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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 2013-2014 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


Children’s Activities, Classes and Offerings


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Every Wednesday, 10 – 11 a.m.

Bringing Books to Life

Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
Best for ages 2-5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story. Presented by the Junior League of Oklahoma City.


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Plants, Poisons and Potions Exhibit

Crystal Bridge Tropical  Conservatory
FREE with Regular  Crystal Bridge admission
Special Rate: Nonmembers may visit Pumpkinville AND the Crystal
Bridge for just $8 per adult and $7 per child. Members  are FREE to both.

Visitors to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory can get in on the fun in October with a special exhibit, “Plants, Poisons, and Potions,” which will highlight both the real and imaginary world of mystical and sometimes deadly plants. Discover these strange, unusual plants, or even commonplaceplants used in magic spells, healing potions, and deadly poisons, and hear stories of their use in real life and popular works of fiction. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.


October 10 – 31Pumpkinville Carl Shortt, Jr (1)

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Sun. – Thurs.  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pumpkinville will close at 3 p.m., Sat., Oct. 25 for the Halloween Party
FREE for members; Nonmembers are $5 per child and $3 per adult

Join us for a celebration of pumpkins, harvest, and all things fall. More than 3,000 pumpkins will fill the Children’s Garden, along with crafts, games, a party and more.

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Saturdays, October 11, 18, 25, 11 a.m.

Harvest Stories at Witch Hazel’s House inside Pumpkinville

Best for ages 5-8
FREE with admission to Pumpkinville

Come each Saturday morning to the children’s garden for spooky stories. After the story, children will create a small craft to take home that’s inspired by each week’s book.


Pumpkin Painting and Craftsmbg pumpkinville crafts

Available during Pumpkinville Hours
Childrens Garden Porch & Amphitheater Lawn

Join us during Pumpkinville to create your own fun souvenirs to take home. Your youngsters will delight in painting their very own pumpkins. Heck, you might even get in on the fun and paint one for yourself. Pumpkins for painting are available for $5 and free crafts will be offered as well.


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Mrs. Thistle’s Tinctures and Herbarium

Childrens Garden Pergola
FREE with admission to Pumpkinville

Picture an old-fashioned shop filled with interesting smells, sights, and plants. During Pumpkinville be sure to mosey over to Mrs. Thistle’s Herbarium, which will be filled to the brim with herbs and interesting plants that she uses in her (fictional) products- from bat droppings to perfumes to mothwings.


Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m. – Noonharry potter plants

They Do Exist! The Real Life Plants of Harry Potter and How We Use Them

Children’s Garden and Tiki Room
$10 members; $15 non-members
Preregistration closed! 

In this class, the Muggle and Magical worlds will meet as we talk about five of the plants found in the beloved Harry Potter series that have real-life counterparts. We’ll talk about each of these plants and how we Muggles have made use of them in the past and today. We’ll wrap up the class by makingour own potions to take home (don’t worry they’ll be friendly ones) and enjoy! Harry Potter garb is encouraged! Instructor: Dr. Ann Fleener, director of education.


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SOLD OUT: Pumpkinville Halloween Party: Garden Monster Bash

Childrens Garden, presented by Soccer City
Members: $5 per child; $3 per adult;
Nonmembers: $10 per child; $8 per adult
RSVP  required

The monsters at this Halloween party are definitely more friendly than frightening. Join us for ghoulish garden games, eerie entertainment and spook-alicious treats. There will be prizes for those who don their creepy, crawly and cute costumes.  Space is limited so reserve early by registering online at myriadgardens.or at 445.7080



Saturday, November 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m.Potted-paperwhites-class

Potted Paperwhites: A Perfect Holiday Gift

Children’s Garden Porch
$6 per glass jar; make as many as you’d like
Preregistration requested by November 6

Paperwhites are the perfect indoor growing project for kids and families and they make a fun, fragrant holiday gift. Think teacher, babysitters, or grandparents. Four to six weeks after we plant them, cheerful white blooms will bring early promise of spring. Kids can keep track of their growth with a chart they’ll take home. We’ll plant three bulbs per glass jar and decorate a gift tag for each jar.



Friday, November 14 – February 1

Devon Ice Rink

It’s back and more fun than ever!


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Interactive Thanksgiving Display

Daily during Children’s Garden hours
Children’s Garden Porch, FREE

Does our Thanksgiving dinner look like the original Thanksgiving? Come see the display and learn about the foods you will eat at Thanksgiving and how they’ve transformed over the

centuries. We’ll also learn about which of the plants on our table are native, and if not, where they came from.


Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m. – NoonOriginal Thanksgiving Dinner

Historic Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Terrace Room
$10 members; $12 nonmembers
Preregistration requested by November 14

The Thanksgiving meal makes us think of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pies. But what did the first Thanksgiving really look like? What did the

Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians do all day and what did they enjoy at their meal? That’s exactly what we’ll be exploring in this fun class for the whole family as we create crafts, play games, and enjoy small treats inspired by the day. Led by Dr. Ann Fleener, director of education.


Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m. – Noonblue thumb gyotaku

Blue Thumbs and Gyotaku

Children’s Garden Porch, FREE

Blue Thumb coordinator Cheryl Cheadle will lead participants in learning about pollution prevention and will show kids the ancient art of fish printing, or Gyotaku. Pollution prevention topics covered include watersheds, protecting wildlife and water conservation. Blue

Thumb is a statewide water quality education program with a focus on protecting streams and rivers.


Saturdays, Nov. 29; Dec. 6; 13; 20Devon Saturdays with Santa

Devon’s Saturdays with Santa

9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory

The Gardens has partnered with Devon Energy to make this year’s holiday season even brighter! Devon’s Saturdays with Santa is expanding into the Gardens this year, where families

can enjoy free admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, crafts, performances and treats each Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Holiday decorations, floral arrangements and festive gingerbread house displays will adorn the bridge, while the outdoor

Meinders Terrace will be decked with boughs of holly and greenery, making for a fa-la-la-lovely backdrop for family photos. While you’re here, be sure to visit the Devon Ice Rink and our other holiday attractions!


November 28 – January 2gingerbread house

Gingerbread Village

Open during Crystal Bridge Hours
FREE with Crystal Bridge Admission

Enter a magical land when you visit the Crystal Bridge during the holidays. We’ve transformed our Crystal Bridge entry room into a Gingerbread Village. We’ll host two Gingerbread House

Competitions, one for professionals, another for schools, so the room will be decked out in fabulous Gingerbread creations. Come see all the entries and vote on your favorite.


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Feathered Friends Scavenger Hunt

Children’s Garden
FREE during Children’s Garden hours

Explore our Children’s Garden this holiday season and learn all about the birds of Oklahoma. Follow clues located throughout the garden to help each feathered friend find something it needs.

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