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Many ways to celebrate Earth Day with family

Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 3:12 p.m. CST

April 22 will mark the 44th annual Earth Day, celebrated globally since 1990. However there is no need for you to wait until April 22 to celebrate the earth with your kids or to teach them to be good stewards to it. While April is full of activities and events to highlight Earth Day – week, month – there are several ways and organizations that you can work with all year to start growing a green family.

Reduce

Reduce the amount of garbage on the beach as well the impact humans have on the lake at the Zion Park District’s Annual Adopt-A-Beach Event. Volunteers will help pick up trash and record what they find from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosah Park, 25th and Lake Front. Families and organizations are welcome. Contact Kay Petersen at 847-746-5500 ext.426 for information.

Help your kids reduce by switching from disposable containers to reusable lunch containers. Our family personally likes the ease and durability of Easy Lunch Boxes, available at www.easylunchboxes.com.

Reuse

Have your kids had a winter growth spurt? Save some money and the Earth by taking those used items to a local consignment shop or sale. Two of our favorite Green Kids Resale and Here Whee Go Again Consignments. Here Whee Go again is a pop up consignment event held one weekend a season. The spring Lake County event will be on April 24 through April 27 in Lake Zurich, 291 S. Rand Road. Visit www.hwgakidz.com for consigner infomration and shopping hours. Green Kids Resale in Round Lake Beach, 833 E. Rollins Road, collects children’s and maternity clothing and gear in all sizes all year long. You can get cash, or a store credit. The also support local schools as you designate your district and a portion of your sales, or the cash for your items, is donated to the school. Contact the store at 847-986-6232 for hours and information or find them online at www.greenkidsresale-il.com.

Recycle

There are so many things you throw out that could be recycled, like clothes, shoes, and electronics. How can you make recycling fun for your kids? When it’s at festival! Join the Waukegan Park District in Bowen Parkfrom 1 to 4 p.m. April 27 for it’s Live Green Family Festival. Hands-on activities and fun include a nature scavenger hunt, planting in a children’s garden, nature crafts and an reptile show. While the kids are having fun the parents can recycle print cartridges, household batteries and athletic shoes with SWALCO and clothing with Green Team recycling.

Repurpuse

I read that American’s throw out enough paper towel tubes to fill the Empire State Building. Don’t throw them out. Paper tubes are one of the best craft supplies ever. Give it to your kids with age appropriate supplies and they can create puppets, people, bracelets, super hero cuffs, the possibilities are endless! See our PInterest board at www.pinterest.com/littlelakeco/recycled-crafting for more ideas.

Not crafty? No problem! Head to Crabtree Nature Center from noon to 4 p.m. April 20, 3 Stover Road, Barrington, for their Almost Earth Day Program. You and your children will learn about ways you can lessen your impact on the Earth and create a art project out of recycled materials. Contact the nature center at 847-381-6592 for information.

Going green can seem overwhelming at first, especially if you have a house full of kids. If each of us start by making one small change we can set the path for a better cleaner Earth for our kids.

To find more Earth Day events and activities visit our calendar at www.littlelakecounty.com/calendar.

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