Earth Day is April 22, and we love celebrating with our kids—but try to keep it genuinely fun. Depending on the age of your little ones, celebrating Earth Day may be as simple as going for a walk outside in the stroller or as in depth as talking to teens about global warming. We’ve rounded up some great ways to note the occasion at home or out and about around South Orange County. Hope it gives you some inspiration for celebrating Mother Earth all year long!
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts have been one of our favorite pandemic activities, because they’re so versatile – you can download ones to do outdoors or indoors, for every type of holiday, and for every age.
This super simple one is perfect for younger kids, since it features both pictures and words.
This one is perfect for older kids who can read and understand a bit more about the meaning of Earth Day (bees spreading pollen, the recycling sign, etc.).
Want to fill some more time? Have your kids make their own scavenger hunt with pictures and words, and then complete it!
Pick Up Your Favorite Playground
Choosing an area to clean up—a playground, beach, or even your street—is a wonderful activity the whole family can do together. Give everyone their own gloves, garbage bag, and see who can pick up the most trash! You can even turn this into an Earth Day play date activity.
Make A Homemade Birdfeeder
Give a gift to your backyard birds and make a birdfeeder craft. You don’t even need birdseed—cereal like cheerios and peanut butter work just fine. We love these ideas from The Spruce Crafts.
Make a Card with Recycled Materials
Turn that junk mail, old school art or magazine pages into homemade Earth Day cards. Grandparents or teachers will love getting a special gift and you’ll be able to talk about where paper comes from—and why we shouldn’t waste it.
Get into the Garden
Gardening with kids is a perfect learning opportunity—they can practice fine motor skills, follow instructions and help in planning. For some ideas for gardening with kids, read our recent article on the topic.
Read a Book
We love adding a book or two about holidays to our collection, and Earth Day is no exception. (Note: If you’re trying to save paper, download them onto your Kindle or check them out from the library.) A few of our faves:
Skip the Car
Can you walk to school or bike to a playdate? Take the extra time on Earth Day, and explain why you’re changing your routine. Not only is it great for the planet, it’s healthy for you and your kids, and may just help you start getting a bit more exercise into your daily routine.
Play it Forward with LEGO
The LEGO brand has started a Replay program where you can ship old pieces back to the company and they rebuild them, give them new life and pass them on to kids in need. They’ve already collected and redistributed 300,000 pounds of LEGO bricks.
LOCAL EARTH DAY EVENTS
Earth Day Workshop
Aliso Viejo Ranch
April 22, 2022
4:30PM – 7:30PM
Register your kids for this fun Earth-day themed workshop. They’ll plot and decorate their own plants, create environmentally-friendly crafts, watch Madagascar, and enjoy a pizza dinner.
Earth Day Beach Clean up with StandUpToTrash
Baby Beach and Ocean Institute in the Dana Point Harbor
April 23rd from 9am-11am
Beach clean up at 2 locations:
– Baby Beach
– Ocean Institute
IMAX presents an Earth Day Call to Action: The Last Glaciers
Saturday, April 23, 2022. 10:00 AM PST
Location: REGAL IRVINE SPECTRUM
IMAX invites you to make an impact this Earth Day. Immerse yourself in THE LAST GLACIERS and see how you can make a difference. Experience the film followed by a conversation with director and producer Craig Leeson and special guests. Embark on a global IMAX adventure and push the limits of extreme sports to investigate the causes and effects of climate change. From Antarctica to the Himalaya, the Alps, and the Andes, IMAX immerses you in an extraordinary journey to the top of Earth’s glaciers to show how rapidly they are disappearing. Buy your tickets here.
Earth Day Celebration – April 23, 2022
Niguel Botanical Preserve
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel
8:30AM – 11:30AM
Visit the Niguel Botanical Preserve to celebrate Earth Day. Visitors will plant, weed, and clean up areas of the Preserve. Water and light snacks will be available.
Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration
Upper Oso Creek Trail
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo
April 23, 2022
8AM – Noon
Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Upper Oso Creek Trail. Visitors can learn about environmental programs that are offered by the City and exhibitors at the Green Expo and volunteers will be able to plant new landscapes at the park. Volunteers can enjoy lunch and ice cream while supplies last. Volunteers must submit an application and waiver prior to planting.
Earth Day San Clemente – April 23, 2022
Parque Del Mar
622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
10AM – 2PM
A free community Earth Day event featuring live music, crafts for the kids, educational displays and demonstrations, artists, and more. Kick off the day with a beach clean up at 8:30AMRelated articles from The Local Moms Network: