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9 Places to Celebrate Earth Day With Kids

Show the Earth some love and celebrate Earth Day with your East Bay kids. I love it as a great opportunity to teach children about the place we live, and why it’s important to take care of it. Even small actions can help make a difference and benefit the Earth. Don’t forget to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Earth Day takes place on Monday, April 22, 2024, but many celebrations happen throughout the whole weekend.

children painting planter pots
Planting seeds and decorating pots for Earth Day | Photo: Fourth Street Shops

How to celebrate Earth Day? Here are several ideas for your family:

Bike to Fourth Street for a big Earth Party – Saturday, April 22, 11 am to 4 pm. With live music in the streets, children planting seeds, and clay pot decorating, there are many reasons to swing by Fourth Street and join in the celebration. If you’re able to bike or walk there, that’s even better. Plan your visit >

Volunteer to help the Earth. There are loads of events for Earth Day; see our list below for kid-friendly events and volunteer opportunities. Many East Bay cities host community-wide clean-ups or self-guided opportunities, including Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, Albany, Piedmont, and East Bay Regional Parks. Find one that fits your family’s schedule, interests, location, and mood. Sing up and go!

Earth Day ideas for families: pick up trash
Volunteer to clean up our shoreline | Photo: Annie Burke

Take a hike in the great outdoors. Play outside with your children and take in the beauty of our East Bay landscape. Whether you’re up for a stroller-friendly walk, toddler-level hike, rock scramble, or something more significant, our area has so much nature to appreciate. Here are some hikes to try >>

Pro tip: Level up and combine your hike with the next activity!

Go outside and pick up some trash. Head to your local park, beach, or even neighborhood block. Bring a plastic bag and wear some gloves, then pick up whatever garbage you find, and properly dispose of it at home. This is a simple, yet effective activity that’s perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Earth Day Clean Up
Get outside this Earth Day | Photo: Maureen Burke

Visit Oakland Zoo during Earth Month. All April, the Oakland Zoo is emphasizing conservation and the environment. For four Saturdays, find crafts, face-painting, and entertainment celebrating the planet. More details about Oakland Zoo Earth Month >

Read a book or watch a movie that is pro-environment. The Lorax is a classic, and The Curious Garden is good too. Wild Kratts teaches all kinds of lessons about animals. Common Sense Media has more recommendations for environmentally-minded films. More Earth Day book picks for families >>

Create a green space. Plants some flowers, vegetables, or even a tree as a family. The greenery from plants purifies the air, supports animal habitats, and teaches kids that plants need to be nurtured. Plus getting dirty in the garden is always fun! More tips on East Bay gardening with kids here >>

kids garden watering can
Plant a garden with your kids | Photo: Maureen Burke

Teach environmentally-friendly behaviors at home. Small actions add up when it comes to caring for the Earth. Start by acting in environmentally-friendly ways while at home and teach your children to do the same: make a compost pile, ride a bike or take public transportation, turn off lights in unused rooms, visit a zero-waste store, or conserve water while washing hands or brushing teeth.

Visit a Farmers Market. Taste the bounty at your nearby Farmers Market or go further afield for Bay Area fruit picking. The San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace sells Carmel Honey, founded by Jake Reisdorf (pictured below), a passionate advocate for saving honey bee populations.

farmers market tomatoes
Picking ground cherries at Grand Lake farmers market | Photo: Julia Gidwani

Wander through a local garden. Savor the beauty of a garden, whether it’s a local rose garden or a specialty garden. It may not be a space that immediately comes to mind, but gardens offer big fun for kids. Look for pollinators, create your own color search, or bring some art supplies for a nature study. Your family can take in the interesting blooms, native plants, and wildlife, plus get some fresh air and leisure exercise. See our Guide to East Bay Gardens for outing inspiration >

Lots More East Bay Families’ Earth Day Events

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Time Event
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Earth Day Color & Pot
Alameda Landing, Alameda

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Time Event
11:00 am - 4:00 pm Berkeley Bay Festival
Berkeley Marina, Berkeley
Jake from Carmel Honey and bees on a wire frame
Jake founded what became Carmel Honey at age 11 – save the bees! | Photo: Carol Oliva

What will you do to celebrate Earth Day? Tell us in the comments or over on the 510 Families Facebook page.

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