Earth Day News: Picnic For the Planet at Frog Pond!

This Sunday, April 22nd, the Boston Common Frog Pond will serve as the home for The Nature Conservancy’s second annual Picnic for the Planet!  This event celebrates the role that nature plays in daily life by reminding people to stop and take a few minutes to enjoy being outside and sharing a meal with their families and friends. Go outside and bring your family and friends to enjoy all the benefits that nature brings to our lives. So rain or shine, come join us for this family friendly event!

The Picnic for the Planet will take place from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. so you’ll have plenty of time to stop by and enjoy! Also, we’re happy to announce that there will be lots of entertainment throughout the day. The Nature Conservancy will be attempting the Guinness World Record for largest global picnic between noon and 3 P.M. During this time, Radio 92.9 will be providing live music and the opportunity to win free EarthFest tickets (plus other cool prizes!).

The Skating Club of Boston will also be working with Down:2:Earth to sponsor the D:2:E Green Spot, where families can learn about living green in Boston. Picnickers can visit Earth-friendly vendors, including Massachusetts Farmers Markets, Honest Tea, Cow and Crumb, Whole Foods Markets, Flavrz Organic Drink Mix, Emmett’s Edibles, and Progressive Asset Management among others. Family friendly activities – including arts and crafts workshops using recycled materials – will also be part of the day’s entertainment.

We hope to see you and your family out and about in the Common!

Announcing Duckling Day 2011!

A dog dressed up on Duckling Day 2010 Courtesy of Michael Dwyer

The Friends of the Public Garden, in association with the Boston Parks & Recreation and Mayor Menino, will once again celebrate Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011, with Boston families and the beloved story of the Mallards from Robert McCloskey’s classic Make Way for Ducklings. This year, the Boston Parents Paper will be an official media sponsor.

Like Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack, children will parade around Boston dressed as their favorite characters from the book.  The Harvard University Band will lead the parade from the corner of Park Street and Beacon Street, weave through Beacon Hill, and suitably finish at the statue of the Mallard family. Family entertainment, including face painting, balloon artists, and a magician will be offered prior to the parade. After the parade, the Wheelock Family Theatre will treat attendees to a dramatic reading of the book.

A donation of $25 per family is requested for all participants and each family who registers will receive a special goodie bag filled with Duckling Day toys and treats. Registration will start at 10:30am and the parade will commence at 12pm.