Today is MLK Day and it means the kids are off of school and also means there’s an opportunity to get out of the house (a must), learn more about history, and the importance of the man behind the day. Here are some ideas to get you and the kids out and about today! Make MLK Day a day “on” not a lazy day “off.”
We’ll be on Fox 32 Chicago discussing these ideas today!
Check out a Museum:
The Chicago Children’s Museum on Navy Pier is having a special program, “What Does it Mean, Mr. King” at 11 am, 2 and 3 pm that takes a journey back in time learning about Martin Luther King Jr. via an interactive musical drama. Good for kids ages 4 and up and space is limited for this free program. Check out the museum’s other attractions such as the tinkering lab, art studio and water ways while you’re there as well.
Chicago History Museum:
Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the museum’s annual family-friendly event. There will be special activities and entertainment like kids craft with local artists, storytelling, and a reenactment of Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream speech” at 1:45. This event is FREE with Museum admission, which is complimentary for Illinois residents on this day. No reservations are needed and it’s open from 10 am to 3 pm.
Cradles to Crayons:
A great way to spend this national holiday is by engaging in a “day on” not a “day off.” Cradles to Crayons, which donates essential items like warm coats, boots, toys, books and other necessities to needy children is hosting special donation sites in 10 locations today. What a great day to clean out your kids closet, or pick up some new essentials and give them to the communities that need them. Locations include MB Ice Arena, the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory in Logan Square and many suburban locations on the North Shore and Western Suburbs.
The Anti-Cruelty Society is having an all day volunteer event today to put your compassion to action for their furry friends. Volunteers of all ages can come read to cats, socialize with adoptable dogs, and make crafts. This event is happening until 2 pm at the Anti Cruelty Society Education and Training Center at 169 Grand Ave. Bring your own fabric or purchase some for $5 at the door.
Get Yer Ya-Yas out!
After you’ve done your civic duty, you may need to run around just a bit.
Altitude Chicago – check out this brand new trampoline park – the first in the city—open all day for open jump!
Windy City Ninjas – with locations in Elmhurst and Chicago, they have half day camps starting at 12:30!
EnerGEEwhizz – Chicago’s first and only fitness studio for kids has added extra classes this afternoon to manage the kids cold weather energy.
The Kohl’s Children’s Museum in Glenview is having extended hours on MLK Day and special activities for kids from partners like Goldfish Swim School. Check out their permanent exhibits like “Adventures in Art,” “City on the Move,” “Powered by Nature” and more!