Today, April 22, is Earth Day! And whether your Little is interested in art, science, animals, crafts or just getting outside and having fun, this holiday is a great opportunity to try something new and fun. We’ve put together a list of a few affordable, kid-friendly activities and events taking place in the Twin Cities, all perfect for an Earth Day outing with your Little.
1. Party for the Planet
The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is holding their annual “Party for the Planet” this weekend, a three-day event that includes activities, crafts and educational programs. You can explore all the ways that animals, plants and people depend on Planet Earth, and you’ll leave with some great ideas for improving our natural habitats and reducing your own environmental impact.
Date: Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Learn more: Click Here
2. Minnesota River Gorge Cleanup
This Saturday, join Friends of the Mississippi River in a Twin Cities Earth Day tradition. Pick the location that’s most convenient for you and your Little, meet up with other cleaners, eat free pizza, and attend an educational presentation from a National Park Service ranger. Then, pitch in and do your part to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River. Pre-registration and a permission slip is required for anyone under age 18.
Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: E 36th St & W River Pkwy OR E 44th St & W River Pkwy
Learn more: Click here
3. Earth Day in the Park
Volunteers of all ages are needed to help the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Department this Saturday. Get in the Earth Day spirit by cleaning up a park near you, as well as learning about clean water, erosion, wildlife and pollution, making a recycled art project, building a birdhouse and more! Gloves and bags will be provided.
Please note: The activities above are not affiliated with or sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Big Brothers Big Sisters is not responsible for the quality or content of any of these activities. This list is intended to give ideas to matches. Volunteers and parents/guardians should discuss the appropriateness of each activity or event before participating.