Free and Inexpensive Activities for the Kids


As the weather gets colder, I find myself looking for fun indoor activities to do with the kids. So, after spending several hours searching the internet, I have compiled a list of free or inexpensive activities to enjoy with your kiddos.

Some of these we have been doing for years and love them, while others are new to me, but I’m interested in giving them a try.  Let me know what are some of your favorite family friendly things to do around town!


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Free Activities


  • Knox County Public Library: for ages infant to 5 years, starting around 10am, Monday – Friday. Check the website for the library closest to you and for specific date and age groups.


Local stores and shops

  • WDVX Kidstuff Live: Weekly Radio Show, Saturdays at 10am.  Live recording of performances on the last Saturday of the month at the Knoxville Visitors Center; join the audience for free!


Inexpensive Activities

Sporting/Physical Activities

  • Bounce USA: $8 per child.  Wednesday & Thursday 10am-2pm; Friday 10am-8pm
  • Gym Bugs: $5 per child ($1 discount for siblings); Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:30-11:30am
  • Pump It Up: $7 per child + tax; Monday – Friday, 10am – 11:30am; Tuesday & Thursday, 1-2:30pm; Thursday, 6-7:30pm
  • Coolsports: Ice Skating, $8-9 + $4 skate rental; kids 4 and under, $4 with skates
  • JumpJam: $8; Monday – Friday 9am – 10am, for kids 6 years and under
  • The Ice Chalet: $6, skate rental $4, kids 5 and under $4; most days start at noon and go until 3:30 or 5:30


  • The Muse of Knoxville: adults $5, kids 2+ $4, kids under 2 are free; Monday – Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm

Local Stores


Did we miss any? Let us know!  Hope you have a fun winter season with these activities!


  1. FYI, East Tennessee Discovery Center no longer exists–it is now called The Muse Knoxville and there have been several updates. The newly updated museum is also now open on Mondays from 9-5 and has special preschool-themed activities from 10-11 am every Monday free with admission. Thanks so much for helping us spread the word!


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