Active Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with the Kids

“The absolute best way to celebrate earth day as a family is to GO OUTSIDE!” That’s Earth Day Network president Kathleen Rogers’ suggestion for how you and your family should celebrate Earth Day this Saturday, April 22.

We couldn’t agree more! Read on for five great ways to celebrate Earth Day with the kids, while getting active and earning lots of UNICEF Kid Power Points!

Volunteer! There are loads of ways to get active and make a difference on Earth Day — plant a garden, recycle, or join one of the many Marches for Science around the country. For other great ideas, check out some of the volunteer opportunities at NPS.gov or Earth Day Network's Billion Acts of Green. There’s so much you can do to help out!

Plan a “Car-Free-Day”: If everyone worked to reduce their carbon footprint by walking, the world would be a cleaner place. You and the family can do your part by visiting local haunts you normally get to by car on foot or by bike. Wear your UNICEF Kid Power Bands and to make it an fun and impactful adventure with the kids' favorite playground, museum, or park the final destination!

Clean Up Your Neighborhood: Kids love to help out. Take UNICEF Kid Power Member Teegan (above), for instance, who, her mom says, "wanted to get as many steps in as possible, so she decided to walk the neighborhood and pick up trash — while helping to feed malnourished kids!" Follow her lead and take your UNICEF Kid Power band out and about to pick up litter and make your corner of the world a better place.   

Take a hike: Blaze a new trail and venture out into the great outdoors with sunscreen, water and snacks so you can make the most of the day. Need some inspiration? Check out our Top 10 Family Friendly Hiking Places for beautiful destinations to add to your family bucket list.  

Go on an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt: This is a great way for younger kids to learn about their natural environment and their place in it. Take a walk and along the way, make a list of items commonly found in your area. As you go, talk about what belongs — trees, flowers, bugs, leaves — and remove or discuss what do do about what doesn't — litter, plastic bottles, fumes, leaking water hydrants. End the outing with a visit to the local garden center, where the kids can choose a plant to bring home to beautify their little corner of the world. 

Happy Earth Day! ?