Sixth Annual Pumpkinville at the Myriad Botanical Gardens set for Oct. 6-22

 

One of the most treasured fall traditions in Oklahoma City – Pumpkinville – is set to debut Friday, October 6 in Myriad Botanical Gardens. The popular Children’s Garden will be transformed into “Prairie Pumpkin Town” featuring thousands of pumpkins, hundreds of gourds, a variety of fall foliage and tons of fun activities.

The sixth annual Pumpkinville, presented by OGE Energy Corporation with Express Employment Professionals, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and runs through Sunday, October 22. Admission is $6 per person. Entrance for members are free.

More than 16,000 pumpkins will fill the Children’s Garden along with imaginative displays, creative crafts and fun games to celebrate the fall season. Visitors can also enjoy riding the Pumpkinville Express Train, Paint-A-Pumpkin, an appearance by the award-winning Express Clydesdales, pop-up shops and other activities that will be onsite as part of our festivities.

Special activities include: Pumpkinville Sensory Night Friday, October 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for families with children with special needs; Pumpkinville Halloween Party: Garden Monster Bash, Saturday, October 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and the Spooky Pooch Parade, Sunday, October 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. All three events require advanced registration.

Additional activities, classes and programs are held throughout the entire two-week run of Pumpkinville. A complete list is below and online at www.myriadgardens.org/pumpkinville

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Myriad Gardens Foundation depends on the generosity of visitors and friends to maintain the Gardens and to fund the 400-plus events held at the Gardens each year for all of the community to enjoy. Pumpkinville is a prime fundraising event with all proceeds benefitting the operations of the Gardens. Pumpkinville visitors are encouraged to purchase a family membership for $65 which entitles up to eight people to enter Pumpkinville, plus year-round free admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and more. Join online here.

Sponsors for Pumpkinville 2017 include OGE Energy Corporation, Express Employment Professionals, Tapstone Energy, Delta Dental, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Goldfish Swim School, Midtown Renaissance, Mercedes Benz-Oklahoma City, MetroFamily Magazine and Allied Arts.

 

Ongoing Events

Cider Press at Pumpkinville

  • Friday-Sundays, 1-1:30pm
  • Tent near the Thunder Fountain
  • $1 per cup of cider

Pumpkinville Story Time

  • Daily, 11-11:30am
  • Inside Pumpkinville FREE with Pumpkinville Admission

Pumpkinville Pop-Up Crafts

  • Monday-Friday, 10am-12:30pm
  • Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain
  • FREE with Pumpkinville Admission

Face Painting

  • Saturdays and Sundays, October 14&15, 21 & 22, 10am-5pm
  • Prices vary based on design

Paint-A-Pumpkin

  • $5 each, Pavilion

Pumpkinville Express Train

  • Saturdays and Sundays ONLY, October 14&15, 21 & 22, 1-5pm
  • $2 per rider, Infants FREE

Pumpkinville Pop-Up Shops

Scissortail Gifts at Myriad Gardens

  • Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm
  • Inside Pumpkinville on Pavilion Deck, Pumpkinville Admission Required

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Pop-Up Shop

  • Saturdays and Sundays, October 14&15, 21 & 22, 10am-5pm
  • Inside Pumpkinville, Pumpkinville Admission Required

Classes during Pumpkinville

Pumpkinville Sensory Night

  • Friday, October 13, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • Member: $10 per participant, adults FREE
  • Nonmembers: $12 per participant, adults FREE
  • Limited space, register by Thursday, October 12
  • REGISTER HERE 

An event for families with children with special needs, join us inside Pumpkinville for an evening of fall festivities! This event provides a more controlled and welcoming environment to experience our fall festival. No loud music and smaller crowds. Siblings are welcome! We will have festive booths, crafts and activities for everyone to enjoy. Healthy snacks donated by Whole Foods Market for registered participants. Registered guests that need handicap accessible parking should contact Nicole Kusnierz for details at nkusinerz@myriadgardens.org

All sensory participants must be accompanied by an adult to any Myriad Gardens Program. Adults attending as chaperones do not need to pay for the program. For every 5 participants you bring, please plan to bring one adult chaperone.

If you have any questions about this policy please call us at (405) 563-8980.

Rumble Pumpkin Carving with David Holland

  • Saturday, October 14, 10:30am-12pm
  • Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain
  • Best for ages 12 and up
  • Members: $30; Nonmember: $35
  • REGISTER HERE

Join David Holland as he guides participants through carving your own Rumble Pumpkin. Thunder season is upon us, so this pumpkin will be a great addition to your front porch. Open to beginners, intermediate and advanced pumpkin carvers. Instructor, David Holland, will adapt patterns based on the participants pumpkin carving skills. There a limited number of spaces available so please register by Friday, October 13.

Express Clydesdales

  • Saturday, October 14, 10am-2pm
  • Off Hudson by Pumpkinville entrance
  • We anticipate 1-2 horses

Clydesdales are big, powerful, refined draft horses named after, and imported from, Clydesdale, Scotland. Historically, they were bred to work. Legend has it that hundreds of years ago, medieval knights rode them into battles and in jousting tournaments. But, when the ancient era passed, Clydesdales assumed more moderate chores like plowing fields and pulling carts along the streets of Europe. We will welcome one of the award-winning Express Employment Progssionals’ Clydesdales.

Prairie Bloom Body Care DIY Body Oil and Body Scrub

  • Saturday, October 14, 1:30-3pm
  • Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain
  • Best for adults
  • Member: $30; Nonmember: $35
  • REGISTER HERE

Are you a fan of bubble baths and sweet smelling oils? We might have just the class for you. Jade Arellano with Prairie Bloom Body Care will guide participants in making their own infused body oil and body scrub to take home. Guests of this class will get to choose from a variety of herbs to use in their infusions and scrubs. Jade will also give a short presentation on why organic body products are important in today’s day and age!

Limited seating available for this course, please register by Friday, October 13.

Lifestyle Photography Class with Jessie Huff Photography

  • Sunday, October 15, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain
  • Best for adults
  • Members: $40; Nonmembers: $45
  • REGISTER HERE

Jessie Huff is a lifestyle wedding and portrait photographer with six years of experience. This course will teach participants how to take better photos technically and creatively using a DSLR camera. Dust that baby off and learn how to use your camera in manual mode while learning all about exposure-aperture, ISO, shutter speed, lenses, composition, directing your subjects and how to find great lighting. During this two hour course, Jessie will teach you to direct your subjects in a way to get genuine emotions and how to get the most out of your camera/ lens. She’ll even guide you through ways to take better photos with your cell phone! Participants will leave with lots of great information, a review of what was taught in the course and a new inspiration to document your life, whether that is your children or your pet! There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Friday, October 13.

Autumn Wreath Making Class

  • Sunday, October 15, 1:30-3pm
  • Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain
  • Best for adults
  • Member: $30; Nonmember: $35
  • REGISTER HERE

Are you in search of a great autumn wreath for your front door, but can’t find anything you truly love? We have the solution to your problem—come create your own with Kenton Peters. This is a class for beginners. Our instructor is skilled with making beautiful wreaths out of willow and natural elements. Each participant will create a wreath to their own liking to take home with them. There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Friday, October 13.

Bird House Wood Working Class with Moore/Norman Technology

  • Tuesday, October 17, 1-3pm
  • Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain
  • Best for ages 9 and up
  • Member: $12; Nonmember: $15
  • REGISTER HERE

Join students from Moore/Norman Technology as they guide children through the processes of building a bird house that can be placed on your window at home! Children will get to watch the birds nesting and visit their bird house from inside their home. This is best for ages 9 and up only. There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Monday, October 16.

Finger Knitting

  • Friday, October 20, 11am-12pm
  • Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain
  • All Ages, great for grandparents and grandchildren
  • Member: $12; Nonmember: $15
  • REGISTER HERE

Fall is upon us, it’s time to sit by the fire and stay warm during those crisp Autumn days. Need a new indoor activity?  How about Finger Knitting? Anna Cook will demonstrate the proper way to finger knit and teach participants the ins and outs of this fun activity. Once you’ve got the hang of it, Anna will present several templates for guests to choose from. Make a snake, headband or bracelet to take home. There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Thursday, October 19.

Pumpkinville Halloween Party: Garden Monster Bash

  • Sponsored by Goldfish Swim School 
  • Saturday, October 21, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • Member: $10 per person; Nonmember: $13 per person
  • Register online at myriadgardens.org
  • Advanced registration is required for this event.
  • Members ONLY registration opens Friday, September 15 online or by calling 405-445-7089.
  • Non-Member registration opens October 2
  • REGISTER HERE

The monsters at this Halloween party are definitely more friendly than frightening. Join us for ghoulish garden games, eerie entertainment and devilishly good treats! There will be prizes for those who wear their creepy, crawly and cute costumes.

Painting in the Gardens Wine and Palette: “The Spooks”

  • Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain
  • Saturday, October 22, 11am-1pm
  • All ages welcome
  • Member: $30 register by calling 405-227-0230
  • Nonmember: $35 register here

Wine and Palette is joining us in Pumpkinville again this year! Paint the “The Spooks” on a 16×20 canvas.

Pooch Parade Sponsored by Midtown Vets

  • Sunday, October 22, 2-3pm
  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • $10 per member dog
  • $12 per non-member dog
  • REGISTER HERE

Help us wind down the fall season by joining us for our Spooky Pooch Parade on the Great Lawn. Enjoy spooky music, OKC Disc Dogs performance, booths, puppicinos donated by Starbucks and our parade of pooches. Special guest judges will present prizes to the best and most creatively dressed pooches! You don’t have to register a dog to take part in the fun or event have a dog. Bring the family and be an observer and visit Pumpkinville. Pitchfork in the Park is offering a $1 discount if you bring your dog in costume over to Pitchfork during the event!

Golden Hour Photography Sessions in Pumpkiville

Calling all photographers! We know that you love taking portraits inside Pumpkinville. Come shoot mini sessions and bring your clients to the Children’s Garden after hours to get your favorite shots with the best lighting. The $50 fee will allow you to bring clients in and out of the Children’s Garden throughout the golden hour. Contact Rebekah Wade with questions at rwade@myriadgardens.org or 405-445-7082.