How to celebrate Earth Day with kids

This year, on April 22, Earth Day Canada is “going back to basics” and there is no better way to do this than getting your family outside, according to Deborah Doncaster, president of Earth Day Canada.

“There has been a loss of opportunity to get kids outside,” Doncaster explained. “We need to re-create spaces for our children to be free outdoors and to re-establish their connection to nature.”

One of the simplest ways is to tie up your laces and start walking. “Walk to school,” Doncaster suggests. “Individuals and schools can establish walking groups. Neighbouring families can take turns supervising kids outside. And take down a fence between backyards.”

Earth Day is the ideal time to teach your kids how to protect the planet. Pack a litter-less lunch, remind them not to let the water run when brushing their teeth, introduce them to local foods; Atwater, Jean-Talon, Maisonneuve and St. Jacques markets are open all-year round.  

Explore the Earth Day Canada website to learn the 10 top ways to reduce your carbon footprint or visit jourdelaterre.org for more information about Earth Day. Also, challenge family members to see who can reduce their garbage output or electrical usage the most for the day.

Here are nine events that your family may enjoy.  


1. Creepy Crawlies Workshop

Sunday, April 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in English and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in French.
Explore the world of insects through games and activities. There will be live animals to interact with, and participants can examine the insect collections.

The Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke St. W.
All ages. $7/child, parents free.
Reservation required – call 514-398-4092
mcgill.ca/redpath


2. Sprouting Workshop

Sunday, April 20 from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Bilingual.
This workshop will explore all the different seeds that can be sprouted, the various sprouting techniques, the health benefits, and how to incorporate them into daily life. You will have the chance to taste an assortment of sprouts. All participants leave with a germinating kit.

Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 Baile St.
Ages 6 and up. Free.
Reservation required – call 514-939-7026
cca.qc.ca


3. Urban Bee Keeping Workshop

Sunday, April 20 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bilingual.
Urban bee keeping has become quite popular. This how-to, UQÀM-led workshop explores what is involved in bee keeping. See some hives, look at the biology of a bee, and see the structure of hives. Try some local honey.

Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 Baile St.
Ages 6 and up. Free.
Reservation required – call 514-939-7026
cca.qc.ca


4. Guided Tour of Quartiers 21

Sunday, April 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Bilingual.
A 45-minute walking tour that takes participants to the green spaces Eco-Quartier has been creating as part of the Quartiers 21 project.

Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 Baile St.
Ages 6 and up. Free.
Reservation required – call 514-939-7026.
cca.qc.ca


5. Vermi-Composting Workshop

Sunday, April 20 from  4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Bilingual.
This is a hands-on, how-to workshop looking at composting with worms. Many people are under the impression that you need a lot of space, or that it will be smelly and attract a lot of bugs, but this workshop dispels those myths.

Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 Baile St.
Ages 6 and up. 
Cost is $20 for the purchase of a vermi-compost starter kit. Participants can come and learn without purchasing a kit.
Reservations required – call 514-939-7026
cca.qc.ca


6. Create an Indoor Garden

Tuesday, April 22 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bilingual.
Kirkland Library is running a workshop where you will build an indoor edible garden. You will learn how to grow and maintain herbs. Children will decorate a pot for their herb and all participants will go home with a pot and planted seedling.

Kirkland Library, 17100 Hymus Blvd.
Ages 5 to 12. Free, must be member of Kirkland Library
Registration required – call 514-630-2726, extension 3216
ville.kirkland.qc.ca


7. Scrapbooking Workshop

Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. French.
Children will use chewing gum packaging to make a pocket, use paper rolls to create a decorative craft and design trendy, useful items out of things we generally consider garbage.

Benny Library, 3465 Benny Ave.
Ages 6 to 12. Free, must be member of Benny Library. 
Registration required – call 514-872-4636


8. Mount Royal Annual Springtime Cleanup

On Sunday, May 4, Les amis de la montagne, in collaboration with the city of Montreal, will do its annual springtime cleanup of Mount Royal. It involves litter collection and indigenous tree and shrub planting>

Chalet du Mont-Royal in Mount Royal Park
Ages 6 & up. Free.
Registration is from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
For more information, call 514-843-8240, ext. 229 or visit themountroyal.qc.ca


9. Earth Day Party

Sunday, April 20 starting at 2 p.m. Bilingual.
Enjoy music, cake, gardening games, crafts and more in this West End community eco-store. This annual party is a celebration of the Earth that is at the root of the Co-op's operations.

Coop la Maison Verte, 5785 Sherbrooke St. W.
All ages. Free.
For more information, call 514-489-8000 or visit cooplamaisonverte.com/events