Evening Bug Hunt 

“It was GREAT! I loved Lily’s enthusiasm. She interacted wonderfully with the children!”

Sprouting Chefs: Holiday Gifts in a Jar

“Great class! Well organized and fun! Girls loved it! Got more than we paid for!” –Toni Jackson

Reading Wednesdays

  • January 9, 16, 23 & 30, 9:30am
  • The Garden Classroom 
  • FREE 
  • Best for ages 2 to 5 

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 9:30 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.

Family Workshop: Garden Potpourri

  • Saturday, January 26, 10-11am
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8 Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, January 22

Winter provides us with a wonderful variety of sights and scents that we can use in our homes to make them cozy and inviting. We will supply some staple ingredients from the kitchen and creativity will be encouraged as we embark on a nature walk to collect some extra materials to use for our very own garden potpourri mixtures! Each participant will bring home two half-pint jars full of their creative concoctions.

Love Bugs

  • Saturday, February 2, 10-11: 30 am
  • The Garden Classroom at Visitor Center
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 6 to 10

Celebrate your little one’s love of nature and bugs in this hands-on, Valentine’s Day themed class. We’ll read books and play a game to learn about all sorts of love bugs – from bugs that are good for your garden to bugs that are festively colored. Then we’ll finish our celebration by creating bug inspired Valentine’s Day cards and crafts.

Hot Chocolate Valentine

  • Saturday, February 9, 10-11: 30 am
  • The Garden Classroom at Visitor Center
  • Member $12; Nonmember $15
  • Best for ages 6-10

Did you know chocolate is made from a fruit that grows on tropical trees? Learn about the fascinating process that turns cocoa beans into the tasty wintertime hot chocolate drink we all love. We’ll start with a hunt through our conservatory to find the fruit growing on the tree, do a hot chocolate tasting and then create two treat packages with cocoa mixes and cards to give away to our valentines.

Nature Music Maps

  • Saturday, February 16, 10-11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $4; Nonmember $6
  • Best for ages 7 to 11

Music is everywhere in nature; you can find it in the song of a bird, the wind whistling through tree branches and through the crunching of leaves and twigs underfoot. Join us as we learn about the components of a song and how to “collect sounds” in our nature journals by sketching symbols that remind us of the things we hear. Compose your very own musical masterpiece after a walk through the Children’s Garden!

Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens

  • Saturday, March 2, 10am-Noon
  • Crystal Bridge Visitor Center and Garden Classroom
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 8

We’ll have everyone’s favorite character, Cat In the Hat, to read stories and tell fun Dr. Seuss facts. Kids can learn from the Lorax about how to take care of our animal and plant friends while visiting our special Oklahoma City Zoo visitors. We’ll also have Dr. Seuss inspired crafts and a fun photo op area.

Little Saplings

Join us in the Children’s Garden for an hour of songs, games, and interactive nature fun. Toddlers (and parents!) will get to 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.

Spring Break in the Gardens

Looking for something fun to do over Spring Break? Join us in the Children’s Garden as we celebrate the coming of spring with hands-on activities such as fruit and vegetable stamping, making weather wind sticks and seed planting. For groups of 10 or more call Lily Peppers at (405) 445-5162.

The Story of a Tree

  • Saturday, March 23, 10-11:30am
  • The Garden Classroom and Garden Grounds
  • Member $5; Nonmember $6
  • Best for ages 7 to 10

Celebrate the start of Oklahoma Arbor Week by exploring the story of a tree and then telling your own story. We’ll use real tree slices to learn about the layers inside a tree, how they help the tree grow and how to use tree rings to learn a tree’s story. Then we’ll create our own tree slices to tell our life stories as trees. We’ll end by going on a scavenger hunt to find the most interesting trees in the gardens.