Earth Day is being observed on April 22, 2012. Earth Day was started in the United States in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson to create awareness for the Earth’s environment and to encourage conservation efforts. Today, more than 500 million people in 175 countries observe Earth Day. Brooklyn Mamas is sharing plenty of ways to celebrate Earth Day in Brooklyn with these fun family activities.
Mil’s Trills at Mable’s Smokehouse
Mil’s Trills will be celebrating Earth Day at Mable’s Smokehouse. Don’t forget to bring blankets, shakers and instruments so you can join in the fun.
When: April 22, 2012 at 2pm
Where: Mable’s Smokehouse, 44 Berry Street (entrance on N. 11th Street) Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Ages: Ages 0-4
Admission: $15 Suggested donation
Greenpoint Earth Day Festival
The festival will feature educational displays, Greencycle swap, art exhibits, health & wellness services, gardening tips, children’s activities, and enviro-friendly handmade wares.
When: May 5, 2012 from 11am – 5pm (May 12, 2012 Rain Date)
Where: McCarren Park, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
B’EarthDay – Audubon Center
Not only is it the 42nd annual Earth Day but it is also the Audubon Center’s 10th Anniversary. To celebrate both events, Prospect Park has scheduled free events including nature walks, button making and more. Activities include making a musical instrument from recycled materials with Bash the Trash and the Beat Cave, the park’s state-of-the-art recording studio, will be open for visitors to record your memories of the Audubon Center.
When: April 22, 2012 from 12-4pm
Where: The Audubon Center at the Boathouse is located inside the Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue entrance.
Green in Brooklyn
Green in Brooklyn third year anniversary just happens to coincide with 2012 Earth Day so you can imagine there will be events to mark the day. Along with Myrtle Avenue’s Farm to Neighborhood program, Green in Brooklyn will be focused on local food sources and ways to make your own food. is. The day’e events include chef Roisin Wisneski from Myrtle Eats Fresh sharing recipes, yummies from Clementine Vegan Bakery, a talk on how to start your own beehive, a raffle and a sale of select treasures at 42% off. Visit Green in Brooklyn for the entire day’s events.
When: April 22, 2012 from 12-4pm
Where: Green in Brooklyn, 432 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
If you can’t make it to an Earth Day event, Brooklyn Mamas has in- home activities to celebrate Earth Day with your family.
- Create your own compost bin. Here are instructions for creating a garbage can compost bin for those with the room to do it but for those with smaller apartments, consider composting and dropping it off at Brooklyn’s Garden at Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Kensington (Visit Compost For Brooklyn for drop off hours or one of the many Brooklyn Green Markets (visit grownyc.org/compost for locations and times.)
- Plant a kitchen window herb garden. growums.com offers kid-friendly kits. your child can track the garden’s growing schedule from the growums website. Also, Home Depot and Lowes sell kits and if you are so inclined, HGTV also provides DIY instructions here. Along with growing your own herbs, kids will feel more involved with cooking dinner when they can pick the herbs themselves for the meal.
- Recycle and Create your own eco-crafts. Use old boxes, pizza boxes and bottles to create playhouses, play kitchens, doll houses, games etc. Check out eco-craft ideas on Martha Stewart’s website and recycled craft projects for kids at familyfun.com