Knoxville Inexpensive Indoor Fun for Kids: 2014 Edition


knoxville indoor activities

As a stay at home mom that rarely stays home, the colder months mean some MAJOR cabin fever around these parts. When the days of packing a picnic lunch and hitting the free parks and splash pads are gone until next year, there HAVE to be some inexpensive indoor options. Guess what, mama? You have come to the right place:



  • 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.


  • McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture: Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm. (The museum is closed on the following dates: January 1, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25.)
  • Lenoir Museum: (Norris, about 30 minutes north of Knoxville): historical artifacts from early life in East Tennessee. Hours vary. Call (865) 494-9688 for more information.

Local Stores and Shops

  • Smart Toys and Books: Mommy, Daddy and Me Art Class: Fridays at 10am and 11am (ages 2 and up); Thomas Play Day: first Tuesday of each month (no Thomas Play Days in November and December).
  • Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Classes: located in West Town Mall, every Saturday at 10am. A new “recipe” is introduced each week, with step-by-step instructions in this interactive class.


Sporting/Physical Activities

  • Bounce USA: $9 per child. Two free adults per child with paid admission. Wednesday and  Thursday 10am-2pm; Friday 10am-8pm. (Note: always check website first before visiting. Hours vary based on winter months and Knox County school schedule.)
  • Gym Bugs: $5 per child ($1 discount for siblings); cash or check only, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10:30-11:30am.
  • Pump It Up: $7.50 per child + tax; Monday-Friday, check event calendar for specific times.
  • The Zone Sports Complex: $12.50; Friday and Saturday, 6pm-10pm (elementary or middle school aged children); Bounce Zone $7.00 on Saturday 9:30am-12noon. (Extended hours 10 am-2 pm on Knox County In-service and several school holidays.)
  • Coolsports: ice skating ($8/skater includes skate rental), Monday-Friday 1-3pm; Fridays 8-10pm; Saturdays and Sundays 4-6pm.
  • JumpJam: 6 and under: $8 for 1 hour; $12 for 1.5 hours; $15 for 2 hours. Under 2: free with an adult ticket purchase.
  • The Ice Chalet: $6, skate rental $4, kids 5 and under $4; most days start at noon and go until 3:30 or 5:30pm.
  • Knoxville Ice Bears: take the family to watch a hockey game! Tickets as low as $15. Check website for 2014-2015 schedule and times.
  • Chuck E Cheese: admission is free, games are one token each. Check website for times and location and coupons for pizza/token combos.
  • Tataru’s Gymnastics: Open play: 9am-1pm Monday thru Friday and Parents Night Out Friday and Saturday 7pm-10pm. $5/child.

Museums and Movies

  • The Muse of Knoxville: adults $5, kids 2+ $4, kids under 2 are free; Mondays 9am – 12pm; Tuesday-Friday 9am – 5pm; Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 1pm-5pm.
  • American Museum of Science and Energy: $5 adults, $3 children (6 – 17 yrs old), FREE children (5 and under). Monday-Saturday: 9am-5pm; Sundays 1-5 pm. The museum is open daily, except Christmas Eve, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
  • Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge: adults $8, kids 3 and up $6, kids under 3 are free; Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturdays 10am-4pm; Sundays 1-4pm. Closed: New Years Eve, New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Carmike Movies 7: adults and children $2.50; open 7 days a week.
  • 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 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm.

What did we forget? If you have a great idea to add to the list, let us know!

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  1. I agree! Don’t leave Tataru’s out. They have open play mon-fri $5 per kid per hour. Also if you need a date night they offer a Friday night or Saturday night parents night out.

  2. […] 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 daughter and I frequently do, or that I’ve added to my to-do list. Most of these are fairly budget friendly (though who wouldn’t love to go to the Zoo or Dollywood every weekend?). 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. […]


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