By NYMetroParents Staff

2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events in NYC

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Looking for something to do with your kids on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend in New York City? Check out these NYC events happening Jan. 19-21, 2013, at venues in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.



Wave HIll family art project, freedom pillowsFamily Art Project: Freedom Pillows

Wave Hill

Jan. 19-20

Celebrate the spirit of Dr. King and the joy and beauty of freedom by creating your own freedom pillow based on your personal dream. Free with admission. (On Jan. 19, admission to the grounds is FREE before 12pm!)



Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Message of Peace

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights

Jan. 19-20

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum delivers several great learning opportunities for kids with regard to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights struggle. Preschoolers learn about MLK through hands-on activities during Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Message of Peace.


MLK Day: Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Crown Heights

Jan. 20 and 26

Children 4 and older examine Dr. King and civil rights through higher-thinking activities and arts and crafts.


Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fort Greene

Jan. 21

For adults and older children, Brooklyn Academy of Music presents its annual Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., which is a collaboration between BAM, Medgar Evers College, and the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office. Brooklyn’s deep African-American roots and its dedication to King and his mission can be felt throughout this event, which feature great music, speeches from dignitaries, and testimonials via audio/visual media. FREE!



Sunday Story Hour

DiMenna Children’s History Museum, Upper West Side

Jan. 20

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. at a special Sunday Story Hour where kids will listen to a reading of Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and learn how MLK changed the USA.


Make a Difference

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side

Jan. 21

CMOM will host Make a Difference, in which kids can create their own pledge in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., at 12pm, 2pm, and 3pm, and the Harlem Gospel Choir will perform in memory of MLK at 3pm and 4pm.


March for Equality in Memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shomburg Center, Harlem

Jan. 21

Manhattan Country School students will march for equality in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 21, and the general public is welcome to join. FREE! 


Artists Celebrate: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Symphony Space, Upper West Side

Jan. 21

The Jewish Community Center will host its annual Artists Celebrate: Martin Luther King, Jr. program, presenting the powerful work of artists whose visions elevate King’s voice for justic, peace, and civil rights. FREE!



28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Scholarship Breakfast

First Baptist Church, East Elmhurst

Jan. 19

See and hear the power of King’s legacy when five scholarship winners showcase their oratory presentation “Keeping The Dream Alive.”


A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Central Library, Jamaica

Jan. 19

Let his life and words inspire your dreams as you enjoy amazing tales from the civil rights movement as told by Joy Kelley. Following the tribute, participants will create an art project based on King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech.


Staten Island

Cool School Holiday

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Jan. 21

Participate in MLK Day-inspired activities and enjoy free admission to the museum all day (10am-5pm). FREE!


More Fun

Search our full calendar of events for even more fun family activities in the NYC area on MLK Day Weekend and beyond


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