School’s Out: Things To Do on MLK Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 2020 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day! By honoring his life and achievements, these events help children learn about the impact Dr. King had on our world today. Even though my children are younger, I love that they can begin to understand his influence, rather than it being just another day off school. Keep reading for kid-friendly events where kids can learn and explore, as well as day camps and other family events on MLK Jr. Day.

photo courtesy of Chicago History Museum

Kid-Friendly Events Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Chicago History Museum’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Day
January 20, 2020 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with music performances, craft activities, storytelling and more. Museum admission is complimentary for Illinois residents to enjoy this annual favorite family-friendly event.

Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity Family Day
January 20, 2020 | 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
The Museum of Science and Industry is free for Illinois residents on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Black Creativity Family Day is an annual tradition and you can enjoy the Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition and Innovation Studio.

Chicago Children’s Museum’s What Does it Mean, Dr. King?
January 20, 2020 | Showing at 10:45 am, 11:45 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm
Learn about freedom through interactive musical drama. No registration is required, but it is recommended that you pick up your free tickets one hour before the performance because space is limited. Ages 4+.

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The Art Institute’s King Day Festival: Tomorrow is Today
January 20, 2020 | 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Explore the idea of freedom through making art and collaborating with artists, musicians, poets, teens, and families. This drop in event is free to all and Illinois residents receive free admission as part of their Free Winter Weekdays.

Martin’s Museum Makers (Darien)
January 20, 2020 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Drop in to the Indian Prairie Public Library and help create a civil rights exhibit to be on display throughout the month of February.

Day Camps on Monday, January 20, 2020

Gemini Gymnastics Day Camp (La Grange)
Tiny Twistar, co-ed ages 3-5, 8:45 – 11:45 am
Ninja Monkey, co-ed ages 5+, 8:45 – 11:45 am
Girls Gymnastics, ages 6+, 8:45 am – 12:45 pm
Click on the Parent Portal on their website to register.

Day-Off Drop-Off Camps (North Riverside)
January 20, 2020 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spend the day having fun and playing games.

Naperville Area Human Society One-Day Camp
January 20, 2020 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn more about animal care and safety through the Naperville Area Humane Society.

More Kid-Friendly Things to Do on MLK Day

School’s Out (Bloomingdale)
January 20, 2020, 6:45am - 6:15pm
When School's Out We're In (Berwyn)
January 20, 2020, 7:00am - 6:00pm
Day-Off Drop-Off Camp (North Riverside)
January 20, 2020, 8:00am - 3:00pm
School's Out Basketball (Berwyn)
January 20, 2020, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Parent/Child Teddy and Me Time (Naperville)
January 20, 2020, 8:00am - 5:00pm
School’s Out Junior Sports (Berwyn)
January 20, 2020, 8:30am - 12:30pm
Day Off Trips (Geneva)
January 20, 2020, 8:30am - 3:30pm
No School Studio (HInsdale)
January 20, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Preschool Story Hour (Geneva)
January 20, 2020, 9:30am - 10:30am
No School, No Problem (Geneva)
January 20, 2020, 9:30am - 11:30am
SciTech Special Hours (Aurora)
January 20, 2020, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Schools Out Indoor Archery (Glen Ellyn)
January 20, 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am
King Day Festival: Tomorrow Is Today (Chicago)
January 20, 2020, 10:30am - 3:00pm
What Does It Mean, Dr. King (Chicago)
January 20, 2020, 10:45am - 11:45am
Martin’s Museum Makers (Darien)
January 20, 2020, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Zoo Zen Yoga (Naperville)
January 20, 2020, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Balloon Animal Workshop and Lunch (River Forest)
January 20, 2020, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Snowflake Craft (Glen Ellyn)
January 20, 2020, 2:00pm - 2:30pm

For even more ideas, be sure to check out our Indoor Activities Page, with kid-friendly fun for all ages!

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About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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