This weekend people around the world will be celebrating Earth Day, an annual event held on April 22nd of each year, with the purpose of demonstrating support for environmental protection. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has become a globally-recognized occasion, with 192 countries around the world participating in spreading the message of environmental and climate literacy through various events.
Vancouver will be hosting events in and around the city in honour of Earth Day, including parades, parties and festivals for all to enjoy. But if you’d prefer to nod to Earth Day from an indoor venue, we’ve got you covered. Here are 3 ways to celebrate Earth Day indoors with your kids in Vancouver.
1) Shop for a Canadian-made souvenir at the Make It Show
Head to the PNE Forum in Vancouver for one of the largest craft fairs in Canada! Stroll through over 65,000 square feet of space where you can shop the handmade goods of over 200 exhibitors who are selling accessories, jewelry, clothing, artwork, candles, and more – all handmade with love by local “Makies” (artists, designers, and makers from all over Canada). Shop consciously and support Vancouver’s local business community while picking up one-of-a-kind, handmade keepsakes.
2) Bird watch at the Bloedel Conservatory
Watch in wonder as you wander through Vancouver’s domed tropical paradise, featuring 3 separate climate zones, where you can spot over 100 free-flying birds, and over 500 varieties of plants from around the world. Grab a scavenger hunt from the front desk and navigate the dome in a fun, educational, and engaging way.
3) Get hands on with nature at the Stanley Park Nature House
The Stanley Park Ecology Society will be hosting a day of hands-on ecology at the Stanley Park Nature House on April 22nd. Enjoy free Earth cookies and sip on complimentary coffee while engaging in nature-themed activities, such as weaving invasive plants into bracelets and baskets. Visit exhibitors’ tables and learn all about Stanley Park’s ecology in a fun and engaging way. Note: some of the festivities will be held outdoors – rain or shine!