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February 7, 2014

Crystal Bridge features guest reader KFOR’s Chase Thomason

OKLA. CITY — Bring your 2- to 5-year olds to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory for a special edition of Myriad Botanical Gardens’ popular Bringing Books to Life reading series Feb. 12 featuring KFOR Meteorologist Chase Thomason, who will read “Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today?” by Tish Rabe.

In this charming story, the Cat in The Hat Cat and company travel by hot air balloon up and into various weather phenomena including rain, snow, thunder, tornadoes, and (yikes!) even hurricanes! Written and illustrated in Seussian style, this a great addition to the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.

Youngsters will enjoy craft time after reading, and will make their very own rainbows to take home.

Bringing Books to Life story reading and craft time is made possible by the Junior League of Oklahoma City. It takes place each Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., inside the tropical Crystal Bridge, and is free to the public.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens offers its visitors a 17-acre natural escape in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. A half-acre children’s garden, an off-leash dog park, restaurant space, splash fountains and paths for walking and jogging provide guests young and old with a place to seek solitude with nature, or seek community and the company of others. Additionally, the Myriad Gardens offers a variety of horticultural education programs for adults and children.

The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory’s unique design has earned attention and praise in the architectural community. It is 224 feet long, 70 feet in diameter, and is covered by 3,028 sections of translucent, double-layered acrylic panels. The Conservatory includes 13,000 square feet of plant display area in two distinct climates: the Tropical Wet Zone, which is at the south end and is watered daily; and the Tropical Dry Zone at the north end which receives water from April through September, followed by drought from November through March. Some 2,000 varieties of plants and a 35-foot waterfall round out the spectacular features of the Conservatory.

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