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Family guide to celebrating Earth Day 2024 in the Seattle area

Earth Day community events and activities for families

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids, including community events, family volunteering,  and activities at home. Earth Day 2024 is on Monday, April 22, but many of these activities and events don’t happen on Earth Day itself, so check dates carefully to discover the variety of opportunities for your family to honor the Earth all month long. Want to go for a hike or explore nature? Check out these days that don’t require a Discover Pass to enter various National Parks.

Community Earth Day Family Events


Earth Day Gnome Card Making

Learn how to make a wonderful Earth Day gnome card with Emily Mallory at the Maple Valley Library. This event is recommended for ages 8-12. You must register here before the event.

When: Friday, April 19. 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Where: Maple Valley Library, 21844 SE 248th St, Maple Valley, WA 98038

Cost: Free


Earth Day Cardboard Construction

Use cardboard boxes and other recycled materials to make something awesome to celebrate Earth Day at the Burien Library. Registration is not required, so come join and get crafty! All ages are welcome, recommended for ages 3-7. Supplies are limited.

When: Friday, April 19. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Burien Library, 400 SW 152nd Street Burien, WA 98166

Cost: Free


Earth Day at Cougar Mountain Zoo

Come to Cougar Mountain Zoo to celebrate Earth Day with the animals! They will be giving out fun Earth Day- themed enrichment to the animals, and highlighting methods of conservation during our Animal Mini-Lectures. There will be fun crafts and activities for all ages.

When: Saturday, April 20. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 SE 54th St, Issaquah, WA 98027

Cost: $16 for 13 years and older, $13 for 2-12 years old, free for children under 2. Buy tickets here.


City of Maple Valley Earth Day Fair

The City of Maple Valley’s first-ever Earth Day Fair will at the Legacy Site and have fun for the whole family. The fair will feature family-friendly activities, touch a truck with Recology, a scavenger hunt, giveaways, informational booths, and more.

When: Saturday, April 20. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Legacy Site, 25719 MV Black Diamond RD SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038

Cost: Free


Superhero Earth Day at Imagine Children’s Museum

Superhero Earth Day is an event at Imagine Children’s Museum that empowers kids to become eco-heroes. Through fun activities, kids will discover the importance of caring for the planet and learn actionable steps to be environmental champions. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their own superhero gear using recycled materials for this fun Earth Day event.

When: Saturday, April 20. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St, Everett, WA 98201

Cost: Included with museum admission. $22 for children and adults, FREE for 12 months and under.


Lady Bug Earth Day Festival at Garfield Community Center

Kick off Earth Day 2024 festivities by highlighting the importance of pollinators at the Lady Bug Festival.  Come see the annual release of ladybugs in the Garfield Community Center Garden and participate in fun, educational, and hands-on activities for all ages.

When: Saturday, April 20. 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98122. 

Cost: Free


City of Sammamish Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day 2024 with fun kid activities including craft stations, a petting zoo, a bug/reptile interactive booth, and a scavenger hunt. All ages are welcome.

When: Saturday, April 20. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Beaver Lake Park and Lodge, 25101 SE 24th St, Sammamish, WA 98075

Cost: Free


Leap for Green Earth Day Fair Mercer Island

Learn about environmental sustainability and participate in a variety of Earth Day activities for kids of all ages.

When: Saturday, April 20. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Cost: Free


21 Acres Earth Day Farm Walk

Ever wondered about the workings of a farm? Join this free Earth Day farm walk at 21 Acres and learn about the importance of farmers and their land. This is a free event, but you must register here.

When: Saturday, April 20. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: 21 Acres, 13701 NE 171st St, Woodinville, WA 98072

Cost: Free


Earth Day Volunteering with the City of Edmonds

Celebrate Earth Day with your kids by volunteering to help keep the parks clean and beautiful. You can register for the Pine Ridge Park invasive ivy pull here, Find out about clean up at Brackett’s Landing North Park here    and Marina Beach Park here. Volunteering event open to all ages.

When: Saturday, April 20. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Various parks and beaches

Cost: Free


Earth Day Run at Magnuson Park

Embrace healthy active outdoor fun for your whole family by participating in the Earth Day Run at Magnuson Park. Each finisher will have a tree planted in their name plus the option to take a native tree home. There will be a Kids’ dash before the 5K/10K race starts.

When: Saturday, April 20. Kids dash: 9:45 a.m.

Where: Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Cost: $5 for Kids Dash, $30-$35 for 5k/10k. Register here.


Earth Day at the Museum of Flight

Join the Museum of Flight for a day of exploring the environment and how aerospace impacts the world and beyond. Activities include their ever-popular Weekend Family Workshops, planting “Wishes for the Earth” and a fascinating lecture about space trash and how scientists are recycling trash into gas for use in space. All ages.

When: Saturday, April 20. 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way S. Seattle, WA 98108

Cost: $26 per online adult (18-64), $18 per online youth (5-17), Free per online child (4 and under). FREE for Museum Members. Buy tickets here.


EarthFest 2024 at Bellevue Botanical Garden

The City of Bellevue and the Bellevue Botanical Garden are hosting their first annual EarthFest event featuring sustainable fun for all ages. The event will be full of family-friendly, interactive activities and games, including garden tours, educational nature-based programs, creative arts activities, and environmental resource booths. Refreshments are available for purchase at the Copper Kettle Coffee Bar in the Shorts House.

When: Saturday, April 20. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street Bellevue, WA 98005

Cost: Free


Food Trucks, Free Tram Rides, & Activities at the Arboretum 

To celebrate the Arboretum’s 90th birthday, They are enhancing this year’s Earth Day work service event with free tram rides, a pollinator education station, and a local food truck (food for purchase). The free tram rides will be from 2 pm to 4 pm for all ages.

When: Saturday, April 20. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112

Cost: Free, but food is for purchase.


Earth Day Celebration at iUrban Teen’s Garden

Celebrate Earth day and learn about farming, planting, and get food with their green focused partners. iUrban Teen has recently acquired donated land from the Seattle Parks and Recreation Urban Food System program to continue the community garden project at Rainier Community Center.

When: Saturday, April 20. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: iUrban Teen Community Garden, 4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118

Cost: Free; RSVP here.


Celebrate Earth Day at Pacific Place

Join Ella Bella Bee and the Pollinators for interactive songs, colorful costumes, and comedic and educational performances about pollinators and their food at the Pacific Place for the Earth Day celebration. Kids can make picture frames from recycled cardboard, beads, and bracelets from recycled magazines. Don’t forget there will be face painting too!

When: Saturday, April 20. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Pacific Place Shopping Center, 600 Pine Street Seattle, WA 98101

Cost: Free


Earth Day Celebration: Issaquah Salmon Hatchery

All are invited to join Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) to celebrate Earth Day weekend with their juvenile Chinook salmon before they are released in May to begin their journey. Activities include touring the native plant garden, feeding rainbow trout, writing a good luck letter to the salmon before their journey, and salmon-themed arts and crafts projects.

When: Saturday, April 20. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W Sunset Way Issaquah, WA 98027

Cost: Free. Donations are welcomed.


Renton Sustainability Fair 

Join ESC at the Renton Neighborhoods Sustainability Fair at the Renton Community Center. Play with their hands-on science stations, celebrate Earth Day, learn more about sustainability options in the City of Renton, and more! They will have live music, games, and local food trucks during the event. All ages.

When: Saturday, April 20. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA 98057

Cost: Free


Snohomish Earth Day Celebration

Join the Snohomish Earth Day Community Event on April 20 at Snohomish Carnegie Foundation and enjoy fun Earth Day activities, crafts, and games for all ages. Family-friendly and kid activities are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and include games & crafts, instrument zoo, sack racing contests, chalk murals and more!

When: Saturday, April 20. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Snohomish Carnegie Building, 105 Cedar Ave. Snohomish, WA 98290

Cost: Free


Earth Day Celebration at Meridian Habitat Park 

Join celebrating Earth Day at Meridian Habitat Park! Immerse yourself in the great outdoors and take part in a variety of free demonstrations, nature activities, and games suitable for all ages. Explore the nature trail and outdoor classroom, guided by local experts and partners. There will be hands-on nature activities, family fun stations with nature experiments, giveaways, prizes, and more.

When: Saturday, April 20. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Meridian Habitat Park, 14422 Meridian E, Puyallup, WA 98375

Cost: Free


Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day – Volunteer

Please join the city-wide clean-up to celebrate Earth Day and then head to the Historical Shell Station for community pizza and live music from noon to 1 p.m. This family-friendly event welcomes all ages. Volunteering will be from 9 a.m. to noon at various locations. You will meet at the Historical Shell Station before you get assigned to a location. It is encouraged you bring your own work gloves.

When: Saturday, April 20. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Historic Shell Station, 232 Front Street N Issaquah, WA 98027

Cost: Free


Earth Day Recycled Crafts at Lake Hills Library

This Earth Day, join Lake Hills Library and Seattle ReCreative for art programs focused on using recycled materials. The first hour of this back-to-back series is geared towards preschool (2-4 years) aged children and will include using recycled materials to Make-a-Friend (make a fairy, animal, monster, etc.). Registration is not required but space is limited, Arrive early. Parental supervision is required.

When: Saturday, April 20. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Lake Hills Library, 15590 Lake Hills Boulevard, Bellevue, WA 98007

Cost: Free


Earth Day Origami at Newcastle Library

Learn about amazing animals and nature through stories and origami projects with Emily Mallory of Emily’s Papercrafts. All supplies provided. This is recommended for ages 2 and older. Registration is not required!

When: Saturday, April 20. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way, Newcastle, WA 98056

Cost: Free


Friend’s Earth Day Celebration at Saltwater State Park

Come to lovely Saltwater State Park south of Seattle and have fun with a host of Earth Day activities. There will be forest hikes, beach walks with naturalists, displays on marine life and native plants, and more! There will also be morning scuba diving. Be sure to RSVP for this event.

When: Sunday, April 21. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Where: Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Pl S Des Moines, WA 98198

Cost: Discover Pass required to enter park.


Earth Day Nature Walk & Clean Up at Green Lake

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation Environmental Education staff on a relaxing Earth Day nature walk. Learn about environmental issues effecting Seattle parks and the wildlife that live in them while helping to remove litter along the way. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing. All ages are welcome; children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be registered. Meet at the parking lot off West Green Lake Dr. N

When: Sunday, April 21. 10 a.m. – noon.

Where: West Green Lake Beach, 7312 West Green Lake Dr N Seattle, WA 98103

Cost: $15 per individual, $40 for a family of 3-5 people. Register HERE.


Earth Day at KiDiMu at Bainbridge

Come enjoy learning more about the earth at KiDiMu Children’s Museum on Bainbridge Island for Earth Day on Monday, April 22. Visitors will enjoy Earth Day-inspired activities, including creating recycling art. Note: Art activities will run until supplies last.

When: Monday, April 22, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: KiDiMu, 301 Ravine Lane Northeast, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Cost: Museum entrance: Adults and Children $9, Grandparents and Seniors $8.


Earth Day Celebration at Kirkland Urban

There will be hands on activities for all ages including free balloon artists, face painting, educational booths and more.

When: Monday, April 22. 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Kirkland Urban, 400 Urban Plaza, Kirkland, WA 98033

Cost: Free


Earth Day Family Craft Night 

Join Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool for a fun Earth Day Craft Night by using recycled materials with your families. They will provide a pasta bar dinner as well. Please RSVP to by April 18th.

When: Monday, April 22. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church and Schools, 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Cost: Free


Earth Day Expo Bainbridge Island

Celebrate the earth and empower the local Bainbridge Island community by joining their Earth Day Expo 2024, where there will be naturalist-led walks every half hour, utilizing an app called INaturalist for all ages. Celebrate this fun day with live music and food trucks for the family. No registration required.

When: Saturday, April 27. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Dr NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Cost: Free


Earth Day Celebration at Rhododendron Park

Join the Earth Day Celebration where there will be guided nature walks, a volunteer work party, vendor booth activities, and a scavenger hunt. There will be kids’ activities, including a nature activity, arts and crafts, and more!

When: Saturday, April 27. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Rhododendron Park, 6910 NE 170th Street, Kenmore, WA 98028

Cost: Free


The Good Festival Earth Day Celebration

Join this Earth Day celebration at Westfield Southcenter and celebrate sustainability efforts. Remember to bring your reusable bags for exclusive discounts or incentives. They will offer engaging kids’ activities, including a planting session and sustainable craft activities. Plus, don’t miss their biking demo and live music from the local 80s New Wave sensation, Nite Wave.

When: Saturday, April 27. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Westfield Southcenter, 2800 Southcenter Mall Seattle, WA 98188

Cost: Free; RSVP for kids’ planting activity here (11 am), and RSVP for kids’ craft activity for session 1 (12 pm) or session 2 (12:30 pm).


Snohomish PUD’s Energy Block Party

Celebrate Earth Day at the Energy Block Party, free fun for the entire family, including their Truckstravaganza, electric vehicle car show, energy-savings giveaways, and food trucks. There will be children’s activities galore and an opportunity to meet Zip and Zap, the squirrel mascot.

When: Saturday, April 27. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: PUD Electric Building Headquarters, 2320 California St Everett, WA 98201

Cost: Free


Earth and Arbor Day Festival 

The 9th annual Earth and Arbor Day Festival. Local environment organizations and clubs will have educational booths with information on water conservation, stormwater, recycling, energy, geology and much more. This year, they will have a scavenger hunt for the kids, Oxbow Farms, the Community Van, prizes, and a food truck, Billy’s Cheesesteaks. Don’t forget they will have a build-a-terrarium booth!

When: Saturday, April 27. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Depot Park, 26227 NE Stephens St, Duvall, WA 98019

Cost: Free


Earth Day Science Exploration at Renton Highlands Library

Join the Environmental Science Center for hands-on science and crafts to celebrate Earth Day at Renton Highlands. Learn about their local plants, wildlife, and ecosystems to become an environmental scientist during this drop-in science time. All ages are welcome to this event. Registration is not required.

When: Saturday, April 27. 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Renton Highlands Library, 2801 NE 10th Street, Renton, WA 98056

Cost: Free


Earth Day Crafternoon at Bitter Lake CC

Bring the whole family and make a variety of spring-themed crafts like egg carton animals and paper roll planters. Turn recycling into a rarity with this fun event for all ages. All materials are provided. Ages 5+.

When: Sunday, May 5. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

Cost: $20; register here.


Earth Day Activities at Home

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR): Art contest

Kids in grades K-12 can submit a piece of art, in any medium, that represents the theme “environmental justice in action”. Prizes will be awarded by age group and winners will have their art displayed on the DNR website. There are three age categories: grades K-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12, click the links to submit work.

When: Entries must be turned in by 9 p.m. on April 12

Ages: K-12

Cost: Free


Clover Toys Earth Day Coloring Contest

Dive into a colorful adventure with Clover Toys’ Earth Day Coloring Contest the entire month of April! Let your creativity bloom as you create with vibrant hues. Visit their website to grab your coloring sheet and join the eco-friendly fun. Winners will be selected May 1st. You can download the coloring page here, and either submit it in the store or via email: Download the coloring page here.

When: The Contest runs all month long. April 1-30. Store hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Clover Toys, 4609 14th Ave NW Ste 103, Seattle, WA 98107

Cost: Free


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