Activities to Help your Kids Go Green on Earth Day

Earth Day, which happens every year on April 22, is the perfect time to educate your little ones about the importance of respecting nature and keeping our environment healthy. Across Michigan, you’ll discover lots of fun events perfect for kids, including educational speakers, community clean-ups and eco-friendly arts and crafts. Here are a few you and your kids won’t want to miss:

Earth Day Celebration at Kalamazoo Nature Center
April 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Along with an Earth Day 5K, Kalamazoo’s Nature Center is hosting a kids “Raccoon Run” for ages eight and under. The Center is offering free admission for the entirety of the day, including free trail hiking and children’s crafts.

Michigan Earth Day Fest at Rochester City Center
April 26 through April 28, times vary per day
The largest Earth Day festival in Michigan, this three-day program offers a wide variety of exhibits, attractions and kids’ activities. A “Kid’s Corner” includes a rock climbing wall, straw bale maze and crafts. (The event includes great information on wellness and fitness programs for moms and dads, too!)

Belle Isle Annual Cleanup
Belle Isle
April 27, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Looking for a more hands-on Earth Day activity? The annual Belle Isle cleanup is a chance for community volunteers to get their hands a little dirty as they perk up the park for the season. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and no registration is required, so give your little one some gardening gloves and a rake to join in on the outdoor fun.

GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo
Royal Oak
April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During GreenFest at the Detroit Zoo, you will you get to visit with all of your kid’s favorite animals while also participating in lots of earth-centric activities. Create fun crafts, hear zookeepers talk, check out exhibits by local conservation groups and artists and experience lots of other earth-friendly activities and games. Admission is included with entrance to the zoo.

Recycle Smart Earth Day Event
Traverse City
April 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join Grand Traverse County at the third annual Earth Day event. Families can learn about composting, participate in a scavenger hunt and even take pictures with Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Attend some of their awesome presentations to learn more about the various ways to love our planet.

Earth Day Festival at the Leslie Science & Nature Center
Ann Arbor
April 28, noon to 4 p.m.
This free event features displays and information from 40 local environmentally-conscious organizations. Kids will love the live animal demonstrations, hands-on activities, entertainment and educational sessions on cool science topics like energy and water awareness.

You can celebrate Earth Day every day by “going green” in simple ways.

Here are a few Earth-friendly blogs to explore:
8 Reasons Why You Should Plant a Tree for Earth Day
Wear Your Conscience: 5 Michigan Shops to “Green” Up Your Wardrobe
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with Arts and Scraps

Photo credit: Denali National Park

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