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The five best things to do with kids in Memphis are enjoyable for adults, too, so you won’t have to worry about getting a headache while your kids run around screaming all day. In fact, the Mid-South city has enough activities and landmarks to fill up quite the diverse itinerary. Here’s a list of the five best things to do with kids in Memphis:
1. The Memphis Zoo. Memphis’ highest attended attraction and one of the top-ranked zoos in the country, the Memphis Zoo recently underwent $90 million renovations. There’s plenty for kids to see among 70 acres, home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 500 species. One of only four zoos in the country with giant pandas, the Memphis Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult tickets are $15; children’s tickets are $10; Parking is $5.
2. The Children’s Museum of Memphis. The hands-on museum encourages kids to touch exhibits and immerse themselves in interactive fun. Kids can practice landing an airplane in the flight simulator, see an indoor thunderstorm and observe live honeybees, fish and birds. In the miniature city, children can drive fire engines, shop for groceries or become a dentist. Located in the former National Guard Armory, the museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10.
3. Watch the ducks march. Kids adore the March of the Peabody Ducks at The Peabody Memphis; the world-famous tradition is held daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the lobby of the hotel. Children have a front row seat as they watch the duck master walk the ducks down the red carpet. The duck master takes kids on tours, signs autographs and takes pictures. Youngsters can also visit the ducks at the rooftop Royal Duck Palace, or watch them swim in the lobby fountain from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4. My Big Backyard. Held at the Memphis Botanic Garden, My Big Backyard engages children in outdoor play, with slides, tunnels and balance beams. Some of the 16-theme areas include Leaping Lawn, Treetop Adventure, Raindrop Stop and Playhouse Lane, all meant for jumping, splashing, digging and enjoying time outdoors. Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults are $8 and children are $5.
5. Mud Island River Park. Walk 1,000 miles at Mud Island River Park with its Riverwalk, a scale model of the Lower Mississippi River, ending in a one-acre Gulf of Mexico with pedal boats. Explore the Wolf River Harbor in a canoe or single or double kayaks, or ride along the riverfront with a bike rental. The Mississippi River Museum showcases 10,000 years of history in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Learn about early inhabitants and river facts by boarding and exploring two full-size boat replicas and watch sea creatures in the 4,000-gallon aquarium. Open April through October, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for kids.