June in the Gardens

June in the Gardens

June in the Gardens welcomes the return of Gardens’ annual favorites SONIC Summer Movies and International Mud Day but we have new events too. Recurring events include Dancing in the Gardens, Full Moon Bike Ride and Run, barre3 and yoga continue. We’re also debuting this summer’s Children’s Garden Festival themed after Eric Carle’s popular book The Hungry Caterpillar.

Friday June 2

Dancing in the Gardens: Swing Dance

  • Dance Lesson, 7-8pm, FREE Dance, 8-10pm
  • Seasonal Plaza
  • FREE, all ages welcome

Join us as we transform the Seasonal Plaza into an urban dance space. Beginning at 7 p.m., 7pm – Swing dance demonstration featuring the Lindy Hop & FREE lesson with dance instructors from 3Sixty Dance Studio 8pm – DJ Danny Eagle will play all the fun swing dance tunes! Drink and food specials will be offered to highlight the night.

Next and final Dancing in the Gardens: Friday, July 14 – Hip Hop 7pm – Hip Hop dance demonstration & FREE lesson with dance instructors from 3Sixty Dance Studio 8pm – DJ Brian Smith will play hip hop tunes that will make you move!

June 3-11, 10am-5pm daily

Children’s Garden Festival: The Hungry Caterpillar 

  • Sponsored by Devon Energy, Tinker Federal Credit Union, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, David and Jean McLaughlin, and Goldfish Swim School
  • Children’s Garden
  • Cost is FREE for Gardens members, $6 nonmembers and FREE for children 2 & under

Join us in the Gardens as we take a journey through a caterpillar’s transformation into a beautiful butterfly. The Children’s Garden will transform into a colorful and magical place inspired by Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Enjoy crafts, activities and imaginative displays that will capture the essence of one of the most beloved children’s stories.

Event related events

Saturday, June 3, 11am-1pm
Painting in the Gardens: Grace in Flight 
Terrace room
Members: $20 register by calling (405) 227-0230
Nonmembers: $25 online at www.wineandpalette.com

Painting in the Gardens continues… Celebrating Children’s Garden Festival! Join Wine and Palette at the Gardens to create! On this day we’ll paint “Grace in Flight” on a 11” x 14” canvas.  A portion of all sales are donated to the gardens. Discount coupons not valid. No Food or Beverage service available. Guests welcome to bring own.

Saturday, June 3 to Sunday, June 11, 11-11:30am
Story Time in the One Leaf Library under the Pergola
FREE with admission to the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Best for ages 4 to 9

Bring your kiddo for story time each day at 11am during the Children’s Garden Festival. We will read some of Eric Carle’s classics and other books related to the summer season.

Saturday, June 3 & 10, 1pm-1:30pm
Interactive Story Time in the One Leaf Library under the Pergola
FREE with admission to the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Best for ages 4 to 9

Join us Saturdays during The Very Hungry Caterpillar for an interactive reading of some of Eric Carle’s most beloved colorful nature stories. Audience members will have the chance to participate in the story and be the caterpillar, brown bear and other creatures through these charming stories.

Saturday June 10, 10-11am
The Spectacular Caterpillar
Water Plaza Room
Members $5; Nonmembers $7
Best for ages 5 to 10
Register by Tuesday, June 6 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is not the only caterpillar that’s hungry. Did you know caterpillars can eat three times their weight in food every day? In this class, we’ll learn all about the fascinating caterpillar with fun facts, interactive readings, a craft and a game to wrap it all up.

Saturday, June 10
Book Exchange & Author Visits
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Author Visits
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Book Exchange, Arrive at 10:45 a.m. to get a Pioneer Woman children’s book straight from Pawkhuska!
Cocoon in Stonehenge

Bring your child’s slightly used books and exchange them with other families or donate them to the Gardens’ Little FREE library. It will be a day to celebrate reading at the Gardens. The first three guests to bring a book will be able to take their pick of the following three children’s books by Ree Drummond–Charlie the Ranch Dog, Charlie Plays Ball or Little Ree straight from the Pioneer Mercantile in Pawkhuska, OK. We will also have local authors from Oklahoma leading story times and other book-related activities. Come celebrate the joy of reading with us. All ages welcome.

  • 11am-12pm Deb Wade
  • 12-1pm Desiree Webber author of Buffalo Train Ride, a Centennial Title, and Oklahoma Book Award Finalist will lead story time.
  • 12-4pm Downtown Oklahoma City Library Pop-Up Library
  • 1-2pm Sherri Biggs, media specialist and elementary school teacher, will lead an interactive children’s book craft.
  • 2-3pm Maureen Heffernan, director of the Myriad Botanical Gardens and author of Fairy Houses of the Main Coast will lead story time.
  • 3-3:30pm Story time with Downtown Oklahoma City Librarian Chelsee Bumann

Saturday, June 10
Face Painting with Raechel Brown (prices vary based on design), 10am-5pm
Our Very Hungry Caterpillar (mascot) onsite for photos from 1-5pm

Sunday, June 11
Face Painting with Clarissa Sharp (prices vary based on design), 10am-5pm
Our Very Hungry Caterpillar (mascot) onsite for photos from 1-5pm

Monday, June 5, 7-8pm

Community FREE barre3 in the Gardens

  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • Bring yoga mat and water
  • Suggested $5 donation to participate

Barre3 returns to the Gardens for another season of community outdoor fitness. A $5 suggested donation will be requested to continue our growth of the Myriad Gardens. Other dates are: July 3, 7pm; August 7, 7pm; September 4, 6pm; and October 2, 6pm.

Tuesdays, 5:45pm, June 6, 13, 20 & 27

Yoga in the Gardens

  • No late arrivals after 5:50pm
  • Meet in the South Lobby for check-in
  • Members: Suggested $5 donation
  • Nonmembers: $10
  • Must be at least 11 years-old to participate

This is a great all-levels class led by Lisa Woodard, class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Classes will meet in the south lobby for check-in each week. Drop in for a session or two or enjoy the entire series.

Wednesday, June 7, Run starts at 8pm, Rides at 8:30pm

Full Moon Bike Ride and Run sponsored by Stephenson Cancer Center

  • Meet at the Bandshell by the Great Lawn
  • $5 Suggested donation

The Full Moon Run: Your favorite health and wellness activity is back. Join other runners in a 5K, led by Ultramax Sports Oklahoma, through the downtown as the sun sets. The Full Moon Ride: Bring your bike and meet up for a leisurely one hour ride led by Schlegel Bicycles. Don’t have a bike? Use Spokie’s Bike Share.

Saturday, June 17, 11am-2pm

Father’s Fun Run Sponsored by Stephenson Cancer Center

  • Child: $8 per participant
  • Members: $10 per participant
  • Nonmembers: $15 per participant

Come celebrate Dad at the Myriad Gardens Father’s Fun Run. Give your dad the gift of quality time this year! Three times around the perimeter of the Gardens is one mile. Take a walk, jog or run around the Gardens and then join us on the Great Lawn and Sheridan lawn for some fun relay games with dad. Try your luck at our watermelon eating contest, sack races, 100 yard dash and three-legged races. Enter as a fa-ther/daughter, father/son duos to win great prizes! Kids can play in our Imagination Playground sponsored by Express Employment Professionals. . There will also be a BBQ lunch available for $10 a person provided by Pitchfork Kitchen.

Saturday, June 17, 2-3:30pm

Buzzing Bees

Terrace Room and Children’s Garden
Members $7; Nonmembers $9
Best for ages 6 to 10
Register by Tuesday, June 13

Celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017, with us as we focus on one of our favorite pollinators, the honey bee. We’ve got this class for kids, a class for adults and honey for all. Young explorers will love this interactive class where we’ll dive into the mind of a bee. We’ll talk about why bees buzz, what attracts them and why they’re so important to us and our world. We’ll visit our pollinator garden and look for bees and wrap up with a honey tasting and bee-inspired craft for kids to take home.

June 19 – August 11, Monday – Friday, 10am – Noon

Weekly Walkups

Children’s Garden Porch
Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child
Come to the Children’s Garden for some fun activities that explore the world of plants. Groups of 10 or more please contact Lily Christman, at 405-445-5162, for more information about group activities.

  • Make-it Mondays: Each Monday children will “make and take” something home using a variety of natural and craft materials. We’ll make a summer full of fun garden crafts like wind chimes, chia heads, and seed bombs.
  • Tasty Tuesdays: Don’t miss this fun morning where you’ll get to play with food! Combine different shapes of fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs to create edible animals like cucumber bumble bees and cauliflower sheep! This activity is a great way to turn a “yuck” into a “yum” and to learn about these foods and where they come from.
  • Reading Wednesdays: It’s that time of year when Bringing Books to Life moves back out into the garden! We’ll be reading nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the garden each week and then make a craft.
  • “Think Green” Thursdays: This day of the week is devoted to fun crafts that focus on the 3 R’s of environmental kindness: reduce, reuse, and recycle. We’ll upcycle unused or discarded items to make something new and cool like transforming a plastic bottle into a bird feeder!
  • Find-it Fridays: This is a self-guided scavenger hunt, leading you on a discovery of nature in the Children’s Garden with all of its shapes, textures, and beautiful colors. Use fun tools like magnifying lenses, binoculars, or even special glasses that help you see like a bee!

Saturday, June 24, 10am

Gardens Walking Tour

  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome

Join us to expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get great ideas for your yard. Each month changes as the plants grow through the seasons; in June we’ll discuss plants for color. Can’t make it for the guided tour? Pick up a self-guided handout in our South Lobby.

Saturday June 24, 10:30am–Noon

Infused Honey’s Workshop

  • Terrace Room
  • Members $12; Nonmembers $15
  • Register by Tuesday, June 20

Buzz in for a unique workshop experience that is sweet. Come prepared to learn about the amazing honeybee and how to infuse fresh herbs, spices and fruits into their golden nectar. Tastings will be conducted. Everyone will leave with their own four-ounce jar of scrumptious infused honey. Celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017, with us as we focus on one of our favorite pollinators, the honey bee. We’ve got this class for kids, a class for adults and honey for all.

Wednesdays, June 21 – July 26, 8pm

SONIC Summer Movie Night

  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • FREE

A much-loved summer tradition is back thanks to our sponsor SONIC, American’s Drive-In. Join us each Wednesday on the Great Lawn for movies, activities, food and lots of fun. Thanks to SONIC these movies are completely FREE. Come early to get a great seat. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from our line-up of food trucks.

  • June 21, SING
  • June 28, The Karate Kid (1984 version)
  • July 5, Star Trek Beyond
  • July 12, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • July 19, Moonrise Kingdom
  • July 26, 42-The Jackie Robinson Story

Thursday, June 29, 11am-2pm & 6-8pm

International Mud Day Sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union

Register by Wednesday, June 28 at noon
11am-2pm Best for ages 2-12, all ages welcome.
6-8pm Best for adults, all ages welcome.
Great Lawn and Bandshell
Members: $5 per participant, adults accompanying their children are FREE
Nonmembers: $10 per participant, adults accompanying their children are FREE
Inkind Sponsors: Minick Materials and The House of Clay

Children, 11am-2pm
Come experience the magnificence of mud and you’ll see why playing in the dirt is proven to make you happier, healthier and even smarter. We’ll make mud pies, mud cupcakes, mud creatures and so mud more. You can even roll in the mud if the spirit moves you. House of Clay is donating clay for some “make and takes” like seed bombs and nature stamps. A rinsing area will be available, but remember to wear your play clothes and shoes. You will get dirty.

Adults/All Ages, 6-8pm
The creators of International Mud Day wanted to find a way to help everyone feel closer to the Earth and each other so grab your friends and your grungy clothes and come play in the mud with us. Embrace your inner child making mud pies, mud masks and get close to the Earth. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from our line-up of food trucks.