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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




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.