8 Earth Day activities for kids & families

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22nd, 2018. And although it looks like a winter wonderland outside, these springy Earth Day events will go on as planned this weekend. (The weather forecast for this weekend has Milwaukee at a balmy 44 degrees with some sunshine.)

Earth Day Seed Bomb Workshop (ages 1 – 6)

Friday, April 20, 10:30AM – 1:30pm (as supplies last)

Little Sprouts Play Cafe, 4606 N Wilson Dr, Shorewood, WI 53211


Drop-in for a special workshop and make wildflower seed bombs, included with admission. In this fun and messy project, your child can create their own seed bomb to bring home. Created with local seeds, you’ll be able to plant this at home and watch it grow as the weather continues to warm. Parent assistance is required.

Free admission to Discovery World and Earth Day activities

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018


I called to confirm, and yes, Discovery World is offering free admission to everyone on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd! Expect crowds, but also expect some great programming. The “Trash Full Circle” workshop will helps kids learn about the journey and fate of an empty soda can that just washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan. How long until that soda can breaks down naturally? Stop by the Freshwater Sustainability Lab to learn how long it takes daily debris to break down in the environment. Play a recycling game to see if you can keep this debris out of our Great Lakes habitat and keep our Earth beautiful. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Workshop times are 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tree climbing at Riveredge Nature Center

Saturday, April 21st from 1:30 – 3:30 (More Open Climbs throughout the spring and summer, also)

458 County Hwy Y, Saukville, WI 53080


This probably isn’t the tree climbing you’re thinking of. Using the same professional equipment that arborists and scientists use when they ascend into the treetops, trained facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to get harnessed up, in the saddle, and headed toward the treetops like never before. Once you’re at a height that’s comfortable for you, you’ll be free to swing, spin, bounce, walk the branches, or just hang out in a tree. It’s your adventure! Tree Climbing programs can accommodate youth and adults, age 7 and above, with little to no tree climbing skills. All you need is loose clothing (a t-shirt and long pants recommended), closed toe shoes (hard soles recommended). Climbers typically spend about 45 minutes in the trees during these two-hour programs.

Earth Day pop-up nature at Wehr Nature Center

Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

$5 per family


Play games and do crafts that teach kids how to make a difference in the environment. Complete a special Earth Day scavenger hunt alone the nature trails.

Earth Week Finale at Retzer Nature Center (Free!)

Saturday, April 28th from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.Free events will offered throughout the day for the whole family to enjoy: hiking, children’s crafts and activities, special programs, planetarium shows, campfire with s’mores, bird watching, a volunteer project, a community mural,a family concert at 3:00 p.m., a campfire with s’mores from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., and more. This special event coincides with the Grand Opening of Retzer Nature Center’s new interactive exhibit space, open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.! The center includes a hands-on section in which kids can dump recycling into a truck, learn how to sort, and learn what is made from recycled materials. The event will end with a twilight hike at 7:15. Kids can use flashlights to search for nocturnal animals.

Earth Day Service Fest (Free!)

Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Riveredge Nature Center (4458 County Hwy Y, Saukville, WI 53080)


Join Riveredge and celebrate Earth Day right by working hand in hand with Riveredge staff on fun, informative service projects that give back to both the planet and our community! From preparing and planting cool garden beds in the children’s organic garden to conducing grounds clean-up and invasive species removal to trail maintenance, this fest will provide you an opportunity to get your hands dirty while keeping our sanctuary green. There’s awesome opportunities for groups, families, and individuals of all ages to get involved and make a difference. This year, in honor of Riveredge’s 50th anniversary, we’ll also have guest artists on hand helping us create special nature based art installations for around riveredge! The day is free and as a special thank you, all volunteers will receive a free lunch at noon and a picnic style festival starting at 11:30am. Everyone is invited to make a nesting bag for birds, experience a composting demonstration, and play in the great outdoors. It’s bound to be a blast and you’ll walk away feeling like an all star with all the good you helped to put into the world! Walk-ins are welcome and the event is totally free, but we highly encourage registering your attendance on our online system to ensure we’ve got the proper amount of activities and resources ready for you.

Earth Day of Service at Riverside Park (Free!)

Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Urban Ecology Center – Riverside Park

For everyone | Free – donations appreciated


It’s a working celebration of the Earth! Bring your friends and spend a morning helping in our park followed by a community lunch. Meet new people and have fun helping the Earth! Family hikes and service projects are also available at 9:30 and 11am.

Earth Day Workday at Schlitz Audubon (Free!)

Sunday, April 22 | 10:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Spend Earth Day working with SANC naturalists on projects to improve the land, shoreline, and wetlands at Schlitz Audubon. Activities include collecting litter from the Lake Michigan shoreline, picking garlic mustard, and removing Mystery Snails at Mystery Lake. Join us for the morning or afternoon – or bring a lunch to join for both.

Registration is required. To register call 414-352-2880 x0. Free with membership or admission

Do you know of any other Earth Day events? Email us at miltownmoms@gmail.com.

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