Did you know…
- an oil spill in California inspired Earth Day
- the first Earth Day was 47 years ago
- Earth Day was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin
- the date of April 22 was chosen in part to commemorate naturalist and conservationalist John Muir, who was born April 21, 1838
- Earth Day is now being observed in 194 countries, with more than 500 million people participating in events
April 22, Earth Day, is a party for our planet. There are a variety of events celebrating Mother Earth over the next couple weeks in the local Los Angeles and South Bay area. Many of these are great, fun events for kids to learn how to be eco-friendly.
Here are just a few in the Los Angeles area:
Sunday, April 17 10am – 4pm
16th Annual Children’s Earth Day
10101 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City
Activities include children’s exhibits, environmental presentations, eco-friendly food, arts a d crafts, games, celebrity guests, displays and more than 200 rescued exotic animal and eco-friendly vendors.
Saturday, April 23 8am – Noon
Earth Day Recycling Event
Toyota Employee Parkig Lot
190th and Van Ness Ave, Torrance
Teach your children to recycle. Featured are free paper shredding, free electronics and clothes drop-off, and used oil recycling and filter exchange.
Saturday, April 23 – Noon – 4:00 pm
Earth Day Fest
3085 Clyde Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Activities for all ages, including these kid-friendly ones:
- STAR Eco Station’s “Why it’s not cool to keep exotic animals in the home”
Show times: 12:30 and 2:00
Space is limited for these shows so RSVP here.
- Face Painting
- Earth-friendly arts & crafts
Weekend of April 23–24 – 9 am – 5 pm
Earth Day Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 90802
Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the aquarium’s 15th annual Earth Day festival. Join us for a weekend of family fun celebrating the Earth while learning easy, everyday tips to protect the environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. An aquarium admission fee will be charged, but the event is free for Aquarium of the Pacific members.
Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Earth Day Celebration and Concert Earth Day
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach 90266
Enjoy live entertainment, speakers and presentations on the Eco-Education State, a composting class, children’s activities, an eco-shopping area, free bike valet parking, food and beverage vendors, an alternative fuel vehicle display, e-waste and printer toner cartridge recycling, and more.
Sunday, May 1 – begins at 10am
Long Beach Children’s Day and Earth Day
El Dorado Park
7550 E. Spring St, Long Beach 90815
The event, now in its 20th year, will be filled with fun, uplifting, and educational activities. Enjoy arts and crafts and lots of games, too. Guests can enjoy food booths and two entertainment stages. A children’s parade inside the park begins at 1 p.m.