Children’s Garden Festival: Tiny Gardens and Enchanted Woods

Children’s Garden Festival: Tiny Gardens and Enchanted Woods

Join us in the Children’s Garden for 10 days of activities, crafts and creative displays inspired by a selection of books featuring tiny people and magical creatures.

Enchanting vignettes will be created by local artists to bring these books to life. The 2021 theme, Tiny Gardens and Enchanted Woods, highlights a variety of books that will appeal to a wide range of ages.

Selected titles include Thumbelina, Hilda and the Hidden People, The Borrowers, Backyard Fairies, Unicorns Are The Worst, A Natural History of Fairies and more.

SPONSORED BY

  • E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • Devon Energy Corp.
  • Geico OKC-South
  • Burnett Equity
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Bank of Oklahoma
  • Gray, Blodgett & Company
  • Red Earth Landscaping
  • IPGI Screen Printing, Embroidery, Promotional Products

Events

Storytime on the Children’s Garden Porch

Daily, 11am
Children’s Garden Porch

Each day during the Festival we’ll have story time featuring books Unicorns are the Worst, Hilda and the Hidden People, Thumbelina, The Borrowers, Backyard Fairies

Flower Fairy Fashion Walk-Up

Monday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 16, 1-2pm
Event Tent
$3 per child
Best for ages 5 to 10, but all are welcome

Help us create outfits that fairies and other tiny forest creatures would wear to a royal ball. We have gathered petals, leaves and other natural materials to help you build a tiny ensemble.

Tea Dragon Tea Party

Tuesday, June 15, 1-2pm and Thursday, June 17, 1-2pm
Event Tent
M $10; NM $12
Best for ages 6 to 10
Pre-registration is required
Register by Friday, June 11 
June 15

June 17

Visit our Tea Dragon raised bed in the Children’s Garden during the Bringing Books to Life – Children’s Garden Festival and discover the tasty world of tea and the magical world of dragons. We’ll learn about all the different types of tea and how they grow, then we’ll read a few books and end with a tea party. Tasty tea and snacks included.

Sensory Night at Children’s Garden Festival

Presented by Bank of Oklahoma
Sponsored by Goldfish Swim School
Friday, June 18, 6-7:30pm
M $10; NM $12
Register here
Geared for families with children with special needs, this pre-registered event provides a more controlled Children’s Garden Festival (or Bringing Books to Life Festival) experience with no loud music. Your entry fee includes complimentary rides on Mo’s Carousel.

June in the Gardens

June in the Gardens

We are soooo thrilled to have our families and visitors back in the Gardens! Here’s our full lineup of June events.

Youth and Families

JUNE 11 – 20

Join us in the Children’s Garden for 10 days of activities, crafts and creative displays inspired by a selection of books featuring tiny people and magical creatures. Enchanting vignettes will be created by local artists to bring these books to life. The 2021 theme, Tiny Gardens and Enchanted Woods, highlights a variety of books that will appeal to a wide range of ages.

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MONDAY, JUNE 14 & WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 1PM

Flower Fairy Fashion Walk-Up
The Children’s Garden Porch
$3 per child
Best for ages 5 to 10, but all are welcome
No pre-registration is required, walk-up program

Help us create outfits that fairies and other tiny forest creatures would wear to a royal ball. We have gathered petals, leaves and other natural materials to help you build a tiny ensemble.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15 & THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1PM

Tea Dragon Tea Party
The Children’s Garden Porch
M $10; NM $12
Best for ages 6 to 10
Pre-registration is required

Come discover the lost art of raising Tea Dragons to make your favorite tea. We’ll learn about all the different types of tea as we play a game and end with a tea party – tasty tea and snacks included.

REGISTER HERE

FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 6-7:30PM

Sensory Night at Children’s Garden Festival
Presented by Bank of Oklahoma
Sponsored by Goldfish Swim School
M $10; NM $12

Geared for families with children with special needs, this pre-registered event provides a more controlled Children’s Garden Festival (or Bringing Books to Life Festival) experience with no loud music. Your entry fee includes complimentary rides on Mo’s Carousel.

REGISTER HERE

WEEKDAYS, JUNE 28-AUGUST 13, 10AM-NOON

Weekly Walk-Ups
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.

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Adults

TUESDAY, 6PM & SATURDAY, 9AM

Botanical Balance FREE YOGA
Presented by Fowler Auto
Sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and OU Medicine
The Devon Lawn
Recommended for ages 16&Up

Classes are open to all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi.  Bring mat and water.

THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 6:45PM

Zumba in the Gardens
Presenting sponsor Fowler Automotive
Sponsored by OU Health and Tinker Federal Credit Union.
The Devon Lawn
Every Third Thursday through October
FREE

The VERY popular Evelin Pino will be our instructor from the YMCA of Great Oklahoma City. This class that combines Latin and international music with a fun and effective workout system.

Please note the time change for summer months – 6:45-7:45pm.

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 10AM

Foraged Floral Arrangement
The Garden Classroom or Terrace Room and Garden Grounds
M $45 per session; NM $50 per session
Kaitlin Bacon, Children’s Garden Manager

Learn how to create your own floral arrangement using seasonal flowers and foliage collected from the garden grounds. We’ll begin with a basic introduction on floral design, go over the already collected materials available, and then head outside to collect a few items together.

REGISTER HERE

Special Events

SATURDAY, JUNE 19

Blooming into Juneteenth with Gapelii Brand Fashion Show
Fashion Shows 2-5pm & 5-8pm
Live performances/activities: 8pm-Midnight
Water Stage

Gapelii Brand is partnering with the Oklahoma State Conference NAACP to present the first annual “Blooming into Juneteenth with Gapelii Brand” Fashion Show. The event is presented in conjunction with Juneteen.

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SUNDAYS, 7:30PM, JUNE 20 & 27

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City is BACK in the Gardens with their 2021 Sunday Twilight Concert Series presented by The Chickasaw Nation! Each week they will bring you a different genre of music from local and regional acts from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is the lineup at the Myriad Botanical Gardens on the Devon Lawn

6/20: Scott Keeton Band – Roots Rock
6/27: 145th Infantry Band – Big Band

GET BANDS FOR JULY & AUGUST

MONDAY, JUNE 21 (Summer Solstice), 9PM

Hearts of Space
Thursday, July 22, 9pm
Devon Lawn
Bring blanket, mat or lawn chair and your evening zen
FREE

The Gardens will host two meditation events on the Devon Lawn featuring music from NPR’s “Hearts of Space”, a National Public Radio program featuring ambient and ethereal sounds intended to sooth and calm. Bring a blanket and relax while enjoying the beauty of nature.

THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 5:45PM

FREE Dog Agility Training in the Gardens
Presented by OKC Vet Campus
The Devon Lawn
FREE

Bring your pup – all sizes welcome! Canine agility coursing keeps a dog fit, increases endurance, helps prevent obesity, and strengthens bones and joints. In addition to the physical aspects, agility courses exercise a dog’s mind, giving them an opportunity to learn and solve problems. Their training will also help you keep in shape!

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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 8:45PM

#FullMoonOKC Bike Ride
Presented by OU Health
Sponsored by Geico – OKC Southwest & OKC Vet Campus
Meet at the Bandshell on the Devon Lawn
Suggested $5 per person donation

Bring your bike for a one-hour leisurely ride through the downtown OKC area under the light of the full moon. Meet up at the bandshell stage on the Devon Lawn. It’s free however the Myriad Gardens asks for a $5 donation, which goes towards the nonprofit foundation that runs the Gardens.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 10AM

Guided Walking Tour
Last Saturday of each month, 10-11 am
Garden Grounds, meet in the south lobby
FREE

Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own garden with an educational walking tour. Each month will feature different plants from our outdoor collection that make great choices for this region – from year-round color to drought-tolerant choices and more.

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