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.


Ongoing Programs:

NEW! Sprouts (12-24 months)

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

Look, listen, walk, talk, touch, smell, sing, discover! This interactive program for toddlers and their caregivers explores the Dixon with all the senses, building social and motor skills, encouraging creative play, and having a ton of fun.

Drop-in program

Mini Masters (ages 2-4)

Every Tuesday  |  10:30am  11:15am  |  Free for Members; $8 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.

Registration required | Space is 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. 

Registration required | Space is limited 
To register, please call (901) 761-5250. 

NEW! -ology (ages 10-13)

Plein-air-ology :

Saturdays, April 6, 13, & 20 | 1:30pm – 4:00pm

It's always fun to create in a studio, but spring is the perfect time to grab a canvas and create outside! In this series, young -ologists will be using nature, light, and direct observation to make work in the great outdoors, en plein air, just like the French Impressionists. Drawing inspiration from Monet to Cassatt, participants will explore a variety of media including graphite, pastel, and watercolor. We’ll be going outside rain or shine, so please dress for a mess and the weather.

Must be able to attend all three sessions. Supplies and snack included.

Reservations required | Spaces limited
$30 members; $45 non-members
To register, please call (901) 761-5250

Family Programs: 

Family Studio (all ages)

First Saturday of the month:  April 6, June 1, July 6  |  10:00am  12:00pm  |  Free 

*Our May 4 date will be combined with Yes, We're Open Family Day!

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 

Yes, We're Open! Family Day: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Explore the Dixon’s exciting new Liz and Tommy Farnsworth Education Building and the new surrounding gardens! Get to know the new spaces through experiential areas, games, demonstrations and performances. Meet program instructors, reconnect with friends, and experience the Dixon like never before.

Free admission

Please check our event calendar for more information and upcoming dates. 

Special Programs:

Kids in the Garden (ages 7-10)

Saturdays (dates below), 10:30am – 12:00pm

Let’s go outside and get our hands dirty! This fun gardening workshop will give kids a chance to experience nature up close and learn the basics about horticulture and the flora around them.

Supplies and tools included
Reservations required | Space limited
Free program

Saturday, May 18: Seed Sleuths
Saturday, June 8: Aquatic Plant Adventures

Please call (901) 761-5250 to register.

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 Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette levels. Bring your troop to learn about subjects from painting to gardening while enjoying everything the Dixon has to offer. Girl Scout Badge workshops are two hours and meet all requirements for the badge.

Supplies included.
Cost: $5 per participant.

Troop leaders are responsible for provided badges.

To explore Badge workshops options, click here.

To request a Badge workshop, click here.

For questions, please contact Karen Strachan, Youth Programs Coordinator, at or (901)761-5250, ext 116. 

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Monday Closed
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
Third Thursdays: Open until 8pm
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