Go green!Find the top things to do this month with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events
Celebrate Earth Day
WHEN: April 21-22, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
WHAT: Create a terrarium and a biome to observe the water cycle. Observe the water cycle in your own plant habitats.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. maritimeexplorium.org.
The Art of Wisdom Earth Day Fundraiser
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 12-4pm
WHERE: Dockers Waterside, 94 Dune Road, East Quogue
WHAT: Join The Art of Wisdom as we celebrate Earth Day and raise funds for our community's children. We will have passed appetizers, live music by R.A.D, a fashion show, Chinese auction, and door prizes. Come help the nonprofit put an end to bullying and sponsor neighborhood children in need.
WANT TO GO? $50. 631-965-4764. taow.org/events.
FREE Sound-Off! (Save Long Island Sound)
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 11am-3pm
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
WHAT: In honor of Earth Day, enjoy a hands-on afternoon celebrating conservation of the Long Island Sound. There will be tented activities for all ages, including a live touch tank, hands-on science experiments, art exhibit, and water monitoring station.
WANT TO GO? 631-367-3418 . cshwhalingmuseum.org.
FREE Earth Day Mini Garden Keepsakes
WHEN: Monday, April 23, 4pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day by listening to a story and creating a keepsake to take home and plant. Registration and Westhampton Free Library card required.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.
Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, 120 Muser Drive, Cornwall
WHAT: Have fun while learning in the Stillman Family "Green Zone," where museum educators will lead activities. Enjoy nature play in Grasshopper Grove, interactive games, hay rides, live animals, storytelling, puppetry by Lydia Adams Davis, and music by John and Jackie Gioia. See the Young Naturalist's presentations of The Lorax at 11:30am.
WANT TO GO? $5 parking. 845-534-5506. hhnm.org.
Earth Day Handprint Keepsake
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe
WHAT: Craft in clay, mix planet earth colors, and create your very own earth handprint keepsake. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $20. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.
Family Art Project: Earth Day Gratitude Garden
WHEN: April 21-22, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Wave Hill, 649 W. 249th St., Bronx
WHAT: Reflect upon the abundance of this Earth. Sculpt a miniature garden using oil clay in bright colors, then share what you are thankful for on a paper flag and plant it in the outdoor, communal gratitude garden.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 students and seniors; $2 children ages 6-18; free for children younger than 6; admission is free until 12pm on Saturday. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.
FREE Earth Day Volunteer Kick-Off
WHEN: April 21-22, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Expect to do outdoor physical work on the demonstration gardens and front ornamental gardens at the farm. Help for the day or to find out what volunteering for the season at Hilltop can be like.
WANT TO GO? 914-962-2368. hilltophanoverfarm.org.
FREE Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 12-4pm
WHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale
WHAT: Opportunities to get your hands dirty include planting gardens, turning the compost, removing invasives, clearing trails, and mulching footpaths. Participate in workshops on beekeeping and backyard composting and be an environmental steward in our tree planting ceremony.
WANT TO GO? 914-723-3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.
FREE Go Fly A Kite!
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 12-3pm
WHERE: Bartow-Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Bronx
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day by crafting a one-of-a-kind kite using recycled materials, willow branches, and newspapers. Experiment with wind directions and elevations on the front lawn of the mansion.
WANT TO GO? 718-549-3200. bartowpellmansionmuseum.org.
FREE Earth Day Towers
WHEN: Friday, April 13, 4-5pm
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Village Branch, 85 Main St., Haverstraw
WHAT: Get ready for Earth Day by creating a fort, town, or scenes using recycled materials. Using simple mechanics, add movable elements to the structures. There will be lots of cardboard boxes, tubes, and colorful paper on hand to use and it is encouraged to bring any additional items to re-purpose.
WANT TO GO? 845-429-3445. hkdpl.org.
Earth Day Celebration and Hike-A-Thon
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, Hike-A-Thon, 9-11am; Earth Day Celebration: 11am-3pm
WHERE: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Drive, Cornwall
WHAT: Choose from four offered hikes, open to hikers of all levels and ages. The Earth Day celebration is a family friendly event and features the Stillman Family Green Zone, filled with fun and informative games and activities. Also enjoy, live music, hay rides, nature play in Grasshopper Grove, live animals, and more.
WANT TO GO? $5 suggested donation per car. 845-534-5506. hhnaturemuseum.org.
Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 12-4pm
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, 15 Cedar St., Nyack
WHAT: Enjoy live music, food vendors, used battery drop, local artisans, craft projects, and unique hands-on activities. Join the Keep Rockland Beautiful, Inc. Great American Cleanup crew prior to the event.
WANT TO GO? free admission. 845-353-2221. nyackchamber.org.
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 10:30am-3pm
WHERE: Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park, 55 Hessian Drive, Highland Falls
WHAT: Come to the Bear Den to make snacks for the black bears then watch the zookeepers let the bears enjoy the tasty treats. Enjoy nature-related displays and activities, and family-friendly fun with an Earth-friendly focus.
WANT TO GO? $10 parking fee; $1 suggested donation. 845-786-2701 x293. trailsidezoo.org.
Primitive Fire Making
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly, NJ
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day by learning one of mankind's oldest most valuable skills: fire making. Develop a connection to our ancestors by using a fire-bow, hand-drill, and other fire-by-friction techniques.
WANT TO GO? $50. 201-568-6093. tenaflynaturecenter.org.
FREE Annual Daffodil Festival And Earth Day Fair
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Memorial Park Van Neste Square, East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ
WHAT: Learn ways to recycle better and increase the community commitment to a sustainable future through waste reduction, reuse, and improving the quality of our recyclables.
WANT TO GO? 201-445-2600. ridgewoodchamber.com.
FREE 'The Trees are Singing': A Dance Performance to Celebrate Earth Day
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 2-3pm
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo Road, Garnerville
WHAT: Celebrate the beauty of spring, when trees bring forth new leaves with this show by The Debra Weiss Dance Company. The show includes audience participation, as children join performers in the finale to play percussion instruments and dance.
WANT TO GO? 845-786-3800. hkdpl.org.
Main image: Earth Day Celebration at the Greenburgh Nature Center