The city of Milton and Milton Grows Green will host the fifth annual Earth Day Festival April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Friendship Community Park at 12785 Birmingham Hwy.
The festival will include children’s games and activities, arts and crafts, animal exhibits, entertainment by local youth performers and vendors featuring environmentally friendly products and services.
“It is a nice blend of educational and fun activities,” said event chair Teresa Stickels. “We want people to know that it can be fun to be interested in the environment and to learn about the environment, and there are lots of fun things that you can do to help the environment.”
The festival is a free community event, although there will be vendors selling food and drinks.
Jack Lindon of Milton Grows Green said the festival has developed over the last several years to have a greater focus on making the event appealing for children and families. New this year will be an Easter egg hunt, he said.
Stickels added, “The event is the day before Easter Sunday, so we’re going to have some ducks and bunnies and chicks, which should be very fun for the kids. Parents can take pictures of their children with the animals.”
Lindon said the attendance of the festival grows every year. Last year an estimated 1,500 came out.
In Roswell, the Chattahoochee Nature Center will host its Earth Day Kids Fest April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will include children’s activities, eco-crafts, up-close animal encounters, environmentally friendly vendors, food and a sing-along and dancing with Farmer Jason.
Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children and free for children 2 and under. Those who ride their bike to the center will also get free admission.
The center is at 9135 Willeo Road.
On April 22 — the official date for Earth Day — the Alpharetta Branch Library at 238 Canton St. will host its Earth Day Kids Celebration from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event is geared for patrons ages 3 to 10.