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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

 

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

— Bobbi Cummins

 

 

EVERY WEDNESDAY IN JUNEeducation_books_junior_league

Bringing Books to Life

  • 10 a.m.
  • South Lobby June 3 and 10, Children’s Garden Porch June 17 and 24
  • Free
  • Best for ages 2-5

On June 3 and 10 bring your youngster for story time from 10 to 11 a.m. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story. StartingJune 17 we’ll pair up with our Weekly Walkups to bring you Reading Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll read books selected based on what’s happening in the garden each week and create a small craft or go on a plant walk. Drop in for about 30 minutes anytime between these hours to enjoy reading and a craft.

 

JUNE 16 – AUGUST 21 MONDAY—FRIDAYkids children education

Weekly Walk-ups on the Children’s Garden Porch

  • 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Drop in activities; suggested donation $2 per child

Come to the Children’s Garden for fun activities that explore and celebrate the plant world.

  • Make-it Mondays
    Get your twig on! Each Monday children will make a craft using sticks, twigs and other materials in fun and creative ways. The possibilities are endless! We’ll make things like natural paint brushes, looms, and wind mobiles to take home and enjoy.
  • Tasty Tuesdays
    Children will combine different shapes of veggies, fruits, and herbs to create edible animals like cucumber bumble bees and cauliflower sheep! Then they’ll learn about the foods and taste them with seasonal dips prepared by chefs at the Park House restaurant.
  • Reading Wednesdays
    Bringing Books to Life will be outside on the Children’s Garden porch this summer starting June 17! We’ll read nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the garden each week. Some days we’ll make a craft; other days we’ll walk into the garden and use our five senses to experience nature up-close!
  • Throwback Thursdays
    Let’s go back to the past to find old objects and materials we can use for upcycling! This day will be all about taking something old and repurposing it into something new. Some fun projects we might do: transform a plastic bottle into a bird feeder or a soup can into an herb planter. Materials provided.
  • Find-it Fridays
    This is a self-guided scavenger hunt, leading you on a discovery of exciting things to see and do in the Children’s Garden. Hunt for swallowtail caterpillars chewing on some fennel, find worms in the compost bin, or climb up in the lookout “treehouse” for a game of I Spy. Instructional maps will be available on the Children’s Garden porch.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 26

BUG OUT! Lady Bug Release and Mitey Insect SafariLadybugs 2013-11

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Crystal Bridge Conservatory, Terrace Room and Water Plaza Room
  • Members pay $2 per container of lady bugs; Nonmembers pay entry fee into the Crystal Bridge and $2 per container of lady bugs
  • All Ages Welcome

Help us release thousands of polka-dotted hungry helpers in our Conservatory so they can chow down on pests that are bugging our plants! Check out the Insect Safari and learn about butterflies, lady bugs, beetles, and more. Lady bugs will be available for release on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 29mud

International Mud Day

  • 10 a.m. – Noon
  • Children’s Garden/Thunder Fountain
  • Suggested donation $2/child

Mud is magnificent. And here’s the real “dirt” on dirt: research shows that a particular strain of bacterium in soil actually makes you happier, healthier, and even smarter! So, dig in! We’ll make mud pies, mud paintings, and mud sculptures. Wear appropriate clothes and/or bring your swimsuit for the Thunder Fountain. A rinse station and public restrooms will be available.

 

JULY

Weekly Walk-ups on the Childrens Garden Porchkids children education

  • Monday—Friday, 10am to Noon
  • Ends August 21
  • $2 suggested donation

Drop by anytime to complete a 15-30min activity that explores the plant world around us! Open to all with a suggested donation of $2/child.

  • Make-it Mondays: Get your twig on!  Make a fun craft using sticks and other materials in creative ways.
  • Tasty Tuesdays:  Taste and make!  Combine different shapes of veggies, fruits, and herbs to create edible animals like cucumber bumble bees and cauliflower sheep. Enjoy a snack prepared by Park House Restaurant chefs.
  • Reading Wednesdays: We’ll be Bringing Books to Life by reading nature-inspired books followed by a craft or fun garden sensory walk .
  • Throwback Thursdays: Kids will repurpose old items to make something useful like bird feeders from bottles or herb planters from soup cans.  Materials provided, but feel free to bring your recycled items for show and tell.
  • Find-it Fridays: Kids will love this self-guided scavenger hunt in the Children’s Garden. Hunt for swallowtail caterpillars, find worms, climb up in the lookout “tree house” for a game of eye spy and more.

 

Pre- SONIC Summer Movies Story Tellingkids reading books

  • Wednesdays, July 8-August 19, 8:15 – 8:45pm
  • Sheridan Lawn
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 4-9

Summer nights are magical and stories can enhance the magic.  Bring the family and join us for story-time on the Sheridan Lawn this July and August. Just before 9pm, head back to your spot for SONIC Summer Movie Nights!

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SONIC Summer Movie Nights

Wednesdays, July 8-August 19, 9pm
Great Lawn
Presented by SONIC, America’s Drive-In.
Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy the stars and show!

  • July 8:  Paddington A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.
  • July 15: Back to the Future (celebrating 30th anniversary) In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.
  • July 22: Big Hero 6, Infant Crisis Services Night Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro’s closest companion is Baymax (Scott Adsit), a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech heroes. Infant Crisis Services will be raffling off a Family Membership to the Myriad Gardens. Guests may purchase a raffle ticket for $5, 2 tickets for $10 or donate an item from their wish list:http://www.infantcrisis.org/wishlist
  • July 29: Wizard of Oz When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.
  • August 5: Finding Nemo Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) — who has a really short memory — joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist’s fish tank.
  • August 12: ET After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.
  • August 19: Guardians of the Galaxy Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora, and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when he discovers the orb’s true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.

Zen Camp for KidsYoga_kids

  • July 13-15, 10am-Noon
  • Terrace Room and Water Plaza Room;
  • Alexis Persico of This Land Yoga and Silas Wolf, Tai Chi Master
  • M $40/NM  $50  Best  for  ages  5-10
  • Register by July 6

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Kids Yoga: In this fun yet challenging class, kids will improve  flexibility, coordination, balance, concentration, focus, and even self-respect as they learn yoga moves that transform them into a tree, elephant or puppy dog. Students should bring their own mat or can rent one from us for $6 for the week. Kids Tai Chi, aka Supreme Ultimate Boxing: Its monkeys! Its dragons! Its kids doing Tai Chi. Often called “meditation in motion,” Tai Chi is known for its slow, rhythmic movements and is celebrated for its health benefits. However, taught in its entirety, Tai Chi is very powerful and effective. Join Master Silas Wolf, 6th degree Black Belt, for this fun class.

 

Summer Adventure NightEducation_Children_camping_class

  • Thursday, July 23, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Great Lawn and Garden Grounds
  • Best for ages 7-11
  • M $10/NM $13
  • Register online by July 20
  • INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Ann Fleener, Gardens Director of Education

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Celebrate the best parts of summer by learning skills needed for outdoor and camping trips. We’ll learn how to follow a map and use a compass during an epic scavenger hunt adventure. Next we’ll build some awesome forts, and learn how to put up a tent. Bring a blanket and stick around after the adventure for some spectacular stargazing with the astronomy club from 8:30 – 10pm.and Park House will offer drink and food specials to highlight the night!

 

Astronomy Nights in the GardenEvents_Astronomy

  • Thursday, July 23 8:30-10pm
  • Great Lawn
  • FREE

Back by popular demand, members of the OKC Astronomy Club and their telescopes  return to the Gardens for summer night star gazing.  Come check out the moon, stars and planets right from our Great Lawn.