School’s Out: Things To Do on MLK Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 21, 2019 and we have you covered with ideas to celebrate Dr. King’s achievements, along with things to do to make next Monday a great day all around, especially after just coming off Winter Break! You’ll find MLK-related events and other local fun below.

photo courtesy of Chicago History Museum

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

Chicago History Museum
January 21, 2019 | 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 21, 2019 | 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
January 20-21, 2019 | 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 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: Long Journey into Freedom
January 21, 2019 | 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.

Day Camps on Monday, January 21, 2019

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 to register.

Elite + Lockdown Volleyball and Basketball Camp (Willow Springs)
January 21, 2019 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Score Sports Center, 8300 Wolf Road in Willow Springs

More Kid-Friendly Things to Do on MLK Day

MLK Day of Service (Palos Heights)
January 21, 2019, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Dr Martin Luther King Celebration (Chicago Heights)
January 21, 2019, 10:00am - 11:00am
Nature Center Open House (Oakbrook Terrace)
January 21, 2019, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Archery Families (Naperville)
January 21, 2019, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Kids Movie Matinee Wreck It Ralph (Darien)
January 21, 2019, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
StoryWalk (Oak Lawn)
January 21, 2019, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Animal Encounters (Northbrook)
January 21, 2019, 1:30pm

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

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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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