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 Monday, April 22 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 10 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Cincinnati:
On April 3 from 11 am-1 pm, head to Winton Woods for a kid-friendly festive Earth Day Celebration. Get to know other families as we learn about simple fun ways to give back. Help your little one learn to celebrate the wonders of nature. For ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. FREE.
A Year on the Edge opened in March and features over 40 framed photographs captured by photographers Rick Conner and TJ Vissing over the course of four seasons at the Edge. The photographs, accompanied by display cases of some of the depicted specimens, brings the Edge’s year to life. This exhibit is free with CMC admission.
Open Tuesdays-Sundays through April 14, Canstruction® is an international design/build competition of the architecture and engineering industry that unites the love of design, art, creative thinking, competition and public service. Local teams race to build whimsical sculptures created entirely from canned and packaged food. After the event, all “building materials” are donated to the Freestore Foodbank — talk about the best kind of recycling!
Celebrate Earth Day in OTR as 3CDC partners with Keep Cincinnati Beautiful for a family-friendly event at Washington Park. It takes place on Saturday, April 20 from 12 to 5 pm and will include eco-friendly events, vendors, live music, and food and drinks.
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 25 from 4 to 8 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)
Quite possibly the largest celebration for Earth Day takes place at Summit Park on Saturday, April 27. The event runs from 12 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.
Krohn Conservatory is another Cincinnati destination that celebrates our Earth all year long. Visit the memorable Butterfly Show (March 23-June 16) and the rest of the exhibits at Krohn and then take a stroll through Eden Park to experience this natural oasis in our city.
It’s a celebration of Spring! On April 27th from 11 am-2 pm, head to Burnet Woods for a family-friendly festival featuring wild edible cooking demonstrations, crafts, vendors, live animals and more! Live music and face painting on site. Learn about Ohio’s native plants and wildflowers and how you can help with habitat restoration. This festival is FREE!
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. On April 27, head to the Nature PlayScape for an Earth Day-themed art activity.
This family-owned gem opens its Garden Center in April, and has everything you need for gardening success! The Garden Center at Blooms & Berries is different from your typical garden center, as it’s truly a place for families. While perusing the rows of picture-perfect plants, you’ll find simple garden projects, affordable supplies and lots of opportunities to make meaningful family moments.