Saturday, April 27, 2024

An aerial photograph of a waves on the shore: a rich blue swath of ocean meets a dark, rocky coast. Alexis Antoine/Unsplash
Celebrate our greatest resource—our planet!  

Join us for a full day of family-friendly activities and performances celebrating planet Earth.  

Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

10 am–4 pm 

Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation

10 am–4 pm 

Timed Events

10:30 am (also at noon, 2:15 pm, and 3:30 pm)
Performance: Bees by Polyglot Theatre
Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation

Life-sized bees take over the Museum’s galleries, inviting children to explore their dynamic world through movement, sound, and play. This performance creates community through exploration and encourages young audiences to discover the fascinating life of these tiny insects.   

1 pm
Is It (Cicada) Cake?
Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation  

Cicadas are known for their distinctive buzzing calls and remarkable life cycles, emerging periodically in massive numbers to captivate and sometimes overwhelm their surroundings with their ephemeral presence. This year, two cicada broods with overlapping habitats will emerge in America: Brood XIX will emerge in southern states and parts of the Midwest, while Brood XIII will emerge in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  

To celebrate this convergence, Grace “Grey” Pak, contestant on Season 3 of Netflix’s Is It Cake?, will be creating a hyper-realistic, giant cicada cake to share with visitors at EarthFest.  

4 pm
City Nature Challenge InsectBlitz!
Meet at the bottom of the Gilder Center staircase

A bioblitz is a nature treasure hunt where scientists and nature lovers team up to race against the clock, discovering and documenting as many species as they can in a surprising and exhilarating biodiversity adventure!  

Meet us at the bottom of the staircase in the Gilder Center at 4 pm as we head to Central Park for an InsectBlitz in support of the City Nature Challenge. 

EarthFest is generously supported by the Abel Shafer Public Program Fund, a fund created by the Arlene B. Coffey Trust to honor the memory of Abel Shafer. 

The International Ocean Discovery Program is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation.

Programs at the American Museum of Natural History are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.