Spring has sprung in Cincinnati, which means we are all rushing outside to enjoy the warmth and sun. Kids, especially, thrive when given the chance to get a little fresh air, so what better opportunity to teach them about that air – and the rest of our environment – than Earth Day? Earth Day falls on Sunday, April 22nd this year and Cincinnati is rolling out the red carpet for our beautiful planet. It’s so crucial to teach our little ones about the importance of preserving our natural surroundings, and there’s no shortage of fun opportunities to celebrate it this year.
Check out this list of 8 things you can do as a family to learn about and celebrate Earth Day in Cincinnati:
Did you know that the Cincinnati Zoo is the greenest zoo in America? You can celebrate Earth Day at this favorite Cincinnati destination on April 19th from 4 to 8:30 pm. During the event, there will be several businesses and organizations available to teach you all about topics such as solar energy, composting, recycling, and more! It takes place during Tunes & Blooms, so admission is free after 5 pm! (Parking is $10)
If you have yet to ride the most beautiful carousel in Cincinnati, then the day before Earth Day is a great time to visit! The celebration is April 21st from 11 am to 5 pm and along with a ride on this nature-filled carousel, you can enjoy family-friendly crafts using recycled materials.
Quite possibly the largest celebration for Earth Day takes place at Summit Park on Saturday, April 21st. The event runs from Noon to 5 pm and includes a wide variety of activities including a scavenger hunt, inflatables, games, live music, live animals, and dozens of earth-friendly vendors and businesses.
Celebrate Earth Day in OTR as 3CDC partners with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful for a family-friendly event at Washington Park. It takes place on Sunday, April 22nd from 12pm to 5pm and will include eco-friendly events, vendors, live music, and food and drinks.
Everyday is Earth Day at Great Parks of Hamilton County, but Sunday, April 22nd is extra special with free admission! Experience 78 miles of trails and over 17,500 acres of natural beauty and adventure. Many parks also have individual events, so be sure to check out the parks calendar for all of the fun!
Krohn Conservatory is another Cincinnati destination that celebrates our Earth all year long. Visit the memorable Butterfly Show and the rest of the exhibits at Krohn and then take a stroll through Eden Park to experience this natural oasis in our city.
The Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford is a wonderful spot to take your family to spend time in nature and even get a little dirty. Pack your lunch (think eco-friendly!), take a hike, and then spend time getting up close and personal with our Earth and nature in the incredible child-friendly playscape.
The best way to celebrate Earth Day is to do something as a family that is good for our Earth. You can head to Home Depot and collect supplies for a garden, or a compost pile, or a number of other DIY projects. They also offer fun, kid-friendly workshops on the first Saturday of each month, so you can sign up for the class on May 6th and discuss the benefits of sustainable energy, while building a model windmill.
Earth Day is a special day to celebrate and learn about how to preserve our planet, and we can continue to do so as a family all year long! Will you celebrate Earth Day this year? Tell us what your family does for our planet in the comments! We’d love to hear about it.