MLK Day Events in Chicago 2016

1/13/2016 9:17:54 PM
MLK Day Events in Chicago 2016 - KidTrail Pick
School is out on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day! It is a day to observe, give back to the community and to also relax. Here are some activities in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for kiddos to learn about MLK and his legacy as well as some options for relaxing and having fun! Most of the museums listed below have FREE entry on MLK Day! Take a look below to see if there is something of interest for you and the kiddos.  Enjoy!

Museum of Science and Industry

What: On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—Monday, January 18—join the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago to celebrate Black Creativity Family Day! The Museum of Science and Industry’s annual Black Creativity program invites students, teachers, families and the public to explore the legacy of rich contributions and achievements made by African Americans while encouraging deeper interest in science and technology among youth. This year’s programming focuses on innovation, inspiring children to become innovators of tomorrow.

Cost: FREE admission on Monday, January 18, 2016

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60637

Chicago History Museum

What: Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our annual family-friendly event. Enjoy a production of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights by Writers Theatre and a performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir, along with storytelling and crafts for kids that reflect Dr. King’s messages of peace and justice. Stay for a reenactment of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech by award-winning storyteller Oba William King.

Cost: FREE admission on Monday, January 18, 2016

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

FREE Admission at the following museums on Mon, Jan 18, 2016:

Chicago Children’s Museum

What: Come watch a special MLK program at Chicago Children’s Museum. What was the Civil Rights Movement and what does it mean for kids today? Take a journey back in time and learn about freedom through our interactive musical drama. Children (and their adults) are encouraged to participate by singing songs of freedom and sharing how they would have reacted to situations that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement. 

The program touches on several key historical moments, including the Montgomery bus boycott and the integration of a New Orleans elementary school by six-year-old Ruby Bridges. Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington, provides a moving and thoughtful conclusion to the performance.

Cost: Included in Museum Admission. Museum tickets are $14 for children and adults. No registration is required for this program but space is limited. Pick up a free ticket one hour prior to the performance. 

Show Times: 11 AM, 1 PM, 2 PM and 3 PM

Age: This program is recommended for children 4 and older.  

Chicago Children’s Museum
700 E. Grand Ave at Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611

MLK Zoo Camp

What: Spend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Zoo! Zoo Camp at offers exciting learning opportunities for animal and nature lovers in PreK–fourth grade. Each camp group will explore the zoo and participate in a variety of activities. Activities will focus on animal diversity, environmental conservation and the ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild.

The theme for this camp is “Armored Animals.” A short-horned lizard can shoot blood out of its eyes to keep predators at bay! But they’re not the only ones that use special defenses to protect themselves and their young. A turtle’s shell, a rhino’s horn and a porcupine’s quills are all examples of animal armor. Come investigate how animals use these adaptations, along with even more unusual methods of protection, to fend off ferocious predators!

Time: 9 AM to 3 PM

Cost: $67 for non-members $57 for Lincoln Park Zoo members. Registration includes: A healthy snack and Conservation Camp T-shirt. Register online.

Age: For preK–fourth graders (pre-K campers must be at least 4 years old by the start date of the program)

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 606014

Robot City Workshop

What: RobotCity’s MLK Day 2016 camp is another full day of fun for your child where education meets entertainment! Building robots is a great way to keep kids engaged in a fun, hands-on activity while learning things that can spark an interest for robotics, engineering, programming or general science. As always with our Day Off Camps students get to take these two robots home to keep. Half day and Full Day camp options.

Time: Half Day Off Camp: 9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm. Full Day Camp: 9:00am-4:00pm

Age: 6 to 12 years.

Cost: $50 per half day child, $100 per full day child (includes all materials and robot kits that children take home). Register online or call.

Robot City Workshops
3226 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Clay Camp at Kids Clay Room

What: Kids Clay Room offers a Clay Camp on MLK Day. Students will make and glaze clay projects, and learn about the tools and techniques used to create a ceramic piece from start to finish.

Time: 9 AM to 12 PM.  Looking for a longer camp day? Contact The Paintbrush next door about their 12 pm to 3 pm art camp. Children can be dropped off at Kids Clay Room at 9 am and picked up at The Paintbrush at 3 pm.

Age: For ages 5 and up.

Cost: $50 per child.

Kids Clay Room
2646 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Art Camp at The Paintbrush

What: The Paintbrush offers unique camp experiences on days that CPS is closed. Join in the creativity of an art project based on our class model of introducing an artist and creating a masterpiece based on that artist’s work. The laid-back camp atmosphere often allows for a second or third project, and/or our beloved free-art play options such as painting the table, creating a group project, face painting and more. 

Time: 12 PM to 3 PM. If you need a full-day camp experience, The Paintbrush recommends their next door neighbor, Kids’ Clay Room, for the morning camp (9:00-12:00) portion of the day. See preview listing for details.

Age: Kids ages 4 through 11

Cost: $55 per child

The Paintbrush
2646 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 606014

Brookfield ZOO

What: Join the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo for a celebration in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. The Chicago Zoological Society will celebrate Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day through various local musical presentations.  A full version of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream“ speech will also be displayed. Create your own peace dove to spread the message of peace.

Time: Celebration is from 12 PM to 1 PM

Cost: FREE admission on MLK Day

Brookfield ZOO
3300 Golf Rd.
Brookfield, IL 60513



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