Kids and many parents have the day off tomorrow in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. If you’re looking for activities to observe the holiday, here are a few ideas.
Visit Memorials – If you’re up and at ’em early enough, there will be a wreathing ceremony at the MLK Memorial at 8am that is free and open to the public. If you can’t wrangle the kids (and yourself) in time, visit the attraction on the Tidal Basin later in the day. From there, you can head to the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Deam” speech.
To the Mountaintops – The National Museum of American History is honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with a stirring and inspirational tribute. Actor Xavier Carnegie presents selections from some of Dr. King’s most powerful and compelling speeches and sermons in a combination of live performance, historic photographs, and audio recordings. Free presentations will take place at 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm in the museum’s Flag Hall, 2nd floor.
NCM Honors MLK– In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the National Children’s Museum Launch Zone is hosting a program honoring his life and accomplishments. Make your own I Have A Dream…Catcher and participate in their “Valentines for Veterans” service project in recognition of Dr. King’s commitment to service. Drop in from 11am – 2pm for this free event.
I Have a Dream at Port Discovery – Usually closed on Mondays, the popular interactive children’s museum in Baltimore is open for a day full of special activities to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. All of the regular exhibits will be available to visitors, too. Hours are 9:30am – 5pm. Admission is $13.95/ages 2 and up, children under 2 are free.
Let Freedom Ring! – The Kennedy Center and Georgetown present this free concert featuring Bobby McFerrin (of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” fame) as part of the Millennium Stage series. Free tickets are required and will be distributed two (2) per person in line in the Hall of Nations beginning at 4pm. Tickets are reserved seats. The concert begins at 6pm.