Kids activities at EarthFair '98

Activities your kids won't want to miss.

by Kari Gray

hat can kids do to save the earth? "Consider the Source" at the ninth annual EarthFair at Balboa Park on Sunday, April 19, from 10am - 5pm.

Special activities for kids at Earth-Fair include the All Species Parade, sponsored by KSWB-TV and Q106, at 10:30am and the HumaniTree pledge project, sponsored by Qualcomm. There is also a special Children's Activity Area behind the Natural History Museum with a stage featuring all sorts of children's entertainment. The City of San Diego After School Playgrounds is presenting EarthGames in front of the Puppet Theater.

All species are invited to march in San Diego EarthWork's All Species Parade from the Organ Pavilion to the Natural History Museum in Balboa Park to open EarthFair '98. Representing scout troops, schools, churches and many other groups, more than 400 children, animals and adults will celebrate the variety of life on earth and the importance of preserving the natural world that sustains us all.

Each entry in the parade will be created and assembled with the creative use of recycled and reused materials. Transportation in the parade will either be human-powered or represent energy alternatives available today. All participants receive prizes from radio station Q106.

Another fun activity at EarthFair '98 is the HumaniTree, where people of all ages can make a personal commitment and promise to take care of the environment. Participants write a promise on a BE-leaf and place it on the Earth Day HumaniTree at the Organ Pavilion or on the HumaniTree in the Children's area. A BE-Leaf contains an individual's name and personal promise toward improving the environment, written on paper cut in the shape of a leaf. You can create your own BE-leaf using recyclable or reused materials such as cardboard, newspaper or paper bags.

Guests and their BE-leafs can march in the All Species Parade or bring the leaves to the Qualcomm HumaniTree at the Organ Pavilion throughout the day.

Featuring close to 250 educational exhibits and seven stages of entertainment, this annual fair is the largest and most successful environmental event in California. Other highlights of the fair include a natural foods area, six stages of entertainment, live animals and an alternative vehicles display in the Miramar College Clean Air and Advanced Technologies Pavilion.

As always, EarthFair is free and open to the public. Free shuttle service will also be provided from a parking lot off of Pershing Drive.

San Diego EarthWorks non-profit organization working year-round to encourage people to take individual action. To volunteer, or to receive a parade entry form, information about classroom activities, exhibitor or sponsorship information, call (619) 496-6666.