Envirofest 2011 at the Clay Center in Brookline

Posted by Tara, Ziptivity’s Metro Boston Community Ambassador

It’s time for spring cleaning and greening!

This Sunday afternoon (3-5pm), load up your EV or Hybrid with old electronics and burned-out CFL bulbs for free recycling. Throw in a couple of bags of gently worn clothing for donating to the Big Brother – Big Sister Foundation. (Be sure to leave some room for your kids, too.) Then head to the Clay Center in Brookline, where you will get a sweet parking space and free tickets to the Prismatic Magic LASER Show at the Clay Center on Astronomy Day. Don’t worry – even if you don’t have one of those newfangled alternative-energy vehicles, you can still spend the afternoon learning more about living green and having fun at Envirofest 2011, presented by the Dexter and Southfield Environmental Club and Upper School students.

At Envirofest, get up close and personal with Curious Creatures, honeybees, and habitats of local marine species in a traveling touch tank from Briarwood Marine Science Center. Get in touch with nature by taking a walk through the Webster Nature Trail. Adventurous kids in grades 3 and up can try riding a Segway – helmets provided. If you want your kids to learn to get their hands dirty, they can plant free pine tree seedlings in a peat-pot or eco-bag. Lilac seedlings may also be purchased for $2 each (limit 10 per family).

For a more low-key, educational experience, check out the students’ poster sessions and exhibits. Watch some short edutaining videos about how scientists are finding new ways to help the environment, or check out the Hybrid synergy technology show and tell presented by faculty and students.

Tips to maximize your experience:

  • Get there early. The first 50 families get a free CFL bulb, and quantities of seedlings are limited.
  • This is a great opportunity to recycle computers, cell phones and electronics for FREE. There is a $10 fee for recycling TVs. Bring your CFL bulbs for recycling, too.
  • It is also a great opportunity to clean out your closets – and for a good cause. The Big Brother – Big Sister Foundation will be there to accept clean, gently used clothing for “recycling.”
  • Before you go, visit the Clay Center website for driving directions, parking info, and bus routes. The Environmental Festival 2011 page has event info and excellent links to environmental orgs.
  • Stop by the indoor tennis courts between 3pm and 6pm for the Dexter-Southfield Tennis Camp Open House. While the kids are enjoying a short tennis clinic with camp staff, parents will meet the camp director and take a tour. Be sure your kids are wearing tennis shoes, and bring their rackets!

If you enjoy Envirofest and your starry-eyed kids want to explore the universe beyond Earth, save the date for Astronomy Day 2011 at the Clay Center. It’s on Saturday, May 14th from 4-10pm. Ziptivity’s super-moms extraordinaire will be there from 5-8:30 with an activity for the kids – it’ll be out of this world!

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