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MLK Day - Eco-Crafts

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Enjoy eco-crafts like recycled papermaking, creating unique crayons, repurposing household items, and using environmentally-friendly art supplies. Most projects will be done indoors, but prepare to spend a short time outdoors for natural inspiration and materials.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25, $20 resident

MLK Day - Winter Wonder Drop-off

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Activities may include snow painting, ice sliding, snow treasure hunting, ice cracking and wildlife tracking. End the winter play day with a cup of hot cocoa. Please dress for the weather.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 resident

Wonders of Winter

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

Kids will learn about animals and plants in the winter, splitting the time between indoors and outdoors. Dress for the weather.

When: 1:30-3 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Maker/Nature Holiday Day Camps

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Enjoy creative art projects and active nature exploration during one-day camps.

Cost: $69

Winter Discovery Camp

Rosewood Beach Interpretive Center | Highland Park, Ill.

A winter adventure at the beach filled with games, activities and experiments galore. Please bring warm, waterproof outdoor clothing and boots for exploring outside.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $30

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.


At noon, guests can stop by the zoo’s Discovery Center to meet some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors and enjoy performances by members of the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project and Shift: Englewood Youth Orchestra. Afterwards, Rev. Debra Williams will share some inspirational remarks. Stay for a viewing of Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, followed by another musical performance by Claire Samojedny and the Matea Valley String Ensemble. Kids can participate in a craft activity of sharing their dreams on peace flags, which will be hung on branches and displayed in the zoo’s Hamill Family Play Zoo for guests to view.

When: Noon
Cost: Free; parking fee applies

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Camp

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, Ill.

Each camp group will explore the zoo and participate in a variety of activities focusing on animal diversity, environmental conservation and the ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild. The theme of this camp is “All About Birds." Campers will learn why European white storks clack their beaks and why hummingbirds build nests using spider webs, gaining an inside look at the charming lives of our feathered friends.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $58-$68

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Forest Preserves of Cook County | Chicago, Ill.


Join us for a volunteer day of service at Dan Ryan Woods in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday. Try your hand at restoration by helping remove invasive plants while learning about efforts being made to maintain healthy habitats. Warm up with a hot drink and a brush pile burn while also enjoying some winter family-fun activities.

When: Noon-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

King Day Festival: Lift Every Voice

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Discover the power of your voice and tell the story of your vision for the world. Hear a reading of a new children's book A Gift From Greensboro by author Quraysh Ali Lansana and experience performances by young poets from Reborn Poetry Ensemble. Participate in collaborative art-making with artist Indira Freitas Johnson, enjoy art chats with teen interns about art on view and more.

When: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

What Does It Mean, Dr. King?

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

This original production presents the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the complex issues of prejudice and equality in a way that children from preschool through elementary school will be able to comprehend.

When: 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission
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