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7 Reasons to visit the Myriad Botantical Gardens

by Brooke Barnett

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If you are anything like me, this break in the heat has us yearning for outdoor fun.  While we have our favorite parks & playgrounds around the metro, we are always happy to find a new place to explore.  If you are going to be near downtown Oklahoma City, a trip to the Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W. Reno) is well worth a stop.

Where to Go:

The newly renovated Myriad Gardens is open daily from 6am-11pm, and admission to the outdoor gardens is free. In addition to the beautiful scenery, families will definitely want to explore the Children's Garden—compete with playground and spray park. The playground has both fun features for kids to climb on and explore (including big letters to climb on and sunken indentations to climb out of!)—plus a spray park that mirrors an Oklahoma "storm," ranging from a mild drizzle to a full downpour. (Please note the spray park is currently closed for repairs, but should be open soon!) Free street side parking is available near the Gardens, if you don't mind a little stroll through downtown.

What to Do:

In addition to checking out the new playground, here are some other reasons to take a trip to the Myriad Gardens:

  1. Enjoy a Water Ballon Fight—this Saturday, August 18 at 11am and 1pm, enjoy a Water Balloon Throwing Contest.  A fun way to keep cool—and only $2 while balloon supplies last.
  2. Go on a Scavenger Hunt—next Saturday, August 25 from 10am-noon, you can go on a scavenger hunt for flowers in the Children's Garden and make homemade ice cream.  Great end-of-summer fun for only $5.
  3. Enjoy some art—the Red Earth Invitiational Sculpture Exhibit is on display through September 9, including a variety of Native American sculptures outdoors in the Meinders Garden and indoors in the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. The exhibition will everything from classical Native American art to the abstract. The exhibition is created in partnership with Oklahoma City’s Red Earth Inc. All works are for sale and proceeds benefit the Myriad Gardens Foundation, Red Earth Museum and artists.
  4. Take in a free movie—Every Wednesday through August 29th, the Myriad Gardens will screen a free movie at 9pm.  Just bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and enjoy!  Upcoming movies are : August 15: Never Cry Wolf, August 22: U2 Rattle & Hum and August 29: Sherlock Holmes.
  5. Go to a Storytime—this coming Wednesday (August 22) and Friday (August 24), enjoy a nature-inspired storytime for ages 2-4.  Storytime is free for young kids and their caregivers.
  6. Take a Field Guide—make your trip to the Myriad Gardens educational and fun with our MetroFamily Field Guide, full of fun hands-on learning activities.
  7. Check out the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory—the Crystal Bridge is open Monday-Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sun: 11am-7pm (thought Labor Day). Admission for adults is $7, children 4-12 are $4 and children under 4 are free.

Read more about the Myriad Gardens with this atticle from our April 2012 issue.

For more information, visit www.myriadgardens.org

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