Earth Day NYC Style

It was not so long ago that Earth Day was just a day some tie-dyed college students sat around all day with a banner. With Laurie Berkner headlining the NYC Earth Day celebrations in Central Park there's no question that Earth Day is now a mainstream affair with loads of great family activities. In addition to Laurie Berkner, there will be tons of fun Earth Day family activities in Central Park, including planting and mulching projects for families, earth-friendly demonstrations and tours, an Earth Day Bingo hunt, face painting, arts and crafts, games, and more. The grand opening of the newly landscaped Peter Jay Sharp Children's Glade, a new venue for family programs, features storytelling throughout the day. Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could opens on the main stage and Baby Loves Disco follows. Stroller parking areas, restrooms, and baby-changing areas are available on site. All this is happening up at the northern tip of Central Park at the Great Hill (West Side from 103rd to 107th Streets); enter the Park at Central Park West and 103rd Street. If you want to check out what else you can do in the area, take a look at our earlier post describing a day out in North Central Park. But Earth Day is more than just fun and games. It's a great opportunity to teach city kids about the joys and wonder of nature, and in that vein, at the Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary there will be live raptor presentations, guided family bird walks, and ongoing bird-related activities and crafts. Reserve in advance by email or phone (212.870.3070). In Riverside Park, between 116th and 120th Streets. So, maybe Earth Day has gone a little mainstream. At least they're not selling plastic Earth Day baubles...I hope.