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Where to Celebrate Earth Day in Philly

From family festivals to hands-on science activities, here's where to celebrate (and learn to protect) our planet.

Earth Day is Monday, April 22 this year, and there are so many fun opportunities to celebrate while learning about nature and protecting the planet. Here are our top picks for family-friendly ways to get eco-friendly.

‘Creatures of Habitat’ at Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W. Girard Ave.

Through September 30

 

Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion Piece Animal Adventure” brings 12 giant LEGO vignettes created by Sean Kenney all over the zoo. Kids will be able to use the returning Zoo Keys at “audiobooks” located at each sculpture (as well as other areas throughout the zoo) to “unlock” secrets and stories about the animals, and learn how everyone can help protect these endangered creatures. Read all about the exhibit in our preview.

Run for Clean Air

April 20, 7 –11 am (Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9:30 am)
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

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. 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, environmentally-friendly games, and a rock climbing wall! The event also features an Earth Day celebration. 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.

Earth Day at National Constitution Center

April 22, 9:30 am — 5 pm
525 Arch St.

 

Learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt, and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson. Visitors will also be able to create crafts that provide helpful tips on going green. And hopefully the weather is nice, and you can go outside on the front lawn for gardening and 18th Century games.

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission at Academy of Natural Sciences 

April 22, 10 am — 5 pm
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In celebration of Earth Day, the museum is offering pay-what-you-wish access to the entire museum, including their special “Mythic Creatures” exhibit, which is usually an extra charge!

A Very Phanatic Earth Day

April 22, 1–3 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Mark the 49th annual Earth Day with a rousing, upbeat celebration featuring the Phillie Phanatic! Dance the air cycle, create a magical rainstorm, play Earth Day Bingo, and even plant a tree.

Earth Day Celebration at Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library

April 22, 4 pm

5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway

 

Stories, games, and crafts to celebrate Earth Day and learn how to protect our planet. Recommended for kids in grades K-12 and their caregivers, but siblings of other ages are welcome.

Naturepalooza: A Family Earth Day Celebration

April 27, 10 am — 2 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Celebrate with science and environmental art activities, hikes, nature exploration, and crafts. The event will also have food trucks, music and dance, face painting, and a fort-building competition. Dozens of environmental groups will also be there to lead science and art activities. This event is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival.

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Philadelphia Assistant Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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