Where to Celebrate Earth Day in the New York Area

Where to Celebrate Earth Day in the New York Area

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Find the top things to do this month with kids in the NYC area in our Calendar of Events

Celebrate our planet on April 22 for Earth Day. The goal of Earth Day is to help support the environment through means to addressing climate change, ending plastic pollution, and finding greener ways to reduce our carbon footprint in everyday life, such as recycling, avoiding plastic, and using alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials. Earth Day provides the opportunity to spread awareness and education of how we can take care of the planet to preserve wildlife and biodiversity. Find Earth Day events happening in and around the New York area throughout April in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County, and Rockland County.
 

Earth Day Activities in Manhattan

FREE Earth Day New York 2018
WHEN: Sunday, April 15, 12-7pm
WHERE: Union Square, Broadway and East 17th Street, Union Square
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: This annual outdoor event features dozens of exhibitors, including environmental non-profits, green businesses, kids' activities, and live performances. With more than 70 organizations represented, there is something for everyone.
WANT TO GO? 212-922-0048. earthdayinitiative.org.
 

Earth Day 5K Green Tour 2018
WHEN: Friday, April 20, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Union Square, Broadway and E. 17th St., Union Square
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: The tour is a fantastic way to get outside on Earth Day and get involved with some of the great green groups around NYC. Sites this year include a living green wall and a Broadway theater that's going green. You'll travel from site to site and learn about what each group is doing on the ground to help green the city.
WANT TO GO? $30. 212-922-0048. earthday5k.eventbrite.com.
 

Botanical Prints
WHEN: April 16-22, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Greenwich Village
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day with museum educators. Use colored pencils on scratch-foam to create your very own botanical prints that mimic the organic shapes of the natural world.
WANT TO GO? $12; free for children younger than 1. 212-274-0986. cmany.org.
 

Being Green Fest
WHEN: April 21-22, Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Engage in all kinds of Earth Day-related activities, like seed pod making, creating your own herb garden, and forming rice balls through "mottaina": a Japanese concept that means "don’t be wasteful."
WANT TO GO? $14; $11 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

EarthFest
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 7am-6pm
WHERE: American Museum of Natural History, 79th Street and Central Park West, Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy yoga in the Cullman Hall of the Universe; a performance of composer John Luther Adams’ piece Become Ocean by the Chelsea Symphony Orchestra; a large-scale dance by the Pilobolus troupe using lighted umbrellas under the blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life; and other demonstrations of art, science, and culture at this festival honoring Earth Day.
WANT TO GO? $23; $18 seniors and students; $13 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. 212-769-5100. amnh.org.
 

Hopalong Andrew and Band Family Concert
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
AGES: 3-8
WHAT: Hear the down-home sounds of Hopalong Andrew and his crackerjack band of world-class Americana musicians as they playfully adapt traditional folk songs and classic country songs to reflect city life for urban cowpokes. Clap and stomp with the fiddle, banjo, pedal steel, harmonica, and contagious harmonies that feature songs in honor of Earth Day.


Earth Day Activities in Brooklyn

FREE 11th Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2-6pm
WHERE: Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave., Crown Heights
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Now in its 11th year, the National Grid Earth Day Celebration is designed to educate families on how they can play a role in caring for the Earth and creating a more sustainable future. Events include interactive family activities, experiential learning games, culinary demonstrations, and live performances.
WANT TO GO? 718-951-4600. brooklyncenter.org.
 

Girl Scout Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 11am-4pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Calling all Girl Scouts! Celebrate Earth Day at the zoo to enjoy environmental games, participate in a Citizen Science Project, meet animals, complete a scavenger hunt, and receive an event patch.
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-399-7339. prospectparkzoo.com.

 

Earth Day Activities in Queens

FREE Earth Day Shore Fest Spring Kickoff
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 1-5pm
WHERE: Astoria Park Main Lawn, 19th Street between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy a nature-themed celebration on Earth Day that will feature community volunteer opportunities, free public programming, live music by local artists, a scavenger hunt, child-friendly games, fitness activities, prizes, and more.
WANT TO GO? 646-404-4103. astoriaparkalliance.org.
 

Green Garden: Green Planet
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 12:30-3:30pm
WHERE: The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: An afternoon of art, hands-on workshops, and take-away information. Learn about ways to care for and enjoy our natural environment with information on recycling, composting, and other earth-friendly resources in the community.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Learn how to help make a cleaner and greener environment.
WANT TO GO? $5; free for children younger than 3; $12 per family. 718-359-6227. vomuseum.org.
 

Family Breakfast: Earth Day
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 9:30am
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona
AGES: All
WHAT: After a light breakfast, explore the nature play area, learn how to do things to help local wildlife, and help staff plant some flowers to attract butterflies and other animals. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $35 . 718-271-1500. queenszoo.com.
 

FREE Up-cycled Craft Series
WHEN: April 4-25, Wednesdays, 4:30pm
WHERE: Hillcrest Library, 187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day with this up-cycled craft series for kids to use recycled materials. Create a windmill craft on April 4; a bird feeder on April 11; a book collage poster on April 18; and a flower pot on April 25.
WANT TO GO? 718-454-2786. queenslibrary.org.

 

Earth Day Activities on Long Island

FREE Make A Terrarium
WHEN: Friday, April 6, 1pm
WHERE: Rockville Centre Library, 221 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Make your own terrarium in honor of Earth Day. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-766-6257. rvclibrary.org.

Little Fishies: Junior Gardener
WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 9-10am
WHERE: The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day and learn about conservation. Create a garden-themed craft, listen to a storytime, participate in a museum hunt, and enjoy a snack with your little one.
WANT TO GO? $12; $4 each sibling. 631-367-3418 . cshwhalingmuseum.org.


FREE How the Green Grass Grows
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 4pm
WHERE: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach
AGES: 5-8
WHAT: Kids in Grades 4-6 are invited to participate in an Earth Day-inspired program. During the event, participants will hear several “green” stories and then pot a plant to take home.
WANT TO GO? 631-288-3335. westhamptonlibrary.net.
 

Conservation Kids: Habitat Conservation
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2-4pm
WHERE: Center for Science Teaching & Learning, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Center
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day by learning about biodiversity and how plants and animals interact, then recycle plastic to make beautiful works of art.
WANT TO GO? $14. 516-764-0045. cstl.org.
 

FREE 'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth' Storytime
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 11am
WHERE: Barnes and Noble, 600 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove
AGES: Newborn-5
WHAT: Join in this storytime of Oliver Jeffers' book, a poignant celebration of life on Earth. Activities to follow.
WANT TO GO? 631-724-0341 . barnesandnoble.com.


Celebrate Earth Day
WHEN: April 21-22, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Maritime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
AGES: Newborn-8
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: 9-12
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 Activities in Westchester County

 

Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, 120 Muser Drive, Cornwall
AGES: All
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
AGES: 3-8
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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.


Earth Day Activities in Rockland County

FREE Earth Day Towers
WHEN: Friday, April 13, 4-5pm
WHERE: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Village Branch, 85 Main St., Haverstraw
AGES: 5-12
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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.
 

Earth Day
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 10:30am-3pm
WHERE: Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park, 55 Hessian Drive, Highland Falls
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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
AGES: All
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.
 

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Main image: Earth Day Celebration at the Greenburgh Nature Center