Friday is the official Earth Day, the theme of which is a “billion acts of green.” While there might not be a billion in Bethlehem, there are several ways you can make a difference this weekend.
Take the family to the Philly Zoo Spring Fling to party with the animals, or for more serious conservation, trek up to the Pocono Environmental Education Center for hands-on learning, animal exhibits and a fair like atmosphere in the great outdoors. If you don’t mind getting dirty, help with the Historic Downtown Bethlehem clean-up or take-in a free evening lecture at the Bethlehem Public Library about creating a backyard habitat.
If Easter is your basket, you will want to take the kids out to the DaVinci Center for some “Egg-cellent” activities involving eggs and Just Born candy. What Easter would be complete without candy, peeps and eggs? If your kids still can get enough eggs, take them to the Jaycees Annual Easter hunt where they can fill their baskets with as many eggs as they can carry.
After a day full of kid-friendly activities, get your girlfriends together for some LOL comedy at the State Theatre Girls’ Night Out. Guys, grab your seats as the Steel Hawks take on the Reading Express. Still haven’t gotten enough “we” time away from the kids, try rockin’ out at Godfrey Daniels this weekend to hear Lance Lopez, a kick-ass blues guitarist from Texas. Saturday night rocks out Celtic style with the band Runa.
With all this activity, you will be hopping and bopping all weekend long.
Best Picks for this weekend
• PHILLY ZOO – SPRING FLING (PHILADELPHIA ZOO)
Where/When: 3400 W. Girard Ave, Philadelphia, Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Zoo hours 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Why Go: Their calling it the “Party for the Planet,” and who wants to miss that? This party isn’t just for people, it’s for the animals too as local environmental organizations share information about how to preserve the environment so that the animals will continue to have a home.
Pricing: Admission: $18/ adult, $15/child, under 2 Free (admission includes program)
• EGG-CELLENT ADVENTURES (DAVINCI CENTER)
Where/When: 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown, Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Why Go: All things eggs and science will be available for those who seek learning opportunities at every holiday. Egg Crash Dummy Challenge, baby chicks hatching and specially “eggtivities” as well as complimentary Just Born treats make this a sweet Easter activity.
Pricing: Admission, $11.95/Adults, $8.95/ Seniors (ages 62 +) & Children (4-12), Toddlers 3 and under—FREE, Presented by Just Born
• 16th ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION (POCONO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER)
Where/When: Mile 8 Marker at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Dingman’s Ferry, Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Why Go: This is the mother of all Earth Day celebrations in PA. With hands-on learning stations, animal exhibits, green building displays, crafts, food, music, vendors and more it is a veritable smorgasbord of conservation.
Pricing: $5 per car.
• HISTORIC DISTRICT DOWNTOWN BETHLEHEM EARTH DAY CLEANUP ()
Where/When: Corner of Main and Broad Streets, Bethlehem, Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., After-party at the Courtyard 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Why Go: Help the Earth in your own backyard by cleaning up Historic Bethlehem—pick up litter, cleaning storm drains and planting flowers. Listen to live music and join the community art project at the after-party.
Pricing: FREE food, coffee and t-shirts (limited supply) to all volunteers.
• JAYCEES ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT (SAUCON VALLEY JUNIOR CHAMBER)
Where/When: , Tobias Dr & Durham St, Hellertown, Saturday 10:00 a.m.
Why Go: Peter Cottontail is hiding his eggs at Dimmick Park, but, be there on time because the hunt starts at 10:00 a.m. sharp!
Pricing: FREE, open to ages 1- 12.
• CREATING A BACKYARD HABITAT ()
Where/When: 11 W. Church St., Bethlehem Saturday 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Why Go: If you don’t quite have a green thumb but you are interesting in gardening and sustainable practices, Maura Sullivan will show you how to create and certify your backyard into an environmentally friendly habitat.
• GIRLS NIGHT OUT (STATE THEATRE)
Where/When: 453 Northampton St., Easton, Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Why Go: Five ladies out for a wild night of karaoke trying to sing away their heartbreak. Can you relate? A hilarious night out at the theatre that is best enjoyed with a few of your best girlfriends.
Pricing: Tickets, $45.50, buy tickets online and use the password MUSICAL for $5 off.
• LV STEELHAWKS VS. CHICAGO SLAUGHTER (LV STEELHAWKS)
Where/When: Stabler Arena, 124 Goodman, Bethlehem, Saturday 7:00 p.m.
Why Go: Catch LV’s home town arena football team, against the Reading Express for some family-friendly live sports entertainment.
Pricing: Tickets, $14.75 - $45.50, (610) 282- 3100
• LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES FRIDAY & SATURDAY ()
Where/When: Godfrey Daniels, 7 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, Friday, Lance Lopez, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, Runa, 8:00 p.m.
Why Go: Lopez grinds his Texas bred blues on Friday while Runa adds some Celtic spirit to your Easter Eve festivities.
Pricing: Tickets, Friday, $17.50 & Saturday Runa $16.50.