Families & Kids


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Wednesdays, 10 – 11am

Reading Wednesdays

  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • Free
  • Best for ages 2-5
  • No preregistration required

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. Groups of 10 or more call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.




Tuesdays, September 13, & 20, 5 – 9pm

Picnics on the Great Lawn

Enjoy off-line time on the Great Lawn every Tuesday. Bring a big blanket, a picnic or a good book and feel relaxed and renewed after your evening slowing down outside.



Saturday, September 10, 10 – 11am

SOLD OUT! Revenge of the Plants! All about Carnivorous Plants

Terrace Room
Members $5; Nonmembers $8
Best for ages 6-10

Learn about some of the wackiest vegetation in the world – carnivorous plants! Kids will learn how these meat-eating plants work, why they eat meat and how to keep them alive. We’ll go on a hunt to find them in the Crystal Bridge Conservatory and make a fun craft to turn our own hands into Venus flytraps. Each child will take a small carnivorous plant home.



Thursdays & Saturdays in September

Walking Club

  • Thursday Walking Club, September 8, 15, 22, & 29: Noon-12:30pm, & 12:30-1pm
  • Saturday Walking Club, September 10, 17 & 24, 10 – 11am
  • Free

Join our FREE Walking Clubs for a low-pressure, fun way to get some exercise! Class participants should bring comfy walking shoes and water. Classes will meet in the South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge.


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Sunday, September 11, 10am-8pm

Thunder Fountain Closes for Season

This will be the last day for the Thunder Fountain’s season! 


8-29 Full Moon Bike Ride and Sunset Run

Friday, September 16, Run, 8pm & Ride, 9pm

Full Moon OKC Bike Ride and Run

  • Meet at the Band Shell
  • Suggested donation of $5 per person
  • Run coordinated by Ultramax Sports
  • Bike Ride coordinated by Schlegel Bicycles

A favorite Gardens’ health and wellness activity for four years on every Full Moon night through October. Join other runners in a 5K run, led by Ultramax Sports Oklahoma, through the scenic downtown area as the sun sets. Those who make their $5 donation will be entered in a drawing for prizes from Red Coyote Running & Fitness.

Rather ride your bike? Bring your bike and meet up for a leisurely one hour ride. Downtown-are routes are specially planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Those who make a $5 donation for the ride will be entered in a drawing for a prizes from Schlegel Bicycles. FINAL: Sunday, October 16, Run, 7pm & Ride, 8pm


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Saturday, September 17, 11am – 1pm

Painting in the Gardens Series with Wine & Palette

Wine and Palette will be at the Gardens to assist in creating a unique piece of art. Paint “Signs of Fall” on an 16”x20” canvas.



Thursday, September 22, 8:30-10pm

Astronomy Nights In the Gardens presented by Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • 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, stars, and planets.

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Saturday, September 24, 10am-2pm

Paddle Boarding presented by Oklahoma City Community Foundation

  • Gardens’ Lake
  • $5 per person for 15 minute session

With help from our friends at the Boathouse District in Oklahoma City, come paddle boarding at the Garden’s lake! $5 per person for a 15 minute session.  Restrictions: Age requirement of 8 to paddle yourself or 5 to paddle with a parent. And a weight maximum of 275 pounds.


September 29-October 6

The Children’s Garden will be closed for Pumpkinville set-up

Pumpkinville, presented by OG&E, runs October 7-23, 10am-5pm daily. This 5th year tradition for the Gardens transforms our Children’s Garden into a pumpkin wonderland with 15,000 pumpkins, hundreds of brightly colored mums, corn stalks and creative, hand-made décor to celebrate the fall. Thank you to our sponsors: OGE Energy Corporation, Express Employment Professionals, Delta Dental, and the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation. Thank you for your patience.  For more on Pumpkinville visit here.




Yoga Tuesdays in the Gardens sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20 & 27
  • Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50 p.m.
  • Pavilion or inside the Crystal Bridge depending on weather
  • Members FREE, Nonmembers $10
  • Must be 16 and older
  • No preregistration required

This is a great, all-levels class led by Lisa Woodward. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Classes will meet under the Pavilion as weather permits; when it doesn’t they will meet inside the Crystal Bridge. Drop in for a session or two or enjoy the entire series!



Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 5:45 – 6:45pm


  • Pavilion or Terrace Room depending on weather
  • $5 for members, $10 non-members

Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. Our instructor is Ashley Johnson, a Zumba instructor at the YMCA and with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.



Saturdays, September 10, 17 & 24, 10 – 11am

Rejuvenation Hour

  • Meinders Terrace
  • Ages 16 & Up
  • FREE

One of the best ways to achieve a healthy frame of mind is through meditation. First, join us Saturday, August 27 to learn the art of mindfulness and come back on your own in September to start your practice in the garden. We’ll have tips for even more effective meditation posted at the Terrace.

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Saturday, September 17, 9am – 4pm

Bent Willow Furniture Class for Absolute Beginners

  • Pavilion or Terrace Room, depending on the weather
  • Bim Willow, Master Furniture Builder
  • Register online by Friday, September 9 


You’ll never look at a stick the same again. Learn to turn branches into family heirlooms! Join Master Furniture Builder, Bim Willow, as he teaches you to mold and bend fresh willow into beautiful, long lasting furniture. Come with a hammer and pruning shears and leave with a finished project using the techniques of this historical American craft. Project options include:

  • Historical Bent Willow Loveseat, Members $340; Nonmembers $355
  • Historical Bent Willow Chair, (create in 4 hours) Members $240 ; Nonmembers $255
  • Garden Bench, (create in 2 to 3 hours) Members $95 ; $105 Nonmembers
  • Sassy End table, (create less than 2 hours) Members $95 ; Nonmembers $105
  • Foot stool, (create in less than 2 hours) Members $70; $80 Nonmembers

Times reflect NO prior building experience! Advance registration with your project choice required. Bring a sack lunch or grab a burger at the Ice House during a break.


September 24, 10am

Gardens Walking Tour

  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • Free, Walkups Welcome!
  • Last Saturdays of each month

Join us to expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get great ideas for your yard. Each month changes as the plants grow through the seasons; in July and September we’ll discuss plants for water conservation and in August we’ll highlight plants for color. Can’t make it for the guided tour? Pick up a self-guided handout in our South Lobby. Rain date, Sunday, October 2, 10am – 3pm

Sunday, September 25, 10am – 3pm

Butterfly Garden Tour

Gardens around OKC!

Oklahoma plays an integral role in many butterflies’ lives with its central location and the prairie habitat it offers. Celebrate the Year of the Pollinator by touring hidden butterfly gardens around the city to get inspiration and ideas for starting a pollinator pocket of your own, large or small. Start this tour at any of the garden locations, pick up a map at your first garden, and enjoy speaking with home owners, vendors, and butterfly-loving guides. Special thanks to sponsors: the Urban AG Coalition, OK Native Plant Society and Sierra Club.


Thursday, September 29, Noon – 1pm

Cooking With Kam

  • Park House Event Center
  • Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock, premier OKC chefs
  • Members $8 ; Nonmembers $10
  • Register by Friday, September 23 


Life on the go but still want to enjoy healthy, incredibly tasty meals? Each month Kam and Barb will teach us how to make great side dishes from local, seasonal vegetables. The dishes are vegetable-based and perfect for vegetarians. 


Events happening the Gardens by other organizations

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Sundays, September 4, 11, 18, & 25, 7:30pm

Arts Council of OKC’s Sunday Twilight Concerts presented by Devon

  • Great Lawn, FREE

Enjoy summer even more with the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s 37th Annual Sunday Twilight Concert Series presented by Devon, every Sunday night through September 25, 7:30 – 9pm on the Great Lawn.

  • September 11, Meanstreak (rock/pop rock covers)
  • September 18, Al Good Orchestra (big band)
  • September 25, Shortt Dogg (funk/r&b)


Oklahoma Shakespeare

Thursdays-Saturdays, September 8-24, 8pm

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents Romeo & Juliet

  • Water Stage
  • General Admission: $20; Students, Seniors, (65 and above) & Military: $15; Group Rates (10 or more): $15 each
  • Call (405) 235-3700 or visit www.oklahomashakespeare.com

The intense feud between the Montague and Capulet families devastates the city of Verona and foreshadows tragic consequences for young Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, passion and a secret marriage lead the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to a harrowing end.


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Sunday, September 18, 11am – 6pm

Wiggle Out Loud

  • Public Event at the Gardens presented by the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center
  • Great Lawn, Bandshell, FREE
  • For more information visit www.wiggleoutloud.com

Wiggle Out Loud is Oklahoma City’s free, active-family music festival presented by The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and benefiting The Children’s Hospital Volunteers. Wiggle Out Loud aims to get kids of all ages movin’ and groovin’ their way to healthier lives. Come celebrate healthy lifestyles through movement and fun! This is an event for all ages featuring music, activities, artwork and more.


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Saturday, September 24, 11am – 6pm

Turkish Festival

Public Event at the Great Lawn/Bandshell
For more information, visit www.raindropturkevi.org/oklahomacity



Sunday, September 25, 9am

AIDS Walk OKC 2016 “Step Together”

Public Event at the Pavilion
For more information visit www.aideswalkokc.org