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Children’s Programs


The Myriad Botanical Gardens offer learning opportunities for students of all ages. The primary purpose of these programs is to help kindle a sense of curiosity about the world that we live in. Classes and tours are interdisciplinary, hands-on, and support state and national standards. Below you will find a list of class descriptions offered for the 2014-2015 school year as well as guided tour information and tax exempt group rate costs (10+ students). The Myriad Botanical Gardens requests that there be one chaperone per ten students. Please contact (405) 445-7094 or email


“I was a school administrator and teacher for 20 years so I’m picky and I loved everything about this class!”

— Bobbi Cummins




Bringing Books to Lifebooks - ann

  • Every Wednesday in April10 – 11am
  • Crystal Bridge Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2-5

Bring your youngster for story time. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story.


Worms with a Purpose!mbg_worm

  • Saturday, April 18, 11am – Noon
  • Children’s Garden
  • $4 members; $6 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, April 14
  • Best for ages 5-10




Did you know that our slimy little friends the worms can get eat our trash AND help our gardens flourish? Come learn some fun info about worms, create a wormy craft, play a fun game, and teach you how to create your very own vermicomposting bin. Led by Dr. Ann Fleener, director of education.


Put Your Stamp on Earth Daymbg_earth_day

  • Wednesday, April 22, 11am – 1pm
  • Festival of the Arts Go Green Tent;
  • Southwest Corner of Myriad Gardens

Join us as we partner with the Festival of the Arts to create a piece of “green” community art. We’ll flex our upcycling muscle as we create an Earth Day sign from a canvas, vegetables and soy based ink. We’ll create our piece of art using “vegetable stamps” and display it in our Children’s Garden for the remainder of the Festival of the Arts.


Bringing Gardens to Life: APRIL SHOWERS!mbg_april_showers

  • Wednesday, April 29, 11am – Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Suggested donation $2/child

After enjoying Bringing Books to Life at 10am, come to the Children’s Garden and learn about why rainwater is the best water for plants. Each child will plant a seed pot and then upcycle a gallon jug into a decorative watering can to care for their plant as it grows. We’ll also be checking out the rain barrel in the garden to see how it collects and stores rainwater.




SATURDAY, MAY 2, 10am – Noonmbg_May Day

May Day Celebration

  • Children’s Garden
  • $7 members; $9 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, April 28




Discover May Day customs from around the world, play May Day inspired games, create your very own daisy crown, and enjoy a jovial dance around the Maypole performed by the Prairie Dance Theatre Youth Company.


SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: mom's day bouquet
DIY Flower Bouquets

  • Pavilion
  • $30 members; $35 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, May 5
  • Best for ages 8 and up


Trying to find that special something for Mother’s Day? Look no more! A bouquet is a perfect, traditional present she is sure to love. We’ll learn some of the most popular Mother’s Day flowers and their meanings, and then take you through each step in creating a beautiful bouquet that’s worthy of your wonderful mom. Led by Dr. Ann Fleener, Gardens Director of Education.


SATURDAY, MAY 23, 10 – 11 a.m.

Chitchat with Our Chattering Parrots!mbg_parrots_nate

  • Crystal Bridge Conservatory and Garden Room
  • $8 members; $10 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, May 19
  • Best for ages 5-9


Polly want a cracker? Come meet our favorite feathered friends, Bo and Muffin, and have a chat with them! Learn all about parrots and some of their favorite hangout spots in the rainforest, create a special parrot craft, and enjoy a tasting of some of their favorite foods. Led by Dr. Ann Fleener, Gardens Director of Education.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 11 a.m. – Noonmbg_may_flowers

Bringing Gardens to Life: May Flowers!

  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Suggested donation $2/child

Make it a whole morning – after enjoying Bringing Books to Life at 10am, join us outside for some fun, sensory activities that celebrate flowers: we’ll look at flowers up-close with magnifiers, touch different flower textures, have a flower-smelling contest, taste edible flowers, and learn how flowers “talk” and bees “hear” them!

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