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Knoxville Activities Your Toddler Will Love This Summer

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Toddlers love to play and use their imagination, and summer is the perfect time to get out and have some fun! We’ve compiled a quick list of our Knoxville real estate team’s favorite ways to spend time with their kids, nieces, and nephews.

Explore many unique local playgrounds.
Knoxville has several fantastic parks, but we like to look for ones with great playgrounds for toddlers. Two favorites are Hank Rappé Playground at Lakeshore Park and the BlueCross Healthy Place Playground at Town Hall Park. Both playgrounds feature accessible playground equipment and a variety of fun ways to climb, crawl and swing. If you’re looking for a way to change up the playground experience for your little one, consider a more natural playground. At Baker Creek Play Forest and the Ijams Nature Playscape, kids can learn about nature while they play. Also, make sure to check out the Kid A’ Riffic Fun in the Park events happening throughout the summer provided by Knoxville City departments. Kids can get crafty and play fun games while at the playground.

Learn a thing or two at museums created with kids in mind.
Want to sneak in some extra learning time this summer? Head to Muse Knoxville and the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. You’ll find many hands-on learning experiences and fun sensory learning opportunities that keep your toddler entertained while they learn. Your toddler probably won’t be the only one to leave with extra knowledge. Both museums also host many events throughout the year, so make sure to check out their calendars for upcoming opportunities. 

Beat the heat by cooling off at a local splash pad.
Playgrounds are great, but splash pad playgrounds are better when summer temperatures reach their peak. Our favorite Knoxville splash pads are at McFee Park, Carl Cowan Park, Powell Station Park and Clayton Safari Splash at Zoo Knoxville. The first three parks are free to the public, and the splash pad at the zoo is complimentary with general zoo admission tickets. Knoxville Moms keeps an up-to-date list of Knoxville splash pads and their opening dates. 

Unwind with a good book during storytime.
Whether you need to escape from the heat or a summer thunderstorm, heading to a local storytime event is a great way to keep your little ones entertained indoors. The Knox County Library hosts weekly storytimes specifically for toddlers. You can also enjoy storytime at Bear Den Books in the beautiful Sequoyah Hills neighborhood. Extra tip: grab yourself a coffee at Treehouse Coffee Shop before settling in for storytime.

We hope our list of great activities to do with your toddler in Knoxville will inspire your next adventure. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more tips about living in Knoxville, and make sure to reach out to our Knoxville real estate team if you need to find a new home for your growing family!

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