By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens will transform its Children’s Garden into the land of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh from June 8 – 17, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the 10-day festival, children will experience crafts and activities along with displays created by local artists that will reflect the spirit of Winnie the Pooh.
The Children’s Garden is located at Hudson and Reno. More than 7,000 attended last year’s festival.
Admission is free for Gardens’ members and children ages 2 and under, nonmembers cost $6 per person, $10 with the Crystal Bridge admission. Purchase a family membership for $65 and come for free as many times as you like throughout the 10-day festival.
Winnie the Pooh is the 5th annual Children’s Garden Festival at Myriad Gardens. Previous themes have included The Secret Garden, Charlotte’s Web, The Jungle Book and The Hungry Caterpillar.
Activities offered during the festival include face painting, story time and build a bear, which is $6 per bear. Families can see the Observation Hives with the Central Oklahoma Bee Keepers Association; participate in the Rabbits Flower Garden Pop Ins, Children’s Honey Bee Class, Painting in the Gardens “Hunny Bear”, Mommy & Me Monday & Tiny Tot Tuesdays and more. Sensory Winnie the Pooh Night is for all children, but especially for children with special needs. It will be held Friday, June 8 at 6 p.m. Pooh and Tigger will be onsite for photos in a designated area.
A light snack will be provided for registered participants thanks to Trader Joe’s. Mr. Yeti’s Snowballs food truck will be onsite for purchases. Members $10; Nonmembers $12. Adults free. Best for ages 12 and under. Register online at myriadgardens.org
An Evening in the 100 Acre Wood will take place on Saturday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. There will be games, activities and treats provided by Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop and Candy Shop of Edmond. Pooh and Tigger will be onsite for photos. All guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite character.
Throughout the evening, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh short stories will be playing on the Children’s Garden porch for everyone to enjoy. Guests will also be able to use the Thunder Fountain after regular festival hours. Best for ages 2-7. Register by Friday, June 15 at noon online at myriadgardens.org Members: $10 per person.
Local Oklahoma City artists creating Winnie the Pooh displays this year include Clarissa Sharp, Dana Elkins, Jenifer Witcher, Jessica Petrus, Kenton Peters, Moore Norman Technology Center Carpentry School, Nathan Pratt, Nick Bayer and Zephyr. Over 400 volunteers will help Gardens’ staff run this event.
The Children’s Garden Festival featuring Winnie-the-Pooh is sponsored by Devon Energy, the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Jean and David McLaughlin, Tinker Federal Credit Union and Goldfish Swim School.
Admission is free for Gardens’ members. Annual family memberships cost $65. $6 per person and $10 with the Crystal Bridge admission.
The Myriad Gardens Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that supports Myriad Botanical Gardens. Funds raised through memberships help with operating costs. To become a member, join online at myriadgardens.org.
Winnie-the-Pooh activities include:
Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Children’s Garden, $5-10
Daily, 11-11:30 a.m.
Participate daily from 11 – 11:30 a.m. in the Hundred Acre Wood for an interactive reading of Winnie the Pooh stories and more. Audiences will have the chance to participate in the stories.
The Central Oklahoma Bee Keepers Association will be at the Children’s Garden from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily selling local honey and answering questions about their observation hives.
Rabbits Flower Garden Pop Ins
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 14- 16, in tents near the Thunder Fountain, children can decorate a pot and plant it with a flower of their own to take home. $5 to participate. Best for ages 5 to 9
Children’s Honey Bee Class with Lori Coats
Saturday, June 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., join Lori Coats, owner of My Raggedy Herbs, as she teaches children the process of how honeybees make honey. Each child will create their own fun honeycomb picture and leave with a bee stamp on their hand.
The event takes place in tents near the Thunder Fountain, Best for ages 2 to 7
Members $5; Nonmembers $8, which includes Winnie the Pooh Admission. Register by Friday, June 8 at myriadgardens.org
Painting in the Gardens with Wine and Palette: “Hunny Bear”
Join Wine and Palette on Sunday, June 10, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. for the Winnie the Pooh. Paint your favorite “Hunny Bear” & Piglet too! (11″x14″ wrapped canvas), in tents near the Thunder Fountain. All ages welcome. Member $20; Nonmember $25
Members call 405-227-0230, nonmembers can register online at wineandpalette.com
Mommy & Me Monday & Tiny Tot Tuesday
Monday and Tuesday, June 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Children’s Garden, Best for ages 5 and under.
included with admission to Winnie the Pooh
Guests can enjoy story and music on the Children’s Garden Porch.
Monday, June 11
Pooh and Tigger onsite for photos 11-11:30 a.m. Son of a Bee Keeper with Lucas Ross in Pooh Bear’s House (covered porch inside Children’s Garden) 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Gummy Bear Snacks
Tuesday, June 12
Pooh and Tigger onsite for photos 10:30-11 a.m. Cellist Erin Yeamen in Pooh Bear’s House (covered porch inside Children’s Garden) 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Gummy Bear Snacks
This event is geared for homeschool families at the Children’s Garden Festival on Thursday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Discounted rates will be offered to groups of five or more people. Group of 5 or more flat rate of $25, max of 10 guests per group
Reservations required. Must book in advance with Lily Christman at 405-445-5162.
Rabbit’s Vegetable Garden
On Saturday, June 16, from 2-3:30 p.m. participants will play games and read books while learning about the veggies in Rabbit’s garden. Each child will get to create a garden craft to take home. The event will be held in tents near Thunder Fountain. Member $4; Nonmember $5, Includes Winnie the Pooh Admission. Register by Tuesday, June 12 at myriadgardens.org
Berry Class with Pati Colston
On Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., kids will learn about the important roll honeybees have in the pollination process of strawberry plants from Pati Colston, owner of Agape House Berry Farm. Kids can make their own balloon “honeybee” during craft time and “pollinate” strawberry plants. Best for ages 2 to 7. Member $5; Nonmember $8, includes Winnie the Pooh Admission. Register by Friday, June 15 at noon online at myriadgardens.org
Book Sale with the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System
The Friends of the Library will be at tents near the Thunder Fountain selling gardening and children’s books on Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices vary based on book.
Father’s Day with Winnie the Pooh
On Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., kids can create a Father’s Day craft celebrate their dad’s special day at the Children’s Gardens. Dad’s receive free admission on June 17 only.
Note: The Children’s Garden will be closed Monday, June 4 to Thursday, June 7. The Thunder Fountain is closed June 6 and 7.and will re-open for admission Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 17. The Children’s Garden and Thunder Fountain will open for free on Wednesday, June 20.
For more information, visit myriadgardens.org