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Hello, dear readers! I started my journey as the editor of Memphis Parent in 2018. At the time, I was a senior editor of Memphis magazine and had been copy editor for this publication. Over the last few years, I’ve worn many hats at Contemporary Media, the company that publishes these and other print media products. I’ve very much enjoyed steering the ship here at MP, providing parents with encouragement, tips, resource guides, and more to help along the important adventure of raising kind, caring, cool kids. It has been a pleasure and a privilege.

I’ve recently moved over to helm the , another of Parent’s sister publications, and with that shift, I’ll be handing over the reins here to Erika Cain,

who, with her extensive experience in both media and parenting, we’re sure will do an excellent job in continuing to expand ’s vision, coverage, and reach. Be sure to follow us on social media for an o cial introduction to our new editor!

In the meantime, as we welcome spring and gear up for summer activities, it’s time to start planning for summer camp! To aid in your search, we’ll be hosting the annual Summer Camp Expo on March 4th at The Great Hall & Conference Center (1900 S. Germantown Road). Dozens of local and regional camps will be on hand at this free-to-attend event, where parents can meet with camp sta and directors to learn more about what’s on o er and find the best fit for their kids.

As for me, this isn’t goodbye, it’s more of a “See you around!” You can find me over at the Flyer, and I trust you’ll be right here — being the best parents you can be to this generation of future leaders. I wish nothing but the best for you and your families as you plant the seeds and pave the path for their success. Take

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Meet professional Lego artists from around the world and be inspired by their incredible creations, from intricate displays to massive builds made with hundreds of thousands of Lego bricks. Visit the Building Zone and create your very own masterpiece for display at the event. Agricenter International, Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $14.99-$24.99


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Hattiloo Theatre at the Library

Join the library for a special performance by Hattiloo Theatre! See Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly, a play about the life and art of Della Wells. After the play, kids will create their own work of art to take home.

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.-noon, free. North Library, Saturday, March 18, 10-11:30 a.m., free.

Family Day at the Stax Museum

On the second Saturday of each month, the Stax o ers free admission as well as special programming for young people including live music, arts and crafts, snacks, games, activities, and more.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Saturday, March 11 & April 8, 1- 4p.m., free.

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Cherry Blossom Picnic

Celebrate spring with a hanami or Cherry Blossom Picnic. Enjoy lunch from Asianinspired food trucks, take a guided tour through the Japanese Garden, and participate in traditional crafts and games during one of the most beautiful times at the garden.

Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free with garden admission.

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The Fast & The Furriest 5K and Walk

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County welcomes families and pets to join in the fun for The Fast & The Furriest 5K.

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m., $20-$35.


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Shelby Forest Spring Fest

Shelby Forest Spring Fest is going to be a hoot — at least that’s what the owl there tells me. With live music, shopping, kids zone, food trucks, and wildlife exhibits and lectures throughout the day, you won’t want to miss out.

Meeman Shelby Forest, Saturday, April 15, $5.

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Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival

Africa in April has chosen to salute the Republic of Rwanda for its 36th festival. Filled with live performances, food and merchandise vendors, and the International Diversity Parade, this festival is family-friendly, with a Children and Seniors’ Day, a Health Wellness & Community Day, and an International Music Day.

Robert R. Church Park, Wednesday-Sunday, April 19-23.

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Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival

With a focus this year on a celebration of theater from around the world and around the corner, the festival will feature family- and youthfocused performances that include a wide array of performing artists and groups. The festival coincides with Theatre Memphis’ Spring Faire, which will feature over 30 artists’ and artisans’ booths along with premier food trucks and a performance stage with a wide variety of o erings.

Theatre Memphis, April 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., pay-what-you-can. 

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Parents: This year Earth Day will be Saturday, April 22, 2023. This day is celebrated annually on April 22nd with events worldwide. Earth Day raises awareness for environment protection and care of our planet. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, is considered to be the birthday of the modern environmental protection movement.

Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water, and soil pollution. The first celebrations took place at 2,000 colleges and universities, roughly 10,000 primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities in the United States. However, today more than one billion people worldwide take part in activities on Earth Day in more than 193 countries. Some areas have Earth Day celebrations all week.

Each year the theme is di erent. This year’s theme is “Protect Our Species.” It is designed to draw attention to the rapid extinction of species around the world.

Students are learning at their schools what they can do to help protect our planet and reduce pollution. Why don’t you and your children join all the other people in celebrating this day by improving the environment in some way? Join one of the many Earth Day events in your community. You could be part of a group working to improve city, state, or national parks. Other groups clean up streams, plant gardens at schools, and pick up street trash. And it will be a great opportunity to have some all-important family time!

Here are some at-home ways your family can celebrate Earth Day. Whatever you elect to do will be hands-on learning about the environment for your children.

1. Take a walk in nature and simply appreciate it while stopping to pick up discarded bottles and recycling them.

2. Plant a tree for every member of your family. The trees will remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Thirty percent of all Earth Day celebrants plant trees.

3. Build a compost pile. Find a section of your yard in a back corner and start putting all the leaves and grass cuttings from your yard in the pile. It will decompose and you’ll be able to put it in the soil for other plants in your yard.

4. Make bird feeders. This can be done by collecting pine cones and dipping them in peanut butter or honey and covering them with birdseed.

5. Take a tech break and turn o all electronic devices to conserve electricity.

More Fun Environmental Facts and Activities

Earth Day is not the only day in April focused on the environment. There is also Arbor Day. It is celebrated on the final Friday of every April. It originated in the 1870s when the secretary of the Nebraska Territory and others living there were upset by the lack of trees that they had left behind as they moved West. Trees were needed for windbreaks, fuel, building material, and shade.

On the first Arbor Day in 1872, more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska. Since then, most states and many countries around the world observe Arbor Day to celebrate trees and plant them for a greener tomorrow. Many schools used to have the tradition of giving every student a tree to plant in their yard.

Be sure that your children understand the great importance of trees to every one of us, especially their role in reducing pollution and producing the oxygen we breathe. Point out that it takes seven or eight trees to make the oxygen one person needs for a year. You can go to a nearby park or playground to count the trees to discover how many people would get oxygen from the trees there. Plus, tell them that the trees with the largest leaves produce the most oxygen. See if they can find those trees.

Here are some di erent activities that your family might enjoy doing for Earth Day or Arbor Day.

1. Go to the library and check out a book about trees that is fun to read. One suggestion is The Magic & Mystery of Trees by Jen Green.

2. Visit Then search for how to make Earth Day smoothies.

3. Search for a recipe for dirt pudding with gummy worms and enjoy a creepy, crawly dessert.

4. Find out online how to make Earth Day crayons. Parental supervision is required for this activity as it uses the oven.

5. You’ll find songs to sing for Earth Day on YouTube.

6. Find “Earth Day Jokes for Kids” on You’ll have some laughs with jokes like “How can you tell the Earth is friendly?” Answer: Because it waves. 

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In the world of competitive sports, nothing compares to the thrill of making a big game play. Whether it’s hitting a home run in baseball or curling a shot into the upper 90 in a tight soccer match, that unparalleled euphoria can keep an athlete humming for days. But not everyone is going to be a star performer or a crucial cog in a winning team. At the end of the day, that shouldn’t matter for many; sports and other athletic activities can provide an enjoyable outlet and an excellent fitness regimen, whether a child boasts natural athleticism or not.

For this former athlete, it became clear pretty early on that some of my sporting endeavors weren’t going to lead to success, a message firmly received in 3rd grade after a severely misjudged pop fly landed squarely on my face, rather than nestling gently into my glove. Such outfield faux paus, when stood alongside my statistic of having only one fair hit per season, could have

spelled trouble with teammates if it meant throwing away a close game and condemning us to a negative result. But this wasn’t that kind of league. The competitive travel leagues were out there, but our young crew opted to join up with a casual summer rec league, eager to try out the sport and have something to do for our couple of free months. I still have fond memories from casual baseball and soccer leagues, and even the dreaded swim camp.

There are so many benefits to youth sports, but be careful to manage expectations. The danger for many kids is that intense sporting pressure will tie their mental health to athletic performance and results, two things which may not always entirely be in their control. But on the flipside, successful sporting excursions can release more endorphins and unlock that elated feeling from the “runner’s high.”

That’s why communication is key with a child interested in sports. If they’re looking for another social opportunity, then there are plenty of recreational leagues to join that place more of an emphasis on fun. (Alternatively, it’s not too hard to organize a group session with a bunch of friends from school or the neighborhood on a nice day.) If a child says they’re interested in further competition, then it pays o to do some research on local club teams to find a coach or environment that’s the best fit for their sporting and mental development.

But the step up to a new level might never be required. Many young athletes prefer to play the game they enjoy alongside friends, and that’s quite all right. 

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“Being an ESL teacher has been a really rewarding experience, especially when you see a child come into your classroom who doesn’t speak any English and you get to see them grow throughout the year — and not only learn academically, but learn a whole new language simultaneously,” Iglesias says.

Teaching was, in fact, a second career for Iglesias. She had always had an interest in working with children and had worked in various childcare settings such as a daycare, churchnursery, vacation bible school, and church nursery, as a summer nanny. “Even though I knew I wanted to work with children when I went to college, I decided to go a different direction and ended up getting my bachelor’s from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in language and world business,” Iglesias says. After college, she held jobs in international sales, merchandise analysis, and as an assistant buyer, but quickly realized it was not the field for her. Determined to pursue her passion for working with children, she quit her job and went back to school to obtain a master’s in education. “When taking those new classes for my new degree, I instantly knew I was in the right place and where I was meant to be all along,” explains Iglesias.

Iglesias is driven to bring the best into her classroom by her personal experience of moving to a new country and facing the challenges of learning a new language. “I know exactly what these kids are going through and how they feel coming into a brand-new country and not knowing the

language,” says Iglesias. “I myself moved to the United States from Puerto Rico the summer before I was going to start fourth grade.” Upon that move, she faced a sinkor-swim situation when starting school. ESL didn’t exist back then, but she had the support of great parents, teachers, and friends, which made the transition easier for her. She now takes great satisfaction in being able to use her experiences to help her students with the transition of moving to a new country and learning a new language. She is committed to helping her students grow and succeed.

“I feel like as an ESL I not only get to know thesekidson a more personal level, but these kids on their families as well,” Iglesias continues. “I sometimes get to work with some of these families and children for several years, so you really get to form a connection with them, and you get to see them flourish and grow throughout the years.”

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and infuse elements of enjoyment to create a dynamic and stimulating learning environment. She strives to instill a love of learning in students and to illustrate the practical relevance of the curriculum. “For ESL kids it’s very important to engage them with visuals and sort of hit all of their senses because when they come in, they may not understand the language just yet, so you have to find alternative ways to help them understand what they are learning,” Iglesias says. Her approach to teaching is characterized by a diversity of resources to ensure students are exposed to the material from multiple perspectives, fostering a deeper understanding of the material.

“It’s very rewarding, especially when you see them not only grow academically, butalsolearn a whole new language and but also learn become bilingual or multilingual students,” explains Iglesias. Inspiring her students (and being inspired by her students) confirms Iglesias is in the right place and at precisely the right time. 

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There’s more than meets the eye to the many ways summer camps can benefit kids.

It might not seem like it now, but just ask your kid — the countdown is already on for the end of the school year. And you know how it goes as soon as summer hits: messy rooms, questionable bathing practices, and complaints of boredom won’t be far behind.

All this is a great reason to start thinking about summer camp options, especially considering how fast spots fill up. From athletics to STEM to computer coding and more, the variety of camps o ered in Memphis and the surrounding areas should include something that sparks your child’s interest.

Even better than filling hours of inevitable boredom, summer camps benefit kids’ socioemotional development and understanding of team dynamics. These are the types of lessons that will remain with them for the rest of their lives, while making memories that they’ll treasure forever.

If you’re still unconvinced, here are eight great reasons to send your kid to summer camp.

1.It gets them o screens

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, children in the U.S. between the ages of 8 and 12 spend an average of four to six hours a day watching or using screens. It’s even worse for adolescents, who can spend up to nine hours a day on a device when they don’t have school or other activities to keep them engaged. The variety of summer camp options obviously includes technology-related themes. However, these o er realworld applications and an active learning environment that help prepare students for tomorrow’s tech advances. They’re a far better way for your child to interact with screens and can help shape their future career paths.

2.It helps them form positive peer relationships

No amount of face-timing friends over the long summer vacation could equal the enormous benefits of the peer interaction and self-discovery that occur at summer camp. With communal campfires, shared meals, and team-building activities, camps o er kids the education they really need to succeed in a world where community (and one’s place in it) matters.

These kinds of interactions form the foundation of your child’s future ones in college. Summer camp experiences like these can give your child confidence in their ability to meet strangers, find a common bond with others, work together for a greater purpose, and finalize a goal that can be celebrated by everyone involved in reaching it.

3.It gets them out of their comfort zone

If you have a teenager, you already know how comfortable they like to get in the summer. They’re comfortable in bed until 11 a.m., then comfortable on the couch for several rounds of video games, and finally comfortable during their multiple trips to the kitchen to eat up the rest of the snacks. And who can fault them? We all like to take advantage of a little comfort and don’t like to be pulled away from it. The beautiful thing about the summer camp experience is that it will move your teens out of their comfort zone and into a safe space to try new things and meet new people they just might like. Even if they don’t like it, it beats most of the activities they’d find otherwise.

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4. It’s good for their mental health

Research into happiness and well-being consistently shows that humans, young and old alike, are happiest when they are a part of a community. We all like to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s during moments when we are working with others toward a common good that we understand our place in the world and the legacy we hope to leave.

As rates of childhood anxiety and depression continue to increase, we as parents should feel a wake-up call to make sure our kids have positive, healthy experiences that will build their self-esteem and mental health. Getting them away from their everyday routine and into an environment where they can learn and grow as individuals is its own type of therapy, and worth every penny if your child is struggling with mental health.

5.It brings them back to nature

The “nature deficit disorder” experienced by the TikTok generation is staggering. The more high-tech their lives become, the more exposure to nature kids need to help balance their minds and bodies in a world where everything is filtered and digital. Spending time in nature has been proven to reduce stress and depression, while decreasing rates of obesity and obsessive compulsive behaviors. If there is one remedy that is at our disposal and can have an enormous e ect in balancing our kids’ health and well-being, it’s a summer camp that puts them right in the heart of Mother Nature. Activities such as hiking, swimming, planting, boating, and camping are great resets to get your kid o his phone or tablet screen and into a wider world full of amazing creatures.

6.It helps repair pandemic damage

Researchers are only beginning to uncover some of the devastating e ects of the pandemic lockdowns and the toll they took on the mental health of children and adolescents. Not only were kids separated

from their peers during important developmental phases, they were forced to learn online and stay socially distant during a collectively scary time.

Going to summer camp can’t erase the way Covid-19 changed our lives, but it can start to fill in the gaps our youth experienced in social interaction and learning as we all struggled to find equilibrium during the height of the pandemic. The social distancing that occurred then can be recalibrated now through campfire songs and a lot of dorm room laughter.

7.It helps promote college readiness

College readiness requires an understanding of how to participate in a wider community of people from diverse backgrounds. Positive experiences like summer camps provide kids with a safe space to practice this, while building their confidence and teaching them how to interact with others with respect and curiosity

Just like the first day of college, summer camps pull kids away from their parents and into a new world where they can explore what it means to be a part of a global community and learn from others in the process. Many camp activities also build critical thinking and problem-solving skills — both of which are vital to a successful college experience

8.It gives girls needed confidence

There’s been an ongoing debate about the best ways to get girls more confident in areas like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Changing the status quo is a process that happens through consistently exposing young girls to exciting activities and educational opportunities in these fields, and summer camps are just how to do it.

There’s also research showing that camp participation may be particularly important for influencing college readiness for women. Camps help girls build their confidence and leadership skills in a safe environment that supports the girl experience, and teaches them how to navigate women’s unique experience in the world.

An experience they won’t forget

Although they’d be the first to argue otherwise, today’s youth aren’t really so di erent from the generations before them who learned about themselves and the world around them through summer camp experiences. Getting them o screens and out of classrooms, and into adventures and campground pathways will strengthen everything from their mental health to their college readiness. So let’s get camping! 

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Worried you can’t a ord summer camp for your kids? Here are two great ways to fundraise when your budget is tight.

Rising prices in grocery stores and at the pump might keep many parents concerned that extras like summer camp fees won’t fit into an already tight family budget. Although some camps o er scholarships and waivers for low-income families, these are highly competitive and di cult to access.

However, before you write o camp fees as an expense you can’t possibly fit into the budget this year, consider these fundraising methods that have worked well for others in the past. With a little ingenuity and planning, you might be able to fund camp fees, the clothes your kid will pack, and even more with the help of family, friends, and your social media circle.




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Websites like GoFundMe and FundRazr are great for raising summer camp funds, particularly if your family and friends are spread out across the country. If you’ve never come across crowdfunding sites like these, don’t worry, it’s really easy to get a project started on them.

First, choose the website to host your kid’s crowdfunding project. Next, upload information about the summer camp they are interested in, along with a photo of them to attach to the fundraising project. After creating the project page, you’ll be able to share it on social media or via email and text to invite family and friends to contribute.

A great thing about crowdfunding websites is they handle all of the money for you, while charging a small fee for the service. Donors will be able to contribute in small amounts or pay for the entire project, allowing family members an easy, fun way to participate.

“In lieu of” fundraising

You’ve probably seen these types of announcements on Facebook while scrolling through your feed, when someone requests donations to their favorite charity or cause in lieu of a birthday present. The same idea can work much more informally, especially if there are special days coming up, such as a birthday or graduation.


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Contributions to a summer camp fund are a great suggestion to friends and family who want to send your child a birthday present or graduation gift, and you can use apps like Venmo or CashApp to receive funds and transfer them to your account. All it takes is a little planning on the front end. That, and of course an “elevator pitch” to let everyone know how they can help out most with summer camp expenses.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

A great summer camp is such a memorable part of the childhood experience, and will benefit your child mentally, physically, and socially. While it might be hard to stretch the family budget to meet the added expense, there are ways you can make it happen with little to no out-of-pocket expense.

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and beyond. The little one delights in almost everything, and she wants to see everything as well. “Play that!” she’ll say every two minutes, pointing to the YouTube list of videos related to whatever we’re watching. She loves Halloween and Christmas stories and songs, so who am I to object?

I tried mightily to influence my kids with some culture of my choosing (“That’s Rimsky-Korsakov!” and “Oh, look at the Romare Bearden!”), but eventually they learn how to work the remote. And then it’s literally out of your hands.

I tried, years ago, to finesse my daughter’s requests (demands) to watch Pokémon: The First Movie. She insisted since I had expected her to thrill to my readings of Emily Dickinson, even when I sang all of Emily’s poems to the tune of the theme from Gilligan’s Island. It was never going to be as funny to my daughter as it was to me, but fair is fair.

For the grownup, the agony is in actually sitting and watching a Pokémon movie because you will not be allowed to so much as look away from the TV. No checking messages or sneaking a peek at a magazine. You must participate with eyes glued to the screen. Yet whatever charms the franchise holds for kiddos is devoid of anything

interesting to adults — no clever references, no cool animation, no music you can dance to. So, you settle in and do it.

Pokémon’s allure passes, but soon enough, your children will move on and build up their own likes and influences, and you’ll do your share of worrying about this band and those lyrics (shades of Tipper Gore) as the youngsters construct their own generational playlists. Then when they get married and start having children, you’ll watch as your kids try to do what you did with them. Of course, this is a di erent millennium, so where I was championing Bach to my o spring, my son is serving up this musical group Babymetal to my granddaughters.

And I’m OK with that. Babymetal is a duo (or trio or whatever) of Japanese kawaii girls prancing, singing, and doing karate moves on stage (Elvis influence?) as the backing band grinds out some serviceable thrashy arrangements of tunes with titles like “Gimme Chocolate!!” And they’re so cute! You’ll doubt me, naturally, so I call on cultural tastemaker Rob Zombie to testify: “Leave it to the Japanese to find a way to make [expletive deleted] death metal cute. But it was awesome. And the crowd was going [expletive deleted] ape[expletive deleted]. It’s totally worth watching; it’s so good.”

But the true test is when your grandchildren choose various videos, of which there are zillions in 2023, from YouTube to Netflix

The older grand has been finding some amazing shows, and thank goodness animation and entertainment content has been improving greatly in the past few years. Not so long ago, we watched Steven Spielberg’s An American Tale, a 1986 animated story about an immigrant mouse, and the animation — presumably good for the time — was not aging well. Nowadays, the graphics are stunning and the stories go in some, well, interesting directions.

My most recent favorite is the Japanese show Gudetama, which chronicles the ongoing adventures of a bored, directionless chicken egg. If I had been charged with coming up with a concept that was thoroughly uninteresting, it would be this. It’s a sad-faced yolk with a yellow butt that uses its egg white as something of a prop, employs bacon strips as blankets, reluctantly puts up with an energetic chick, and likes to guzzle drops of soy sauce.

Wait, I haven’t sold you on it yet? I’ll just say that my 9-year-old granddaughter, the one who has deep theories of time and enjoys drawing pictures of Saturn (the rings are a fun challenge), introduced it to me and we both love it. Perhaps you just need to plop in front of the TV (it’s on Netflix) and watch how this ultimate anti-hero moans and complains its way through life. It’s no Hello Kitty, but it’s also no Pokémon. Thank goodness. 

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There is that moment during parenthood when you realize you will have to make room for the entertainment being enjoyed by your children.
If it’s good enough for Rob Zombie, it’s good enough for my grandkids.
Gudetama, the mopey egg, is strangely entertaining.
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Arrow Creative

Send your mini makers from June 5th - August 3rd, grades 3rd - 12th, to a place where they will learn and grow in a creative environment. Arrow teachers are all professional working artists with a passion for teaching the next generation of creatives. With classes like creating with ceramics, printmaking, animation, animation, fashion design, and more, there’s sure to be a class that your mini maker would enjoy. Let your littles learn new skills, get their hands messy, and create a masterpiece! Visit for more info.

Bodine School

Get students excited about reading and writing! Maintain literacy skills previously taught, introduce new literacy skills, and minimize loss of literacy skills. Bodine School’s Summer Reading Program will be held June 5-June 29, Monday through Thursday.

Morning session: Drop-o between 8 and 8:30 a.m.; instruction from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; dismissal at 11:30 a.m. Afternoon session: Dropo from 12:30 to 1 p.m.; instruction from 1 to 4 p.m.; dismissal at 4 p.m. This year’s program is open to all rising 1-6th grade students. Visit for details and registration.

Briarcrest Christian School

Briarcamp serves BCS students in Little Saints through 6th grade by providing a safe, healthy, and fun recreational experience for children in a Christian environment. Briarcamp allows working parents to feel confident that their children are engaging in supervised activities while in a relaxed social setting.

Briarcamp is available beginning May 30 and runs until July 21. Briarcamp hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with early- and after-care provided at an additional charge. Camps are filled on a first

come, first served basis. Briarcamp will only be open to BCS students with a signed contract for the fall of 2023-2024.

Buckman Dance Conservatory

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s invites students ages 3 to 18 to explore the joy of theater and dance this summer. With limited class size, participants take a deep dive into ballet, movement, and choreography in an encouraging and positive environment. June 12 through August 3. Starting at $185 for students ages three and up. For information, visit or contact Cindi Younker at or 901-537-1483

Camp of the Rising Son

Camp of the Rising Son is excited to be planning for a safe and healthy summer 2023. Visit for more information.

Christian Brothers High School

With all-new o erings this summer, CBHS is a one-stop destination for happy campers of all ages. Full-day and half-day morning and afternoon sessions will keep kids engaged, energized, and entertained all summer long. Learn more and register today at or contact Dr. James Callicott at

Collage Dance Collective

Collage Dance Collective will be hosting a variety of sessions this summer! Two weeks of rigorous training enable dancers (ages 5 and up) to build strength, explore creativity and develop solid technical foundations with esteemed faculty like award-winning choreographers Endalyn Taylor, Kevin Thomas and Joshua Manculich. Deadline to register for summer programs is May 1st. Register at

Courageous Kids

CCK welcomes children and their families battling various illnesses with a year-round program including weekend family retreats throughout the school year and nine summer camp sessions. Family Retreats for children ages 5-17 and their families. Summer camp sessions for children ages 7-16. For complete information, camp schedule, illnesses they serve, or to apply to send your child to camp, visit Contact: 270-618-2900 or

Evangelical Christian School

ECS is proud to o er a variety of summer camps. As parents, you can rest assured that your children will be in the capable hands of teachers and coaches who love Jesus, love your kids, and enthusiastically teach valuable skills that your children will enjoy.

To register, visit or contact Camp Director Cate Foy at 901-754-7217 or

Graceland’s Performing Arts Camp

Elvis Presley’s Graceland’s Performing Arts Camp will return for its fourth year in 2023, June 27 to June 30. The Graceland Performing Arts Camp is an immersive theater arts and music experience for kids aged 6 to 17, where they are invited to explore their creativity in acting, singing, and dancing during workshops led by local and Broadway professionals. Over five days of activities, the campers develop a performance showcase that they present on stage at The Guest House Theater for family and friends on Saturday night. The experience includes five nights at the AAA-rated Four Diamond resort hotel The Guest House at Graceland, all meals for campers and their families, and camp activities for an all-inclusive price. To get more details and register for camp, visit


Luke’s Episcopal School’s SummerFest

Anchor Center, 250 Lemaster, Memphis, TN 38104, 901-278-0200

June 5-August 4; Rising JK-grade 8; weekly day camps, full-day and half-day options; 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Join for SummerFest 2023 at GSL! Everything from Minecraft to sports, theater to robots, art to cooking, and so much more… plus a swimming pool on site to help the campers keep cool all summer long! See the full brochure and register online at

Registration opens March 1!

Harding Academy Summer Camp

1100 Cherry Road, Phone: 901-767-4494

May 30–July 28, 2023; rising SK-grade 12; full-day, and half-day options; no fee for extended care.

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Summer @ Harding is awesome! Register for Day Camp to make new friends, take field trips, and participate in service projects. Sign up for Sports Camps to work on your swing/ shot/kick. Or take a LEAP class to learn how to play the piano, cook your favorite food, and more. Whatever you choose, you’ll make great summer memories this year at Harding. Register online at

Hutchison School

Build a dollhouse, experiment with elephant toothpaste, dance your heart out, create an escape room, and more! Summer at Hutchison runs May 31-August 12 for girls and boys entering grades JK-12. SPARK Day Camp runs daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with early care starting at 7:30 a.m. and late care available until 6 p.m. The Center for Excellence (CFE) o ers unique full- or half-day camps and clinics for girls and boys of all ages. Make a day of it with a CFE/SPARK crossover. SPARK Camp discounts are available for multi-week campers, siblings, and crossover campers. For more information, visit

Kroc Center

Kroc Camps are jam-packed with all The Kroc has to o er, including a variety of activities led by Kroc sta : swimming, gym games, art, cooking, and more! For ages 4-14. Check out the Kroc Camps guide at for more info.

Lab School at Acton Academy

Horse Camp (June 19-June 22) at Trinity Farm features a week spent outdoors immersed in for four days of horsemanship, horseback riding, water games, and crafts. No riding experience necessary. Builder Camp (June 26- June 30), Tennis Camp (July 10-14), Lego Camp (July 17-21). Entrepreneur Camp (July 24- July 28) is a week-long camp that takes campers on an adventure to discover how they can turn their ideas into a business. Campers will launch and sell at the camp business fair held on the last day of camp. For more info, visit

Lakeshore Camp

Whether you get excited about worship and music, arts and crafts, fishing, wilderness, aquatics, hammocking, or you just want to hang out at main camp, Lakeshore has the summer experience for you. Experience life, love, and God of Grace at one of the 40+ camp options for all ages and interests. To register, visit

Little Medical School Midsouth

From birthday parties, CPR/first aid, and Scout badge classes to after-school programs, in-school field trips, homeschool programs, mini camps, or summer camps. Little Medical School is a STEM-based enrichment program

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for children and youth aged 4-15 that teaches greater health awareness through educational roleplay and introduces them to careers in healthcare in an exciting way. Visit to register.

Memphis Botanic Garden

Summer fun is blooming in the garden. Nature camps are dedicated to connecting kids with nature. These day camps for kids aged 4-12 o er a week full of nature crafts, games, and explorations led by one of MBG’s expert Garden Guides. Learn more at Summer Camp 2023 o erings will be listed on their events calendar in Spring 2023.

Memphis Jewish Community Center

MJCC Camp is open to all children ages 3 through 10th grade. Facilities include an outdoor water park, indoor pool, expansive field space, and much more. Register at

Memphis Zoo

Zoo Camps run Monday-Friday (except the week of July 4th) and are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of activities are available for JK-8th grade. Visit for details.

Missouri Military Academy

288 acres of woods, fields, rocks, creeks, and ponds are there to be explored and enjoyed. Summer Academy, academic residential camp for boys, day camp for boys or girls, grades 7-12; Leadership camp for boys, ages 12-17; Confidence camp for boys, ages 8-11; Equestrian day camp for boys and girls, ages 8-18. Visit for more information.

Music Box

Music lessons for all ages. Need music lessons, want to learn a life skill, succeed in an audition, join a band, learn to experience, appreciate, read, write, play, or produce music? For more information, visit

New Ballet Ensemble & School

O ers camps for children ages 3 to 11 where they can explore their passion for movement, performance, and peer collaboration. Campers will experience diverse dance styles such as hiphop, modern dance, West African dance and drumming, musical theater, ballet, and more! Camp concludes with a performance for family and friends to attend. Visit summer-camps.

New Spark Performing Arts

Campers will spend the week learning choreography, music, and having a ton of fun! The weeklong camps will start with auditions on Monday, and by Friday campers will have put together a 30-minute show ready to

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perform in front of an audience. Camp is led by counselors who choreograph the dances, teach music, and lead various games. For more, visit


Whether your student loves the spotlight or thrives in the camaraderie and creativity that theater provides, the Orpheum has a way for them to shine this summer! Explore summer camps and intensives for students in grades 3-12 plus recent high school graduates. All summer camps will take place in person at the Halloran Centre. For details and pricing, visit

Pinecrest Camp

Registration at

Tier pricing: Realizing that families have di erent abilities to pay, Pinecrest o ers a voluntary three-tier fee program. Simply choose the tier that is most suitable or comfortable for your family. All campers receive the same Pinecrest experience, no matter which amount you choose to pay. As you consider your family’s financial situation, please also consider the true cost of camp. For more information about the three tiers, visit 40 minutes east of Memphis in La Grange, TN. Call at 901878-1247 or email for more info.

Playhouse on the Square

Playhouse on the Square’s Summer Youth Theater Conservatory is open to any student interested in theater, regardless of experience. Participants attend daily classes and workshops in theater skills and dynamics, voice, dance/ movement, and more. Session sizes are limited to allow for maximum individual attention and development. For more information, visit

Presbyterian Day School

Summer @ PDS aims to provide an option for a variety of families. Boys and girls ages 2 through 6th grade can enjoy spending their summer at PDS. With before-camp care starting at 7:30 a.m. and after-camp care until 5:30 p.m., it’s a great option for working parents. A day camp option each week o ers di erent enrichment camps so that campers have exciting and engaging options that are age-appropriate. Older boys love sports camp, and this year, they’ll o er a sports camp for younger boys, as well. Register now at

Prizm Ensemble

The PRIZM Music Camp & International Chamber Music Festival is an opportunity for budding musicians to learn the art of small ensemble playing while working with worldclass professional musicians from across the

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Athletics | Gymnastics | STEM | Camping | Robotics | ACT Prep

Theater | Dance | Video Game Design | Chess | BattleBots | Cooking

With nearly 100 half-day specialty camps and Camp Gryphon day camp, there’s something for everyone. Mix and match for full day coverage— all summer long. Before care and after care are available.

June 5–July 28 PK–12

Registration opens March 3.

globe. These renowned musicians serve as camp faculty — and also as mentors. Visit for more info.

School of Rock

School of Rock | Memphis 400 Perkins Ext.

School of Rock | Germantown 9309 Poplar Ave., Ste 102, Germantown

School of Rock | Wolfchase 8385 Hwy. 64, Ste. 111, Memphis

This comprehensive camp experience is designed to hone music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. Playing in a band situation speeds learning and creates “seasoned” musicians. Even relatively advanced musicians are amazed at the amount of progress they make when regularly playing with other musicians. Students work in a handson atmosphere.

Soccer Shots

An engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. The expertapproved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with childhood education standards. For program info and pricing, visit

St. George’s Independent School

Summer at St. George’s o ers safety, flexibility, and convenience. Choose Camp Gryphon, a summer-long day camp for grades JK-5, or Cardinal ‘n Gold (CNG) for grades 6-9. Choose from nearly 100 specialty half-day camps for lower school, middle school, and upper school students including sports, arts, STEM, robotics — and much more. Visit for details.

St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Summer at St. Mary’s equals fun for everyone! St. Mary’s Episcopal School o ers a unique summer program, where children can learn, grow, move, and play. From ballet and rock climbing to reading/writing workshop and ACT prep, there is something for girls and boys of all ages. There are many di erent types of o erings to choose from including academics, athletics, fine arts, just for fun, and leadership/community. Learn more at or by calling 901-537-1415

Tennessee Shakespeare Company

The one-week and two-week camps will take place inside TSC’s facility in three di erent studios, including its Tabor Stage, as well as immediately outdoors on its property. Led by TSC’s Education Managers Carmen-Maria Mandley and Cara McHugh Geissler, each camp is designed to appeal to a specific age

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range. All are welcome. Each camp has a limited number of participant openings available. For more information, go to education/summercamp or call 901-759-0620

Twin Lakes Summer Programs

Since 1970, Twin Lakes has provided families with a summer camp program nestled in the rolling hills and piney woods of central Mississippi. With day camp for ages 5-8, overnight camps for ages 6-12, the L.I.T. program for teens ages 13-15, summer sta opportunities for ages 16 and up, and a full-service conference center for churches, schools, and businesses, there is truly an opportunity for every member of the family at Twin Lakes. Sign up early! Camps fill quickly.

University of MemphisSummer at Scheidt

Introducing the all-new Summer at the Scheidt Camp hosted by the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The week-long sessions will stretch creativity, grow musical skills, and expand knowledge. Students will work with expert faculty through a combination of masterclasses, lectures, hands-on activities, rehearsals, and performances. Visit for more info.

University of MississippiDeSoto Summer Camp

The university o ers a number of opportunities for students to experience Ole Miss before they begin their o cial college careers. This year’s o erings include both commuter and residential opportunities. Details can be found at

Valley View Ranch

Equestrian Camp for girls 8-17. Atop Lookout Mountain since 1954. Located on 600 acres of wooded trails and panoramic views. Equitation lessons in English and Western for beginner to advanced riders. Only 50 campers per session, so sign up early. Spend up to six hours a day riding and caring for your own camp horse. Visit for more information.


At YMCA Summer Camp, kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. Each week this summer will hold a di erent theme for campers to have fun activities surrounding arts and crafts, science, sports, water safety and swimming, nature, and more, that all focus on what it means to grow and learn as a person! Visit for more info. 

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First o , Happy New Year to all of my loyal Dad Libs readers. I hope your holidays were joyous and you’ve eased into a great 2023!

While I’m always looking for ways to eat right and exercise more, I typically don’t subscribe to or believe in New Year’s resolutions. Often, people talk a big game only to regress back into old bad habits after a week or two. In fact, the 15th of January is referred to as “Quitting Day” for that very reason. I’ve set lofty expectations for myself before only to quit and feel embarrassed, but this year I thought I’d try going “dry” — without alcohol — with my wife, Annie. The idea of a hard reset sounded great after a fun and fancy-free December of delectable treats and beverages. So we went


reset leads to a happy start of the new year.

pickles, and I really got into making banana and almond milk smoothies. I might even keep those going after Whole30.

According to Whole 30 know-it-alls out there, I was supposed to feel grumpy or rageful during the first week. Thankfully, I was coupling my diet and lifestyle change with physical exercise so I felt pretty good considering my new workout routine.

for it! We also decided to add the Whole30 diet to the mix. Whole30 emphasizes whole foods and refraining from sugar, alcohol, grains, and dairy.

Crazy, right? Annie once did Whole90.

The first few days were di cult because I like to have a beer or two while watching the Grizzlies or Tigers play, and during this stretch both teams had some pretty intense games. Not to mention all of the great NFL playo games. Thankfully, I did some preplanning. Enter my love a air for Topo Chico, La Croix, and Emergen-C. These fizzy waters are a great way to enjoy a beverage and take in a ball game. They are tasty, low in calories, and serve as a nice and healthy treat during what could otherwise be a bland time. Then there are the snacks. Clearly, I couldn’t eat chips and dip, but I found some great alternatives like cauliflower chips and crackers, olives,

The good news is that my wife Annie is a great cook and I like to dabble in the kitchen as well, so we had fun trying new recipes like veggie bowls with fried eggs, chicken wings in the air fryer, and zoodles with tuna salad. Mid-month is when I felt my best. Whole30 enthusiasts call it “Tiger Blood,” and I have to say I felt extremely energized, motivated, and overall positive about just about everything. Pretty sure I annoyed some folks. I apologize for nothing.

Dry January has become so popular that there are even mocktail contests out there including one put on by Edible Memphis. I recently had a non-alcoholic beverage at Cameo that was out of this world, and I didn’t have to worry about driving after consuming a couple. Honestly, I enjoyed eating healthy and seeing what the non-alcoholic market has to o er. My favorites by far are the Lite Beer and Hazy IPA by Athletic Brewing Company, Walker Brothers Kombucha, and Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher.

All that to say, after a month of eating right, exercising, and abstaining from alcohol I’m ready to go to dinner and have a cocktail.

Stay thirsty my friends! 

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By Je Hulett
Hard Je Hulett is a freelance writer, musician, and PR consultant in Memphis.  He lives in the Vollintine Evergreen neighborhood with his wife Annie, two girls Ella and Beatrice, and dog Chalupa. Photo © Everett Collection Inc. |


Join Memphis Parent for a day of learning about camps and summer activities for all ages. We’re hosting a safe and free event to help parents meet camp sta and directors and find out more information to help you make good choices for your child this summer. The Great Hall & Conference Center, Saturday, March 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free.


3 • Friday

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The dancers of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dazzle with their technical brilliance and passionate energy, bringing audiences to their feet at every performance. They’ll electrify the Orpheum stage with contemporary works by some of today’s most in-demand choreographers and classic favorites from the repertory. Orpheum Theatre, Friday-Sunday, March 3-5, $45-$89.

4 • Saturday

Project Pop-up! (all ages)

Pop in to the Dixon for a pop-up like no other! Each month, participants explore a new part of the Dixon with an inspiring project for all ages. Supplies are provided.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Saturday, March 4 & April 1, 10-11 a.m., free.

Meet the Authors: C.J. and Zac Zachary

To celebrate the release of Awkward Avocado and the Interrupting Raptor, the second book in the Awkward Avocado series, Novel will host a meet-and-greet with author C.J. Zachary and her illustrator/husband Zac. Awkward Avocado and the Interrupting Raptor is the perfect mix of humor and heart for all siblings to enjoy. Novel, Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m.

5 • Saturday

Step Afrika!

Now ranked as one of the top-10 AfricanAmerican dance companies in the United States, Step Afrika! forms a cohesive, compelling artistic experience with performances that are much more than dance shows, integrating songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation.

Germantown Performing Arts Center, Sunday, March 5, 2:30-4:30 p.m., $25-$75.

9 • Thursday

Nature in the Museum - Homeschool Day

The Brooks’ March Homeschool Day will celebrate the new Rotunda Project by artist Tommy Kha, as well as the coming of spring. Students will explore how nature inspires and influences artists, and will look at landscapes by renowned artists and create a nature-inspired piece in the studio.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Thursday, March 9, 10 a.m., free.

Disney on Ice: Into the Magic

Celebrate the magic of courage, love, and adventure and discover why no dream is too big when your favorite Disney stories come to life through world-class ice skating. Landers Center, Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12, $20-$85.

10 • Friday

Egg-stravaganza Homeschool Day

As a supplement to homeschool curriculum for ages 6+, students will see what hatches from eggs in spring as they tour through the garden and observe a variety of eggs from insects to birds to amphibians. As a special spring treat, participants will color eggs using natural plant dyes and plant a “basket.”

Memphis Botanic Garden, Friday, March 10, 10 a.m.-noon, $12/members, $15/nonmembers.

Big Fish: Youth Musical

Big Fish tells the story of traveling salesman Edward Bloom, who lives life to its fullest and then some. Edward’s incredible, larger-thanlife anecdotes thrill everyone around him, leading his son Will to embark on an adventure to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart and humor, Big Fish, as presented by BPACC Youth Theatre, is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theater — for an experience that’s richer, funnier, and bigger than life itself. Bartlett Performing Arts & Concert Center, Friday-Sunday, March 10-12, $10/youth, $15/adult.

Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical

Based on the award-winning book by actress Julianne Moore, Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles — from scrubbing them with soap to caking on makeup … and even wearing a ski mask to school! With the help of her lovable schoolmates, Freckleface learns that everyone is di erent — and that’s what makes everyone special.

The Circuit Playhouse, Friday, March 10-April 16, $10/child, $30/adult.

11 • Saturday

Kids in the Garden (ages 7-10)

This fun, hands-on gardening workshop teaches kids the basics about horticulture and the flora around them.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Saturday, March 11 & April 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., free.

Hattiloo Theatre at the Library

Join the library for a special performance by Hattiloo Theatre! See Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Fly, a play about the life and art of Della Wells. After the play, kids will create their own work of art to take home.

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.-noon, free.

North Library, Saturday, March 18, 10-11:30 a.m., free.

Family Day at the Stax Museum

On the second Saturday of each month, the Stax o ers free admission as well as special programming for young people including live music, arts and crafts, snacks, games, activities, and more.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Saturday, March 11 & April 8, 1- 4p.m., free.

50th Annual Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Parade

Join in the fun on America’s most iconic street to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with marching bands, steppers, twirlers, floats, and all sorts of sights! Beale St., Saturday, March 11, 3 p.m.

13 • Monday

Nature Camp (grades 1-5)

Nature Camp takes kids on a journey through the Dixon gardens. Over a fun and sun-filled week, campers will fuel curiosity through handson activities, experiments, games, and more.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Monday, March 13-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $150/members, $175/nonmembers.

Ring in Spring!: Spring Break Camp

Ring in spring at Lichterman Nature Center with a fun and engaging day camp experience for current first–eighth graders. Campers will enjoy science labs, live animal presentations, historical explorations with artifacts and specimens, crafts, team-building, and more! Lichterman Nature Center, Monday, March 13-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $250+.

Spring Break Camp: Zoo Camp

Campers will explore the fascinating world of animals while participating in fun games, crafts, tours, keeper

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chats, live animal visits, and interactive experiments. This year’s theme is Unbelievable Biomes. Memphis Zoo, Monday, March 13-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $235/members, $265/nonmembers.

14 • Tuesday

Spring Break Hands-On Activities

Visit the Morton Museum for some spring break fun. The hands-on art-making activities are for all ages. Students will learn about art and local history by visiting current exhibitions. Morton Museum of Collierville History, Tuesday-Friday, March 14-17, free.

18 • Saturday

Cherry Blossom Picnic

Celebrate spring with a hanami or Cherry Blossom Picnic. Enjoy lunch from Asian-inspired food trucks, take a guided tour through the Japanese Garden, and participate in traditional crafts and games during one of the most beautiful times at the garden.

Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free with garden admission.

The Magic of Michael Grandinetti Live

The Magic of Michael Grandinetti Live features breathtaking wonders from his extraordinary career. Audiences don’t just watch the magic — they’re pulled into an interactive experience where everyone in the theater becomes part of the magic. Halloran Centre, Saturday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., $37.50

25 • Saturday

The Fast & The Furriest 5K and Walk

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County welcomes families and pets to join in the fun for The Fast & The Furriest 5K.

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m., $20-$35.

BrickUniverse Memphis LEGO Fan Expo

Meet professional Lego artists from around the world and be inspired by their incredible creations from intricate displays to massive creations made with hundreds of thousands of Lego bricks. Visit the Building Zone and create your very own masterpiece for display at the event. Agricenter International, Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $14.99-$24.99.

Teen Workshop: Bookmaking with Maritza Davila (ages 14-18)

Create books using just a single sheet of paper! This workshop, led by artist Maritza Davila, will introduce teens to simple bookmaking techniques. Participants will learn origamiinspired folds to create a variety of books exploring design and form. Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Saturday, March 25, 1-4 p.m., $10/members, $15/nonmembers.

MAGIC: Past & Present

In this exciting new show that Je rey Day is presenting, you will be taken down the path of how the early conjurors have successfully influenced the modern magicians of today. Woodru -Fontaine House Museum, Saturday, March 25, 7-8:30 p.m., $40, 8+.

26 • Sunday

Goat Yoga

Goat Yoga is where you can relax your body and mind while surrounded by little goats. Some goats will even jump up on you while doing yoga poses! But don’t worry, the goats are lightweight and very friendly. You’ll be sure to have a lot of laughs and leave feeling relaxed and entertained. Goat Yoga is not recommended for children under the age of 6. Overton Park Shell, Sunday, March 26, 1-4 p.m. | Saturday, April 8, 1-4 p.m.

31 • Friday

Monster Jam

Get ready for Monster Jam, the most actionpacked motorsports event on four wheels. Witness world-class driver athletes and the most recognizable trucks tear up the dirt and compete in intense competitions of speed and skill.

Landers Center, Fri-Sun, March 31-April 2, $20-$75.

Kids Night Out: Studio Ghibli

Drop your kids o at Arrow for Studio Ghiblithemed art class, pizza, and a showing of My Neighbor Totoro!

Arrow Creative, Friday, March 31, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $45.


1 • Saturday

Bunny Run 5K

Benefiting SRVS Kids, which provides familycentered services for children with special needs, the run kicks o with a Family Fun Run/Parade. It’s free to participate, but those wishing to complete the 5K that follows must pay a registration fee of $30. After both races, there will be games, an egg hunt, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and more.

Cancer Survivors Park, Saturday, April 1, 8:35-11 a.m.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

The world-famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater blends the unique theatrics of Gregory Popovich with the extraordinary talents of his furry all-stars. All of his remarkable fourlegged stars were rescued from animal shelters. Audiences will delight in this extravaganza of European-style clowning, juggling, balancing acts, and of course, very talented pets.

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Saturday, April 1, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m., $35/students, $40/adults

Miranda Sings Live

Watch as Colleen Ballinger brings her beloved, lip-sticked character Miranda Sings to life. This show is open to all ages and is rated PG-13 due to some adult references and expletives that appear briefly on a screen.

Minglewood Hall, Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., $43.

6 • Thursday

Renaissance Adventure - Homeschool Days

The Brooks’ April Homeschool Day will focus on how Renaissance art tells stories and influences contemporary artists. Students will learn about what life was like in the Renaissance and make their own masterpiece in the studio.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Thursday, April 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free.

8 • Saturday

Harlem Globetrotters

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their amazing basketball skills, outrageous athleticism, and nonstop good time to Memphis, with a game like never before. FedExForum, Saturday, April 8, 2 p.m., $17+.

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12 • Wednesday

Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour Dance, sing, and learn with Blippi and special guest Meekah as they discover what makes di erent cities unique and special. Will there be monster trucks, excavators, and garbage trucks galore? You bet! So get ready to shake those wiggles out and OJ Twist your way through this brand-new musical party.

Landers Center, Wednesday, April 12, 6 p.m., $29.

14 • Friday

Eco Trek: Ponds & Wetlands Homeschool Day

As a supplement to homeschool curriculum for ages 6+, students will explore the ecology of special habitats with interactive lessons and activities from a Garden trail guide. Memphis Botanic Garden, Friday, April 14, 10 a.m.-noon, $12/members, $15/nonmembers.


Choreographed by Steven McMahon and featuring a sublime score by Sergei Prokofiev performed by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, young and old alike will be enchanted by this timeless tale as performed by Ballet Memphis. Orpheum Theatre, Friday-Sunday, April 14-16, $13-$78.

15 • Saturday

Cooper-Young Porchfest 2023

Staged on the eclectic porches of our historic neighborhood, the volunteer event will feature local bands playing on residents’ porches, and is intended to be a grassroots celebration of spring, music, and Cooper-Young.

Cooper-Young, Saturday, April 15, noon-6 p.m., free.

Shelby Forest Spring Fest

Shelby Forest Spring Fest is going to be a hoot — at least that’s what the owl there tells me. With live music, shopping, kids zone, food trucks, and wildlife exhibits and lectures throughout the day, you won’t want to miss out.

Meeman Shelby Forest, Saturday, April 15, $5.

16 • Sunday

Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival

Too few occasions present themselves when you can bob for crawfish, race crawfish, and eat crawfish, but you’ll have the chance at PorterLeath’s festival. Festival-goers will enjoy live music on three stages, games, arts and crafts vendors, and a play zone for children 12 and under. Riverside Drive, Sunday, April 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free.

19 • Wednesday

Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival

Africa in April has chosen to salute the Republic of Rwanda for its 36th festival. Filled with live performances, food and merchandise vendors, and the International Diversity Parade, this festival is family-friendly, with a Children and Seniors’ Day, a Health Wellness & Community Day, and an International Music Day.

Robert R. Church Park, Wednesday-Sunday, April 19-23.

21 • Friday

Buckman Dance Conservatory’s Spring Celebration of Dance

Buckman Dance Conservatory brings to the stage the fanciful choreography of artistic director Mandy Possel for an enchanting celebration of dance. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Friday, April 21, 6 p.m. | Saturday, April 22, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., $15/students, $20/adults.

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22 • Saturday

Overton Square Crawfish Festival

Get your claws on crawfish from Bayou Bar & Grill, live music, local vendor market, and much more.

Overton Square, Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lyn Dillies

Master illusionist Lyn Dillies has mesmerized audiences of all ages for over three decades. Hailed as the finest female magician in the land, Lyn’s spectacular, eye-defying illusions provide an unforgettable experience.

Halloran Centre, Saturday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., $37.50.

29 • Saturday

Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival

With a focus this year on a celebration of theater from around the world and around the corner, the festival features family- and youth-focused performances that include a wide array of performing artists and groups. Theatre Memphis, April 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., pay-what-you-can.


“Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine”

Dozens of interactives, illusions, and videos make this the perfect STEAM exhibit to introduce children and adults to the world of artificial intelligence.

Museum of Science & History, on display through May 6.

Community Art Academy

Kids ages 9-12 will learn to create original works of art, with the help of University of Memphis Art Education majors. All supplies and a Community Art Academy t-shirt are included! Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Wednesdays through March 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m., free.

Flowertots: Story Time at the Garden

Join the Memphis Botanic Garden for storytime with Kristen Zemaitis, youth education program director, followed by a motion activity or showand-tell for pre-K and kindergarten-aged children (with an adult).

Memphis Botanic Garden, Thursdays through April 27th, 10-11 a.m., free with garden admission.

Kaleidoscope Club (ages 5-9)

Each week, participants will enjoy an art or horticulture project that sparks creativity and critical thinking.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m., free/members, $8/nonmembers.

Mini Masters (ages 2-4)

Introduce your little ones to the arts and nature with crafts, movement, and more.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.11:15 a.m., free/members, $8/nonmembers

Story Time

Enjoy stories, songs, art activities, and creative play that connect with Collierville history every Friday at the Morton Museum.

Morton Museum of Collierville History, Fridays, 10:30 a.m., free.

Twilight Tours

Discover what goes on once the zoo gates close for the evening. Guests will enjoy an animal visitor and a light snack before their Ed-venture begins. Make sure to have your sneakers laced up for a trek around the zoo during this 2-hour event and uncover what other animals are moving around at dusk, Memphis Zoo, Ongoing, $30/members, $35/nonmembers.

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