6 things to do on MLK Day with kids in Chicago

What Does it Mean, Dr. King? exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum. Photo Credit Eliza Poznanski

The kids have a day off from school, now what? Make the most of your day with these activities and events happening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Chicagoland.

Honor Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s important for your kids to learn about the civil rights leader on this federal holiday. Attend one of these family events focused on Martin Luther King Jr. or try some activities at home.

Go to a museum.

Yes, museums are open on MLK Day and some of them are offering free admission to Illinois residents! See our complete list of 2020 dates for free museum days. While searching for the right museum, consider these special exhibits on display this month.


Explore a new play place.


During Chicago’s winter, why not stay warm and get the kids moving in an indoor play place? These are the best indoor playgrounds in and around Chicago.


Sign your kid up for a camp.


Can’t take off of work? These day-off camps have some great options to keep the kiddos busy for the entire day.


Have fun outdoors.


In case of snow, there’s always ice skating, snow tubing or play with snow indoors. If you want to get out of the backyard, head to Morton Arboretum to try out the Winter Play program and learn about nature in the colder months.


Attend other events.


If you’re looking for more things to do, check out our calendar to see all the local events happening on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



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