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Earth Day in Vancouver: 12 kid-friendly activities

Earth Day in Vancouver: 12 kid-friendly activities

April 22 marks 51 years of Earth Day, and while live events has been cancelled for now due to social distancing regs and COVID 19, there are still plenty of smaller ways to celebrate.

12 kid-friendly Earth Day activities

Explore nature

The key to encouraging respect for the Earth is supporting a love of the natural world in your children. Whether you have a nearby woods or stream or a patch of grass, there’s plenty to do outside. Little kids can look for bugs under stones and logs, learn the names of basic plants, throw rocks in the water or just run around outside.

>> 5 tips to make nature walks more fun

Go for a neighbourhood walk

Photo credit: Harriet Fancott

The double cherry blossoms (kanzan) are almost here. Gather the kids, break out the bikes, scooter and trikes, and go for a photo worthy wander.

Build a bee-friendly garden or patio

So why not create a bee garden? We need these busy striped honey makers to keep our environment ticking.  Here are some tips from EarthBites and Rocky Mountain Flatbread on how to get the bizz buzz happening on your back patio or in your backyard. And it’s easier that you think!

>> 4 tips for creating a bee garden

Make or buy cloth masks

Photo credit: Aryln Bantog

Discarded masks, plastic gloves and PPE are becoming a new environmental scourge. Make your own masks using cloth scraps or buy one from a local crafts person.

>> Order one here or here

>> Mask making tips

Visit or order from a Zero Waste Store or Restaurant

Who wants to reduce their household waste? Check out these stores and businesses stepping up and implementing zero waste practices.

>> Zero waste businesses in Vancouver

Sign the kids up for Earth Day Yoga

Wednesday April 22, 2021, by donation at Üphoria Yoga

Have your children join in for a fun and playful yoga class to move, stretch and dance while learning fun facts about earth at Üphoria Yoga in Mount Pleasant.

>> Earth Day Yoga

Join a virtual Party for the Planet

April 22, 5 pm to 8 pm

This year’s free, family-friendly Earth Day livestream (presented by TD Bank) includes environmental education for all ages, musical entertainment, Indigenous performances, interactive workshops, quizzes, kids crafts and more. Plus, you can be entered to win over $700 in prizes!

>> Party for the Planet

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Go for a bike ride

Whether it’s a noodle around the neighbourhood, a visit to the local park or a seawall outing, there’s no better way to enjoy nature and have fun than cycling.

>> Kid friendly cycling

>> Kids cycling camps

Organize the recycling

The recycling is piling up amirite? Littler kids love organizing things. Get the kids to stuff the yellow bag with papers, glass in the grey box and the rest in the blue box. Set aside plastic bags and Styrofoam for a later trip to the Zero Waste facility or London Drugs (post-pandemic).

Make a local meal

Make a locally sourced meal. Pick up some local meat, beans or veg and create a 100% BC meal. Add a bottle of Okanagan wine or craft beer (Strangefellows delivers) and you’re set. Think salmon or clam chowder, grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids on homemade bread, potato salad or fresh leafy greens with local ice cream for dessert.

Upcycle crafts

If crafting is in your wheelhouse, make something from existing bits and bobs around the house. Think necklaces and bracelets, tin can lanterns and more.

Create an indoor garden

This simple and time consuming project is perfect for anyone stuck inside with little kids or with limited outdoor access. It’s essentially planting one tiny seed in one tiny pot over and over! Afterwards make garden markers from Popsicle sticks. via Stumbling Grace

>> 4 easy indoor gardening projects

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