Celebrate Earth with fun events this weekend

Father and boys gardening

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) This weekend is a great time to celebrate Earth Day and learn about our planet through activities and destinations that are fun for the whole family! Check out Maranda’s top picks in this week’s Five Star Family Fun Update. To have a complete list emailed to you each week, click here.

Arbor Day Celebration, Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek
Friday, April 24, 10 a.m. – noon
The Children’s Garden opens for the season! Enjoy games, crafts, and hands-on activities. Each child will receive a free sapling tree will supplies last. $2 donation per person requested.

Butterflies are Blooming, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
Through April 30
Last weekend to see the annual exhibition! Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Tropical Conservatory. Butterfly-themed activities in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden. Included with general admission.

National Astronomy Day, Veen Observatory, Lowell Township
Saturday, April 25
The James C. Veen Observatory will be open to the public every second and last Saturday evening of the month starting April 25. Admission: $3 for adults, $2 for 17 and under, free for Grand Rapids Public Museum members.

Portage Earth Day Festival, Celery Flats, Portage
Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Family-friendly Earth Day festival with live music, exhibits, games, and giveaways. Food available for purchase. Free admission!

Museums Free for All, Grand Rapids
Sunday, April 26, noon – 5 p.m.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum are all free for the afternoon! Free shuttle rides to and from all participating museums.

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