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It's Only Natural! Earth Day Activities From A (Aquariums) to Z (Zoos) Across the U.S.
For over forty years now, Earth Day has inspired people all over the world to take better care of our planet – because it’s not just about us. To this end, CityPASS attractions from coast to coast are showcasing family-friendly Earth Day activities that will entertain us and support our environment and the creatures – from the largest whale in the ocean down to the tiniest creepy crawler – with whom we share it.
SeaWorld San Diego: SeaWorld in Southern California is celebrating World Penguin Day on Sunday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities will include children’s crafts, educational presentations and the opportunity to see Magellanic penguins and their keepers up close on a special stage. Special “penguin art” will also be on sale with all proceeds to benefit the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. SeaWorld’s Penguin Encounter is home to more than 300 penguins representing five Antarctic and sub-Antarctic species including emperor, king, gentoo, macaroni and Adélie. The penguins swim and waddle in the 24-degree, snow-filled Encounter. Magellanic penguins, a warm-weather species native to Chile and Argentina, frolic outside.
California Academy of Sciences: There’s so much going on for Earth Day at Cal Academy in San Francisco, it’s hard to list it all! Kids can learn to be green and win prizes playing games like Recycle Relay and What’s Your Carbon Footprint. Music by Shovelman (yes, he uses a snow shovel rigged as a guitar) will entertain the crowds, while Claude the albino alligator will be making appearances. Stalk Bicycles will demonstrate their eco-friendly bike frames made from bamboo and recyclable materials, with trick riders from SF Bike Expo performing stunts. Plus puppets, stories, frogs, snakes and more – visit Cal Academy’s website for the full schedule of events on April 22-23.
Georgia Aquarium: Atlanta’s see-worthy, spectacular Georgia Aquarium will pay equal attention to the planet’s earthly and watery environs with a three-day celebration from April 22-24, designed to inspire awareness and gratitude. Family-oriented activities will include a green scavenger hunt, as well as the chance to meet the aquarium’s green-loving mascot, Deepo.” Visitors will also have opportunities to see up close the tools used to feed whale sharks, entertain beluga whales and maintain aquarium habitats.
Zoo Atlanta: Diego and Dora and earthworms and gorillas – what more could a kid ask for? Dora the Explorer and her cousin, Diego will be meeting and greeting all day on Saturday, April 23 at Zoo Atlanta’s Party for the Planet. Add an earthworm dig and a gorilla egg hunt, plus lots of other exhibits, arts and crafts, and you’ve got a kid’s Earth Day dream.
Events like these are a lot of fun, but more importantly, they teach adults and children about the natural world around us. Thanks to these and all the other organizations who help to educate current and future generations about the importance of preserving our one and only earth – on Earth day and every day.