By April Stovall
The ongoing COVID-19 health crisis has brought life as we know it to a screeching halt. People are working from home and educators are taking their classrooms online. It’s a challenge for everyone, and parents are looking for ideas to keep their kids engaged and happy.
Earth Day is April 22, a day set aside where kids learn about the importance of protecting our planet at school and businesses take grand strides to be environmentally friendly. It’s a day to challenge individuals and business alike to think about what could happen if we all work together to put our planet first.
Since we’re all staying home more these days, we’re presented with an opportunity. A challenge of sorts…to take the conversation to our dinner table and plan a day of activities dedicated to supporting our planet.
Here’s a quick list of ideas to get you started. Share your efforts on social media and remind others that it’s the perfect time to protect the planet and join in on the fun.
How to celebrate Earth Day at home
- Dinner-in-the-dark. Eat by candlelight or if you’re up for a challenge, put on a blindfold and try and guess what’s for dinner.
- Board games and books rock. Play board games or read books by candle-light.
- Themed movie night. Consider watching a documentary about Planet Earth.
- Camp in your backyard or living room. Don’t have an actual tent? Sheets and pillows work great!
- Create your own mini-golf course using household objects. Want to make it interesting? Have the loser do the dishes.
- Have an eco-friendly fashion show. Challenge your family members to create amazing fashion out of recyclable materials. Vote for best costume and present them with a Earth Day trophy made from household materials.
- Acoustic jam session. Family sing-a-longs are the best!
- Yoga. You know you’ve always wanted to try it. If you already love it, it’s a chance to share it with others.
- Put on a Puppet Show. Put all of these stuffed animals to work or create your own out of paper.
- Indoor scavenger hunt.Turn off the lights, and challenge your family to find all the hidden items within a certain time limit, using only a flashlight!
April Stovall is surveillance and facilities manager at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. She also leads Harrah’s CodeGreen initiative, a public pledge to the company’s employees, guests and community that the organization will explore and implement ways to reduce the environmental footprint. More information can be found at www.harrahsakchin.com.