10 MLK Day Events for Chicago Families!

1/13/2017 9:22:37 AM
10 MLK Day Events for Chicago Families! - 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. Listed below are some activities in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for kiddos to learn about MLK and his legacy as well as some options for day off camps! 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 and Celebrate!

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 16, 2017

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. Enjoy a production of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights by Writers Theatre and a musical performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir, along with storytelling and crafts for kids that reflect Dr. King’s messages of peace and justice.

Special family-friendly activities and performances are designed to honor and celebrate significant moments and figures in history. Please check online for their full schedule, very family friendly!

Cost: FREE admission on Monday, January 16, 2017. No reservations needed; we look forward to seeing you.

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

FREE Admission at the following museums on Mon, Jan 16, 2017:

The DuSable Museum of African American History

What: Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. at The DuSable Museum. The day-long event will include:
The 2nd Annual DuSable Museum Membership Drive in honor of the DuSable Museum’s Centennial celebration of Founder Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Family Memberships be available for $30 instead of $60. A poetic salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Storytelling Youth and Family “Make & Take” art project workshops Family-friendly films dedicated to Dr. King’s Legacy Live broadcasts by 106.3 Chicago’s R&B midday host “Sundance” and WVON AM1690 – Cliff Kelly and so much more.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to send President Barack Obama a very special “thank you” for eight great years by signing a special “Thank You Mr. President” banner which will be presented to the Obama Foundation.

Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 2017 10AM until 5PM

Cost: Children ages 6 to 11, price is $3. Under 5 are free.  Adults/$10.

The DuSable Museum of African American Art
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637

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: Join us at Lincoln Park Zoo during your day off from school! Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Camp 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 “All About Birds.” From the brightly colored flamingo to the mohawked crested wood partridge, birds can have some unique appearances! But looks are only one of the curious characteristics of birds. Campers will learn the reason European white storks clack their beaks and why hummingbirds build their nests using spider webs as they get an inside look at the charming lives of our feathered friends.

Time: 9 AM to 3 PM

Cost: $68 ($58 for Lincoln Park Zoo members). Registration includes:
Conservation Camp T-shirt, A healthy snack (possible snacks include veggies, fruits or crackers).

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 2017 camp is another full day of fun for your child where education meets entertainment! RobotCity’s Day Off camp is another full day of fun for your child. Check out the two awesome robots students will build during this day. Mornings are once again geared towards younger students (6-9) & afternoons are geared towards older students (9-12). However, children are still welcome and encouraged to attend full day camp as the morning time will get more advanced students warmed up for a more complex robot! Young kids attending the afternoon camp will be challenged and have extra help with one of our awesome robot instructors. 

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) 

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. Handbuilding: Children will use pinch, coil and slab techniques along with stamps, cookie cutters and molds to create fun and unique projects

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. Spend your afternoon off school immersed in your favorite subject -- ART! Create your own masterpiece ART projects inspired by the works of the masters.

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 previous above 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.

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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