Check out our family-friendly Events Calendar of things to do in and around Philadelphia at the bottom of this page!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Most kids and many parents have off this Monday for the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Philadelphia is rich with opportunities to serve in ways that suit you and your family and help your own community. Check out these fantastic events to honor this important American and his dream. All events take place on Monday January 16th unless otherwise noted.

17th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service

Join over 75,000 volunteers in the greater Philadelphia who will be donating their time and energies to the 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Find a project, register your local project and volunteer at

OrKID Day at Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA

OrKID Day at Longwood Gardens which takes place during Longwood Gardens spectacular Orchid Extravaganza, is a special day filled with crafts, a kid‘s performance by Sharon Katz & the Peace Train, specially planned activities such as a “Dreams for Our World” activity where kids can share their dreams for peace and beauty in the world. OrKID day runs Monday January 16th from 12 pm – 3pm. Free with paid admission.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service Celebration
National Constitution Center
Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA

Philly’s own National Constitution Center is host to a day of celebration with events to include a quilting service project for the Women Against Abuse shelter and learn how quilting has brought communities together throughout history. Take part in a MLK-related sing-a-long concert with Two of a Kind featuring songs, sign language, movement and stories. Plus college students from local universities will read aloud from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legendary “I Have A Dream” speech. Enjoy a performance by The International Opera Theater in partnership with and more. Free with admission, $8-$12.

Martin Luther King Weekend
Dream and Draw Peace Mural
Please Touch Museum
Memorial Hall
Philadelphia, PA

Kids can help create a peace mural at the Please Touch Museum by drawing ideas, wishes and stories about peace using stamps and markers. Plus visitors can fill out special “I Have a Dream” cards to share a wish for peace which they can hang on the wall, share or take home. Free with paid admission. $15. Children under 1 free.

University of Pennsylvania’s Day of Service
Across Penn Campus
Philadelphia, PA

Take part in the University of Pennsylvania’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service with events running from 8:30am – 9pm on Monday January 16th. Join your neighbors for a Community Breakfast served at 8:30am inside Houston Hall’s Hall of Flags and featuring a community beautification project, children’s banner painting and more. For full details and event schedule see

Citizens Bank presents Sharing the Heritage
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

The African American Museum of Philadelphia, Citizens Bank and other local partners present this day of service and celebration of the life and principles of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday January 16th from 10am - 5 pm. Various activities throughout the day including historical reenactments, storytelling, a scavenger hunts, a food drive, cultural entertainment and more will entertain and educate while offering opportunities for children to learn an important message about service.

Free Concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra
Martin Luther King High School
Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform its 22nd annual FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert at Martin Luther King High School on Monday January 16th at 3pm. Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by joining members of the community for this free cultural event which will combine the traditions of African-American culture and Western classical music. The concert pays tribute to King’s vision of a society free of prejudice and racial divisions, and his belief in the power of music to help create positive change. Free.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
National Museum of American Jewish History
Philadelphia, PA

Everyone can take part in this free day of family-friendly celebration and activity at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Monday January 16th from 10am – 5pm featuring self-guided tours, a special screening of episodes of “Eyes on the Prize”, a special freedom-themed watercolor project for children ages 5 and up and other special exhibit and activities designed to educate and pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. King. Free.

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