The Children's Museum of Manhattan's “Right to Vote” exhibit commemorates the centennial of women’s suffrage and the 2020 election. Photo courtesy of the museum
The Children's Museum of Manhattan's “Right to Vote” exhibit commemorates the centennial of women’s suffrage and the 2020 election. Photo courtesy of the museum

MLK Weekend Best Things To Do in NYC With Kids: Honoring Dr. King, Celebrating the Vote, and More

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on the horizon and the holiday reminds us the best way to foment lasting change is through language, education, and peaceful protest. In-person programs that thoughtfully introduce kids to King's ideas include volunteering at a local garden Saturday, a walking tour of Harlem on Sunday, and a tribute to the civil rights leader at the Brooklyn Children's Museum on Monday.

The inauguration of a new president is always momentous, and CMOM's Right to Vote exhibit gives kids a solid understanding of our democracy in action and preps kids to tune in and watch Joe Biden deliver his inaugural address.

Poppins@Home is popping with amazing virtual classes and activities this week, including a teen and tween wrap cooking class, free activities from the Westchester Children's Museum, and a Snapology STEAM lab, which explores design, DNA, Minecraft, and more.

Keep a constant eye on the NYC Event Calendar, which is packed with events both virtual and in-person, and our winter fun list of places to go and things to do, wearing your masks and social distancing, natch.

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Keep in mind, reservations are required for many of these events, so plan your outings in advance, and be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including address, time, and pricing.


Skyline Drive-In
1 Oak Street
Brooklyn, NY

Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Blvd.
Queens, NY 11362

Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY

Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Blvd.
Queens, NY 11362

Outside the Schomburg Center
135th Street & Lenox Avenue
New York, NY

1585 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Private Picassos
237 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Children's Museum of Manattan
212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave. Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
New York, NY 10028

Prismatica
Broadway at West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018

Puppetworks Inc.
338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Newark Museum of Art online
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Windham Mountain
33 Clarence D. Lane Rd
Windham, NY 12496

Campgaw Mountain
200 Campgaw Rd
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Rocking Horse Ranch
600 Route 44/55
Highland, NY 12528

Mountain Creek
200 Route 94
Vernon Township, NJ 07462

Thunder Ridge Ski Area
137 Birch Hill Road
Patterson, NY 12563

Camelback Mountain
301 Resort Drive
Tannersville, PA 18372

Mount Peter Ski Area
51 Old Mt Peter Road
Warwick, NY 10990

Belleayre Ski Center
181 Galli Curci Road
Highmount, NY 12441

Split Rock Resort
100 Moseywood Road
Lake Harmony, PA 18624

Big Boulder Mountain
357 Big Boulder Drive
Lake Harmony, PA 18624

1585 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Mad Fun Farm
98th Street & Third Avenue
New York, NY

Outside the Schomburg Center
135th Street & Lenox Avenue
New York, NY

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Prismatica
Broadway at West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018

Industry City
220 36th St Sunset Park
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Valley Road
Ossining, NY 10562
Gratitude Tree & Food Drive
Private Picassos - 10:00 AM Pick
Aladdin & the Wonderful Lamp
Puppetworks Inc. - 12:30 PM Pick
MLK Jr. I Have a Dream Celebration
Brooklyn Children's Museum - various times Pick
Monuments Now
Socrates Sculpture Park - 9:00 AM
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