Thursday, April 20, 2017

This Weekend's Earth Day Fun (and much, much more!)


I've received a few questions from readers about family-friendly Earth Day events, and in compiling some suggestions, I discovered that there's quite a lot going on this weekend, both earth-focused and not. Here are some of the events on my radar -- hopefully one or more will work for your family!

Saturday, April 22nd (Happy Birthday, Grandma X!)
  • Earth Day BioBlitz, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz. 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome, but plan to get dirty as you hike along the river engaging in "citizen science." See link for more details. 
  • San Jose Municipal Rose Garden Ladybug Release. 9:00 a.m. Details were posted on NextDoor, but you can see a screenshot of the post at the link. First release in March was a big hit!
  • Mountain View Downtown Spring Family Parade (and post-parade activities). 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Parade is in downtown Mountain View on Castro Street at Villa, with post-parade activities at Pioneer Park.
  • Earth Day San Francisco, Civic Center, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Let's Go Green Together Earth Day Fair, Fremont. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. See link for activities and recycling opportunities.
  • March for Science, Silicon Valley, Downtown San Jose, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. March starts at 11:00 at City Hall, then culminates in a rally at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, in conjunction with the Comic Con's family events.
  • Earth Day Celebration, Cupertino City Hall. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Touch a Truck Event, San Jose Parents Participating Nursery School, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Kids LOVE these events, where they can get up close and personal with fun vehicles, including fire trucks, police cars, construction vehicles, and more. This is a fundraiser for SJPPNS, and the cost is $10 per family.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Tiny Treks, Byxbee Park, Palo Alto. 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. A seed-planting activity, a scavenger hunt, healthy treats, stories, music, and movement, hosted by a really neat nature-based preschool. Free. They ask that you rsvp on the event page linked above so that they have enough treats for everyone.
  • MakerSpace Open Studio: Recycled eARTh Day. New Museum Los Gatos, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. (both Saturday and Sunday). For ages 4+. This looks so cool! Check out the link for details. $5 materials fee for kids, $10 museum admission for adults. 
  • Earth Day/2nd Anniversary Celebration, Magical Bridge Playground, Palo Alto. 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. SV Toddler wishes Magical Bridge a very happy 2nd birthday!
  • Sharks v. Oilers, Game 6, SAP Center, San Jose. 7:30 p.m.
  • Silicon Valley Comic Con, San Jose Convention Center. Friday, April 21st - Sunday, April 23rd.
  • National Parks Week Free Entrance Days (Saturday and Sunday). Free admission to all National Parks, including fun day trips like Muir Woods and the Pinnacles. Expect crowds if you go.
Sunday, April 23rd
  • Parents' Place Family Fun Day, Palo Alto. 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free activities for kids and information for parents. They ask that you rsvp via their event link.
Next Friday, April 28th, there are a few local Arbor Day celebrations:
Hope something strikes your fancy! Have a great springtime weekend, and go Sharks!

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