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Seasonal Activities

 

JULY 

KIND Yogambg_yoga

  • Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45pm
  • Inside the Crystal Bridge or Pavilion, depending on weather
  • M FREE/NM $10
  • Best for age 16 and up

This is a great, all-levels Vinyasa-style class led by Alexis Persico. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. We’ll meet inside the Crystal Bridge. Drop in for a session or two, or enjoy the entire series! Sponsored by KIND Healthy Snacks

 

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 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.

 

 

Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: “Not so Thirsty Garden”7-30 Bill Farris Prairie Wind Nursery

  • Thursday, July 30, Noon-1pm
  • Crystal Bridge, Second Floor Conference Room
  • FREE

Want to learn to waterproof your garden during our hot Oklahoma summers?  Bill Farris, Prairie Wind Nursery will be here to talk to us about drought tolerant plants that are great additions to any Oklahoma garden.

 

 

 

 

AUGUST

Summer picnic with a basket of food in the park.

National Picnic Day

  • Saturday, August 1, Noon–1pm
  • Great Lawn
  • $3 M/$5 NM
  • Registration by July 28
  • Best for ages 5-10

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Celebrate National Picnic Day in a big way! Join Dr. Ann Fleener, our Director of Education, on our Great Lawn with your own picnic and a blanket and learn about the foods that come in a typical picnic basket and what part of the plant they come from. Learn, too, about a common picnic visitor, the ant, and all they do for plants and the earth.

 

8-1 Foilage for your Furry Friends

Foliage for Your Furry Friends

  • Saturday, August 1, 7-7:30pm
  • Great Lawn
  • $2 suggested donation
  • Walkups Welcome!

Before the Cat Video Festival kicks off, learn all about plants your cat or dog will love.You’ll learn tips for growing these plants and we’ll send you home with a pet treat.

 

8-1 Inernet Cat Video Festival-Walker Art Center (2)

Internet Cat Video Festival presented by Tinker Federal Credit Union
Sponsored by Mason Realty Investors and Midtown Vets
Special thank you to Arts Council of Oklahoma City

  • Caturday, August 1, Pre-show fun starts at 7:30pm; movie screens at 9pm
  • Great Lawn, Meowyriad Gardens
  • FREE
  • #CatVidFestOKC

The Internet Cat Video Festival is back by popular demand! It is a raucous, 75-minute romp through the Internet’s finest cat video offerings and the shared hilarity with thousands of cat lovers is not to be missed.  The Myriad Gardens is the only Oklahoma venue for the CatVidFest. Film starts at 9pm but put on your whiskers and cat ears and enjoy pre-screening festivities complete with food trucks, live music by Culture Cinematic, Coop Ale Works and more.

 

8-3 Chess Sundays in the Gardens

Chess Sundays in the Gardens

  • Sundays in August, 2,  9, 16, 23 & 30, 9am-noon
  • Meinders Garden Terrace
  • FREE
  • All Ages

The Challengers Chess Club and Myriad Gardens present Chess Sundays at the Gardens in August beginning on August 2 and continuing through August 30. OKC’s Challengers Chess Club member, local chess champion, and chess expert, Joe Dean Veal, along with other Challenger chess club members will be hosting the chess games Sunday mornings in the Meinders Garden Terrace. Chess Sundays are free and open to players of all ages and skill levels and anyone is welcome to come play free recreational chess outdoors on the lawn and enjoy the scenery. Regular size chessboards will be set up on tables adjacent to the Garden’s Ice House and Park House restaurants.

 

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barre3 Community Free Class

  • Monday, August 3, 7pm
  • Great Lawn and Band Shell
  • Free

barre3 and the Gardens team up to present the final community class at the Gardens this summer from 7-8pm. The general public is encouraged to enjoy this free class, and barre3 also offers Gardens members a 15% discount on classes at its Oklahoma City metro locations. Bring mat and water bottle.

 

8-2015 Pre-SONIC Summer Movie Storytelling

Pre- SONIC Summer Movies Story Telling

  • Wednesdays, August 5, 12 & 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!

 

SONIC Summer Movies 8-2015

SONIC Summer Movie Nights continues

  • Wednesdays, August 5, 12 & 19, 9pm
  • Great Lawn
  • Presented by SONIC, America’s Drive-In.
  • Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy the stars and show!

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.

 

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Painting in the Garden: Series with Wine and Palette

  • Saturday, August 8, 11am-2pm
  • Pavilion Lawn
  • All Ages Welcome
  • M $25; please call to 405-227-0230 to register and receive your discounted rate.
  • NM $35; please register online at wineandpalette.com/Calendar.asp.
  • Walk-ups welcome if not sold out

Wine and Palette instructors will show you how to create a 16 X 20” painting on canvas. One Saturday each month from April to October, Wine and Palette will be at the Gardens to assist you in creating a unique piece of art. Participants will be given instruction and shown the steps to create a unique and personal work of art.

 

8-8 Peculiar Polinators

Peculiar Pollinators

  • Saturday, August 8, 1–2:30pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • Best for ages 6 and up
  • $5 M/$7 NM
  • Registration by August 4

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Come learn all about pollinators like butterflies, bees, birds, even beetles. Join Dr. Ann Fleener, Director of Education, in our children’s garden where we’ll take a tour of our Pollinator Garden and talk about how pollination works, why plants need pollinators, and how plants and pollinators “talk”. Then we’ll look at plants up close and wrap up with a honey tasting. Feel free to dress like your favorite pollinator!

 

8-15 Deep Roots Concert Series _adam and kizzie

Deep Roots Music Series presents Adam and Kizzie and Tony Foster, Jr. Band

  • Saturday, August 15, 8-10pm
  • Meinders Terrace
  • M $20/NM $25

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Tying together music and nature in a casual, outdoor listening room fashion, our Deep Roots Music Series highlights local and regional bands with a variety of “rootsy” genres.

On August 15, the OKC native and soulful American Idol participant, Tony Foster, Jr. will open for the talented music duo Adam and Kizzie.  Adam and Kizzie call their brand of music “Eedo”. “It is a word of our own creation that signifies the freedom to operate outside the boundaries.”  Presented with support from the Ad Astra Foundation.

 

8-21 Dancing in the Gardens, photo by Doug Hoke (1)

Dancing in the Gardens- Country & Western featuring The Byron Berline Band
Presented by Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings
Sponsored by McGladrey

  • Friday, August 21, 7-10pm
  • Seasonal Plaza (by Ice House and Park House)
  • FREE
  • All Ages Welcome

Put on your dancing shoes or boots and join us as we transform the Seasonal Plaza into an urban dance space. We’ll celebrate this traditional American style of dance- Country and Western.  At 7pm, dance instructors Amy Casperson and Brian Franks with 360 Dance Studio will give a dance demonstration followed by free lessons. At 8pm, The Byron Berline Band will play their hits to get this foot stompin’ night of fun started.  Ice House and Park House will offer specials to highlight the theme.

 

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Plant Walk Series: Watering Tips for the Dog Days of Summer

  • Saturday, August 22, 10–11am
  • South Lobby
  • (Suggested $5 Donation)

Summer heat wearing your plants out? Join Meaghan Rich, Myriad Gardens Horticulturist, to learn tips for keeping  plants cool and less stressed even at summer’s peak. We’ll discuss watering methods, the best time of day to water, and sustainable options for conserving water. Special thanks to program collaborator, OKC Beautiful.

 

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Astronomy Nights in the Garden

  • Thursday, August 27, 8:30-10pm
  • Great Lawn
  • FREE

Back by popular demand, members of the OKC Astronomy Club and their telescopes will be returning to the Gardens for summer nights filled with star gazing. Come check out the moon and planets and enjoy the beautiful summer night from our Great Lawn. Each night has been planned to line up with the new moon!

 

8-28 dining in the gardens

Outdoor Dinner Series: Farm-to-Table featuring Chefs Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock of Guilford Gardens

  • Friday, August 28, 7-9pm
  • Meinders Terrace
  • M $65/NM $75, (Avant Gardener $60)
  • Cash bar; ages 21+ only
  • Registration by August 21

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Join us at the Meinders Terrace for an intimate dinner under the stars and in the gardens. Chefs Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock will treat us to a farm-to-table dinner made with fresh, local ingredients from the OK urban farm, Guilford Gardens.  Dinner will be accompanied by the gypsy-esque, Americana folk rock group, Honeylark that hails from OKC and was recognized as having one of 10 top albums of 2013 with Oklahoma ties.

 

MYQ

OKC Comedy Presents Myq Kaplan with opening performances by Smack, Smack, Sniff Hosted by Spencer Hicks

  • August 28, 8-10pm
  • Hosted by Spencer Hicks
  • Water Stage
  • M $12/NM $15

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American Comedian, Myq (pronounced Mike) Kaplan, made his network television debut on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and has since gone on to appear on Late Show with David Letterman. He has a half-hour Comedy Central Presents: Myq Kaplan special and has been referred to as a comedy machine: relentlessly, methodically, unblinkingly funny. He was a Top 5 Finalist on Last Comic Standing and currently climbing the charts on America’s Got Talent!

 

8-29 Full Moon Bike Ride and Sunset Run

Full Moon Bike Ride and Sundown Run

  • Saturday, August 29
  • 8pm – Sundown Run begins
  • 9pm – Ride begins
  • Meet at the Band Shell by the Great Lawn Suggested donation $5 per person
  • Make a donation & you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate from Red Coyote and Schlegel Bicycles!

Our Full Moon Bike Rides have been such a hit that we decided to let runners in on the fun. Bike ride: bring your bike and meet up for a leisurely hour’s ride. Bike routes are specially planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Don’t have a bike? Rent a Spokie. Lights and helmets are required. Join us on the Sheridan Lawn for cool beverages from Coop Aleworks after the run and the ride.  Run routes are specifically planned by Ultramax Sports.

Our Full Moon Bike Rides have been such a hit that we decided to let runners in on the fun. Bike ride: bring your bike and meet up for a leisurely hour’s ride. Routes are specially planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Don’t have a bike? Rent a Spokie. Lights and helmets are required. Join us on the Sheridan Lawn for cool beverages from Coop Aleworks after the run and the ride.