Money-Saving Memphis: Kids Eat and Play for Less

Peabody Duck March. Photo Credit: The Peabody Memphis

See the ducks march in the famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of the Peabody Memphis.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens. Photo Credit: Baxter Buck

Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public gardens in Memphis, TN. Photo by Baxter Buck.

Shelby Farms Horses: Baxter Buck

Horseback riding at Shelby Farms Park

Face to face with TRex at Pink Palace

Dinosaur exhibit at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. Photo by Bob Hazlett.

Pink Palace with lilies. Photo Credit: Commercial Appeal.

Memphis Pink Palace - yellow flowers

Spring break and summer vacation mean warm weather and plenty of family fun in Memphis, but you don't have to spend a fortune to have a memorable trip. We've rounded up some of the best ideas to help maximize your fun on a limited budget. From free museum days and always-free attractions to kid-friendly restaurants offering discounted (or free!) meals for little ones, we've got you covered. 



Awesome Activities and Attractions

Peabody Hotel
149 Union Avenue
The famous Peabody Ducks march in the historic tradition of the south’s grandest hotel. This event is free and open to the public.

Art Museum at the University of Memphis
3750 Norriswood
The Art Museum at the University of Memphis hosts traveling exhibits in a variety of mediums and cultural backgrounds. Admission is free Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Center for Southern Folklore
123 S. Main Street
The Center for Southern Folklore offers an in-depth look at southern culture, art and music. Admission is free for all ages.
Mon.- Fri. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Pink Palace Museum
3050 Central Avenue
The Pink Palace Museum offers permanent and traveling exhibits that celebrate the culture and history of the Mid-South. Admission is free on Tuesday afternoons from 1 p.m. to close.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
The Dixon Gallery is one of Memphis’ finest art galleries and the 17-acre property holds a variety of gardens and a certified arboretum.  Admission is free on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and pay-what-you-can on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shelby Farms Park
7161 Mullins Station
Enjoy the great outdoors at the largest urban park in the country. Dine at any of the numerous picnic tables , enjoy sports activities and hike the various nature trails. Admission is free and the park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Tasty Eats

Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders
1100 North Germantown Parkway
Mondays: One free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal

Spaghetti Warehouse
40 West Hulling Avenue
Mondays: Get a kid’s meal for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée

Hard Rock Café
315 Beale Street
Tuesdays: Two kids under 10 eat free after 5 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entrée

All Memphis Locations
Tuesdays: Two kids under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult combo meal

Central BBQ
4375 Summer Avenue
Mondays and Tuesdays: One free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée

Holiday Ham & Deli Co.
585 Erin Drive & 2087 Union Avenue
Tuesday and Thursday evenings: Get a kid’s meal for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult meal

The Dixie Cafe
All Memphis Locations
Saturdays: Get a kid’s meal for $1.99 with the purchase of an adult meal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Texas de  Brazil
150 Peabody Place, Suite 103
Everyday: Children under two eat free, children 3-5 eat for $5 and children 6-12 eat for half of the adult price.