Have you taken advantage of free Saturday morning admission to the Dixon? You may think of this as an adult museum, but there are parts that are really fun for kids. The gardens are beautiful and sprawling – very fun places to explore and run. And school-aged kids can learn something from the indoor exhibits. Here are some tips on enjoying the gardens with little kids.
If you need to bring a stroller, bring one that can handle rough terrain. The cutting garden (when you first enter) has a solid surface, but most of the garden is grass or gravel. This is the perfect place for a carrier/sling, but only if your child is content to just look.
Bring a camera for your big kids. Kids love to take pictures, and there is no shortage of interesting things to photograph in the gardens. Having something to “do” makes the visit more interesting for older kids.
Bring a snack. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view, bring along a snack and you can sit a little longer!
Use the colorful scenery to talk about colors to your little kids. You might need to get creative on this one – what color is that orangy-pinkish flower? Have your big kids make up color names.
Have fun talking about the sculptures. Big kids can think about how it was made, and little kids can guess what it is or talk about what they think the person is doing.
Talk about bees – there are plenty on certain plants. Explain how they are collecting nectar and pollen for food, and this work on their part helps the plants grow.
The Dixon also offers after-school classes for kids, Mini Masters classes for preschoolers, and Family Days with drop-in activities each month. It’s also a great spot for field trips!
Dixon Gallery & Gardens
4339 Park Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38117