405-445-7080

301 W. Reno
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Outdoor grounds open daily 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Crystal Bridge Closed for Renovation.
Reopens fall 2022.

Children's Garden Festival
June 3-12, 2022

The annual Children’s Garden Festival is a family fun, multi-day event in June that features a book theme. This year’s is A is for Art. Bring your little artists to celebrate art in literature with these four books: The Day the Crayons Quit, Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Dot, and Aaron Slater, Illustrator.

The Children’s Garden will come alive with colorful, larger-than-life displays and vignettes representing each story. Splash around in the Thunder Fountain, ride Mo’s Carousel, get hands on with crafts and classes, listen to story time, stretch your imagination with our interactive activity book, and more. 

Admission is $8 per person. Free for ages 2 and under. Free for Myriad Botanical Gardens members. Become a member & save! 

Ongoing daily, 10am-5pm

  • Ride Mo’s Carousel (included with the admission)
  • Food by Kona Ice, JStew’s Ice Cube & Oklahoma Kettle Corn
  • Play in the Thunder Fountain
  • Reading with the Metropolitan Library, 1pm
 
HALF DAY OFF
  • Tuesday, June 7: Admission ONLY $4
 
SENSORY NIGHT sponsored by Bank of Oklahoma
June 9, 5:30-7PM
 
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
  • 3pm Guided Art-venture with “Rob Boss”
    • Go on an epic Art-venture through the Children’s Garden Festival with Rob Boss – the artist dood! He’ll integrate multiple subjects – math, art, science, and more – that will take children on a Curiosity Journey that will be both educational and hilarious fun at the same time! Free. Meet at the Programming Tent.

AARON SLATER, ILLUSTRATOR by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. Text Copyright© 2021 Andrea Beaty. Illustrations Copyright © 2021 David Roberts. Used by permission of Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS, New York. All rights reserved. 

Classes

June 2022

Plant-Based WatercolorsRepeating Event

Plant-Based Watercolors Saturday, June 4 & Thursday, June 9, 11am-12pm Programming Tent Member ...
Saturday, Jun 4th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Children's Garden

Dot Printmaking

Dot Printmaking Saturday, June 4, 2:00-3:00pm Children's Garden Member $6, Nonmember $16 (includes ...
Saturday, Jun 4th
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Children's Garden

Every Color Soup!Repeating Event

Every Color Soup! Sunday, June 5 & Friday, June 10, 11am-12pm Programming ...
Sunday, Jun 5th
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Children's Garden

Moving Pictures: Flip Books

Moving Pictures: Flip Books Sunday, June 5, 2:00-3:00pm Children's Garden FREE for Members REGISTER ...
Sunday, Jun 5th
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Children's Garden

Bubble Painting

Bubble Painting Saturday, June 11, 2:00-3:00pm Children's Garden Member $6, Nonmember $16 (includes ...
Saturday, Jun 11th
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Children's Garden
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Award Winning

Bringing Books to Life Festival Garners National Award

The annual Bringing Books to Life festival at Myriad Botanical Gardens has earned a national Program of Excellence Award from the American Public Gardens Association. The award is given to an association member who has displayed an innovative spirit in the development of an original program and demonstrated leadership in public horticulture.

American Public Garden Association Recognizes Myriad Botanical Gardens for Program Excellence

With one-time funding from the Junior League of Oklahoma City, Gardens President and CEO Maureen Heffernan launched Bringing Books to Life in 2013. Visitors to the annual festival have since stepped through a giant keyhole into The Secret Garden, taken a wild rumpus with Max and his merry monsters from Where the Wild Things Are, sat beside Piglet and Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood, and enjoyed the bare necessities with Baloo, Mowgli, and friends from The Jungle Book.

“The national American Public Garden Association promotes and provides information resources for botanical gardens throughout North America,” Heffernan said. “We were thrilled to have our annual spring family festival, Bringing Books to Life, selected to receive their top award for program excellence.  Our staff and local artists work hard to make this annual festival as educationally engaging, creative and inspiring as possible to motivate children and their families to read books and plant a garden. Both have the power to gain insights and lessons for a lifetime.

“What a wonderful honor and recognition of our staff’s work and our donors’ support of this program, that their efforts are nationally recognized with this notable award.”

Local painters, sculptors, and storytellers help transform the Children’s Garden the garden into a magical world based on a classic children’s book with a garden or horticultural theme. This festival has become an anticipated late spring tradition for thousands of families who look forward to walking through re-imagined garden spaces brought to life. Literacy components are woven throughout the festival with storytelling, scavenger hunts, hands-on activities, and other interactive educational opportunities as well as theatrical and musical performances based on the book.

Since the festival’s inception, the Gardens has partnered with Metropolitan Library System to promote literacy and summer reading at the festival via storytimes, library card sign-up and mobile circulation, the Oklahoma City Thunder whose players promote literacy throughout the community, as well as other area institutions, to reach a broad audience.

local artist Nick Bayer of Createco Studios and his work on an illustrated bird for Children’s Garden Festival

A variety of sponsors have ensured that Bringing Books to Life continues each year since the first grant from Junior League of Oklahoma City. They include Tinker Federal Credit Union, Devon Energy Corp., Express International Professionals, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Cox Communications, Jean and David McLaughlin, Goldfish Swim School, Kimray, Allied Arts, Hogan Taylor, Gail Beals, Kohls, OK Detrick Family Foundation, Midtown Vets, Paycom, BC Clark, and Okie Kids Playground.

The awards are presented at the APGA annual summer conference. Due to COVID-19, the conference was held virtually this year and the festival was canceled until spring 2021.