MLK Day is looking a little different this year, with many local organizations offering socially-distant and virtual opportunities for children and youth. Here’s a round-up of what’s happening around town and online.

MLK Day Events and Opportunities for Kids

VIRTUAL | High School Juried Art Show and Artist Talk with Will Watson
Friday, January 15 | 7 PM –  8 PM
Hosted by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Join the Lewis Museum to recognize Maryland high school students who participated in the annual art show. This year’s artistic theme is inspired by the exhibition Make Good Trouble: Marching for Change currently on view at the Lewis Museum. This virtual program includes an artist talk with Will Watson, a spoken word presentation by DewMore Baltimore, and a conversation with the student artists. In partnership with the Maryland State Education Association. MORE

Be the Light – Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, January 16 from 10 AM – 3 PM | Sunday, January 17 from 11 AM – 4 PM
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Join Port Discovery in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy during our “Be the Light” event! Experience the strength of celebrating differences and stories in our community, take part in interactive programs and virtual performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the positive impact that their dreams and creativity can have on the world around them, inspired by Dr. King’s message! Don’t miss the Keep Playing Baltimore! Mural (where kids can paint on the walls!) or Diane Macklin’s storytelling performance on the Discovery Stage on Sunday! MORE

VIRTUAL | MLK Days 2021: A Virtual Community Event!
Saturday, January 16 | Sunday, January 17 | Monday, January 18 | 11 AM – 12 PM
Hosted by Annemarie Garden

Join Annemarie Garden for their annual event that brings the community together for uplifting creativity and inspiration. Each year, they invite a different artist to develop and lead a meaningful project inspired by the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year, due to the pandemic, the event is going virtual! Pick up supplies at their front desk (or gather them from home) and join virtual resident artist, Esther Iverem on Zoom to design a flag to honor Dr. King’s dreams, values, and legacy. Appropriate for all ages! Choose from one of three FREE sessions! Quick registration required to join one of the Zoom gatherings. MORE

MLK Day of Service with Jewish Volunteer Connection
Sunday, January 17 and Monday, January 18 | All Day
Hosted by Jewish Volunteer Connection

Join JVC as they move forward Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community on January 17 and 18. Volunteers can engage virtually in provocative learning experiences and a variety of service projects from home, as well as meaningful and physically distanced volunteer projects in the community. Volunteer opportunities that meet vital community needs are available for all ages, abilities, schedules, and comfort level. Participants will have three different ways in which to engage over the course of the two days: 

  • SERVICE “TO GO”: Volunteer Projects To Do From Home
  • ON-SITE SERVICE: Volunteering Throughout the Community
  • VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES: Online Social Justice Learning and Service Project Gathering

Many projects require advance registration — so take a look and register! Then start planning for next week… MORE

VIRTUAL | Mitzvah Morning in Honor Of MLK DAY!
Sunday, January 17 | 11:15 AM – 12 PM
Hosted by PJ Library, Har Sinai – Oheb Shalom and Jewish Volunteer Connection

An event for kids ages 3-8!  Listen to a story, learn about the mitzvah of honoring the elderly, create a puzzle for seniors, and get to know new friends! $5/family — all supplies included. This event is part of JVC’s MLK Day of Service. MORE

Make Art for Others at Social Studio
Monday, January 18 | 10:15 AM & 11:15 AM
Social Studio

The theme for this month’s “Make Art for Others” workshop is ENCOURAGE: to give support, confidence, or hope to someone and/or to help or stimulate (an activity, state, or view) to develop. Sign up for this workshop to make personalized inspiration cards for food bags prepared and distributed by Baltimore Hunger Project. Engage in a guided art experience with Elaina Dance, the Community-Based Partnerships Liaison. Artwork will be donated to Baltimore Hunger Project. FREE! Must register in advance. MORE

VIRTUAL | Virtual MLK Dare to Dream Day
Monday, January 18 | 11 AM – 2 PM
Hosted by the Visionary Art Museum

Join in a free, virtual celebration honoring one of history’s greatest visionaries, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tune into an inspirational artist talk with Kyle Yearwood, then a poetry slam and open mic, followed by an engaging musical performance by Landis Expandis– all online! MORE

VIRTUAL | MLK Day Shoebox Parade
Monday, January 18| 12 PM
Hosted by Baltimore Rec ‘n Parks

Shoebox parades are big celebrations on a small scale! Residents from across Baltimore are submitting handmade mini floats to capture the spirit of Baltimore and Black History in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021. The Shoebox Parade will premier LIVE on the Baltimore Rec ‘n Parks Facebook Page at 12 noon on January 18. MORE

VIRTUAL | The People’s Holiday
Monday, January 18 | 4 PM – 5:30 PM
Hosted by the African American History and Culture Museum

NMAAHC’s annual community program entitled A People’s Holiday features six-time Grammy award-winning bassist, composer, and educator Christian McBride in a digital performance inspired by his social justice-focused album entitled, The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons. The 45-minute concert of jazz and poetry will feature performances of students from The Julliard School and a poetry reading by the legendary Sonia Sanchez. The concert will conclude with a conversation between McBride and Sanchez moderated by Dwandalyn Reece, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs. This concert honors Dr. Kings’ commitment to racial quality, justice, and service. MORE

VIRTUAL | MLK Day Kids STEAM Dreams Career Panel
Monday, January 18 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Hosted by Frost STEAM Labs

Parents! Are your children interested in gaming, architecture, or makeup and beauty? Frost STEAM Labs would like to help translate their interests into lucrative STEAM careers. Join them with your child(ren) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for a FREE virtual career panel of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) professionals. Our panelists include STEAM scientists, software engineers, an architect, and video game producers who have worked as entrepreneurs as well as for companies such as Scopely, Activision, and L’Oréal!
Their goal is to host a fun, engaging panel that introduces youth to high-paying STEAM careers that they may not have previously considered. Likewise, they aim to excite students about STEAM subjects and provide them tips on excelling in STEAM coursework. They will begin with a brief presentation celebrating the achievements of Black STEAM professionals. Register in advance. MORE

VIRTUAL | The Art of Activism: Youth Activists Panel Discussion
Monday, January 18 | 8 PM – 9 PM
Hosted by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

2020 ignited a cultural revolution of youth activism. In commemoration of Martin Luther King’s birthday, join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for a powerhouse conversation as panelists discuss issues and themes related to MLK’s legacy, inequality, and social injustices. Writer Lisa Snowden McCray will serve as moderator. Panelists include; Destini Philpot & Micaela Lattimer, Good Kids, Made City, Destinae Butler, Baltimore’s Youth Poet Laureate, and Tia Thomas, Wide Angle Youth Media. MORE

VIRTUAL | This Little Light of Mine- A Social Justice Storytime
Tuesday, January 19 | 11 AM – 11:30 AM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Join Enoch Pratt Free Library for a special storytime in which they will celebrate the Civil Rights Movement and the social justice changes taking place today through books, songs, and activities. MORE