Earth Day with LA Kids: Green Festivals, Events, and Fun for Families

You say it's your Earth Day; well it's my Earth Day, too, yeah! And yes, we're gonna have a good time. Earth Day is one of those holidays that just screams kids. And when we say scream, we mean outdoor voices. Oh sure, Halloween has its ghosts and goblins; Christmas has its presents, and Easter has its chocolate bunnies (melting in the SoCal sun if not found quickly). But Earth Day is a holiday when families of all backgrounds can come together to appreciate our planet and keep our outdoors great for generations to come. And since loving the environment is something Californians take particular pride in, it's not surprising that we're spoiled for choice for celebrating Earth Day around LA.

(Video) Crazy Cool Easter Bonnets and Kids at the NYC Parade

NYC families turned out in droves for the city's annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, from babies in strollers to groups of moms in long gloves and neon-hued hats. Bedecked in all manner of costume and creative bonnets, the Easter Sunday revelers mingled along Fifth Avenue in Midtown, gathering near St. Patrick's Cathedral across from Rockefeller Center. 

The energy was pure positivity with spring colors and flowers, as well as NYC's theatrical streak on full display, reports our videographer and photographer who attended this year's fun on April 16. She described it as a "bit like a fashion show." It's FREE silly fun and uber family friendly with balloon artists, dancing, and puppetry; no wonder it's one of our top recommended things to do with NYC kids in April and this spring.

Check out the video and photos below of some of the coolest kids and families at the beloved annual fest.

Seven Running Clubs for Kids in Boston

On your mark, get set, GO! It’s marathon time, which means Bostonians have running on the brain. Aspiring runners don’t need to be adults to learn to run like Desi Linden or Meb Keflezighi. Seven local running clubs for children will help kids learn to run or train to be the track stars of the future. Whether or not your kid is Olympics-bound, these clubs also promote sportsmanship, friendship, fitness, and self-confidence—which are worth just as much as a medal.

Weekday Picks: OC Imaginology, Free Garden Days, Planetariums

With Earth Day looming (it's Saturday, April 22), there's a whole slew of activities this week that can give families a deeper appreciation of the natural world around them. These include free days at gardens, such as South Coast Botanic and Descanso, and planetarium shows at UCLA and Santa Monica College

Also on tap for the week is the OC Fair Imaginology event, with its focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math); now in its 38th year, the event allows youths to showcase their talents in individual and group competitions. It also features hands-on activities, displays, workshops, career advice, and other activities for families.

We know a great weeknight dinner deal this week, too, that makes it easier to enjoy all this entertainment.

Want more? Head over to our Event Calendar and monthly GoList. Here are a few favorites for the week.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Baseball, Penguin Playtime, Princess Tea

Feathered and furry friends are in the spotlight this week! Hang out with some penguins at Jenkinson’s Aquarium's Penguin Pointers, have a bunny play date at Bergen County Zoo’s Wild and Crafty Bunny Bonanza, or fly over to Great Swamp OEC for Preschool Walk: Feathered Friends. Top off a busy week at Mommy and Me Tea with a Princess, or have a ball at the Somerset Patriots’ opening night.

Read on for our best children's events the week of April 17–21, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and April GoList for even more April fun.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Marathon Monday, Farmer Day, and a Scientist Encounter; April 17-21

There's just one bummer about being at home for a staycation this week: deciding which special activity to take the kids to each day! Along with the oodles of special school break events we've already covered, there's some seriously inspirational fun going on across the city and 'burbs. Kids can get a glimpse at some of the world's most awe-inspiring athletes on Monday, and talk to a working scientist on Wednesday. If the great outdoors is more their speed, they can live the life of a farmer or build miniature imaginary lands from natural materials.  If the wacky weather has them scratching their heads, let the wind blow you in the direction of the Central Library. Don't forget, there are a ton more fun ideas for the week in our Event Calendar—this packed week, may we suggest that you bookmark it?

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Star Wars Origami, CSI: Forensics

On the heels of spring break, the week ahead may mean back to school, but there is still plenty of fun to be had for Westchester families!

Among the many FREE STEAM programs that we recently compiled is the Jellybean Engineering Challenge, a calorie-free way to repurpose that leftover candy (unless a little nibbling happens along the way). Fans of Star Wars and origami can combine these two interests to artfully create their favorite characters from small squares of paper, while sports fans can get autographs and memorabilia at the return of the Baseball Card Show.

This week is also loaded with ways to get a head start on celebrating Earth Day, as many area venues are rolling out the “green” carpet both before and after the big day to celebrate.

These are just a sampling of what awaits you on our Event Calendar, so be sure to visit that after reading on for more details and the rest of our top picks!

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 


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