This weekend Kansas City will be turning GREEN for Earth Day! Need some ideas on how to celebrate with your family? Check out all of the great Earth Day and Earth-friendly events and activities going on around the metro!
Bike Drive & Earth Day Celebration (FREE), Saturday April 21, 2012, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Whole Foods Market
6621 W. 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66209
Show those unused bikes at the back of the garage some love and donate them to KU Healthy Hawks, a free pediatric obesity program through KU Medical Center! We are having a Bike Drive this Saturday 4/21 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the SPIN! on Main Street off the Plaza and the Whole Foods Market on 119th Street in Overland Park. Bike donors will receive a $10 SPIN! Dough certificate good for food at any of SPIN!’s four locations and a 20 percent coupon for a regular clothing item or accessory from BikeSource. Donors at the Overland Park collection point also will receive a gallon of Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value high efficiency laundry detergent.
Earth Day & A Puppet Parade (FREE), Saturday April 21, 2012, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kansas City, MO
Joining with Bridging the Gap's Earthwalk, StoneLion will march their amazing Puppet Carnivale of wonder and delight into Theis Park. Puppets galore, interactive art for the planet, music and games. Earthwalk starts at 11:00 a.m. http://www.stonelionpuppet.org
Whole Foods Market Kids Club Earth Day Event (FREE), Saturday April 21, 2012, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Whole Foods Market, Metcalf 7401 W. 91st Street Overland Park, KS 66212
Kids ages 3 - 12 years old can enjoy a snack and Earth Day fun. Make a recycled box notebook and learn all of the different ways to care for our planet.
Powell Gardens Earth Day Celebration (FREE), Saturday April 21, 2012, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50 Kingsville, MO 64061
Reduce, reuse, recycle—Powell Gardens will cover it all from a sustainable gardening perspective during Earth Day activities. Demonstrations of sustainable gardening techniques will be available throughout the day, and each family will receive a free seedling while supplies last and a chance to win a free rain barrel via a raffle.
•10 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Get crafty! See how to repurpose common items from license plates to light bulbs into fun collectibles.
•10:25-11:45 a.m.: Stretch those gardening muscles with a yoga session taught by Leah Morgan from the Core Balance Yoga Center. All experience and fitness levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat and dress comfortably. If the weather cooperates, our class will be held outside. Reservations (not required) will help us plan. Register at right or call 816-697-2600, ext. 209.
•1:30 p.m.: Join Craig Howard from Howard's Organic Fare and Vegetable Patch for a chef’s demonstration.
Earth Day Celebration in Downtown Overland Park (FREE), Saturday April 21, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Earth - It starts Downtown! Several local businesses and agencies will be helping us celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, in Downtown OP. Come by the clock tower patio between 9 a.m. and noon for demonstrations and information.
Free paper shredding and low-cost electronics recycling will take place at the vacant lot at 80th and Marty. SAFEHOME will also be on hand to accept your used cell phones.
Earth Fair (FREE), Saturday April 21, 2012, 1o a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shawnee Mission East High School
7500 Mission, Prairie Village KS
Enjoy vendors, demonstrations, and products that make our world greener. Stone Lion Puppts will be on hand, as will other fun activities and crafts.
ArtReach: The Repurposed Object (FREE), Sunday April 22, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Kemper Museum of Art
4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 7–10
1:30–3:30 p.m., Ages 11–15
To celebrate Earth Day, artist Cory Imig will lead a tour of the Museum grounds and talk about how nature influences contemporary art. Using recycled materials and found objects, students will construct an earth-friendly sculpture.