Where to Celebrate Earth Day Around Philly and the Main Line
From family festivals to hands-on science activities, here's where to celebrate (and learn to protect) our planet.
Earth Day is Sunday, April 22 this year, and there are so many fun opportunities to celebrate while learning about nature and protecting the planet, from festivals to hands-on science activities. Here are our top picks for family-friendly ways to get eco-friendly.
April 16, 9 am — 5 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
The Please Touch Museum’s Earth Day celebration is focused on the ocean and water. There will be a dress-up area in Hamilton Hall, “Splish Splash Storytime,” naturalist shell art, and more all day long.
April 16, 4 pm
5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia
Come for stories and games about planet Earth.
April 21, 10 am — 5 pm
141 N. Third St., Philadelphia
The Center for Art in Wood will have hands-on crafts for the whole family, information on what you can do to help protect the environment, and earth-friendly giveaways. It will also be the last day to catch the exhibit “Seeing the Forests and the Trees: Winifred Helton-Harmon,” which combines large-scale photographic prints, sculpture, sounds, and videography to create an immersive forest experience.
April 21, 10 am — 2 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia
Celebrate with science and environmental art activities, hikes, and crafts. The event will also have food trucks, dance, and a fort-building competition. This event is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival.
April 21, 10 am — 4 pm
Lardner’s Point Park, 5202 Levick St., Philadelphia
This all-ages festival will include outdoor cleanup, live music, food trucks, environmental demos, and kids’ activities.
April 22, 7 –11 am (Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9:30 am)
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
This is one of the region’s longest-running charity races and its largest Earth Day event. Choose from a 3K walk, 5K run, or 10K run. The three distance runs on Earth Day follow the banks of the Schuylkill River along Martin Luther King Drive. As you run, you’ll see signs with engaging environmental facts and statistics at every mile marker. And even if you’re not a runner, the whole family can get involved—there is also a Kids’ Fun Run (a half-mile for kids ages 6-12, and a 250-yard dash for kids ages 5 and under!), along with a Kids’ Corner where kids can learn about sustainability and healthy living with make-and-take crafts and environmentally-friendly games! The event also features an Earth Day celebration with food, drinks, vendors and other activities at finish line and event area, and eco-friendly swag bags for all participants. Want to get involved, but can’t make it that day? They also offer a Virtual 5K, so you can Run for Clean Air anywhere.
Various locations throughout Philadelphia
As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, so many science institutions open their doors to families for hands-on learning activities. You can be a geologist at the Wagner Free Institute, be a wildlife biologist down by the river, be an environmental scientist at Fairmount Water Works, and much, much more!
April 22, 9:30 am — 5 pm
525 Arch St., Philadelphia
Learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt, and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson. Kids can create fun and handy “cootie-catchers” that provide helpful tips on going green at the activities table. And hopefully the weather is nice, and you can go outside on the front lawn for gardening and 18th Century games.
April 22, 10 am — 5 pm
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
See a range of specimens from the museum’s world-renowned collection, and conduct a variety of experiments to learn more about the planet (and how you can be a better steward of the environment). Create sustainable make-and-takes, and learn easy tips on how to make positive changes in your home and community.
April 22, 2 pm
2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia
Make an environmentally safe craft and snack.
April 22, 3 — 7 pm
Paine’s Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Pinnacle Parkour Academy is taking it outside for an afternoon of to go jumping around and picking up trash at the skate park.
April 28—29, 1 — 4 pm
3 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey
Celebrate Earth Day and weave a nature square. Children who come dressed as Mother Earth, Fred the Fish, or a Truffula Tree will receive $1 off of their admission.
The Main Line and Beyond
April 21, 9 am — noon
Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford
Come for a full morning of fun eco activities for all ages. Kids ages 12 and up can build a bee house, birdhouse, or bat house to take home. Some activities require pre-registration on the township’s website. You can even make yourself a smoothie on a bike-powered blender! There will also be live music and an appearance by Smokey the Bear. Learn about birding, composting, gardening, and other ways to be more environmentally friendly.
April 21, 10 am — 3 pm
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Elmwood Park Zoo’s annual eco-celebration features live entertainment (including a live animal show, and kids’ fitness demo), an Earth Expo with participating vendors showcasing their eco-friendly products and services, and raffles.
April 21, noon — 4 pm
Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Ave., Narberth
Celebrate Earth Day at Narberth’s annual event featuring exhibitors from environmental organizations, live music, raffles, healthy food, fun and games for the whole family.
April 22, 10 am — 5 pm
550 Justison St., Wilmington, Delaware
The Delaware Children’s Museum will hold earth science programming in their STEM Room, a free plant giveaway, and of course the Earth Balloon will be on display.
April 22, 3 — 5 pm
35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth
Kids will learn ways to get “eco-consciously crafty.” Pre-registration is required.
April 24, 1 pm
515 Painter Road, Media
Kids ages 4-6 (and their grownups) will turn over logs and stones to watch slimy worms and slugs at work—nature’s own recyclers. They will also have fun creating recycled art projects.
Lead photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia.