Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming and the sun is shining; it is the perfect time to celebrate our beautiful planet with some nature themed fun. Gather the entire family to celebrate Earth Day with an exciting event from this great guide.
FREE SPRING THEMED LITTLE PRODIGIES
Children 2 – 7 years old can play, sing, craft and hear stories at the library with fun spring themes. April 3: Butterflies April 10: Caterpillars April 17: Flowers; Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport, KY; 4 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.
thu 4, 11, 18 and 25
FREE TUNES AND BLOOMS
Explore the sights and sounds of Spring at the zoo every Thursday evening in April! Families will enjoy thousands of beautiful, colorful flowers and take in a fun, free concert. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH; 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Free event, $10 parking onsite. ; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/tunes-blooms/.
FREE WILDEARTH AT THE LIBRARY
Children in grades K – 5 can tune into SafariLIVE in Africa. Watch real animals and learn more about them. This is a live safari that shows live animals and may contain wild behavior. Florence Branch, 7425 U.S. 42, Florence, KY; 11 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.
WEE WONDER ABOUT EARTH
Ever wonder about Earth? Children ages 3 – 5 years old can come enjoy an activity, craft and story as they learn about our planet. Woodland Mound , 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati, OH; 10 a.m.; $7.50 per child, payable at the door. A valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park.; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
mon 15 – 27
FREE PAINTED POTS WEEK
Help create some beautiful artwork to display from the trees in the park. Decorate a clay pot to display through the end of May- or purchase yours and take it home for a small fee.
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati, OH; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; A valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park.; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
tue 16 & wed 17
FREE MINI CAMP: EARTH DAY WITH KENTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Enjoy hands-on explorations to celebrate Earth Day. Join staff from Kenton County Solid Waste for fun recycling activities on Tuesday followed by a skit and other interactive activities. On Wednesday, investigate the seasons and weather, study clouds and create Earth Day art to display at the library. Attend either day or both. Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, Independence, KY; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or bit.ly/kcparksandrec.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: EARTH DAY IS EVERY DAY
Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton, OH; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
THURSDAY ART PLAY: GO PLANET: IT’S YOUR EARTH DAY!
Celebrate Earth Day with some earth-friendly art projects. Ages 3 – 6 years old are welcome to make seed bombs, create art using recycled and natural materials and then become one with Mother Nature by doing some relaxing kid-friendly yoga in the UnMuseum.
Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati, OH; 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; free for CAC members, $5 admission per non-member children; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/programs/family-programs/thursday-art-play.
FC CINCINNATI GREENER GOALS GAME
Cincinnati will take on Real Salt Lake during this “Greener Goals” soccer game. There will be special Earth Day programming around the stadium to support the MLS WORKS environment and climate initiatives. Nippert Stadium, 2700 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH; 7:30 p.m.; general admission tickets starting at $15; 513-556-2287 or fccincinnati.com.
CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL: PRESERVE THE EARTH DAY
Explore ways to use recycled materials and how to be more sustainable in day to day life; discover how a few small changes can make a big difference! Learn about the importance of insects, such as bees, and even make a bee craft. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; free event; ride tokens available for purchase; 513-381-3756 or cincinnatiparks.com/carousel.
FREE EARTH DAY OTR
Gather the family and head to Washington Park for a fun-filled day dedicated to our amazing planet! To celebrate Earth Day there will be vendors, hands-on learning opportunities, live music, inflatables, plus food and drinks. Help Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, in sponsorship with 3CDC. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH; 12 – 5 p.m.; Items available for purchase. ; 513-352-4380 or cincinnatiearthday.com/two-earth-day-events-in-2019.html.
FREE ARLINGTON GARDENS 2ND ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Celebrate Earth Day with an afternoon of great games and awesome activities at Arlington Gardens Memorial Gardens. The Cincinnati Zoo will be on hand; there will be sac races, seed planting, a bubble station, bracelet making, yoga and so much more. Families can learn about protecting the planet with Rumpke’s recycling mascot and about the importance of bees with a professional beekeeper. Free popcorn and drinks will be available! The Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH; 2 – 3:30 p.m.; 513-521-7003 or amgardens.org.
FREE GREATER CINCINNATI EARTH DAY AT SUMMIT PARK
Celebrate Earth Day with over 100 exhibitors, live music, vegetarian food options and environmental education sessions. Kids will love the inflatables, games, crafts and animals! Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash, OH; 12 – 5 p.m.; cincinnatiearthday.com.
FREE SPRING FEST IN THE WOODS
Find out more about the wonderful natural resources thriving in Cincinnati’s city parks; wildflowers, diverse habitats, native plants and trees are all a spectacle to behold. Enjoy wild edible cooking demonstrations, live music, crafts, animal encounters and so much more during this family-friendly event. Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati, OH; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 513-321-6070 or cincinnatiparks.com/explore-nature.
sun may 5
FREE FORT THOMAS FOREST CONSERVANCY EARTH DAY
Explore local vendors booths, learn from educators and participate in workshops to make the planet a greater place! The second annual FTFC Earth Day will also include tons of family friendly activities, entertainment and food available for purchase. Tower Park , 950 South Fort Thomas Avenue, Fort Thomas; 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; facebook.com/events/868574203483910/?active_tab=discussion.