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.


  • 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


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
  • $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
  • The Children’s Garden Porch
  • M $10; NM $12
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Pre-registration is required
  • Register by Friday, June 11 
  • 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.

Weekly Walk-Ups

  • June 28 – August 13
  • 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.

Make-It Mondays: Children will “make and take” something home using a variety of natural and human-made craft materials.

Plant-astic Tuesdays: Each week learn about a new beautiful or tasty plant and pot up its seed to take home and grow on your own.

Reading Wednesdays: It’s that time of year when Reading Wednesdays moves back outside. We’ll be reading nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the Garden each week.

Blooming Thursdays: Learn about what plants are blooming that week in the Children’s Garden. Then go on a hunt to find that plant yourself!

Find-it Fridays: This is a self-guided scavenger hunt, leading you on a discovery of nature in the Children’s Garden with all of its shapes, textures, and beautiful colors. Use fun tools like magnifying lenses and binoculars, as you wind your way through the garden.