Keep Learning and Growing at the Dixon

Experience an environment that applauds personal interpretation and advances creative thought. The Dixon promotes interest in the arts and horticulture through specific programming for children, adults, and outreach groups.

Discover the numerous programs and opportunities in the information below.


Kids in the Garden

Every Quarter  |  $10 members; $15 non-members  

Let’s go outside and get our hands dirty! This fun gardening session will give kids a chance to experience nature up close and learn the basics about planting and garden design. This program takes place quarterly. Snack and tools included. Reservations required; space limited. Please check our event calendar for more information. 

Kids in the Garden in 2018:  

Saturday, September 15: Blooms and Butterflies  |  10:00am-12:00pm  |  $10 members; $15 non-members

To register, please call (901) 761-5250. 

NEW! Sprouts (12-24 months)

Thursdays, 10:30am – 11:00am  |  Members free; $8 non-members

Look, listen, walk, talk, touch, smell, sing, and discover! This new interactive program for toddlers and their caregivers offers an exploration of the Dixon with all five senses. Sprouts classes focus on building social and motor skills, encouraging creative play, and having a ton of fun. Reservations required. Space limited.

To register, please call (901) 761-5250. 

NEW! -ology (ages 10-13)

Saturdays, July 14, 21, and 28 | 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm | $30 members; $45 non-members

Get ready to hang with Frida, Vincent, Monet, Salvador, and Georgia in paint-ology! Young -ologists will be tracing the processes, stories, and inspirations of painters throughout the ages. This three-session workshop will help young artists gain confidence in their conceptual and technical abilities; they’ll leave the program empowered to tackle their own projects and share new knowledge with friends and family. Participants will be using a variety of media types, so please dress for a mess and walk in with minds wide open!

Must be able to attend all three sessions. Supplies and snack included. Reservations required. Spaces limited.

To register, please call (901) 761-5250.

Kaleidoscope Club (ages 5-9)

Wednesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm  |  Members free; $8 non-members

For younger artists, Kaleidoscope Club offers a perfect mix of everything the Dixon has to offer. Each week we will begin a project that is meant to spark creativity and critical thinking. Whether it is horticulture, art, or literature, your child will surely exercise his or her imagination. Snack provided. Reservations required. Space limited. 

Please call (901)761-5250 to register. 

Family Studio (all ages)

First Saturday of the month: May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1  |  10:00am  12:00pm  |  Free 

Looking for something new and fun to do with the family on Saturday morning? Drop in at the Dixon for Family Studio, where families can create magnificent works of art, play a game, solve a puzzle, or explore the world of art through children's books. Each month highlights a different work of art from one of our exhibitions or the gardens. Please check our event calendar for more information. 

Family Days (all ages)

Every Quarter  |  Free admission 

Selfie Family Day: Saturday, May 19, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Family Night OUT: Saturday, August 18, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Celebrate the Dixon’s exhibitions with your family! Join us for arts and crafts, music, refreshments, games, tours, dress up, and more. Best of all, Family Day is free. Please check our event calendar for more information and upcoming dates. 

Mini Masters (ages 2-4)

Every Tuesday  |  10:30am  11:15am  |  Free for Members; $8/child for non-members

This parent-child workshop is designed for toddlers to explore, shape, texture, color, and other sensory possibilities through art making. Each Tuesday offers a fun learning experience for you and your child, which includes a story time, hands-on art activity, and snack.

Reservations Required as space is limited. Please call Tuesday at 11:30 am through the next Monday at noon. Neither day-of registration nor unregistered participants are permitted. To register, please call (901) 761-5250. 

Girl Scout Badges at the Dixon

Dixon Gallery and Gardens and Girl Scouts Heart of the South have teamed up to make it easy and fun to earn a variety of badges at the Brownie and Junior levels. Bring your troop to learn about subjects from painting to hiking, while enjoying everything the Dixon has to offer. For more information or to schedule a time to visit, please contact Karen Strachan, Youth Programs Coordinator, at or (901)761-5250, ext 116. 


Coming Up
Monday Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Third Thursdays: Open until 8pm
Special / Holiday Hours

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