By Kat Eftink

The sun is warming its welcome. The days are lengthening. And before you know it, school will be out. Your kids will eagerly stash their backpacks away in anticipation of what summer will hold. 

Wondering where to go to avoid the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored,”? Here are three places to take your kids this summer:

Overton Park 

342 acres of green, Overton Park is in the center of Midtown and is home to the Memphis Zoo, Brooks Art Museum, and the Overton Park Shell. The park has a 1.4-mile running path, over a mile of paved trails, and four miles of unpaved walking paths. There are two play areas: Rainbow Lake Playground, an adventure playground, meant to engage your child’s imagination, and East Parkway Playground, a traditional playground.

“Both feature plenty of big, beautiful trees to shade the picnic tables and benches, making them pleasant places for parents and kids alike.” 

The park hosts free events like “Paint and Picnic” where you follow an artist and paint a nature scene. Events occur frequently, so check the calendar to see what’s happening when boredom strikes. 

1914 Poplar Ave #202, Memphis, TN 38104 

(901) 214-5450 

Free Admission!


Memphis Zoo 

Located in Overton Park, The Memphis Zoo is a Memphis gem. It opened in April of 1906 and is home to a diverse array of wildlife, encompassing 500 species and over 3,500 animals. There are 15 exhibits that are culturally immersive like the African Veldt where you can visit the elephants, zebras, and giraffes. 

While admission to the zoo may be on the higher end, the experience is unparalleled. The memories you and your children will make will last forever. For those unable to afford it, check out the live animal cams where you can watch the flamingos, hippos, or elephants hanging out. 

2000 Prentiss Pl, Memphis, TN 38112 

(901) 333-6500 

Admission: Adults – $24.95  |  Kids – $19.95  |  Under 2 – Free!

Overton Park Shell

Overton Park Shell hosts the Orion Free Concert Series in the summer. Yes, Free! The concerts take place at night and are typically packed full of people. Plan on arriving early to snag your spot and bring blankets, chairs, snacks, and bug spray. 

The Overton Park Shell was established in 1954. It played a huge role in Memphis becoming the home of rock ’n’ roll. 

“This historic venue witnessed the electrifying debut of a young Elvis Presley in 1954, where his groundbreaking performance opening for headliner Slim Whitman marked what many music historians call the very first rock and roll show, leaving an indelible mark on music history.”

This stage is meant for Memphians and is a great place for your kids to experience their first concert. 

1928 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

(901) 300-3011

Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated

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