From crafting dream clouds and peace doves to planting seeds of diversity, there are so many incredible ways to honor MLK Jr.. Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King next Monday, January 16th at The Yale Peabody Museum, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, or the Bruce Museum where day-long events paying tribute to Dr. King will be offered. Here's a listing of fun events happening around CT on MLK day.
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Family Day Celebration—Greenwich
From 10-4, the Bruce Museum will be hosting family activities in honor of Dr. King in the Education Workshop. African American storytelling by Eshu Bumpus will be offered at 11am and again at 1pm, free with museum admission.
1 Museum Drive, Greenwich 203-869-0376
Seeds of Diversity—Wilton
Kids will explore Dr. King's dream during a workshop lead by Museum Educator Lola Chen allowing children to plant seeds of various shapes, sizes and colors, which will later sprout side by side. Kids will get to take home their seeds and watch them sprout seedlings. Includes a snack that children will make themselves "Birds of Pizza."
224 Danbury Road, Wilton 203-762-7257
Kids will have an opportunity to create their own paper doves using their own painted hand prints and watch Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech. Included with museum admission.
303 West Avenue, Norwalk 203-899-0606
Family Focus Day: MLK—Fairfield
Join the Fairfield Museum for a scavenger hunt in the "Creating Community" gallery to discover people who have made a difference in the community. Bring a photo of your own to create a handmade portrait in the Education Classroom.
370 Beach Road, Fairfield 203-259-1598
Peace, Love and Understanding for MLK Day—Westport
From creating dream clouds for the future, making love beads and peace sign wreaths, WHS has planned a fun-filled day of MLK celebrations. The historical society's drop-off program is for children age 6-11 to learn about the civil rights leader.
25 Avery Place, Westport 203-222-1424
Cards for Kids—Norwalk
To honor Martin Luther King Day, the Norwalk Historical Society is hosting a family-friendly Service Day Project on Sunday January 15th from 1-4pm. The free event will allow children to create cards for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
141 East Avenue, Norwalk 203-846-0525
Community Day at NBMAA—New Britain
Guests can enjoy free admission to the New Britain Museum of American Art which will be offering a variety of ways to celebrate MLK day including a jazz-inspired art collection, a story reading and a hands-on activity in the ArtLab where visitors can create their own interpretation of Dr. King's question, "Life's most persistent and urgent question: what are you doing for others?"
56 Lexington Street, New Britain 860-229-0257
Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.—West Hartford
West Hartford’s 21st annual celebration paying tribute to Dr. King's ideals and vision is free and open all. This year’s event, at the West Hartford Town Hall features keynote speaker Victoria Christgau, a lifelong peace and nonviolence advocate, and Pastor James A. Lane, Jr. of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. The Hall High School Jazz Combo, Sedwick Sounds and Conard's Voices of the World Choir will offer musical performances. Free.
50 S Main Street, Hartford 860-561-7500
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Day: Spread the Word—Hartford
The museum sponsors an annual day-long celebration with hands-on activities, art-making, and a 2pm performance called "Freedom: In 3 Acts," by Bated Breath Theatre Company in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free.
600 Main Street, Hartford 860-278-2670
Martin Luther King Day Open House—Hartford
Free tours of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center will be offered from 9:30am- 5pm with plenty of hands-on activities and programs in the Visitor Center. Join the bell ringing for peace at noon. Visitors are encouraged to bring new bath towels and feminine products to be collected by the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut and distributed to local homeless shelters. Free.
77 Forest Street, Hartford 860-522-9258
Martin Luther King Vacation Workshop—Woodbury
While not directly related to MLK, it's something to do with the kids on their day off. Kids in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to spend the day discovering the many ways animals adapt to winter. This will be a fun filled day packed with exploring the great outdoors, and age appropriate stories, games, and crafts. Three difference sessions will be offered for this special drop-off program. Preregistration is required.
596 Flanders Rd, Woodbury 203-263-3711
New Haven County
21st Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice—New Haven
On Sunday and Monday, the Yale Peabody Museum will open its doors once again in honor of Dr. King and his efforts to ensure environmental and social justice among all people. Of particular interest to young children is the storytelling which takes place at the New Haven Museum on Monday from noon to 4:00pm. Free.
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven 203-432-5050
Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference—New Haven
Celebrate Dr. King's legacy at this community-wide event featuring over 700 participants offering student performances, storytelling, arts and crafts and educational workshops. The MLK conference at Wexler-Grant Community School will be held from 8:30am-3pm. Free raffles and prizes and a continental breakfast and hot lunch will be served. The event is FREE but registration required.
55 Foote Street, New Haven
MLK Day at Common Ground—New Haven
Children ages 5-12 will choose from a variety of farm and nature-based activities at Common Ground High School. The MLK program will be offered from 9am-2pm with an optional extended day from -4pm.
358 Springside Ave, New Haven 203-389-4333
Family Pottery Wheel lesson—New Haven
Try your hand on the pottery wheel at The Clay Date's family one-time pottery wheel lesson. This 1.5 hour lesson offered for kids ages six and up at 10am. The Clay Date will be open from 10am-4pm for drop-in ceramics.
146 Amity Road, New Haven 203-387-2521
Martin Luther King Celebration at UConn—Storrs
Older children and adults will enjoy this celebration at UConn that is headlined by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, an award-winning journalist, distinguished professor, social justice activist organizer and the author of four books.
2132 Hillside Drive, Storrs 860-486-2113
MLK at the Library—New London
The New London Public Library is offering a special activity to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. between 1-3pm.
63 Huntington Street, New London 860-447-1411
Winter Plants and Animals—Mystic
Join the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center for a day of learning about animals and plants in winter. Children will play games, make a craft and go for a hike.
109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic 860-536-1216
Photo courtesy of the Corporation for National & Community Service
Originally published 1/12/14.