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Earth Day party for kids

An Earth Day party doesn’t have to be RE-duced, RE-used or RE-cycled to be RE-ally fun!

Find the perfect outdoor location for your Earth Day party at: FunOrangeCountyParks.com
FunOrangeCountyParks.com provides photos, highlights and comments about Orange County’s parks and beaches. Plus, it offers many other resources to bring more FUN to the outdoors whether party planning or just playing!

Remember: An Earth Day party makes a great classroom or scout activity, too!

INVITATIONS

  • Write the invitation on an inflatable globe
  • Put the invitation inside a used water bottle (printed on recycled paper, of course!)
  • Write the invitation with a thick marker on newspaper


DECORATIONS
Be mindful of reducing the amount of trash generated at your party. Use as many reusable materials as possible.

  • Use newspapers or Astroturf as a tablecloth
  • Globes
  • Potted plants and herbs
  • Stuffed animals
  • Fresh fruits
  • Leaves


MENU
Create a menu out of foods that grow in the earth:

  • Fruit Kabobs or whole fruits
  • Veggies and dips (carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes and snap peas)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Trail mix (nuts & dried fruit)
  • Green Salad
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Corn chips and fresh salsa
  • Vegetable soup
  • Water


GAMES & ACTIVITIES

  • Trash Pick Up: Give each guest a trash bag (or plastic grocery bag). Instruct them to pick up as much trash as they can find. Award a prize to every guest who picks up at least 10 pieces of trash. The best part is leaving the park better than you found it!
  • Earth Ball: Play games with a giant inflatable globe.
  • Ranger Talk: Arrange to have a park ranger or environmentalist speak to your group (Group events can be arranged at the Environmental Nature Center (Newport Beach)) 
  • Take a Hike: Plan a hike or bike ride on one of Orange County’s great nature trails.
  • Recycle Relay: Give each team a bag with a variety of recyclable items. Have teams race to sort the items into bins of cans, plastic, glass and paper.
  • Mother Nature: Played like “Simon Says”, but replace Simon with Mother Nature.
  • Visit Tanaka Farms (Irvine): Tour their organic farm and pick fresh strawberries…mmm! 


CRAFTS

  • Decorate reusable shopping bags or water bottles with permanent markers
  • Build sculptures or collages with a variety reused materials (water bottles, cans, buttons, tinfoil, wrapping paper, ribbon, bottle caps, candy wrappers or newspapers & magazines)
  • Paint flowerpots, fill with potting soil and seeds or plants

FAVORS

  • Seed packets
  • Gardening tools
  • Globe themed items (keychains, bouncy balls, etc.)
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Smencils or other items made from recycled materials
  • Flowerpots filled with flowers, herbs or plants


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Need more party ideas? Check out more great party ideas in the Spring issue of Coast Kids Magazine!
 

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