MLK Jr. Weekend in NYC: Community, Lightsabers, and Puppets

Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Weekend Events for NYC Kids January 13 to 15, 2018
Celebrate Martin Luther Kind Day at the Manhattan Country Day School's aAnnual Commemorative March. Photo courtesy of the school

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend in New York City is when museums shine: the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan offer weekend-long celebrations just for kids, and even outdoor-centered spots like Prospect Park join in on the MLK-dedicated events. Also in Brooklyn, check out the free BAM-hosted tribute to MLK, Jr in Fort Greene.

In Harlem, the Fifth Annual Black Comic Book Festival is sure to include some fun costume sightings. There's also a couple cool live shows returing or premiering this weekend, like A Sick Day for Morris McGee at the New Victory Theater, The Snowy Day Play (and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats) at St. Luke's Theatre, Stam-pede at Symphony Space, and The Prince and the Magic Flute at Puppetworks in Park Slope. Or, if you just want to make a lightsaber, head to the New York Hall of Science in Queens. 

It's been a good winter for snow-making machines! Day trip it to a nearby mountain with our Ski and Snow Sports Guide, or stay local with outdoor ice skating. Prefer cozy and warm? Check out these 50 things to do indoors in NYC all winter. 

Our top picks for the long weekend are below. Looking for more ideas? Our NYC Children’s Museum and Art Guide offers lots of hidden treasures and you can find even more seasonal fun in our NYC Winter Activities Guide for Families, as well as in our January GoList.​