There's a plethora of events in Chicagoland honoring Martin Luther King's birthday - from story telling to symphonies to simple crafts and hands-on learning. Check the list below. Monday is definitely not a day to stay at home.
What was the Civil Rights Movement and what does it mean for kids today? Take a journey back in time and learn about freedom through interactive theater and songs.
Celebrate African Americans in Innovation by meeting real working scientists in the Jr. Science Cafes (10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), inventing in the Museum's Wanger Family Fab Lab, using vinyl cutters, laser cutters and 3D printers, learning at the Science Activity Stations with hands-on experiences, and interacting with teens in MSI's Science Achievers program as they showcase science and engineering projects they developed.
Students can commemorate Dr. King's legacy with a day of service and remembrance. Fees from this program help purchase supplies for the People's Resource Center and food pantry in Wheaton.
Hear performances by members of Mt. Carmel Parish of Darien, Eclectic from John F. Kennedy High School in Chicago, Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project, and Eisenhower High School Show Choir in Chicago. In between each performance, guests will watch portions of Dr. King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Afterward, kids can share their wishes and decorate silhouettes in the shape of peace doves.
Students will be introduced to Blues concepts along with other contemporary music. Playwright J. e Franklin reconstructs timeless fables about morals and values that stimulate critical thinking in a setting filled with music, fun, and laughter.
Enjoy free admission to the museum all week. Before you head on your way, check out our list of must-see exhibits for both kids and parents.
Bud, Not Buddy follows the journey of a young African-American orphan as he searches for his father. Clues kept in a suitcase lead him to adventures in Depression-era Michigan, where he finds community among a group of jazz musicians and, ultimately, an unexpected sense of home.
Families can meet Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, one of the most prolific African American writers of contemporary children's literature today. The free event includes a Q&A with Curtis introduced by Chicago Children's Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell, co-moderated by Talia Garg (12) and Olivia Garg (10). Curtis will meet fans and sign books after the discussion.
Performances are 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-236-3681 ext. 2 or online atwww.chicagosinfonietta.org.
Community members can create get well cards to be distributed to patients of Vista Health System. Waukegan theater group, Three Brothers Theatre, will present dramatic readings of Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech and his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech as well as the poem Abundant Hope by Maya Angelou. Participants will have a chance to write down their dreams and pledges for peace to be hung in the Library. In the afternoon, the library will show the film "Remember the Titans" at 1:30 p.m. in the Bradbury Room.
Explore the great deeds of Martin Luther King, Jr. through stories, songs, crafts and games.