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Knoxville Summer Fun For Families

Knoxville Summer Fun Sofas & More Knoxville
Looking for Knoxville Summer Fun for families? At Sofas & More, we know the best way to make your furniture last, is to keep your kids off of the furniture! And we’re here to help. Whether you want to get the kids out of the house or just find somewhere to cool off, check out this list of Knoxville summer fun, with things to do inside and outside – free & inexpensive Knoxville summer fun for families.

Knoxville Summer Fun – Indoor Activities


Knox County Public Library: for ages infant to five years, starting around 10am, Monday – Friday. Check the website for the library closest to you and for specific date and age groups. There are nearly 40 fun and educational storytimes in the Knoxville area each week!

Barnes and Noble: Saturdays at 11am. Check listing for location and storytime theme.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: performs at various Knoxville library storytimes!


McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1 5pm.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Tuesday-Saturday 10am 5pm, Sunday 1 5pm. Admission is free, closed on Mondays.

Beck Cultural Exchange: Tuesday-Saturday 10am 6pm.

Farragut Folklife Museum: Monday-Friday 10am 4:30pm.

Sunsphere: open daily 11am 6pm.

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.

The Muse Knoxville: adults $7, kids 2+ $5, kids under 2 are free; Mondays 9am – 12pm; Tuesday-Friday 9am – 5pm; Saturdays 10am 5pm, Sundays 1pm 5pm.

American Museum of Science and Energy (in Oak Ridge): $5 adults, $3 children (6 – 17 yrs old), FREE children (5 and under). Monday-Saturday: 9am 5pm; Sundays 1 5pm. The museum is open daily.

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: Fourth of July, Labor Day.

Museum of Appalachia (Norris/Clinton exit): adults: $18.00, children (5-12) $6.00, children (under 5): free. 9am 5pm, 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.

Local Stores and Work Shops

Home Depot Kids Workshops: 1st Saturday of the month 9am 12noon; each child gets a free Home Depot apron.

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.

Smart Toys and Books:  Call (865) 394-6060 to check Open Play session availability and to book workshops.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club: offers cooking classes for various ages, store tours, and birthday parties!

The Basement Community Art Studio: A community art studio that has drop-in open studio sessions for open exploration with all of their art supplies. $10/artist all ages welcome with adult supervision.

Knoxville Summer Fun – Indoor/Outdoor Activities

Sporting/Physical Activities

Foothills Gym/Tumble Bears PRESCHOOL OPEN GYM – Every 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10 – 11 am. Cost is $5 per child, ages walking – 5 years old.

Max Air Trampoline Park: Adults (1 hour pass) $12.00, children (6 and under, 1 hour pass) $8, children 2 and under: free. Tuesday-Thursday 4pm 9pm, Friday 11am 11pm, Saturday 9am 11pm, Sunday 12pm 6pm.

All Bounce Events: $8 per child ages 3 and up, $5 for two and under and parents play free. (Note: Always check website first before visiting. Hours vary.)

Gym Bugs: open gym: $5 per child ($1 discount for siblings); cash or check only, Monday-Thursday mornings, 10:30 11:30am.

Pump It Up: $7.50 per child + tax; Monday-Friday, check event calendar for specific times.

Cool Sports: ice skating $9 skater ($4 skate rental), 4 and under $4 (includes skate rental) Monday-Friday 1 3pm; Fridays 8 10pm; Saturdays and Sundays 4 6pm. Check website for winter hours.

JumpJam: 6 and under: $10 for 1 hour; $12 for 1.5 hours; $15 for 2 hours. 7 and over: $13 for 1 hour, $17 for 1.5 hours, 2 hours: $20. Check website for open days/times.

Onsight Rock Gym: Day Pass: Adult (13+) $15, Youth (6-12) $13, Tot (5 & under) $5; Climb Time (includes day pass, rental gear, & staff belayers) $25. Weekdays 11am – 10pm,Saturday 10am – 8pmSunday 10am – 6pm.

The Ice Chalet: $6, skate rental $6, kids 5 and under $6; most days start at noon and go until 3:30 or 5:30pm. Group rates are available.

Tataru’s Gymnastics: open play: 9am 1pm Monday through Friday and Parents’ Night Out Friday and Saturday 7pm 10pm.

Family Bowl Strike and Spare: Game rates: Monday-Friday 11am 6pm ($3.25), Sunday-Thursday, 6pm close ($4.50), Friday-Sunday, 6pm close ($4.75). Shoe rental: $3.75

Knoxville Summer Fun – Outdoor Activities

Zoo Knoxville: Open daily 9am – 5pm, admission stops 1-hour prior to close. Tickets: $19.95 ages 12+, $16.95 ages 4 – 11, Kids under 4 FREE.

Ijams Nature Center: Open daily, check website for hours. 300+ acres of nature/wildlife, with hiking, biking, paddling, ziplines, educational programs and more.

Knox County Splash Pads: Cool off and let the kids run through splash pads at 3 Knox County parks. Running daily from 10am – 8pm, weather permitting. FREE!

Knox County Public Pools: Take a dip at one of 4 Knox County public pools. Hours and costs vary by location, check website for details.

Safety City: Early educational programs for elementary age children. Open during the summer on Mon. and Thurs. from 9a – Noon and 4 – 7pm. Families may bring their own bikes with helmets, battery-powered cars, non-motorized scooters (no skateboards), doll buggies or walking shoes to Safety City to have open riding and play. There are two playgrounds with picnic areas adjacent to Safety City: one toddler and one designed for children ages 5-9.

Three Rivers Rambler: The Three Rivers Rambler is a scenic train ride in Knoxville, Tennessee along the Tennessee River provided by the Knoxville and Holston River Railroad. $28.50 for adults, $16.50 ages 3 – 12, $7.50 ages 1 – 2, under 1 Free. Check website for train schedule.