Weekly Walk-ups on the Children’s Garden Porch
- Monday—Friday, 10am to Noon
- Through 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. Sponsored by Sprouts in Norman
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.
Chess Sundays in the Gardens
- Sundays in August 23 & 30, 9am-noon
- Meinders Garden Terrace
- 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.
LAST ONE: Pre- SONIC Summer Movies Story Telling
- Wednesday, August 19, 8:15 – 8:45pm
- Sheridan Lawn
- 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!
LAST ONE: SONIC Summer Movie Nights continues
- Wednesday, August 19, 9pm
- Great Lawn
- Presented by SONIC, America’s Drive-In.
- Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy the stars and show!
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.
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)
- 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.
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.
Astronomy Nights in the Garden
- Thursday, August 27, 8:30-10pm
- Great Lawn
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!
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
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.
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
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!
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.