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Time Well Spent: An Hour for the Earth

It’s Earth Hour tonight…and it’s always a winner in our books. Not only does it force your family to spend serious quality time together, but it helps the planet as well.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

Earth Hour is tonight (March 29rd, 2014) at 8:30pm and we’re putting the challenge out to all our HRM Parents and families to join the hundreds of millions of people across the globe who will switch off the lights in their homes and businesses for one whole hour. It’s the world’s largest public action for the environment and we’re proud to be a part of it.

To make it even easier for you to participate, here are some ideas for how to spend the time. Who knows, you may end up having so much fun you’ll keep it going well beyond 60 minutes!

Where on Earth? Grab a globe or atlas and have fun looking up all the places you’ve been to or want to visit. Then look up the places where your friends and family live or have visited. Who knows, you may end up planning a fun family vacation before the night is over?

Story Time: Have everyone come to Earth Hour prepared with some funny stories to share. Pick some quirky themes and have them make up some stories or poems to fit. Some ideas might include: my most embarrassing moment, why I don’t like mustard or if I could be a superhero I would…

Memory Lane: Calling all sentimental parents!!  Earth Hour is the perfect time to pull out the old photo albums and fancy scrapbooks and take the family on a stroll down memory lane. Do your kids know the story about the day they were born? Or when you first found out you were going to be a parent? Have they seen any family wedding photos, or pics of Uncle Bill before he went bald?  Who knows where it will take you.

Board Games:  Love ‘em or hate ‘em – there’s really nothing like a little family friendly competition!  Pictionary, Monopoly, Candy Land, Risk, Clue, Trivial Pursuit, Cranium, Boggle…and more. Go grab a few from the basement and let the games begin!

Yuck!  This may get a little messy but it’ll sure help them remember Earth Hour.  Even though Halloween is still months away, enjoy the darkness by pulling out all the gooey stuff from the kitchen for some “Guess what you’re Feeling” fun.  You know – peeled grapes as eyeballs, cooked macaroni as brains…eek!  For a not so slimy version – pick unusual objects from around the house and place them in bags for people to feel and guess what they are.

Just remember to ensure all the candles you may light during the hour are away from flammable items, well out of reach of little hands and are extinguished afterwards.

We hope you have a fun evening and make HRM’s Earth Hour a successful one!

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