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8 family-friendly Martin Luther King, Jr. events

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  January 10, 2014 08:40 AM

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Monday Jan. 20 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a time to honor and celebrate the life and work of a man who helped change the world with both his words and actions.


A performance by the Boston Children's Chorus is just one way you can celebrate Martin Luther King this year.

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Striving for peace, inclusion, and harmony between all people, King's words and example of non-violent protest have inspired generations, and his legacy continues today. Join the celebration at one (or more) of the following:

"Martin Luther King Day," Children's Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., Easton. Mon., Jan. 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $9; under one and members free. . Celebrate diversity and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by working together to build a community art mobile that will be a reminder of his dreams.

"MLK Day: Children of the World Doll Workshop," ArtBeat, 212A Mass. Ave, Arlington. Mon., Jan. 20, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. $15 per person, includes all materials. Celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by making a doll from anywhere in the world. Ages 8 and up (younger with adult helper). Groups of 3 or more should reserve in advance.

"MLK Day Open House," Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Mon, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Free. The day will be filled with special programming and activities for all ages. Highlights include films, art-making, activities, and live performances throughout the museum.

"Celebrate the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.," Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Mon., Jan. 20, 10 a.m. - noon. $11. Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by creating white doves and adding your dreams for the future onto the museum's "Dream Tree."

"Celebrate Dr. King Day," Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, 235 Wellesley St. at Regis College, Weston. Mon, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Adults, $9; seniors, $5; ages 5-16, $3. Learn about Dr. King's life, as well as many other famous African-Americans, on stamps. Make a free Black Heritage Collection craft project with stamps.

"Celebrating MLK," Providence Children's Museum, 100 South St., Providence, RI. Mon., Jan. 20, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. $9. Stories, songs, performances, exhibits and interactive exploration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Tribute to Dr. King," Faneuil Hall, Boston. 1 p.m. Free. Special selections of music and the moving words of Dr. King as presented by community leaders.

"11th Annual Boston Children's Chorus MLK Concert," Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Mon., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. $25 - $45.. This annual concert celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who envisioned a nation of unity and peace, one where all people stand together as equals in harmony.

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Kristi Palma, Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.

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