Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007 as a simple lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change, and has grown to include communities around the world. Here are 5 kid-friendly ways to mark the March, 28 event in Kingston.
In celebration of Earth Hour, Sustainable Kingston is hosting an off-grid concert powered by solar and wind energy. Enjoy performances by local artists, appearances by engaging speakers, sustainability displays and more; all at no cost to the public. Bring your own mug for free hot chocolate and the first 200 attendees will receive a free beeswax tealight (parents of younger children may prefer to use glowsticks or flashlights).
Remember to dress warmly and bring a blanket to snuggled under. This event is held outdoors rain or snow and temperatures look like they may dip down into the minus double digits.
This easy fondue recipe from Today's Parent is the ultimate Earth Hour dinner. Mix up the veggies and cheese types to please the palates of picky eaters. Don't forget to have chocolate fonue for dessert! Remember to turn off the lights at 8:30 pm!
A short drive from Kingston in Erinsville, ON is the Lennox and Addington County Dark Sky Viewing Area. Did you know that this is the most southerly point in Ontario where the night sky is so pristine that your stargazing is similar to what it was like in the area more than 100 years ago?
These beautiful nature-inspired candles from CBC Parents use walnut shells and small pieces of crayons. Kids will get a kick out of cracking the walnuts and it's nice to repurpose all those broken crayons!
Turn of the lights and screens and break out your family's favourite board games or puzzles. If you're looking to try a new game, rather than buying new, considering renting a game from Kingston's Family for the Win.
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