April 22nd, 2023 has officially arrived and it’s more than just another Saturday in the city. Today is the day we celebrate our planet, the scaffolding to our existence, the giver of all life. Today we celebrate Earth.
The first Earth day was celebrated April 22nd, 1970 in New York City. A senator from Wisconsin organized a rally calling for more protection of our planet. Since its inception, Earth Day celebrations are now global and awareness for planetary protection is a never-ending, important issue for all.
Here’s how you can celebrate Mother Earth today in the City of Brotherly Love:
1. Earth Weekend at The Academy Of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Earth weekend officially kicks off at 10am Saturday April 22nd, however activities will be ongoing all weekend. Visitors can enjoy bee presentations, live demos, interactive stories, animal shows, music, workshops, and more! This is a family friendly event open to naturalist of all ages. Tickets are required to gain access to museum.
Where: 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway
2. Party for the Planet at Elmwood Zoo
This two-day event begins April 22nd, 2023 at 10am and includes not only demonstrations and education stations featuring animals, but also demos on recycling, sustainable living and more! Party for the Planet is a family fun filled day that emphasizes the importance of conservation and the environment. Party for the Planet is free with regular admission to the zoo.
Where: 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA
This a free event open to kids of all ages. Specifically, from 1pm-3pm Saturday April 22nd, kids can start their own garden with seeds and compostable pots, take home some goodies in a reusable bag, and sign a pledge wall.
Where: 9th & Market Streets
4. Naturepalooza at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Indeed, this will be a great event for the entire family! This annual event includes a guided hike, nature-themed story time, tunes played on instruments made from recycled items, face-painting, and so much more! This event is free to attend, however registration is preferred.
Where: 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
5. Earth Day After Party at Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
The butterflies come out at night! This after-hours Earth Day celebration is sure to be fun and memorable. Hit the dance floor and dance to the music played by the DJ, enjoy food from King’s Corner, and desserts from Velvet Sky Bakery.
Enjoy beautiful ice art by ice sculptor, Eric Wagner. Atttendees can also see insects and butterflies up close in the pavilion or bid in the silent auction. This is a ticketed celebration for adults aged 21 & over. What an epic way to show the Earth some l0ve at night!
Where: 8046 Frankford Avenue