Looking at ways to entertain the kids? Look no further than our 75+ Fun Family Activities in Knoxville! From museums to cooking classes, we’ve got something for everyone in the family!
75+ Fun Family Activities in Knoxville
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture:Open Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm–5:00pm. The museum is closed on the following dates: January 1, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25. Stroller tours and family fun days are also offered. FREE admission.
The Muse Knoxville: Adults $7:00, children 2+ $5.00, children under 2 FREE. Mondays 9:00am-12:00pm,Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-5:00pm.
American Museum of Science and Energy (Oak Ridge): Tickets Adults $8.00, Youth/Seniors/Active Military/Students with IDs $5.00, Children ages 5 and under FREE. Open Monday 1:00pm-5:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm, Friday 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm–5:00pm. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Eve, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge: Adults $8.00, Seniors $7.00, Children 3 and up $6.00, Children under 3 FREE. Open Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm, Sundays 1:00-4:00pm. Closed: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Museum of East Tennessee History: Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors, and FREE for children 16 and under. Admission is FREE each Sunday, and ETHS Members always receive FREE admission. Monday-Friday 9:00am–4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am–4:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm–5:00pm.
Museum of Appalachia (Norris/Clinton exit): Adults (18-64) $18.00, Children (5-12) $6.00, Children (under 5 with parent) FREE. Open 9:00am–5:00pm daily.
Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am–6:00pm. Admission and parking are FREE.
Farragut Folklife Museum: Open Monday-Friday 10:00am–4:30pm. Admission FREE.
Knoxville Sunsphere: Observation deck is open daily 9:00am-6:00pm. Admission FREE. (Temporarily closed due to COVID-19)
Lenoir Museum (Norris): Historical artifacts from early life in East Tennessee. Hours vary. Call (865) 494-9688 for more information. Admission FREE.
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: Admission is $7.95 for adults, $5.95 for seniors (62+), Youth (6-15) $5.95 and Youth under 5 FREE. Labor Day to April 30 open Tuesday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm. May 1 to Labor Day open Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm.
Blount Mansion: Admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors & AAA/CAA Members, and $5.00 for children (6+), free for children 5 and under. Free tours are offered to children ages 6 through 17 with an adult the first Tuesday of each month. Open Spring through fall Tuesday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm.
Mabry-Hazen House: Admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for students (must present student ID), children under 13 are FREE. Open March to December Monday-Friday 11:00am-5:00pm, Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm.
Historic Ramsey House: Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors (55+), $5.00 for children (6-12) and children under 6 FREE. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm.
Crescent Bend House & Gardens: Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, children 12 and under FREE. A $2.00 discount on an adult admission is given to AAA, AARP and Knox Heritage members. Open Friday 10:00am-4:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm.
Knoxville Bleak House: Admission is $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors (65+), $6.00 for students, children 6 and under FREE. Open March to December Wednesdays 1:00pm-3:30pm.
Marble Springs State Historic Site: Tours of historic buildings $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and children. Hiking/Picnicking FREE. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm.
James White’s Fort: Tour Knoxville’s first home! Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Open April to November Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm. Open December to Wednesdays Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm.
The Cutting Edge Classroom: A cooking school located in Farragut offering fun hands on classes taught by local chefs. Kids, adult, and parent/child classes are offered. Prices vary.
Flour Power Knoxville: A kid-friendly cooking studio located in Farragut offering weekly classes, camps and family events. Etiquette classes are also offered for children.
Cook n Craft Academy: Cooking and crafting classes for kids of all ages located in historic Loudon. The instructor has worked and crafted alongside Martha Stewart and other notables. Gift certificates are available.
Creative Art with Miss Shelley at Smart Toys and Books: Enjoy fun year-round kids’ art classes and summer camps in the art studio with professional artist and pre-k to 5th grade art educator Miss Shelley. Classes are held at Smart Toys & Books.
AR Workshop Knoxville: Kids love to DIY signs, pillows and more at AR Workshop! Family friendly workshops, summer camps and birthday parties are offered. Classes and pricing vary.
Board & Brush Knoxville: Woodworking techniques combined with the latest trends for fun family projects! Classes and birthday parties offered. Pricing varies.
Home Depot Kids Workshops: First Saturday of the month 9:00am-12:00pm. Advanced registration required. Each child gets a free Home Depot apron.
Smart Toys and Books: Call (865) 394-6060 to check Open Play session availability and to book workshops and classes.
Foothills Gym/Tumble Bears Preschool Open Gym: Every 3rd Wednesday of each month 10:00am-11:00am. Cost is $5 per child, ages walking to 5-years-old.
Main Event: Monday 10:00am-Midnight, Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-11:00pm, Friday 10:00am-1:00am, Saturday 9:00am-1:00am, Sunday 10:00am-11:00pm. Activity passes are $10.00 and up. Attractions include bowling, laser tag, arcade games, and ropes course.
Gym Bugs: Open gym $5.00 per child ($1 discount for siblings); cash or check only. Monday-Thursday 10:30am-11:30am.
Tataru’s Gymnastics: Open play Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm, Saturday 1:00pm-7:00pm. Admission $7.00 for 1 hour, $12.00 for 2 hours, $15.00 for 3 hours. Parents’ Night Out Friday and Saturday 7:00pm-10:00pm. Admission $20.00 for 3 hours with pizza and drink.
Defy (Previously JumpJam): Monday-Friday 10:00am-9:00pm, Saturday 9:00-9:00pm. Ages 7 and older are $15 for one hour and ages 6 and under are $11 for one hour. Grip socks ($3.00) are required.
Onsight Rock Gym: Day Pass Adult (13+) $16, Youth 12 and under/ Seniors 55+, Military $14.00. All required rental gear $8.00. Weekdays 11:00am-10:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm.
Cherokee Caverns: Go underground to visit historic Cherokee Caverns. Tours are offered and ticket prices vary. Special events are also held in the cave like “Christmas in the Cave.” To plan your visit, go to the Cherokee Caverns website or Facebook page.
Cool Sports: Ice skating $7.00 with skate rental, $5.00 without rental. Monday-Friday 11:30am-1:00pm. Friday night, Saturday and Sunday pricing changes. Ages 4 and under $4.00 (includes skate rental), Ages 5 and older $7.00 (does not include rental), skate rental $3.00, skate aids $5.00 (limited supply). Check website for hours.
Family Bowl Strike and Spare: Game rates Monday-Friday 11:00am-6:00pm ($3.45), Sunday-Thursday 6:00pm-Closing ($4.50), Friday-Sunday 6:00pm-Closing ($4.75). Shoe rental: $3.75.
Ijams Nature Center: Hiking trails, a zipline course, a natural playground and a nature center are just some of the things for families to enjoy at Ijams. For details visit the Ijams website. Admission is FREE.
Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum: There are 47 acres to explore just five minutes from downtown Knoxville. The garden fashioned after “The Secret Garden” is a favorite among children. The grounds are open to the public for FREE, 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. For more information, including events, go to the Knoxville Arboretum website.
University of Tennessee Gardens: The UT gardens are located in Knoxville, Crossville and Jackson. They are the official botanical gardens of the state of Tennessee. They are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. Admission is typically FREE although certain events may charge an entrance fee to the gardens. For more information, click here.
University of Tennessee Arboretum (Oak Ridge): The UT Arboretum is truly a place for all seasons! There are walking trails available year-round. Workshops, lectures and special guided walks are also offered. The grounds are open for walking daily 8:00am to sunset. The visitors center is open Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm (excluding holidays.) Admission is FREE.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: We’re fortunate to live just a short drive from the most popular national park in the U.S. There’s so much to see and do be sure to go the website to plan your visit!
River Sports Outfitters: You and your family can rent boats like kayaks and stand up paddle boards along with bicycles from several River Sports locations around our area. Rental prices begin at $20.00. For more information, click here.
Little Pigeon River Tubing: Venture to the quiet side of the Smokies for a relaxing float trip down the Little Pigeon River! There are several outfits that offer tubing. Schedules and pricing vary. For more information, visit the Smoky Mountains vacation guide website.
Dollywood Parks & Resort: Spanning 150 acres with more than 40 rides Dollywood is an attraction popular with people from all over the world! Splash Country is a great spot to cool down and chill out during the summer months. The relatively new Dream More Resort is quickly becoming another favorite destination. Click here to learn more about schedules, ticket pricing and planning your Dolly experience.
Putt-Putt Golf & Games: This Farragut favorite declares “family fun is our specialty!” Attractions include miniature golf courses, batting cages, a video arcade and a “snack shack.” Be sure to check the daily specials for family-friendly deals. For more information including pricing and hours, click here.
Hard Knox Roller Girls: East Tennessee’s first all-female flat track roller derby league! All games are played at the World’s Fair Exhibition Hall. Adult tickets are $10.00 and children (6-12) are $5.00. Check the Facebook page for more details.
Knoxville Lightning Women’s Football: The team is part of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL). Austin-East High School is the location for home games. Check website for ticket details and the schedule.
Knox County Public Library: Nearly 40 story times are held weekly for children ages infant to five years. Times vary starting around 10:00am Monday – Friday. Check the website for the library closest to you and for specific date and age groups.
Zoo Knoxville: Wildly fun for the whole family! Open everyday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Popular zoo events include “Boo at the Zoo” and “Bedtime with the Beasts.” The Clayton Safari Splashpad is another popular attraction. For information on ticket pricing and memberships, visit the Zoo Knoxville website.
Little Ponderosa Zoo & Rescue: Little Ponderosa in Clinton rescues exotic animals from across the United States. The non-profit is open for tours and events. Adults $15.00, seniors $10.00, juniors $10.00 and children age two and under FREE. Open March to October Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm and November to February Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm.
Briarwood Safari Park: Take a scenic four-mile drive and experience animals from six different continents in Morristown. The park includes other attractions as well. Open daily 10:00am-5:00pm weather permitting. Ticket prices begin at $12.00. For more information, click here.
Trains, Tea Parties & More
Three Rivers Rambler: Climb aboard a historic train for a ride your family won’t soon forget! Schedules and ticket pricing vary. Popular trips include the Christmas Lantern Express. For more information, click here.
Old Smoky Railway Museum: View the exteriors of historic train cars and cabooses. There is a viewing platform to watch the occasional freight train pass through. For more information to plan your visit, call (865) 522-0713.
Downtown Trolley Rides: The Knoxville downtown trolley is one a popular symbol of our city and its completely free to all passengers. There are four service lines and several stops throughout downtown. Visit the Knoxville Area Transit website to plan your trip.
Knoxville Children’s Theater: This non-profit is dedicated to producing theatrical performances for families and children. The theater has several shows throughout the season. Ticket prices vary. For more information, go to the Knoxville Children’s Theater website.
Apple Cake Tea Room: The Apple Cake Tea Room has been a part of the community for years. Children are welcome to come for a tea party. There is a special menu and even child-size tea cups. For more information, visit the Apple Cake Tea Room Facebook page.
We hope you enjoy all these family friendly activities in Knoxville!