While last year’s Earth Day celebrations went digital, this year’s observers of the environmental holiday have the choice of celebrating in-person or virtually. Whether you choose to visit a local museum or exhibit, or tune in from the comfort of your home, you and your kiddos will stay busy this Earth Day with these events in North Texas and beyond.
Family Workshop: Earth Day Family Yoga // Fort Worth
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
When: Saturday, April 17, 10:30–11:15am
What to know: Meet in the garden for an Earth Day-themed family yoga session hosted by Nanda Yoga, where you and your family can spend some quality time together as you learn about Earth Day. The class will be filled with partner and group poses, silly sequences and yoga games to keep everyone engaged. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, families must register online by April 15. Masks will be worn at all times.
Cost: $15 for non-members adults and children ages 6–15; free for ages 5 and younger; $12 for garden members
Project Planet // Fort Worth
Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St.
When: On display indefinitely; Saturdays 11am–4pm (members-only hour from 10–11am) and Sundays from noon–4pm
What to know: Although the Children’s Museum remains closed for improvements, kids can saunter around Project Planet along the first floor of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. This year-long exhibit teaches kids about global warming and climate change, and how this can present challenges to Fort Worth and beyond through immersive exhibits, visualizations and interactive displays.
Cost: $9 for ages 5 and older; free for kids under 5. Prices reflect temporary discounts due to COVID-19.
Earth Day Exhibit // Dallas
Where: Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway
When: April 7–30 during regular mall hours
What to know: Learn while you shop at the Galleria this Earth Day, as the mall aims to educate the public on the current environmental state of the planet, the effects of climate change on humanity and the power we hold to make a positive impact. The installation, partnered with EarthX and Octopus Energy, showcases five different environmental focus areas with QR codes that lead visitors to a companion website with supporting materials and additional resources.
Cost: Exhibit is free; donations accepted for Green Careers Dallas
Earth Day Weekend at Dallas Arboretum // Dallas
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road
When: April 22–24
What to know: Join the Dallas Arboretum as it showcases its unique events in honor of Earth Day. Kicking off at 10:30am April 22, visit the Window to the Wild Bird Show at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn for a flight program full of amazing birds in action. Come back on Saturday from 10am–4pm to enjoy garden programs in the Rory Meyers Children’s Garden, where kids can find engaging activities and workshops centered around Earth Day. They’ll be able to make a model of a future city from recycled materials, filter water, create finger puppets to explore a rooftop pollinator garden and much more. Other special guests include an EarthX Bumblebee pollination craft, a LatinX Dallas lesson about food equity and an 11am showing of Jack and the Beanstalk from the Dallas Opera.
Cost: Free with regular garden admission; $15 for adults; $10 for children ages 2–12; kids under 2 are free. Admission into the Children’s Garden is $3 per visitor; free for garden members.
Earth Day Festival // Watauga
Where: The Healthy Hippie Café & Bar, 6600 Denton Highway Suite 210
When: April 24, 8am–10pm
What to know: For a whole day of fun, consider a stop at the Healthy Hippie Café & Bar, where the restaurant is hosting a plant-based, eco-friendly extravaganza filled with live music, classes, food, activities, raffles and more. Visit the website for more details as they arise.
Earth Day All Day Celebration // Plano
Where: Overture Plano, 500 Coit Road
When: April 22 at 4:30pm
What to know: Take a tour around Overturn Plano with your family, and grab a plant to-go at this Plano Earth Day celebration. Starting at 4:30pm, there will be a tree dedication ceremony to those impacted by COVID-19. Afterwards, mingle and mix with other members of the community about the environment.
Cost: Free; RSVP through the link above
Seed Planting to Go // Keller
Where: Keller Public Library, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway
When: April 19, all day
What to know: If you’re looking for a to-go option for Earth Day this year, look no further than the Keller Public Library. Pick up a grab-and-go kit with everything needed to grow basil from the seed. Work with your littles to learn about why plants are important to humanity. Kits are available while supplies last.
Third Annual Earth Day Virtual Challenge – Dallas // The Virtual Run Challenge
Last year, the Virtual Run Challenge in Dallas trekked 51,023 miles over the course of April to raise money for global environment efforts. This year, the goal is simple: to see how many times members of the Dallas-Fort Worth community can run 24,901 miles (the distance of Earth’s equator). You can join the challenge for free or upgrade your registration to get an Earth Day T-shirt, commemorative medallion, eco-friendly straws and a pack of wildflower seeds to plant.
Earth Day Celebration: Zoom into the Zoo! // Go Green Garland
Join Go Green Garland for an all-encompassing virtual display with birds, mammals and reptiles from around the world. Expect a 45-minute presentation with zoologists and ambassador animals from the Dallas Zoo with a Q&A. Pick a day that works best for you to visit the website (April 17 or 18). Registration is free. Go Green Garland’s website also features activities for kids to keep them engaged in the Earth Day conversation.
Earth Day Network // Worldwide
Ever curious how other countries celebrate this environmental holiday? The Earth Day Network is the hub for all things Earth Day with its digital map that showcases registered events across the globe. Take a virtual field trip with your kids to places like Cape Town or Perth and see how the locals celebrate.
EarthX // Dallas
EarthXFilm will be streaming 36 features and shows, various live-streams, Q&A’s, panels and EarthXFilmYouth programming. Its comprehensive schedule lets you park or drive in if you’d like to get out of the house, or you can enjoy the festivities from your couch. Streaming from the website is available April 17–25.
San Diego Zoo // San Diego
The San Diego Zoo will be hosting tons of at-home activities on Earth Day. From Facebook Live feeds of zoo animals to Earth Day coloring pages and scavenger hunts, the activities will keep your little ones busy while they learn about wildlife conservation.
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