Where to Celebrate Earth Day as a Family
Give the Earth a hug this Saturday.
For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has been observed on April 22 as a day to demonstrate commitment to environmental protection and sustainability and to clean up and beautify your community. With Earth Day taking place this Saturday — and the weather forecasts predicting a nice spring day — there are lots of family-friendly events happening so you can get involved in green activities, teach your children about the importance of taking care of our environment, and have some fun too.
Here’s where to go green this weekend around Philly and the Main Line:
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road, Philadelphia
10 am — 2 pm
This annual festival features science activities, food trucks, hikes, crafts, performances, live animals, and a fort-building competition. The free family day will also feature Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids Corner hosting NatureRadio with music and nature trivia.
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
10 am — 4 pm
This PECO-sponsored party features a live animal show at 11:30 am, and a performance by Lolly & YoYo at 1 pm. Plus, enjoy an Earth Expo, a play, and other special activities. It’s free with zoo admission.
March from the south side of City Hall to Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
10 am — 2 pm
Keying on Earth Day (and the Philadelphia Science Festival), this is the local version of a national crop of marches supporting the scientific process and scientists. Several prominent Philly scientists will speak, including Derrick Pitts, the chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, and Ted Daeschler of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Clark Park, Hunting Park, and Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, three parks throughout Philadelphia will host Science in the Park, a day designed for children and families full of fun, hands-on activities exploring the extraordinary power of science, technology, engineering, and math. Admission is free for all. Click here to see locations and times.
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia
10 am — 3 pm
Learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson and the history of the environmental movement in the United States and the origins of Earth Day. As a part of regular admission to the center, visitors can work on Earth Day games and crafts.
Township Building Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Park, King of Prussia
11 am — 2 pm
The jam-packed Earth Day Festival will include hands-on activities for kids, raffles and giveaways, pony rides, live music, and food. Do some spring cleaning before you come, because the Impact Thrift Truck will be there accepting clothes donations.
Lardner’s Point Park, near the corner of Milner and Levick streets, Philadelphia
Noon — 4 pm
Ideal for kids in grades K-12, this free event combines science, literacy, art, and outdoor recreation. Hosted by the Delaware River City Corporation, the Earth Day Festival will feature a paper shredding and electronics recycling truck, scavenger hunt, a volunteer clean-up, art and STEM activities, and food.
Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Ave., Narberth
Noon — 4 pm
A Narberth tradition for nearly 30 years, the annual NarbEarth Day is a family festival dedicated to environmentally-friendly living and sustainability. Admission is free, and the day features live music, activities for kids, local food and green products and businesses. And in the spirit of reduce, reuse, recycle, the Narberth Library will hold a used book sale and you can buy or swap perennial plants, toys, and household items.
Ridge Avenue between Green Lane and Leverington Avenue, Philadelphia
Noon — 6 pm
Celebrate the intersection of the arts and the environment at this Roxborough street festival. For the third year, the avenue will be lined with dozens of pop-up shops, artists, food trucks, beer and wine gardens, and three stages of performances. For the family, there will be live music, face painting, carnival games, and a moon bounce.
Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia
Departing from the gatehouse at 1 pm
Gather the kids aged 7 and older for some fresh air and a history hike and guided tour. Families will create personalized keepsake journals filled with clues, riddles, and maps, and then go outside to explore the oldest parts of the Laurel Hill Cemetery following clues from the journals. This activity costs $5 per person.
The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr
April 23, 10 am
Round out Earth Day weekend with a Sunday morning concert hosted by The West Hill School. There will be music by Songs for Seeds, play, and crafts. Admission is $15 per child.
There are lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day at home too! Work in the garden, clean-up litter on your block with neighbors, take a nature walk in your community. Whatever you do for Earth Day, the most important way to spend the day is teaching children about the precious resources surrounding us and our responsibility to take care of the earth.
Photograph via Canva.