Weekly Walk Ups highlight upcoming family events at the Myriad Botanical Gardens
The Myriad Botanical Gardens have often been called the most beautiful building in the entire state. We certainly don’t blame you for wanting to take your family there as much as possible as summer break starts to dwindle down—in fact, we encourage it! We encourage it so much that to make things easier, we’ll tell you about some of the upcoming family events happening at the Gardens! More info on each event can be found on the Gardens' website.
Weekly Walk Ups
- June 25 – August 10, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to noon
- Children’s Garden Porch
- Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child
Make-it Mondays: Each Monday children will “make and take” something home using a variety of natural and craft materials. They’ll make a summer-full of fun garden crafts such as wind chimes, chia heads, and seed bombs.
Tasty Tuesdays: Don’t miss this fun morning where you’ll get to play with food! Combine different shaped fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs to create edible animals like cucumber bumble bees and cauliflower sheep! This activity is a great way to turn a “yuck” into a “yum” and to learn about these foods and where they come from.
Reading Wednesdays: It’s that time of year when Reading Wednesdays moves back out into the garden! We’ll be reading nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the garden each week. After the reading, the kids will make a craft.
“Think Green” Thursdays: This day of the week is devoted to fun crafts that focus on the 3 R’s of environmental kindness: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The group will upcycle unused or discarded items to make something new and cool like transforming a plastic bottle into a bird feeder.
Find-it Fridays: This is a self-guided scavenger hunt, leading kids on a discovery of nature in the Children’s Garden with all its shapes, textures, and beautiful colors. Use exploring tools like magnifying lenses and binoculars, as you wind your way through the garden!
Gardens Walking Tour
July 28, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own garden with our educational walking tours. Each month will feature different plants from our outdoor collection that make great choices for our region – from spring color to drought tolerant choices and more. Self-guided plant tour handouts are available in our north lobby.
Twilight Concerts on the Great Lawn
July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, and August 26, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Arts Council of OKC’s 2018 Sunday Twilight Concert Series, presented by the Chickasaw Nation, will take place at Myriad Gardens Great Lawn Stage from 7:30 to 9 p.m. FREE. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City encourages attendees to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics; however pets, smoking and glass containers are prohibited.
July 31, August 14, August 28, September 11, and September 25, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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.
SONIC Summer Movie: Oklahoma!
August 1, 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Presented by SONIC Drive-In and Sponsored by the Oklahoma History Center. Join us for a Sing-along evening with 3,000 of your closet friends. Thanks to SONIC and the Oklahoma History Center the movie screening is completely FREE. Come early to get a great seat. Blankets on one side, chairs on the other. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from Pitchfork in the Park or enjoy food from our line-up of food trucks. Face painting —prices vary between $5-$10. Closed caption titles provided for people with hearing loss. Food Trucks: Phill Me Up Cheesesteaks, Chosen Juan, Metro Minis and Oklahoma Kettle Corn.
Peter Rabbit Tea Party
August 3, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hop by for an afternoon of bunny fun. We’ll start with a craft and silly game about Peter Rabbit and his friends. Then we’ll head outside for a picnic – enjoying tasty treats and refreshing tea from the garden as we read Peter Rabbit stories.
Dancing in the Gardens featuring Country Western
August 3, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dancing in the Gardens winds down the season with—Country Western dancing! Join us as we transform the Seasonal Plaza into an urban dance space. Beginning at 7pm, instructors from 3Sixty Dance Studio will give a dance demonstration followed by a FREE lesson for all. At 8pm, D.J. Brian Smith with muttradio.com will crank up your red dirt tunes to get the two steppin’ started! Don’t forget your boots! Drink and food specials will be offered to highlight the night from Pitchfork in the Park. Face Painting will be available prices range from $5-$10.
Nurturing Minds: Nature Journals
August 4, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join us as we set off for a morning of detection and reflection. We will start with a nature walk in the Meinder’s Garden followed by reflection time, during which children will be able to draw or write in their journals. Participants will learn to use their senses to observe and record the natural world around them. Small spiral notebook and pencil provided.
Summer Meltdown: Ice Cream Festival
August 4, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cool down with some yummy frozen treats from 6-9pm from Bambu, Tipsy Treats, and Kona Ice food trucks parked on Ron Norick Blvd. Guests can sample icy treats from Baked Bear inside the Park House Event Center, purchase something savory from Pitchfork in the Park and enjoy music from DJ Brain Smith from muttradio.com. Kids can cool off in the reflection splash pad, enjoy our water wall sensory play, dunk tank and create a FREE craft in the Kids Zone. Oversized chess, connect four and our Imagination Playground equipment sponsored by Express Employment Professionals will also be out for everyone to enjoy. Face painting available prices vary from $5 to $10 and we will have a photo area to capture the fun. You don’t want to miss this FUN FAMILY evening that will enjoyable for everyone!
Painting in the Gardens: “Ice Cream”
August 4, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Wine and Palette on the seasonal plaza to create “Ice Cream” on an 11”x14” canvas to take home.