Stage @ Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper
Memphis, TN  38104
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Guerilla Playwriting taught by Brandon Lawrence explores how to bring a world of life through spontaneous creative writing. Students perform their favorite scenes in a final presentation on the...

Cost: $85 for 12-week session

Where:
Germantown Community Theatre
3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road
Germantown, TN  38138
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Shop for fresh produce, flowers, 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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Stagecraft taught by David Galloway explores the techniques of bringing theatre to life on a stage. Student performance on the last day of class. For ages 9-18. Registration includes one free...

Cost: $85 for 12-week session

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

The final installment in Ballet Memphis' series premieres with short original works by Petr Zahradnicek, Matthew Neenan, and Steven McMahon. Free Family Day Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m....

Cost: $10-$72. Group discounts available..

Where:
Playhouse on the Square
66 S. Cooper Street
Memphis, TN  38104
View map »

More information

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

Cost: Free with admission

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

More information

Life-size scarecrows on display around the lawn compete for best school entry, greenest, most creative, best critter, and most popular scarecrow contests....

Cost: Free with admission

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

More information

This family-friendly audio recording is presented in collaboration with Theatre Memphis' ShoWagon. The 40-minute production features three folktales by the Brothers Grimm: The Old Woman in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatterbox Audio Theater
Memphis, TN

More information

Contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, groups, and businesses. Forty entries accepted on a first come, first served basis. Visit http://www.thefarmpark.org or call...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Farm Park
2660 Cross Country
Germantown, TN  38138
View map »

More information

Spring Production: THEATREKIDS in “FOOTLOOSE” Registration for children in grades 7-12 is available now through December 19. Rehearsals for the musical begin in January 2015....

Cost: $75

Where:
Bartlett Performing Arts And Conference Center
3663 Appling Road
Bartlett, TN  38133
View map »

More information

Hattiloo Children's Theatre presents this musical based on C.S. Lewis' classic. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit http://www.hattiloo.org or call...

Cost: $12/adult. $5/child.

Where:
Main Stage @ Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper
Memphis, TN  38104
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: Free with admission

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

More information

Spring Production: THEATREKIDS in “FOOTLOOSE” Registration for children in grades 7-12 is available now through December 19. Rehearsals for the musical begin in January 2015....

Cost: $75

Where:
Bartlett Performing Arts And Conference Center
3663 Appling Road
Bartlett, TN  38133
View map »

More information

Hattiloo Children's Theatre presents this musical based on C.S. Lewis' classic. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit http://www.hattiloo.org or call...

Cost: $12/adult. $5/child.

Where:
Main Stage @ Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper
Memphis, TN  38104
View map »

More information

This family-friendly audio recording is presented in collaboration with Theatre Memphis' ShoWagon. The 40-minute production features three folktales by the Brothers Grimm: The Old Woman in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatterbox Audio Theater
Memphis, TN

More information

Contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, groups, and businesses. Forty entries accepted on a first come, first served basis. Visit http://www.thefarmpark.org or call...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Farm Park
2660 Cross Country
Germantown, TN  38138
View map »

More information

Life-size scarecrows on display around the lawn compete for best school entry, greenest, most creative, best critter, and most popular scarecrow contests....

Cost: Free with admission

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

More information

The final installment in Ballet Memphis' series premieres with short original works by Petr Zahradnicek, Matthew Neenan, and Steven McMahon. Free Family Day Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m....

Cost: $10-$72. Group discounts available..

Where:
Playhouse on the Square
66 S. Cooper Street
Memphis, TN  38104
View map »

More information

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Wear your costumes, go trick or treating in the Town Square, enjoy games and crafts. For details, go to http://www.mainstreetcollierville.org

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Town Square
Collierville, TN  38017

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Features hay rides, candy stations, straw mazes, and more. Visit http://www.memphiszoo.org or call 333-6500.

Cost: $15 Advance discounts available.

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

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New Day Children's Theater presents Beauty and the Beast at The Harrell Theater in Collierville. Friday, October 17, to Sunday, October 26. School matinees take place October 22...

Cost: $10/ages 2-12, $12/adults

Where:
Harrell Theatre
440 W. Powell Rd.
Collierville, TN  38017
View map »


Sponsor: New Day Children's Theatre
Telephone: (901) 853-9669
Contact Name: Leanne Chasteen
Website »

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Features Haunted Trail, Headless Horseman Hayrides, Nocturnal Nature Hikes, Zombie Laser Tag, Pumpkin Painting, Spooky Food Trucks, and Zombie Paintball Hayrides. Extends to midnight on October...

Cost: Prices vary. Benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy..

Where:
Shelby Farms Park
500 N. Pine Lake Dr.
Memphis, TN  38134
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Festivities include Pelican Canoe Floats, Pelican Pontoon Cruise, Geo and Earth Cache, Duck Decoy Painting, Birds of Prey show, art and photography contests, guest speaker, face painting, silent...

Cost: $10/person for guided tours. $5 for duck decoy painting and to enter contests.

Where:
Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 Highway 21 E
Tiptonville, TN  38079
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Germantown Community Theatre's All Children's Theatre presents Fairy Tale Trail from 6-8 p.m. Houston High School student government presents Trail of Terror from 7-9 p.m. Come dressed...

Cost: $4/person per trail. Free games.

Where:
Bob Hailey Athletic Complex
8750 Farmington Boulevard
Germantown, TN  38138
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Three-day fine arts festival features music, juried artist market, hands-on art activities, art in the making stations, food, and drinks. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Sunday, 10...

Cost: Free Friday night. $5 for Saturday & Sunday. Kids 10 and under free.

Where:
Historic South Main Arts District
Downtown Memphis, TN

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Hattiloo Children's Theatre presents this musical based on C.S. Lewis' classic. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit http://www.hattiloo.org or call...

Cost: $12/adult. $5/child.

Where:
Main Stage @ Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper
Memphis, TN  38104
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The final installment in Ballet Memphis' series premieres with short original works by Petr Zahradnicek, Matthew Neenan, and Steven McMahon. Free Family Day Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m....

Cost: $10-$72. Group discounts available..

Where:
Playhouse on the Square
66 S. Cooper Street
Memphis, TN  38104
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This family-friendly audio recording is presented in collaboration with Theatre Memphis' ShoWagon. The 40-minute production features three folktales by the Brothers Grimm: The Old Woman in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatterbox Audio Theater
Memphis, TN

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

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN  38119
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Life-size scarecrows on display around the lawn compete for best school entry, greenest, most creative, best critter, and most popular scarecrow contests....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN  38119
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Spring Production: THEATREKIDS in “FOOTLOOSE” Registration for children in grades 7-12 is available now through December 19. Rehearsals for the musical begin in January 2015....

Cost: $75

Where:
Bartlett Performing Arts And Conference Center
3663 Appling Road
Bartlett, TN  38133
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Contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, groups, and businesses. Forty entries accepted on a first come, first served basis. Visit http://www.thefarmpark.org or call...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Farm Park
2660 Cross Country
Germantown, TN  38138
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Adults and youth teams of 25 compete to pull a FedEx Boeing 757 aircraft weighing over 130,000 lbs. The team that pulls the plane 12 feet in the fastest time wins. Festivities include a...

Cost: Festival is free.

Where:
Millington Regional Jetport
8182 Hornet Avenue
Millington, TN  38053
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Children ages 3-8 year-olds are invited to come learn and experience firsthand how music and stories fit together. Visit http://www.memphissymphony.org/familytunestales or call 537-2500

Cost: Free

Where:
At area libraries including Central, Cordova, and Germantown
, TN

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Middle College High School partners with local restaurants and vendors to celebrate the great food of Memphis and recognize the educational achievement happening in midtown. Features live...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Middle College High School at Christian Brothers University
750 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104
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Join Dr. Shelly Counsel and the University of Memphis’ mad scientists for this non-scary bash celebration featuring ghostly experiments, spooky crafts, candy stations, and costume parades....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
CMOM
2525 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104
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Celebrate with a costume contest, Halloween Egg Hunt, hay rides, and refreshments. Costume contest and Egg Hunt for children ages 13 and under. For details, call 543-7581.

Cost: Free

Where:
T. O. Fuller State Park
1500 W. Mitchell Rd.
Memphis, TN  38109
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Features hay rides, candy stations, straw mazes, and more. Visit http://www.memphiszoo.org or call 333-6500.

Cost: $15 Advance discounts available.

Where:
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, TN  38112
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Scare up for a double feature of fun. Children's activities include treat stations, costume parade, Peanuts character, and movie It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at 7 p.m. Adults...

Cost: $10

Where:
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN  38117
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Germantown Symphony Orchestra presents this Young Artists Concert. Visit http://www.gpacweb.com or call 751-7500.

Cost: $3-$12

Where:
GPAC
1801 Exeter Rd.
Germantown, TN  38138
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New Day Children's Theater presents Beauty and the Beast at The Harrell Theater in Collierville. Friday, October 17, to Sunday, October 26. School matinees take place October 22...

Cost: $10/ages 2-12, $12/adults

Where:
Harrell Theatre
440 W. Powell Rd.
Collierville, TN  38017
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Sponsor: New Day Children's Theatre
Telephone: (901) 853-9669
Contact Name: Leanne Chasteen
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Features Haunted Trail, Headless Horseman Hayrides, Nocturnal Nature Hikes, Zombie Laser Tag, Pumpkin Painting, Spooky Food Trucks, and Zombie Paintball Hayrides. Extends to midnight on October...

Cost: Prices vary. Benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy..

Where:
Shelby Farms Park
500 N. Pine Lake Dr.
Memphis, TN  38134
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Festivities include Pelican Canoe Floats, Pelican Pontoon Cruise, Geo and Earth Cache, Duck Decoy Painting, Birds of Prey show, art and photography contests, guest speaker, face painting, silent...

Cost: $10/person for guided tours. $5 for duck decoy painting and to enter contests.

Where:
Reelfoot Lake State Park
2595 Highway 21 E
Tiptonville, TN  38079
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This family-friendly audio recording is presented in collaboration with Theatre Memphis' ShoWagon. The 40-minute production features three folktales by the Brothers Grimm: The Old Woman in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatterbox Audio Theater
Memphis, TN

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Life-size scarecrows on display around the lawn compete for best school entry, greenest, most creative, best critter, and most popular scarecrow contests....

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Lichterman Nature Center
5992 Quince Road
Memphis, TN  38119
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In this humorous tale, nationally recognized playwright Suzan Zeder shares how Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources and conquers two villains - Hairy Man and his own fear. Saturdays at 10...

Cost: $10/adult. $5/child.

Where:
The Circuit Playhouse
51 South Cooper Street
Memphis , TN  38104
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Three-day fine arts festival features music, juried artist market, hands-on art activities, art in the making stations, food, and drinks. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Sunday, 10...

Cost: Free Friday night. $5 for Saturday & Sunday. Kids 10 and under free.

Where:
Historic South Main Arts District
Downtown Memphis, TN

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Hattiloo Children's Theatre presents this musical based on C.S. Lewis' classic. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit http://www.hattiloo.org or call...

Cost: $12/adult. $5/child.

Where:
Main Stage @ Hattiloo Theatre
37 South Cooper
Memphis, TN  38104
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Spring Production: THEATREKIDS in “FOOTLOOSE” Registration for children in grades 7-12 is available now through December 19. Rehearsals for the musical begin in January 2015....

Cost: $75

Where:
Bartlett Performing Arts And Conference Center
3663 Appling Road
Bartlett, TN  38133
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The final installment in Ballet Memphis' series premieres with short original works by Petr Zahradnicek, Matthew Neenan, and Steven McMahon. Free Family Day Saturday, October 25, at 2 p.m....

Cost: $10-$72. Group discounts available..

Where:
Playhouse on the Square
66 S. Cooper Street
Memphis, TN  38104
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Watch the Backyard Wildlife Center's animal keepers feed the animals at noon. Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday: Box Turtle. Wednesday: Hawk. Friday: Snakes....

Cost: Free with admission

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