Monday, June 14, 2010
Fun Day in Memphis
I am a deal LOVER! The Pink Palace Museum in Memphis offered a free summer membership (if you signed up in May). We signed up last year and never had an opportunity to go so I was super excited that they offered it again! There was some question as to how much fun it would be for younger children... well let me just tell you that my 2 & 5 yr olds LOVED it (almost as much as I love a deal :). We went with some friends and had a great time!
They open at 9. We arrived a little after 10. It was wonderful. There were hardly any other visitors there at the time. It is two stories. We started at the top and just happened to make it up there in time for the circus to be running! I wish I had taken a picture of it. It is a fully working huge model of a circus, complete with walking horses with carriages, acrobats, clowns, etc. It runs for a half hour at a time. E would have stayed and watched it for hours I think. There was an old Piggly Wiggly that you could go in and walk through with shelves lined with products from way back. My kids were excited to find things they recognized packaged differently. There were full scale models of a dentist office and a doctor's office from the 1920s. I will say there were wax (or some other medium) "people" that they all thought were "creepy" but they survived it! Anyway there was tons of things to look at and talk about. Our little group had quite a range of ages but you could explain as much or as little about each exhibit as they were willing to listen to. They had old sports memoribilia, knives, swords, a full scale log cabin, old dresses, jewelry, photos, letters, dinosaur fossils, bugs, birds, I could go on and on. It was very fun! We spent about 2 hours inside but could have easily done more.
They have a little restaurant inside and a gift shop. There is also an IMAX theater but we did not visit it this time. The gift shop had a wonderful little kiosk with items under a dollar, most were 23 cents so all the kids were able to get a souvenir. We had a hard time finding it but there is a shady picnic area available on the grounds, so we had a place to eat our sack lunches that we brought.
After lunch we decided to head to Mud Island. First we stopped at a Memphis Welcome Center on the river to use their restroom. It was nice and clean and inside were statues of Elvis and BB King. There were also picnic tables there overlooking the river.
Then we went and parked ($6) and walked the long bridge to Mud Island. There is also a tram option to get to Mud Island but it is $4 each regardless of age. So we walked which was fun because the bridge had beautiful views.
At the other end was a really awesome model of the Mississippi River. It was a great learning tool and fun for the kids to wade in. There were special places where Memphis and other cities were complete with bridges. At the end was the delta with an area for wading, riding paddle boats, or eating at the Gulfport grill.
We spent over an hour here and then headed back to our neck of the woods! I love me some field trips! :)