Late Summer Picks that Keep the Kids Cool

Posted by on Jul 15, 2012

By Lauren and Lindsey

Today’s post is aimed at parents, or grandparents, whose bag of summer tricks is running dry. The dog days of summer are upon us and with about a month left before school starts back, some of your usual daytime activities are probably getting a little tired, right? You’ve done all the camps you’re going to do, the pool has lost it’s luster but cool options for occupying the kids are the only way to play! With these fun ideas we hope you’ll be made in the shade for the duration of the summer months and insure that you forever stay the “cool” parent that we know you are.


Seize the Clay

Seize the Clay is the perfect place to knock out some holiday gifts ahead of time and let your little artist get creative while staying cool!

Seize the Clay, not the heat!


Children’s Museum of Memphis

At Children’s Museum of Memphis children of all ages can enjoy hours of fun 7 days a week. From grocery shopping, karaoke and mazes, to crafts, games and story time, boredom is nowhere to be found at this museum!

Having a ball at the Childrens Museum of Memphis


Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

This place offers fun physical activities, games and entertainment for people of all ages, size and abilities. This ultimate indoor play experience is guaranteed to tire-out kids of all ages!

Jump til you drop at Sky Zone

The Peabody Park
Found in Midtown, this is a little hidden gem with big surprises. Not only does it have a great playground, but during the summer it becomes a mini sprinkler park sure to cool the kiddos down during the soaring temps that only a Memphis summer can deliver. Click here for more info.


A great way to beat the heat! Image courtesy of I Love Memphis Blog.


The Booksellers at Laurelwood

Every Monday, Thursday and Friday The  Booksellers at Laurelwood creates a world of imagination with a story and song led by Catherine Montesi. Load the young kids up and travel to far away places all while staying cool indoors.

Keep cool and feed your brain with books for all ages at The Booksellers at Laurelwood.


Pump It Up

Through August 17th, Pump It Up, is offering an All Ages Jump each M/W/F from 2:00-3:30PM for kids up to 14 years old. Grab your socks and get your jump on! Just $7.65/per child and an adult must stay.

Get pumped up


Wacky Wednesdays at the Brooks Museum

There are just two more “Wacky Wednesdays” left this month (July 18th and 25th). Get wacky for free and create a variety of projects and catch a film made just for kids.

Get Wacky, Stay Cool


IMAX: To the Arctic

Think cool thoughts and indulge in the To the Arctic film on the IMAX screen at the Pink Palace.

Think cook thoughts at the IMAX



If your children are into reading or might need a little push in that direction, I promise this is just the place for them. You can get lost for hours in this old green, yellow, and orange house-turned bookstore located on Brookhaven Circle. It was a memorable part of our own childhoods and a place where your imagination can run wild as you pursue all of the children’s titles they stock. They even have free story time every Friday at 10:30am. Click here for more details

Pinnochios is a hidden treasure


Little Gym

For parents with kids of all ages, finding a spot for everyone to enjoy can be tough. However, the Little Gym delivers fun for all (well, okay, most) ages. Starting at 4 months and going through 12 years, the Little Gym has a spot for everyone in the family. Click for details

Monkeying around at the Little Gym


Mini Masters at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Every Tuesday this favorite spot offers a treat toddlers and parents together. The workshop includes story time, a hands-on art activity and snack. Cleverly named Mini Masters, it is designed for toddlers 2-4.

Creating masterpieces at the Dixon

 We hope these ideas help you make it through the rest of the summer!