Earth Day Activities for Chicago Families

Note: These events have been canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Please check out our virtual events calendar for family fun things to do safely at home.

 

Are you ready to go a little green? Earth Day is a little different this year, but there are other ways for families to celebrate the holiday on April 22 such as recycled crafts and ways for older kids to go green. Below are the events that happened in 2019 — we’re looking forward to having them back in 2021!

 

City

 

Earthfest

 

When: April 13

 

Where: Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

 

Cost: Free with museum admission

 

Explore the time scales between weather and climate and examine the science behind climate change. Participate in citizen science projects, view art pieces that spark discussion, and meet with climate change experts.

 

Earth Day at Peggy Notebaert

 

When: April 22

 

Where: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

 

Cost: Free with admission

 

Start your seedlings with Gotham Greens as they run Earth Day activities throughout the day.

 

Ancient Earth Day

 

When: April 27

 

Where: Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago

 

Cost: Free, registration recommended

 

Learn all about ancient trash and recycling and how ancient people lived with the environment. Practice creative engineering and innovative thinking to solve problems with limited resources, and use recycled and natural materials to craft your own Ancient Earth Day-inspired creations.

 

North/Northwest Suburbs

 

Earth Day Expo

 

When: April 20

 

Where: Hawthorn Mall, 122 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills

 

Cost: Free

 

Join Beat Bugs Jay, Kumi and Crick in an interactive sing along in honor of Earth Day. The Beat Bugs will sing and dance in two 25-minute performances, then meet with fans for 20 minutes after each set. The expo will also feature Earth Day activities from local businesses and organizations.

 

Earth Day Celebration

 

When: April 28

 

Where: Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie

 

Cost: Free

 

This year’s Earth Day celebration features games, activities, food and a native plant sale.

 

Earth Day Party

 

When: April 28

 

Where: Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg

 

Cost: Free

 

Celebrate your connection to the Earth withgames, crafts, free wildflower seedlings, birdhouse building, worm composting construction, a live hawk and owl display, and more.

 

South Suburbs

 

Earth Day

 

When: April 20

 

Where: Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland

 

Cost: Free

 

Celebrate Earth Day with hikes, puppet shows, art-making and Earth Day Jeopardy.

 

Earth, Wind and Fire

 

When: April 27

 

Where: McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Ave., Tinley Park

 

Cost: Free

 

Celebrate Earth Day with hands-on games and activities. The wind will be blowing at the kite fly on McCarthy Field, bring a kite to fly and fill the sky with spring colors. Stop by the warming bonfire to roast some tasty marshmallows.

 

Earth Day (Pilcher Park)

 

When: April 27

 

Where: Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet

 

Cost: Free

 

Enjoy wildflower hikes, pulling invasive plants, playing games and making crafts out of recycled materials, and visiting earth-wise vendors with great information. The stewardship portion is a good opportunity for community service hours for high school, scout groups, and church groups. Learn why it is important to preserve habitats and good to recycle.

 

Western Suburbs

 

Trash to Treasure

 

When: Weekdays in April

 

Where: The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle

 

Cost: Free with general admission

 

Discover the world of recycling through fun games and make a recycled craft of your own to take home.

 

Party for the Planet

 

When: April 14

 

Where: Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield

 

Cost: Free with zoo admission

 

Learn about the different ways you can make Earth-friendly choices such as conserving energy, riding a bike, or recycling. During this fun-filled family event, participate in green-themed craft activities, help staff plant flowers and a tree, visit with representatives at the Eco Expo and more.

 

Earth Fest

 

When: April 27

 

Where: Public Works Center 201 South Blvd., Oak Park

 

Cost: Free

 

The event focuses on green neighborhoods, sustainable lifestyles and best practices. Highlights include eco-friendly vendors, local chefs and restaurants, games and activities for children, items for sale, and entertainment. In addition, recycling booths will be available for eyeglasses, sun glasses, hearing aids, rechargeable batteries, cell phones and old blue jeans.

 


 

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