Annual Children's Water Festival

We know we need water to live and to stay healthy, and we know we need to protect this precious resource.

But, are we doing our part?

Protecting our Planet and it's resources starts with teaching our children to conserve.

20 years

70 presenters

Big Time Sponsors but most stations run by donated time

All dedicated to WATER!

The 20th annual Children's Water Education Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, was held March 23-24, 2016 at the University of California, Irvine. The event was presented by the Orange County Water District (OCWD), Disneyland Resort, National Water Research Institute, and the Orange County Water District Groundwater Guardian Team.

The Annual Children's Water Education Festival gives Orange County 3rd, 4th and 5th graders countless ways to save water and even has an educator on their committee to make sure teaching and the day long festival meets CA State Science standards.

I'm super happy to bring home some of these practical water saving ideas to you and our families!

One of the main festival Sponsor, Disneyland Resort, had a “Once Upon a Planet” booth that introduced the term “Planet Protectors”.

Anyone at any age can do SOMETHING to help protect our planet.

It's just like we teach at Family For Health – one simple shift can help your family get healthier fast, because everything we do adds up over time!

And yeah, it's SUPER motivating to become even better “Planet Protectors” when each of the Disney booths at the festival was giving away Disneyland tickets to 2 lucky winners at each session. How generous!!

Simple Ways to Save Water

Some of the magically simple ways to save water is:

  • turn water off while brushing teeth
  • reduce, reuse, recycle

Mater and his friends from Radiator Springs tallied and shared the gallons of water kids use just when they wake up:

1 gallon to brush your teeth

3 gallons to flush the toilet

1 gallon to wash your face

That's just 4 gallons before you even go downstairs to start your day!

So that simple lesson of “turning off the water when you brush your teeth” is totally worth the teaching and should be drilled into our children's daily routine.

Disneyland recycles TONS!

Disneyland, The Happiest Place on Earth, is leading by example in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” department and though we can't recycle in these massive amounts, everything we recycle in our homes adds up too!

Disneyland recycles these amounts per year:

  • aluminum 5 times taller than Mount Everest
  • paper that can make a paper trail from Disneyland to Disney World 4 times


Make it easy for your family to recycle by setting up color coded recycling trashcans in your kitchen like these:

Under-Counter Pull-Out Recycler Trash Can (we use this one in our home)

Stainless Steel Step-On Recycle Bin – this one is also color coded (inside and out) making it easy for even toddlers to recycle when you ask them to please put the trash in the “blue” recycle trash.


Disneyland Reuses for Fun!

My favorite Disneyland “Reduce Reuse Recycle” fun fact shared at the festival is that french fry oil is good for more than just cooking french fries…

“Disneyland converts more than 1,200 tons of used cooking oil from restaurants into biodiesel that fuels the Disneyland Railroad and the Mark Twain Riverboat. ”  – OC Register Article

As a health coach, that makes me feel so much better about french fries. 🙂

Disneyland Reuses for Magical Experiences!

So, we're not gonna reuse french fry oil in our homes but we can reuse rain drops like Disneyland does.

Disneyland actually collects rain water from the pavement that goes into a basin and is then used for The World of Color Show. Now, that's magical!

We don't run water shows from our home, but we can easily set a rain barrel in our back yard to help grow our plants and gardens.  That's magical too!

Rain Wizard Rain Barrel

Here's a great video by another Children's Festival Presenter, The Ecology Center,  Why and How to set up your rain barrel.


So, How much Water Do We Have?

Kids not only visited outdoor hands-on booths but they also got the University Lecture Hall Experience with the hard facts.

According to this opening slide from WildKingdom, this drop of water collected in one place represents all the water on earth.  That's it!

You should have heard the “whoa” sound that echoed in the big lecture hall.

The kiids got the message loud and clear that “We all need to share the little bit of water we have on earth with animals and use it wisely.” – Stephanie Arne, Wild Guide at

Join the Movement

We use lots of water, we don't have to much of it, and it can be really simple for us to do our part to save it!

The Ecology Center is one of our family favorite places to visit and they too were at the Children's Water Festival.

The Ecology Center was sharing simple ways we can “do our part”, “join the movement” and be the healthiest “Planet Protectors” we can be.

The simple water saving tips they shared at their booth, surprisingly make a BIG difference!

Every time you refill you re-usable water bottle like our favorites:

Insulated stainless steel Klean Kanteen that keeps your cold drinks icey for 24 hours and hot drinks warm for 6 hours

or this break-free, silicone covered Glass Bottle by Life Factory,

you can save up to 6 gallons of water.

Using these two types of chemical free reusable water bottles  keeps your filtered water safe and clean because there are no BPA chemicals (like in plastic) that leech into your water.

Eating Local Saves Water!

My grand finale firework worthy favorite tip of the day was that eating local saves 150 gallons per day!!

“When you buy organic or grow your own at home, you keep harmful pesticides out of our waterways supporting local farmers reduce the water necessary to transport, process and store food.” – The Ecology Center

For simple, healthy, kid-friendly recipes using your water saving organic and local food, try our for free for a week and you'll not only start saving more water but you'll start eating healthier every night too!

Which of these water saving tips will your family start today?







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