Do Right This MLK Day

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Dr. King noted persuasively that, “The time is always right to do what is right.”  Honor the legendary civil rights leader this year on Monday, January 18 (and in the days leading up to and following it) by participating in one of these events or contributing to a collective act of service—and take the kids along!  Check out a few of the titles listed below, too, to help your children better understand the lasting legacy of one of our country’s greatest changemakers.

kids-volunteerPhoto: Virginia State Parks via Flickr

MLK Jr. Day of Service with Montgomery Parks
Check out the Montgomery Parks website for their list of service events throughout the weekend of MLK Jr. Day.  Activities range from removing non-native invasive plants and spreading mulch to collecting trash. Please note that some events require advance registration, and all participants should wear weather-appropriate clothing that can get dirty.  Volunteers under 14 years old are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.


I Have a Dream Weekend
Trek over to the Port Discovery Children’s Museum for a three-day celebration of the life and work of Dr. King. Paint quilt squares, sing songs, join in on a “percussion garden,” and enjoy musical and dance performances.

Jan. 16- 18
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
35 Market Place, (Baltimore, Md)

Story Time at the National Archives
Geared for 3-5 year-olds, this program will provide stories, activities, and crafts about Dr. King in the Boeing Learning Center at the National Archives.

Jan. 13, 10 am
The National Archives
700 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Musical Moment
Older children will be spellbound by Grammy Award-nominated gospel singer Yolanda Adams and the Let Freedom Ring Choir during their free 90-minute musical tribute to Dr. King. Tickets will be distributed two per person on the date of the performance at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 pm. Please dress warmly as the line for tickets will queue outside.

Jan. 18, 6 pm
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St., NW

Give Together
For the 7th year in a row, Volunteer Fairfax will gather families with elementary school-aged children to work on service projects that support neighborhood charitable efforts.  Decorate door hangers for residents in transitional housing and nursing homes, assemble dental hygiene bags, or make wildflower seed balls.  Register here:

Jan. 18, (times vary)
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Tpk. (Fairfax, Va)

Where have you volunteered with your little one on MLK Day? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Katie Brown

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