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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 afleener@myriadgardens.org

 

Bringing Books to LifeMBG_books_reading

  • Every Wednesday January-March, 10 – 11am
  • Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
  • Free
  • Best for ages 2-5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10am. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story.

 

Lettuce Open the Hoop House! 

Lettuce open the hoop house

  • Wednesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. – Noon
  • Children’s Garden; Kerry Rapp, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Free (suggested donation of $2/child)
  • Walkups welcome!
  • Best for ages 2-5

Make it a morning at the Gardens. Come to Bringing Books to Life at 10am in the Crystal Bridge for a reading of “Lettuce Grows on the Ground.”  Then join us afterwards in the Children’s Garden at 11am where we will see veggies growing in winter!  We’ll open up the hoop house and learn about the leafy greens growing inside and enjoy some tasty samples.  Kids can plant their own lettuce seeds in pots to take home.

 

vanilla beans with blossom

The Delicious, Delightful Vanilla Bean

  • Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m. – Noon
  • Terrace Room and Crystal Bridge Conservatory;
    Dr. Ann Fleener, Gardens Director of Education
  • $8 members; $10 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, March 3
  • Best for ages 3-7

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Did you know that vanilla actually comes from a delicate flower called the vanilla orchid? Come learn all about this amazing plant as we examine it in our conservatory, dissect a couple of its “beans” and create homemade vanilla ice cream to enjoy.

 

Spring Break Pop-Inskids children education

  • Mondays and Wednesdays during Spring Break (March 9, 11, 16 and 18)
  • 10 a.m. – Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • $2 suggested donation per non-member child

Join us during spring break for these open, walk-up activities offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – Noon! Participants can arrive at any time during these hours to participate in one of our rotating activities such as creating a garden craft, planting seeds, or going on a scavenger hunt. Activities are free for members, but donations are appreciated from non-members.

 

Tuesday, March 17, 11 a.m. – NoonMBG_kids_potatoes

Plant and Eat Potatoes! 

  • Children’s Garden
  • Free (Suggested donation of $2/child)
  • Walkups welcome!
  • Best for ages 2-5

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by being GREEN and learning about Irish potatoes.  We’ll plant a potato tower using straw, soil, and seed potatoes.  A potato tower is a great way to grow a large quantity of potatoes in a small space; and they’re easy to make!  We’ll also have a tasty potato treat for you to eat. Led by Kerry Rapp, Children’s Garden Manager.

 

Friday, March 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.mbg_spring_tulips

Spring Celebration!

  • Water Plaza Room and Myriad Garden Grounds
  • $10 members; $12 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, March 17
  • Best for ages 6-10

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Come enjoy the first day of spring with Gardens Director of Education Dr. Ann Fleener. She’ll teach us about the flowers of the season and we’ll create paper flowers to take home. Then we’ll learn about the weather of spring and make a kite to take outside to our Great Lawn and fly.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 11 a.m. – NoonMBG_tomato_vegetables

Tomato Time! 

  • Children’s Garden; Kerry Rapp, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Free (Suggested donation of $3/child)
  • Walkups welcome!
  • Best for ages 2-5

Come to Bringing Books to Life at 10 a.m. in the Crystal Bridge for a reading of “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato.”  Then join us afterwards in the Children’s Garden at 11 a.m., where we will plant tomatoes inside the hoop house for an early spring start. Kids can plant their own tomato seeds in pots to take home and sample some tasty tomato treats.