Five-to-Nine & Weekend Kid-Friendly Activities for Working Parents


The more working parents I meet, the more I realize that most of us feel like we’re in limbo when it comes to spending times with our kids in the evenings and weekends. When you work 9 to 5, it’s impossible to make the weekday playgroups or open gym times of most businesses. So what’s a working momma to do? In order to make it a little easier, I’ve put together a list of all the activities that my kids and I do frequently. If you are a working parent or stay-at-home parent that has free time during the weekdays, I highly recommend checking out our list of Free & Inexpensive Indoor Activities.

Action Adventure ParkMonday – Thursday 9am – 9pm, Saturday 9am to midnight, Sunday 11am to 9pm; Attractions include go karts, trampoline park, zip line, rock climbing wall, ninja course, foam pits, tumble track, and dodge ball area

All Bounce Events & Rentals Thursday 5pm – 8pm, Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday noon to 6pm, Sunday noon to 5pm; $8 for ages 3 and up, $5 for 2 and under and parents play for free!

Children’s Museum of Oak RidgeSaturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm, Children 3 & up $6, adults $8.00, children under 3 are free

Chuck E. CheeseMonday through Thursday 10am to 9pm, Friday 10am – 10pm, Saturday 9am to 10pm, Sunday 11am to 9pm

Defy (Previously JumpJam)Monday through Friday 10am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 9pm; ages 7 and older are $15 for one hour and ages 6 and under are $11 for one hour – Grip socks are required and they are $3

IjamsSaturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm; free but donations are accepted

Main Event Monday 10am to midnight, Tuesday through Thursday 10am to 11pm; Friday 10am to 1am, Saturday 9am to 1am, Sunday 10am to 11pm; Attractions include bowling, laser tag, arcade games, and ropes course

Max Air Trampoline ParkTuesday and Wednesday 4pm to 9pm, Thursday 12pm to 9pm, Friday 12pm to 11pm, Saturday 10am to 11pm, and Sunday 12pm to 7pm; Children 7 and older are $12, Children 6 & Under are $8 for one hour


Pump It UpMost Thursday nights 6pm to 7:30pm, $8.00+tax per child (parents free)

Splashpads – Carl Cowan Park, McFee Park, New Harvest Park & World’s Fair Park, hours vary, FREE

Tataru’sParent’s Night Out on some Friday & Saturday nights, and they occasionally have open play during Saturday (it’s best to call), $7 per child (free for adults)

The MuseSaturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm, $8 for adults & children (ages 2 and under are free)

The Muse at the MallSaturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm, $8 for adults & children (ages 2 and under are free)

Smart Toys & BooksMonday through Friday, 4pm to 6pm, $8 for first child and $5 per additional child

What activities do you do with your children outside of work hours?


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