6 Kid-Friendly Earth Day Events Around Chicago

It’s never too early to get kids involved in taking care of our planet. As Earth Day celebrates 46 years of promoting discussion of environmental issues and ideas on April 22, you can celebrate as a family with these events around Chicago.

Earth Day at Kohl Children’s Museum

April 22

Nature Cat will be on hand for pictures at Kohl Children’s Museum from 1-4 p.m. on Earth Day. Then enjoy activities that celebrate all the beauty the great outdoors has to offer.

Earth Day at Kohl Children's Museum
Photo courtesy of Kohl Children’s Museum.

Earth Day Clean Up at Kelly

April 22

Roll up your sleeves and join the Chicago Park District in cleaning Kelly Park from noon to 3 p.m. This event is open to all ages and snacks and tools will be provided. Similar events will be held on April 23 at Gompers Park, Skinner Park, Touhy-Herbert Park (ages 2 and up), Union Park (ages 7 and up) and Vittum Park.

Earthfest at Adler Planetarium

April 22-24

Families can celebrate Earth with Adler all weekend long. Stop by the Sensing Earth Sensory Station, read “Curious George Plants a Tree,” plant native plants and more. Some of the trees surrounding Adler will also be marked as part of Morton Arboretum’s 5th Annual Tree Tagging Campaign to show the many benefits trees provide here in the city.

Earth Day at Adler
Photo courtesy of Adler Planetarium.

Clean Up, Evanston!

April 23

From 9-11 a.m., families, groups and individuals can clean up designated areas throughout Evanston during this annual event. All ages are welcome. Sign up to volunteer here.

Earth Day Walk at Chicago Botanic Garden

April 23

This 45-60 minute guided walk through McDonald Woods is open to all ages and begins at 1 p.m. Visitors will learn about the wildflowers that are beginning to bloom and the Garden’s restoration work.

Party for the Planet at Brookfield Zoo

April 24

Bring your old phones, laptops, bikes, sports equipment and more to be recycled at Brookfield Zoo and stay for the Eco Expo with more than 40 Earth-friendly vendors, tree planting, live music and more. Find a complete schedule of events here.

Earth Day at Brookfield Zoo — Party for the Planet
Brookfield Zoo is offering free parking on Sunday, April 24, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to guests who bring approved items to recycle, including shoes and soccer balls for Soles for Kids. This is part of the zoo’s annual Party for the Planet celebration. (Photo courtesy of the Chicago Zoological Society.)

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