As if Palm Beachers need a reason to appreciate the outdoors, April 22 is Earth Day, when the environment is the center of attention. This year, get the whole family involved in raising awareness with these five kid-friendly activities to better the planet.
1. Reduce your emissions: Walk, bicycle or carpool to school that day—or, even better, all week.
2. Pick up a copy of Willow Watts and the Green School Wish (Great Books 4 Kids, $7), a fairy-tale-like story that teaches children about sustainability. Written by West Palm Beach resident Annie Donnelly, the book won this year’s “Best Moment for the Movement” award from the Center for Green Schools.
3. Play outside—and bring a trash bag. Whether you enjoy a day at the beach or a park, don’t leave without cleaning up the area—even if you didn’t make a mess.
4. Nourish an early interest in gardening with Growums (561-752-2250), themed gardening kits for children to grow vegetables for their favorite foods, like pizza and tacos. Based in Wellington, the company teaches children how to harvest the seeds through a series of Web videos that star characters like Belle Peppa, Brok Lee, Captain Eggplant and Elvis Parsley.