8 Ways to Celebrate MLK Day!

Posted Thursday, January 11th, 2018

January 15 marks an important holiday for all of us living here in the U.S. of A…
Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

It’s a day to remember his life and amazing achievements as one of the most influential civil rights activists in America but we’ll let Kid President give you a better run down.


So, how can you celebrate? Kidsguide has got you covered with these 8 events that are not only a blast to attend but also a great way to teach your kiddos about peace, love and unity!


1. 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Inglewood
January 15: Join the City of Inglewood to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration starts at 9 a.m. at The Tabernacle (321 N. Eucalyptus Ave.) with performances and special guests, followed by a symbolic 11:15 a.m. civil rights march down Manchester Boulevard to The Fabulous Forum. King Fest 2018 at the Forum includes vendors, interactive games, food and live entertainment. Monday, ceremony, 9 a.m. at The Tabernacle; march, 11:15 a.m.; King Fest 2018 at the Forum (3900 W. Manchester Blvd.), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free to attend.

2. Celebrate MLK Day at Pretend City in Irvine
January 15: In honor of the gifts this American Civil Rights hero gave the nation, Pretend City will be celebrating his vision of hope and sense of humanity throughout the day. Join them for fun and engaging activities throughout the day. Monday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Included with museum admission.

3. Free National Park Entrance
January 15: All 401 national parks across the country will waive entrance fees in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Monday. Visit their website for park locations and more free-entrance days for the rest of the year.

4. Lula Washington Dance Theatre at The Wallis
January 11-13: Los Angeles-based company Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by offering Wallis audiences three different programs of dance over the MLK holiday weekend. All programs are performed with Marcus L. Miller and his Freedom Jazz Movement band. $45+.

January 11: African-American Male Voices
January 12: Dance, Jazz & Social Meaning
January 13: Movement For The Soul Of It

5. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at CAAM
January 15: Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy an array of vibrant programs and activities for all ages. Bring the kids for art-making activities, food trucks and music on the patio, exhibitions, a marathon reading of Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches and sermons, and much more. Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. California African American Museum.

6. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
January 15: In recognition and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., join (or watch) the parade. Monday, noon – 5 p.m. Free. Parade starts at Western and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; continues on MLK to Crenshaw Blvd. to Vernon Ave. and ends on Western and Vernon avenues. The parade will also be televised on a local channel, visit their website for details.

7. MLK Peace and Unity Parade Celebration
January 13: Honor civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a community parade starting at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street and ending with a festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, with entertainment, food booths, craft vendors, games and rides. Saturday, 5 p.m. The parade will originate on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street and will proceed North to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Free. Long Beach.

8. Unity Celebration at Kidspace
January 13-15: Celebrate the message of Martin Luther King, Jr. with fellow community members. Build multi-cultural sculptures in the Imagination Workshop, add your handprints to a giant peace mural, share your hope for the world on the “dream boards,” and help create a communal unity chain and see how far it can stretch around the entire museum over the course of the holiday weekend. Saturday – Monday, Included with museum admission.


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