Lots of opportunities to get the kids out of the house and learn about a civil rights legend this holiday weekend as Charm City celebrates the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Check out our round-up of MLK Celebrations in Baltimore.

martin luther king, jr. day family festival at the walters

January 17th, 10 AM – 4 PM
The Walters Art Museum

Come together to celebrate the life and achievements of one of our nation’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Through theatrical and musical performances, our special guests will help us reflect on the importance of free speech and diverse communities. Share your dreams, congratulate your personal heroes, and tell your stories through art projects and collaborative activities! Don’t miss one of the Walters’ most popular festivals.MORE INFO

mlk birthday party at the reginald f. lewis museum

January 17th, 2 PM – 4 PM
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a children’s birthday party to celebrate the Civil Rights leader. Enjoy a screening of the children’s video, March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World to learn about the March on Washington. Sing freedom songs and join in games about tolerance with storyteller Janice the Griot. Create an “I have a Dream” craft project with museum staff. Cake and ice cream served. To RSVP, please call 443-263-1875 or visit RFLewisMuseum.org. Special admission $5. MORE INFO

mlk day celebration at the american visionary art museum

January 19th, 10 AM – 6 PM
The American Visionary Art Museum

A celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in America’s history. Join the American Visionary Art Museum for guided tours, birthday cake, music, workshops, and a special performance from Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company at this FREE, fun-filled day! The museum is FREE & open to the public from 10am–6pm: see their latest exhibition, The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster and tour their entire wonderland campus! MORE INFO

mlk day commemoration at the reginald f. lewis museum

January 19th, 12 PM – 5 PM
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum

On MLK Day, guests may participate in a variety of community-focused activities. The capstone program that day is a community roundtable conversation with civic leaders. Roundtable speakers include Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, Judge Robert Bell; and Dr. H. Lovell Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola University. Visitors may also post their thoughts and feelings on social tragedies by participating in creating the Face It wall, an interactive project to inspire social good. Throughout the afternoon, there will be craft activities for children. MORE INFO

free admission to port discovery + mlk day festivities

January 19th, 10 AM – 4 PM
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Port Discovery Children’s Museum on Monday, January 19th with free admission to the Museum for “Community Day brought to you by UnitedHealthcare.” Visitors will have the opportunity to honor Dr. King’s dream, and experience the rich African-American history through interactive programs. Enjoy baseball memorabilia from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and meet former player Luther Atkinson. Learn the art of quilt making with the African-American Quilters of Baltimore. Meet African-American historians with the Northwood Elementary Living Museum of African-American History and participate in a community service activity. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis and is limited to museum capacity. MORE INFO

baltimore mlk day parade

January 19th, 12 PM
Downtown Baltimore

Residents of Baltimore and surrounding areas are invited to take part in the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade which celebrates the life of one of America’s most influential civil rights, political and social icons.

The parade commemorates the life of civil rights leader and icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19, 2015 at noon. More than 50 groups participate in the parade including high school and community bands, honor/color guards, equestrian units, fraternities & sororities, lively dance squads and civic organizations. Dr. King’s life is also honored with colorful floats. The parade steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. MORE INFO

Image courtesy of Baltimore Office of Arts and Promotions’ Website.