10 Martin Luther King Day Activities for Seattle Families

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Some non-school days are more meaningful than others. For many Seattle families, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor and celebrate a civil rights activist and leader, and a day to lift up Black lives. Make this a Day On with your family at local events and activities (both in-person and virtual) that highlight Dr. King’s commitment to social, environmental and economic justice. From volunteer opportunities and nearby rallies to celebrations and performances, here’s where Seattle families can honor and serve in 2022.

Editor’s note: As things continue to change with omicron, please remember to double check in-person event information for any last-minute changes before heading out.

photo: Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons

1. The Northwest African American Museum is hosting a hybrid King Day in 2022. Expect a virtual afternoon program, featuring poet Nikki Giovanni coupled with an in-person, offsite pop-up that includes a Knowledge is Power Book Giveaway for kids. Mon., Jan. 17. Event details.

2. Enjoy free admission to the Washington State History Museum for their annual celebration. Family art workshops and performances by Living Voices (at 1 & 3 p.m.) are part of this year’s event. Mon., Jan. 17. Event details.

3. Reflect on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King at Lake Sammamish State Park, where families will find some of King’s most inspiring quotes along the path between Tibbets and Sunset Beach. Through Jan. 18. Event details.

photo: Seattle Municipal Archives via flickr

4. Families can also reserve a spot on one of Delridge Neighborhood Development Association’s work parties to put the environment at the center of their MLK Day celebration. Mon., Jan. 17. Event details.

5. Make Good Trouble when you join the Seattle MLK Day Coalition for their annual rally and march from Garfield High School. Mon., Jan. 17. Event details.

6. Prior to making good trouble, kids can participate in the Seattle MLK Day Coalition’s Youth Event, the day before the march. Sun., Jan. 16. Event details.


 photo: Kevin Bacher/NPS via flickr

7. Spend the day in service when you and the kids work alongside other volunteers at a local park. Register to work at one of three parks in Kirkland or at Harvey Manning Park in Issaquah.

8. Celebrate Dr. King’s role in the environmental justice movement by exploring one of our state’s three national parks for free.

9. If you can’t make it to a national park, enjoy a Washington State Park for free. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, you won’t need your Discover Passes to visit.

10. The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Kent Valley School District invite families from around the Sound to remember Dr. King’s work and the continuing struggle for liberty and justice for all people at their Rally for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mon., Jan. 17. Event details.


—Allison Sutcliffe & Kate Loweth


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