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Happy Earth Day April 18, 2008

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend, at least that’s what they say.

What a better weekend to celebrate Earth Day, and there are a ton of stuff going on, from free crafts at your local Lakewood Learning shore to enjoying the sun and the animals at the Zoo, these events won’t leave you wondering what to do. So when your little one wakes up and asks, “What are we going to do today?” (like mine does) you’ll have not only have an answer, but a great plan in hand.

Here goes it:

1-The Philadelphia Zoo throws great events and I’m sure this one is no exception. It’s a party for the planet Saturday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Zoo. During this family friendly earth celebration, come see the animals and learn how to reuse, recycle and reduce. The Zoo will be filled with educational and conservation activities. Come by on Saturday and you can hang with Swoop the Eagles mascot and meet channel 6 weather man David Murphy (we watch him every morning). Come by around noon and you can rock out to the tunes of Yosi and the Superdads on the Impala Stage. (We went to the zoo today because we have a birthday party on Saturday or I would totally be there.

2-Teach your kids a bit of the Native American Culture on Saturday at the Discovery Museum. Learn the value and importance of the Native American Culture and try your hand at crafting your own dream crafter or rain stick (but keep that rain stick still at least until Monday).

3-Johnson’s Farm is putting on a party of their own in celebration of the Apple Blossom Festival. Join them for live music and Hayrides to the “Bloomin’ Orchards”, “Barnyard Bill” games, kettle corn, ice cream and much much more. Festivities last throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.

4-Even the Lakeshore Learning Store is getting in on the Earth Day Festivities with their own celebration. This free event features free activities for kids including a plant-your-won-flower activity. Activities run Saturday from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

5-What kinda Earth Day would it be if I left out the Academy of Natural Sciences?! The museum celebrates Earth Day and the animals that help keep our planet clean and healthy. There is will tons of crafts and fun as kids create eco-friendly crafts, enjoy naturalist presentations, and play education games. Their Earth Day celebration lasts throughout the entire weekend from 11:00am to 3:30pm.

Earth Day shouldn’t be celebrated just once a year, it should be an attitude we take your round. Here are 5 things you can do with your family and help our planet stay clean and healthy:

1-Walk or ride your bike to school, the park or the store. This is a great way to reduce poluution caused by cars, trucks, buses, trains and airplanes.

2-Plant Trees. They help keep the air clean

3-Don’t liter.

4-Create a compost pile for food scraps and plant waste from the garden. Not only do composts help enrich the soil, but it is a good way to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills.

5- Recycle. Get with your kids to create your own recycling bins and have them place them in spots they would remember to use and decorate them. (I know they did this on Jon and Kate plus 8)

Happy Earth Day!

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