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The Grand Rapids Children's Museum celebrates Earth Day

The Grand Rapids Children Museum helps families learn about Earth Day together while having fun.
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The Grand Rapids Children's Museum Earth Day Celebration

Where: Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, 11 Sheldon St., Grand Rapids

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 20

Cost: General Admission (Ages 1+ $7.50, Ages 65+ $6.50)

Children enjoying the bubble station at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Children enjoying the bubble station at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum /Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Looking for a way to get youngsters involved and excited about celebrating Mother Earth this Earth Day weekend? Today, April 20, children can enjoy hands-on activities and child-conscious approaches to environmental learning at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum's

annual Earth Day celebration.


"It is important to teach kids to be aware of their environment and that the decisions we make today impact our environment for years to come," said Megan Meyers, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the museum. "That is a hard thing to convey to a 4- or 5-year-old, so we try to just get kids thinking about the environment from an early age."


The Swanson Foundation has provided tree seedlings for guests to take home and continue the celebration by planting their own trees. These are available on a first come, first served basis as seedlings are limited. Also, the first 20 children to visit the museum on Friday will recieve tote bags filled with Earth Day goodies.


"They may not get the big picture of what Earth Day is, but by providing them with something small that they can plant all by themselves leaves an impression and teaches a lesson,"said Meyers.


This year will be the first in which the museum will celebrate Earth Day all month long. Museum visitors can join in activities such as decorating reusable bags, creating recycled puppets, making hats out of newspaper, planting seeds and making paper beads.

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