Earth Day is this weekend—what’s on agenda for your family? The Seacoast has tons to offer in the way of activities, events, shows, fundraisers and more. Go green!
Wild & Scenic Film Festival, The Music Hall
Showing on the big screen at The Music Hall on Friday, April 20 at 7:00pm is the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Enjoy beautiful short films that explore and celebrate our shared environment while telling amazing stories of the human-nature connection. This is a sell-out show so get your tickets early. General admission tickets are $20 and can be purchased in person or online at themusichall.org. All proceeds benefit the conservation programs of the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire, a local nonprofit land trust dedicated to saving the outdoors for all.
Public Stargazing Session, UNH Observatory
While it’s not specifically an Earth Day event, this sounds like a great way to learn about the Earth and our spacey neighbors! On Saturday, April 21 from 9pm-11pm, UNH Observatory offers a Free Public Stargazing Session (these are held every first and third Saturday of every month throughout the year). Take a gander at the evening’s sky through the powerful telescopes of the university’s Observatory. Makes a great family outing if you’re willing to let the kids stay up late. Free! For more info, visit physics.unh.edu or visit the UNH Observatory page on Facebook.
Want to get outside? You could volunteer for a beach clean-up in the area—this is a great activity for the entire family and a wonderful lesson for kids about keeping their community clean and beautiful. The Surfrider Foundation is having their next organized clean-up at North Beach in Hampton on Saturday, April 21 from 11am-1pm (look for the blue tent across the street from Cinnamon Rainbows). Get more information by going to their Facebook page accessible via newhampshire.surfrider.org. No sign-up required.
Another local organization, Blue Ocean Society (blueoceansociety.org) is hosting a clean-up on Saturday, April 21, 11am at the Seacoast Science Center/Odiorne Point following the Rescue Run 5K & Kids’ Fun Run (another great Earth Day event!). Please register for the beach clean-up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 603-431-0260. Don’t forget to bring a pair of work gloves!
Earth Day Kids’ Club, Churchill’s
Ready to get your hands in the dirt? Churchill’s Gardens in Exeter is holding a Kids’ Club event on Saturday, April 21 at 11am. Join them as they celebrate Earth Day with fun activity stations and demonstrations. Cost is $6 per child. Recommended for children ages 3-13. Please reserve your spot by calling 603-772-2685 x2. Visit churchillsgardens.com for more info.
Earth Day, The Children’s Museum of NH
On Sunday, April 22, The Children’s Museum of NH has organized a day full day of activities focused on keeping the earth healthy and celebrating its beauty. Plant marigolds with Wentworth Greenhouses from 12pm-3pm; Bartlett Tree Experts will be handing out Tree Seedlings (while supplies last) to take home and plant; D.F. Richard will be in the museum’s STEAM Innovation Lab at 1pm & 3pm leading a sustainable building activity. All activities are included with museum admission. Visit the childrens-museum.org for more info.
Earth Day, The Mall at Fox Run
The Mall at Fox Run is even getting into the game. Come celebrate Earth Day over school vacation week on Wednesday, April 25 from 10am-12pm where kids will be decorating their own pots and planting some greens. Additionally, kids can create their own artistic masterpiece of art by pedaling away on the Spin Art Bike. Free. No registration necessary. For more info, visit the Events page on mallatfoxrun.com.
Ready to put some of the Three R’s to use in your own home? Get all the info you need with eco-friendly articles, tips on the Three R’s and valuable energy-saving how-to’s by visiting Earth911.com. Have some weird stuff to get rid of? To find a directory of recycling locations, just enter your zip code the site will pull up list of locations where you can safely and responsibly dispose of items like chemicals, electronics and paint or recycle things like old eye glasses, furniture and cell phones to someone who can use them again.
More Earth Day fun!
There are plenty of other great family activities you can do on your own—attend a Farmer’s Market to purchase sustainable products; plant a blueberry bush in your yard (tasty food for you and the wildlife); take a stab at eliminating paper towels, napkins and plates for a month; hit up an outdoor walking trail at Urban Forestry Center, Odiorne Park or Great Bay Discovery Center and get close to nature!