Where to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the New York City area with your family.
Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 13, 5-6pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Music School And Playhouse, 126 St. Felix St., Fort Greene
WHAT: Song was among the most important unifying and rallying factors in Dr. King’s movement of peace and equality, a movement that has provided many Brooklyn Music School students and faculty with the opportunity to pursue music and other skills at all levels.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This event brings a diverse community together to celebrate the vision of Martin Luther King Jr.
WANT TO GO? $8. 718-638-5660. brooklynmusicschool.org.
FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Prospect Park
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Flatbush
WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance naturalists to discover the winter survival strategies of animals that live in Prospect Park. Enjoy nature games, science activities, and bird watching.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Bundle up and find out what your favorite park animals are doing this winter.
WANT TO GO? 718-287-3400. prospectpark.org.
MLK, Jr. I Have a Dream Celebration
WHEN: Jan. 13-15, Saturday-Monday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights
WHAT: Featuring three days of culture and fun, families will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy by taking a deep dive into our country’s history. Learn about the importance of diversity, equality, and rights.
WHY WE LOVE IT: This celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day explores peace, empathy, and togetherness.
WANT TO GO? $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org.
FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Prospect Park
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 12-4pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Audobon Center, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Flatbush
WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for family-friendly programs at Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Audubon Center.
WANT TO GO? 718-287-3400. prospectpark.org.
Families Celebrate Africa - A Martin King Luther Jr. Day Event
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Park Slope
AGES: 9-12, All
WHAT: The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture offers a fun-filled family event to celebrate African culture on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There will be music and dance, with African face painting, crafts, costumes and delicious homemade African food. Simba Yangala and the dancers from JungleDom will guide children of all ages through a relaxed African dance lesson, followed by a performance that welcomes the participation from both, children and adults. Proceeds from this class will help provide scholarships for BSEC’s Ethics for Children Classes.
WANT TO GO? $20 children 3 to 12 years old; free for children 2 or younger; $5 for adults and teens accompanying a child. 718-768-2972. bsec.org/event/mlkday.
Freedom Stories and Songs with Tammy Hall
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 2pm and 3pm
WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Flatbush
WHAT: Join the Alliance at the Lefferts Historic House this Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall. A masterful storyteller, Tammy Hall weaves together diverse tales from around the world to create a rich experience for all. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? $3 suggested donation. 718-789-2822. nycgovparks.org.
Freedom Quilting Bee
WHEN: Jan. 13-14, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
WHAT: In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visited the Gee’s Bend Community in rural Alabama and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. Create your own brilliant, improvisational compositions out of bountiful squares of donated fabric, just for the joy of it and to honor Dr. King’s birthday.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.
Dream Big! In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 2-3pm
WHERE: The Whaling Musuem & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Celebrate this special day and commemorate Dr. King by crafting a special “dream pillow” to take home.
WANT TO GO? $12. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.
Main image: An eighth grader participates in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March.
Courtesy Manhattan Country School