Ten MLK 2018 Events for Chicago Families

1/12/2018 9:14:11 AM
Ten MLK 2018 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: The 2018 Black Creativity program, an annual tradition at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago kicks off on Monday, January 15 with a Family Day event, the annual Juried Art Exhibition and an Innovation Studio experience. These events are included in Museum Entry—which is also free to Illinois residents on this day.

Cost: FREE admission on Monday, January 15, 2018

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. Special activities and performances, along with storytelling and crafts for kids, reflect Dr. King’s messages of peace and justice. This event is FREE with Museum admission, which is complimentary for Illinois residents on this day. No reservations are needed. We look forward to seeing you!

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 15, 2018. No reservations needed.

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

FREE Admission at the following museums on Mon, Jan 15, 2018:

Chicago History Museum

Field Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History

What: Come join the DuSable Museum as we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Doors open at 9:00 am with a welcome and performance featuring Oakdale Covenant Church’s Children’s Choir beginning at 10:00 am.

During this day-long event, you and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy arts and crafts, archival workshops, and Storytime opportunities with special book giveaways for your younger children. We also have live stage performances featuring Joan Collaso, Marcus Gentry, and Congo Square Theater.

Date/Time: Monday, January 15, 2018 9AM until 7PM

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: 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

Robot City Workshop

What: RobotCity’s MLK Day 2018 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

Age: Kids ages 4 through 12

Cost: $57 per child

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



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