Release Date: April 18,2018

Akron Children's Museum to hold first Earth Day celebration with “Earth Day Fun Fest”

Community members are invited to the museum to join in Earth Day celebration festivities, including a fun-filled
day of building, making and planting with recycled materials. Participants will be able to conduct experiments
designed by the National Informal STEM Education Network and engage in discussions about science and
society. These fun activities introduce guests to the ongoing research happening at NASA in the fields of Earth
science, while discovering amazing ways to help protect our planet. Local experts and entrepreneurs will be on
hand to provide information about conservation and sustainability in our community. Organizations such as
Akron Waterways Renewed, OSU Extension, First Energy, Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, Hazel
Tree Interiors, Big Love Network, GAINS, Akron Canton Bonsai Club, and more, will welcome visitors with
information and hands-on activities.

Akron Children’s Museum is proud to celebrate this special day in a big way and help spread awareness of
conservation and Earth Science,” said Traci Buckner, the museum’s executive director. Local families are
invited to “unearth” their creative side, and help this planet we inhabit at the same time. Traci explains. “We will
explore new ways to recycle and reuse everyday materials such as cardboard, plastic bottles, old jewelry, cloth
scraps, and bottle caps to construct, create and enjoy new treasures. Everyone will leave with creations such
as a customized planter with seeds, a collaborative art piece, or a colorful wind spiral that they can enjoy at
home all year round.”

Earth Day Fun Fest is free to the public. Museum admission is $5.00 per adult and children over 1 year old.
Museum visitors will be able to enjoy the 22 interactive exhibits and are encouraged to spread conservation
awareness by posting pictures at the event on social media using Hashtag #EarthDay2018 and tag
@akronmuseum on Twitter, @akron_childrens_museum on Instagram, and @akronchildrensmuseum on