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 Park – Monday – 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 Ridge – Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm, Children 3 & up $6, adults $8.00, children under 3 are free
Chuck E. Cheese – Monday 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
Ijams – Saturday 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 Park – Tuesday 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 Up – Most 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’s – Parent’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 Muse – Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm, $8 for adults & children (ages 2 and under are free)
The Muse at the Mall – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm, $8 for adults & children (ages 2 and under are free)
Smart Toys & Books – Monday through Friday, 4pm to 6pm, $8 for first child and $5 per additional child