There are mixed opinions about whether or not children should be off school on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Some people believe children should be in school learning about his important work, while others think it’s important to mark the holiday with a day off to do good works. In the Chicago area most schools are closed, which presents interesting opportunities to spend the day learning more about our world.
Brookfield Zoo offers general free admission throughout the day. From Noon until 1:00 p.m., local musical presentations will perform in the Discovery Center. A full version of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech will be on display. In addition, guests can create their own peace dove to spread the message of peace. For more information, visit https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Events/Upcoming-Events/MLK-Day
The Chicago History Museum commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. King with a family-friendly production of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights by the Writers Theatre. Additionally, a musical performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir will bring everyone together in song. Families are also invited to storytelling sessions and to create crafts reflecting Dr. King’s messages of peace and justice. For more information, visit http://www.chicagohistory.org
The Chicago Sinfonietta is hosting the 2016 Annual Tribute to Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. This event, hosted Saturday, January 16 in Naperville and January 18 in Chicago, has been a beloved tradition since the Sinfonietta was founded in 1987. This year, Sinfonietta Music Director Mei-Ann Chen leads the award-winning orchestra in selections including Anthem of Praise (Smallwood), It Ain’t Over (Brown) and Glory (Arr. Greene-Johnson). The show includes the Chicago premiere of Conni Ellisor and five-time Grammy® Award winning artist Victor Wooten’s The Bass Whisperer featuring Wooten himself plus guest performances by Apostolic Church of God Sanctuary Choir. For more information, visit http://www.chicagosinfonietta.org/
The Museum Campus offers free general admission to the Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium for Illinois residents on January 18. It’s a wonderful opportunity to take your kids to some of Chicago’s top cultural attractions at the most budget-friendly price possible. You’ll need to show proof of residency with an Illinois driver’s license or state identification card. For more information, please visit: adlerplanetarium.org, fieldmuseum.org, sheddaquarium.org
Whatever you do on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, be sure to take a few minutes to visit The King Center’s website. You’ll be able to teach your kids about Dr. King’s work and how it relates to today’s society.
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