Tennessee Museums and Galleries
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Dr., Belle Meade
While this destination has plenty to appeal to grown-ups, too, they also host Tuesdays for Tots (from September through May) and Saturday morning activities (year round) that are for littles. You can bring your kids from 10 to 12 for a drop-in art class. It's a good opportunity for little ones to get down and dirty with glue, markers, glitter, and paint.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway, Downtown
In addition to an always-compelling roster of exhibits, the Frist has an entire gallery—the Martin Artquest Gallery—devoted to art activities for kids, every day of the week. There are 30 decked out stations set up for kids to experiment with different media including drawing, sculpting, printmaking, and even film-making with toy dinosaurs, plastic animals, and big toy spiders.
The Carl Von Vechten Gallery at Fisk University
1000 17th Ave. N., Fang
This university gallery is very much worth a visit. It houses photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s personal collection of art spanning from Cézanne, to Toulouse-Lautrec, to Picasso.
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