trip to the memphis children’s museum and zoo

Wondering why we went to Memphis to go to a zoo instead of to St. Louis? Much as we love the St. Louis zoo, they don’t have pandas. And the girls wanted to see pandas. When we looked up the nearest panda place, it turned out to be Memphis. Four hours away isn’t too bad. So we decided to go. Of course, with twins in tow, it was more like five hours, but still doable.

Tuesday afternoon, we visited the Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Snow White piloted a plane…


…and drove a fire truck…

fire engine

Rose Red thought the motorcycle was pretty great.

Memphis Children's museum

And flying a model plane in the wind tunnel was fun, too.

flying a model plane

the pilot!

An entire village with shops? FUN!

Memphis Children's museum

Fishing with Aunty was good, too.


For supper we tried A&R BBQ. I should have taken pictures of the ribs…DEE-licious!

Then it was off to the pool for the girls.

swim time swim time

The next morning, we hit the Memphis Zoo about 9:00 a.m. It was a pretty day, not too hot, and the zoo was very quiet. Not a lot of people there. Nice! The zoo has a lot of shade, too, so it was very enjoyable walking from exhibit to exhibit.

Memphis zoo

The stray ducks and the chipmunks were as fascinating to the twins as the gorillas, lizards, and pandas were.

Memphis zoo

Memphis zoo

Memphis zoo

I was surprised that the pandas were much smaller than I expected. One was busy eating. We couldn’t talk Snow White into “petting” the panda through the glass. …I’m coming no closer, thank you, very much…

Memphis zoo pandas

we went to Memphis to see the pandas

The other was busy sleeping.

Memphis zoo pandas

The exhibit is very pretty. Inside a Chinese style building, with the exhibit behind glass so you can get right up to the pandas. But as much as we enjoyed seeing pandas, the girls seemed to enjoy the feed-the-birds exhibit most of all.

feeding the birds

feeding the birds

feeding the birds

feeding the birds

It was a lot of fun to take a family trip like that, even if it was a short two day one. And it’s always fun to see things through the eyes of a four year old. Even more so when there are two of them. 🙂



  1. Amber
    Posted June 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    OMGosh!!!!!! I can not believe you were in Memphis. I live just about 45 min. from Memphis. I love the Memphis Zoo. It is a very good place to visit. My children’s school has taken school trips to the Children Musuem. That is the neatest place. My kids love it.

  2. Daniel
    Posted June 18, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    I just thought Id drop a note to defend my hometown of Memphis.. Our zoo is the best in the country. We may have crime, but I think we make up for it with good food, unique entertainment, and quality educational exhibits. Next time try out the Chucalissa Idnian Museum. And when your kids get a little older, our National Civil Rights Museum is TOP NOTCH. As for the BBQ, may I suggest Central BBQ, the BBQ Shop, or even The Mean pig on Beale Street. We also have dyer’s hamburgers ( they deep-fry their burgers in grease that is 100 Yrs Old)or Gus’s Chicken.. You will love what we have to offer, if you know where to look .. Email me for other suggestions, and thanks for visiting.. PS- YOU MUST BRING THE CHILDREN TO SEE ELMWOOD CEMETERY. It will blow u away!

  3. Posted June 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Daniel, thanks for all the information about the great things to see and do in Memphis. Next time we go, we will definitely try them out! ~~Rhonda

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