Children’s Garden Festival: Where the Wild Things Are

Children’s Garden Festival: Where the Wild Things Are

Journey into the wonderful land of imagination and mischief at the Myriad Gardens’ annual Children’s Garden Festival, Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 16, 2019, 10am-5pm daily. The Children’s Garden is transformed into a world of Wild Things as we celebrate the 50th year of one of America’s most beloved children’s books. Enjoy crafts, activities and imaginative displays that will capture the essence of all things “Wild.”

Cost is $8 per person, includes a free ride on Mo’s Carousel. Ages 2 and under are free. Gardens’ members are free and get to skip the line! Become a member today.

Sponsored by Devon Energy, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Express Employment International, and Goldfish Swim School.

“There are no ideas too wild and no dreams too big.”

ACTIVITIES

Children’s Garden Festival: Sensory Night sponsored by Sprouts

  • Friday, June 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • $10 per member participant, adults FREE
  • $12 per non-member per participant, adults FREE
  • REGISTER HERE

An event for families with children with special needs, join us inside the Children’s Garden for Where the Wild Things Are Sensory Night. This event provides a more controlled and welcoming environment to experience our Children’s Garden Festival. No loud music and smaller crowds. We will have festive booths, crafts, and activities for everyone to enjoy.

Painting in the Gardens with Wine and Palette: Retro Owl

  • Saturday, June 15, 2-4pm
  • $20 members (Garden members please call (405) 227-0230 to register & receive discount)
  • $25 nonmembers, REGISTER HERE

Join us outdoors this afternoon day to paint & create the “Retro Owl” on 11″ x 14″ wrapped canvas. Non-members please register here online. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the gardens. Discount coupons not valid for this event.

ONGOING DAILY

  • Story Time, 11-11:30 am
  • Join the Wild Rumpus, 1 pm
  • A different craft each day
  • Face Painting, ranging from $5 to $10
  • Create your wild animal mask designed by artist Patrick Riley, $6

SPECIAL PROGRAM

  • Patrick Riley Mask Making Demonstration, Wednesday, June 12, 2-3 pm
  • Wild Hair with Paul Mitchell Hair Salon, Thursday, June 13 11 am-1 pm
  • Wild Dad Day Sunday, June 16, Dad’s get in FREE

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

Youth Classes

Youth Classes

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday
  • May 22, & 29, 10am
  • Visitor Center Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 am. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive song and children will enjoy creating a small craft after the story. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for reading and craft time with the Downtown Library. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.

Weekly Walkups

  • June 24 – August 9, Monday – Friday, 10am – Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child

Come to the Children’s Garden for some fun activities that explore the world of plants. Groups of 10 or more please contact Lily Christman, at (405) 445-5162, for more information about group activities. Themes are Make-it Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Reading Wednesdays, “Think Green” Thursdays and Find-it Fridays.

Summer Celebration Series: BUG OUT

  • Friday, July 12, 10am – 2pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • Member $5; Nonmember $7
  • All Ages Welcome

Help us release thousands of hungry, polka-dotted helpers in our Children’s Garden and Prairie Garden so they can chow down on pests that are bugging our plants. Create a ladybug craft, check out the Insect Safari to see bugs up close and learn about other beneficial bugs for your garden. Ladybugs will be available for release on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission includes one container of ladybugs.

Edible Soil Geology

  • Friday, July 19, 10-11:30am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $7; Nonmember $9
  • Molly Yunker and Stacey Evans, Oklahoma Geological Survey
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Monday, July 15
  • REGISTER HERE

Learn about the layers of dirt, rock, plants and creatures below your garden as we create our own mini edible landscape. We’ll build each layer as we discuss them and then finish by eating our tasty treat. Edible gardens will include ingredients such as cookie bedrock, green licorice grass, gummy worms and more.

Sprouting Chefs: Summer Smoothies

  • Friday, July 26, 2-3pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Donna Jung, FCS Extension Educator with Canadian County
  • For families and children ages 5 and up
  • Register by Monday, July 22
  • REGISTER HERE

Stay cool with us this summer as we learn how to make refreshing and healthy smoothies out of fruit and vegetables. We’ll discuss healthy breakfast options and blend up fresh ingredients to create drinks to recreate at home. As an added bonus, we’ll get some exercise as we blend our smoothies using the blender bike.  

Family Workshop: Garden Story Stones

  • Saturday, August 3, 2-3pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 8 to 12
  • Register by Tuesday, July 30
  • REGISTER HERE

In this class we will combine nature, art and storytelling to encourage creative play in your garden space. We’ll start by each creating a set of story stones, and then talk about the types of plants, landscapes and creatures we would encounter in our garden. Using our story stones, we will share tales of our garden adventures with each other.

Family Workshop: Pressed Flowers

  • Thursday, August 15, 6-7pm
  • The Garden Classroom and Garden Grounds
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Best for ages 6 to 11
  • Register by Friday, August 9
  • REGISTER HERE

Learn how to turn beautiful blooms into craft creations.  We’ll start by learning about, and collecting materials from, the Prairie Garden. Then, we will head inside to preserve our findings. Each attendee will go home with their own small book of pressed flowers and ideas for making crafts year-round.

Little Saplings

  • Fall Session
  • Every other Tuesday
  • August 27, September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, December 3
  • 10-11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • Register by Friday before
  • PICK A DATE HERE

Join us in the Children’s Garden for an hour of songs, games and interactive nature fun. Toddlers – and parents – will learn about the exciting world of gardens in an engaging and educational way. Each week features a new theme with corresponding activities and learning opportunities. Every Little Saplings event begins with a song, ends with a sensory bin, and includes a hands-on craft.

Woodland Terrariums

  • Friday, September 6, 6-7pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • M $12; NM $15
  • Best for ages 6 to 12
  • Register by Monday, September 2
  • REGISTER HERE

Create a fall terrarium to last all winter long. Learn a bit about woodland creatures as we make a woodland theme glass globe planter using easy-to-care-for succulents and mini woodland animals and flora.

Magical Monarch Migration

  • Thursday, September 12, 6-7pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $5; Nonmember $6
  • Best for ages 7 to 10
  • Register by Monday, September 9
  • REGISTER HERE

Every fall, millions of monarchs travel south to Mexico. Here in Oklahoma, we are lucky to see this migration happen.  In this class, we will learn about this marvelous creature with crafts and games and find a few ways we can help them arrive safely in Mexico. Put your new knowledge to work and join us the next two Fridays after this class for monarch tagging in the Children’s Garden.  

Sprouting Chefs: Healthful Mug Cakes 

Presented by Sprouts

  • Saturday, September 14, 10-11:30am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $15; Nonmember $17
  • Taught by Toni Washington
  • For families, preferably kids ages 7 and up
  • Register by Tuesday, September 10
  • REGISTER HERE

Learn how to make quick and healthful mug cakes without the hassle and time of using an oven. We’ll talk about simple ingredients, like flour, sugar and fruit and then get to creating and eating these tasty cakes. Everyone will get to decorate and take their mug home to continue the fun.

Sprouting Chefs: Pumpkins and Apples and Fall

Presented by Sprouts

  • Saturday, September 21, 10-11am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Donna Jung, FCS Extension Educator with Canadian County
  • For families and children ages 5 and up
  • Register by Tuesday, September 17
  • REGISTER HERE

Dive right into all things fall as we talk about two of our favorite fall fruits – apples and pumpkins.  We’ll learn about these fruits and then make a few easy and creative recipes using them, including how to spice up your pancakes.