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101 Things To Do In Memphis #84: The Mid-South Maze

by Melissa Thompson

Most of the modern world is mapped—GPS devices capably guide people through entire road trips and atlases describe more terrain than most people could cover in an entire lifetime. While it's difficult to reawaken humanity’s sense of surprise and discovery, The Mid-South Maze is up for the challenge. Every year, the maze’s manufacturers spend months carving up their cornfield into clever patterns that, when viewed from the sky, might appear as a famed sports logo or the face of a long-departed pharaoh. On the ground, however, that pattern vanishes, leaving wanderers to use their wits to navigate the arching corn passageways.

The Mid-South Maze entertains with more than just its winding labyrinth.  The Jumping Pillow is the newest addition the Mid-South Maze and one of the hottest outdoor activities around. The Pillow originated in Europe and has made its way to the US within the last five years. The Pillow is 35’ x 65’ and can accommodate p to forty participants. Cost is $4 per person, jump all you want.

The Corn Cannon, one of the most popular activities offered, lets you launch ears of corn at targets up to 100 yards away. Hit a target, win a prize! Cost is three shots for $1.

Haunted Hayrides will take place on Friday and Saturday nights in October. Rides will feature a spooky twist and last approximately 15 minutes. Cost is $5 per person.

Hours of Operation
September

Thurs/Friday – 4:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday – Noon -10:00 PM
Sunday – Noon – 8:00 PM

October
Weds/Thurs/Friday – 4:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday – Noon – 10:00 PM
Sunday – Noon – 8:00 PM

Admission
Corn Maze

Adults (13 and Up) - $7.00
Kids (6-12) - $5.00
5 and under – Free with Adult Purchase

Haunted Maze
General Admission - $15.00
Haunted Hayride - $5.00

Haunted Maze Dates (7-10 PM)
Sept. 30, Oct 6-7, Oct 13-14, Oct 20-21, Octo 27-28, Oct 31, Nov 3-4

 

Located at Agricentral International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis

By and photo credit: http://www.midsouthmaze.com/

101 Things To Do In Memphis #68: Memphis Italian Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Join in on a celebration of all things Italian this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 1-3rd for a “can’t miss” Memphis tradition - The Memphis Italian Festival!

For 25+ years the Holy Rosary Parish has hosted what is considered to be the finest family oriented, community event in the entire Mid-South, according to Memphis Parent Magazine. Demonstrating the value of family, faith and fellowship in the Italian-American tradition through music, food, events, games, and more for the benefit of the children of Holy Rosary Parish School. Take a seat on the lawn, visit with friends, listen to outstanding musical entertainment, and enjoy the food, beverages and all around good time! 

There are numerous vendors serving everything from toasted ravioli to cannoli, along with classic festival fair from funnel cakes to Pronto Pups. Escape the heat and enjoy your dinner in air conditioned Luigi’s Café overlooking the park and enjoying the music or grab a picnic basket from Luigi’s Market and have your supper on the field. Looking for a more interactive dining experience? Join one of the many area restaurants conducting cooking demos or participate in one of the team cooking contests including the Spaghetti Gravy Contest!

Step right up and try your luck on any of our carnival games including Plinko, The Great Pig Race, Roller Bowler, Potty Toss, Balloon Pop, and so much more!  Mini carnival rides are also back and have multiplied!  Adults and children can ride Pirates Revenge, Tubs of Fun, Mechanical Bull, Mini Ferris Wheel, and many more!  Smaller children can also enjoy our inflatable bounce houses. This year Luigi Land will have face painting, balloon artists, and special guest appearances by characters including princesses, superheroes, and many more!  901 Rocks will also be present. Come paint and hide your own 901 Rock within the festival and find 901 Rocks too!  During the evenings, Luigi Land will be showing short movies on our outdoor movie theater. Whether you want to play games, ride rides, paint rocks, or watch a movie, Luigi Land is the place for you.

No festival would be complete without live music! Rock out the Italian way on two stages of nationally renowned and local musical artists performing blues, rock, and pop acts. Get the full line-up here.

Admission is $8 on Thursday, $10 on Friday, $10 on Saturday until 4pm and $15 Saturday evening. Buy discount tickets on line at www.memphisitalianfestival.com

Located at Marquette Park, on the corner of Mt. Moriah and Park Avenue. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 1st and at 11 a.m. on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd. Visit the website for more information. 

A little taste of Italy, right here in Memphis!

 

By and photo credit: memphisitalianfestival.com

101 Things To Do In Memphis #46: New Years Eve Family Events 2017

by Melissa Thompson

Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate the end of 2016 and the start of 2017? Here are some fun options!

 

Saturday, December 31st

New Year’s at Noon: Superhero Spectacular
CMOM
10am-1pm or 2-4pm
Calling all crime fighting Children and their grown-up sidekicks to CMOM. Suit up in your favorite superhero costume, discover hidden powers and celebrate the New Year with the world’s coolest heroes! Before the clock strikes the New Year, pose for keepsake photos and enjoy superhero face painting, crafts, music, strolling magic, juggling, stilt walkers, aerialists, and balloon art. The countdown is celebrated with a balloon and goody toss! Because this event is an annual tradition and very popular, please make your reservations now by clicking the link below. Members are free and non-members are $15 each and includes a museum visit. All sales final – tickets are non-refundable!

Noon Years Party
Kid’s Play, Germantown
9am-2pm
Plan on joining us for a morning full of fun, faux champagne and snacks on the house! This event is complete with festive SWAG for all and an epic countdown to noon. No reservation needed.

Main Even New Years
11am open, mega balloon drop at 1:30pm, hundreds of prizes.
Complimentary champaigne toast and party favors from 5pm-close

Kids’ NOON Year’s Eve Party
Discovery Park of America, Union City
It’s time to celebrate the new year at Discovery Park! All children 12 and younger are invited to the Kids’ Noon Year’s Eve celebration at 11 AM in Dino Hall! There will be snacks, crafts, music and more! Then, countdown to NOON and celebrate! This is a free event with your annual membership or general admission!

New Year’s Eve Skating Party
Cordova Skate Center
Open (roller) skate from noon-6pm and 7pm-2am

Quiet New Years Eve Party 
Hope Church
6:30-8:30
A sensory-friendly Disney/Star Wars themed party organized by Autism Resources of the MidSouth. Games and food, costumes are optional. Characters from the 501st Mid-South Garrison, and Cause Play Memphis will be there. RSVP to autismresourcesmidsouth@gmail.com

Roll In The New Year
Billy Hardwick’s Bowling
Unlimited games, 1 large pizza & soda: 2 – 5pm $55/lane, 6 – 9pm $65/lane, 10pm – 1am $75/lane

Family Party
Andy B’s Bowling, Bartlett
7:30-10pm

New Year’s Eve on the Track
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
9am-6pm
If you’re ready to leave 2016 in the rear-view mirror, then come race into 2017 with us at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Open from 9 am to 6 pm, our karts will be zipping by at speeds up to 50 mph for you, your friends and your family to enjoy. Plus, we’ll be giving the 3 racers with the fastest average lap time free races! The fastest racer of the day will win an 8-Race Pack. The second fastest racer of the day will win a 3-Race Pack. The third fastest racer of the day will win 1 Free Race. Stop by for some fast and friendly competition before the big night!

Family Friendly New Years Eve Party
Incredible Pizza
4-8pm
All-you-can-eat buffet, unlimited drinks, $20 game card, souvenir cup for $20.17/person. Game room closes at 10pm.

Kid’s New Years Eve Party
Trolley Stop Market
6-9pm
We’ll have pizza specials, kids crafts, kids movies, dancing, sweet treats, and a balloon drop at 8:30pm!
We are asking folks to make a reservation! Call today 901-526-1361

New Year’s Eve Skate
Mid-South Ice House, Southaven
7:15-10pm
Special Holiday Public Skate: New Year’s Eve Skate! First 100 skaters receive free Glow Sticks! Admission $9, skate rental $3.

Sunday, January 1st

Door Dash on New Year’s Day!
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
10am-10pm
Are you excited for 2017? Then start celebrating as fast as you can by visiting us on January 1st. From t-shirts to free races, we’re giving away a variety of prizes to the first 25 people through our doors. The fun doesn’t stop there, from 10 am to 10 pm our tracks will be open to the edge-of-your-seat racing you can only experience at Autobahn. Bring friends, family, whoever, just make sure you bring your A-game. Because this year—we’re faster than ever.

New Year’s Even Skate
Mid-South Ice House, Southaven
Polar Bear Skate 1:30-4pm
Stick-and-Puck 4:15-7pm
Holiday Public Skating 7:15-9:15pm: Enjoy ice skating inside our Holiday-decorated facility, listening to Holiday music.

First Day Hike
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Millington
1-3:30pm
Join Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park on a hike to kick off 2017! The hike will be led by Ranger Samantha Cox, who will cover some park history, native flora and fauna, forest ecology, and other topics of interest. We will hike 2 miles on the paved Bike Trail, the easiest, flat section, to the mid-point where we will convene at the Woodland Shelter with hot cocoa and apple cider, S’Mores, and meet some Birds of Prey (have your picture taken with a hawk or owl). We will pick up litter on the way to help do our part in keeping our trails beautiful; trash bags will be provided, bringing gloves is suggested. Children under age 15 with litter in their bag get a prize! We have to LOOK for litter out here! Free

 

By: eastmemphismoms.com

101 Things To Do In Memphis 5: Golf & Games Family Park

by Melissa Thompson

Since 1966, Golf & Games Family Park has been a place where kids of all ages have gathered for hours of family fun. With a motto of Forty Acres of Fun, there is a wide array of activities available at Golf & Games Family Park.

Golf & Games Family Park offers 54 holes of miniature golf on three separate courses. The courses are landscaped with beautiful flower, plants and trees. A waterfall even winds its way through all three courses with wooden bridges traveling over the waterways. For a little more competition, Golf & Games regularly holds regular Tuesday night tournaments with cash prizes.

The two-level, 6,000 square foot Lasertron arena is the largest in the Mid-South. Players can travel up and down ramps, hide behind pillars and arches for protection. There is also an observation booth for those who just want to watch the action.

If you like Go Karts, you are going to love the SuperTrack! It is the longest, fastest, and largest go kart track in the Memphis area and offers single and twin seat go-karts.  Because the Super Track is designed for older racers, there is a FunTrack option for races between 44”-54” tall.  It has all the fun and safety of the SuperTrack expect the carts run on a smaller engine.

The batting range offers nine batting cages with computerized automatic pitching machines that pitch slow-pitch softballs, fast-pitch softballs, and baseballs at speeds from 40 mph to 70 mph.


With a virtual roller coaster and video games galore, kids and kids at heart will love the arcade. Air hockey, Skeeball, video racing, and crane games are just the beginning! And don't forget to collect your tickets to redeem them for prizes.

The driving range features flags at a variety of distances so that golfers may practice various clubs from one location. With both a putting green area and a chipping green area golfers may work specifically on a part of your game that many ranges can’t offer.

In addition to go-karts, ranges, and miniature golf, Golf & Games Family Park has a selection of kiddie rides for young children and bumper boats for older kids and adults. They also offer several different birthday party packages.

Golf & Games Family Park is located at 5484 Summer Avenue, Memphis, TN 38134. Check out their website for more information on all the fun they have to offer.

 

By and photo credit: golfandgamesmemphis.com

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