Today is the annual celebration of Earth Day, and several Orlando-area restaurants are offering Wildflower seeds to guests to plant at home.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark its 20th anniversary celebration on Earth Day, April 22, and Walt Disney World will live stream the festivities starting at 10:15am.
The park will mark its 20th anniversary with a ‘Party For the Planet’ that will stretch from April 22-May 5. During that time, Rafiki’s Planet Watch will take center stage for the celebration, which will offer backstage experiences that allow guests to learn about animal nutrition, visit the veterinary hospital, or hear how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark its 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, with more wild adventures than ever before during an expanded Party for the Planet celebration April 22-May 5.
Over the two-week Party for the Planet celebration, guests can attend conservation talks by animal-care experts and participate in enhanced interactions with some of the more than 2,000 animals that make their home at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited park.
Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend? The Orlando Science Center is having a Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 23.
From 10am to 3pm, visitors can enjoy live animal interactions and feedings in NatureWorks, get crafty with some upcycling activities, and see giant-screen film National Parks Adventure.
They have a slew of special events and opportunities for guests to enjoy throughout the day, including:
- Special opening ceremony – Meet at the Tree of Life at 8:40 a.m., to hear from Josh D’Amaro, Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Dr. Jackie Ogden, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment.
- Earth Day “Party for the Planet” festivities – Special interactive activities that focus on animals and nature will take place throughout the park from 9am-5pm.
- Artists and other vendors will present their work in Africa and on Discovery Island, which will be available for purchase.
- Opportunity to purchase special 15th anniversary merchandise, available in limited quantities.
- Special food & beverage.
The 15th anniversary celebration is included with regular park admission.
I remember visiting the park right before it opened in 1998, and it’s grown into quite a fun park, especially if you love animals.
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here’s a round-up of concerts and other events happening in the Orlando area this weekend.
Friday, April 22:
The Alex Hayes Band with guests at The Haven in Winter Park – $5
- Beatlemania Now at Hard Rock Live – $27-$37
- Epcot Flower & Garden Festival featuring Ricky Nelson Remembered w/ The Nelsons at Walt Disney World – Free with Park Admission
- Full Circle at The Garage Bar in Sanford – Free
- Ke$ha at House of Blues – sold out
- Leading Ladies at Theatre Downtown – $20
- Leo Kottke at Plaza Theatre Live – $20-$30
- Vince Morris at the Orlando Improv – $12
- Mustang Sally at The Barn in Sanford – $5
- Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra: Tribute To Paul McCartney at the Bob Carr P.A.C. – $14-$68
- Protest The Hero with guests at The Social – $15
- Charlie Sheen at St Pete Times Forum in Tampa – $46.75 to $572.25
- Soccer: Orlando City Lions vs Puerto Rico United at Florida CItrus Bowl – $12-$25
- World Extreme Fighting MMA at UCF Arena – $42.50-$97.50
- Xanadu: The Musical at The Pointe Performing Arts Center at Pointe Orlando – $20/$35 with dinner
The Orlando Science Center is fun for kids of all ages, so you’ll definitely want to visit this Saturday, April 23, 2011, when they host their Earth Day event.
Little ones will delight in eco-activities in the KidsTown preschool area while adults can enjoy behind-the-scenes Green Building tours including the facility’s new 144 panel solar array and cutting edge new HVAC system.
On level four, guests can indulge in delicious s’mores that they create using solar ovens or check out water conservation experiments in Dr. Dare’s Lab. Special guest artist Dale Wayne will work with visitors of all ages to create artwork out of recycled plastic containers.
In between the exhibits, take a break to watch Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees on the Dr. Phillips CineDome.
And if the kids get sick of all the nature exhibits, the Curious George exhibit is also running at the OSC.
Teaming with Walmart, the Orlando Science Center is offering a special discounted admission for the day – only $5 for everyone. Regular admission is $17 for adults and $12 for kids, so that’s quite a savings.
For more information, visit the Orlando Science Center website or call 407-514-2000
This is a nice promotion for those who have their own yards:
Simply visit your local Lowe’s store on April 23, 2011, and pick up your free tree.
Lowe’s says they plan to give away a million trees with this promotion. Very cool!
While there, you and your kids can also participate in building a free birdhouse during the store’s free build-and-grow clinic.
To find your nearest Lowe’s, visit their website.