Martin Luther King Day activities for kids


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is just around the corner - Monday, January 18th to be exact. Just in case you haven't had a good look at your calendar lately, let me remind you that your kids are likely off of school for the day.

What to do? What to do?

Luckily for you, there are dozens of Martin Luther King Day activities and events taking place in Chicago that day -- everything from interactive learning opportunities to recreation to volunteer work. You have your pick of these kid-oriented, MLK Day-themed activities.

What Does It Mean, Dr. King? at the Chicago Children's Museum. This program focuses on the history of the Civil Rights Movement and what it means for kids today. Participants can take a journey back in time and learn about freedom through interactive
theater and songs. This program takes place on Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 (on free night at the Museum) and again on Monday, January 18 at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm.

The DuSable Museum of African American History has
a full day of events planned for January 18. Highlights include
theatrical performances, storytelling and crafts. This jam-packed,
family-friendly event is for children ages 4 and up.

The Chicago Sinfonietta
presents a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 18
at 7:30 p.m. Special pricing is available for students and kids.

The Chicago History Museum also has excellent programming planned to celebrate Dr. King's legacy on January 18.  The celebration kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with Dr. King, an Educated Man presented by the Roots Theatre Ensemble. At 12:30 p.m., the Chicago Chamber Choir will perform Precious Lord: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., followed by LaRoyce Hawkins re-enacting "I Have a Dream" at 1:45 p.m. Take adventage of the kid's crafts and other activities taking place at the Museum throughout the day.

The Chicago Park District is also offering special programming and hours on MLK Day, including open ice skating and family gym time. Visit the website for more details.

Before you commit yourself to one of these excellent activities, keep in mind the MLK Day of Service initiative.
Everyone is encouraged to use their day off of work or school to
participate in a service project to honor Dr. King's message of peace and justice. Visit the Day of Service website to learn more about projects taking place in the Chicago area that could use young volunteers.

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