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Ways to Celebrate MLK Day 2021

 

Perhaps now more than ever is the time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream of equality and justice — and continue the work to achieve it. Even during this unique time,  you can do just that, both virtually and in-person.   If you’re looking for ways to teach kids about MLK, want to give back on the Day of Service, or hope to join a special event — online or IRL — to celebrate his legacy, these recommendations will have you covered.

Day of Service
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: January 18
Admission: Just your time

The Biden-Harris Inauguration Festivities honor MLK by including the annual Day of Service.  If you want to volunteer or be part of it by giving back, there are many ways and some places around the area where you can do, both virtually and in person. Start here to find opportunities that suit your family. (And see a specific one below.)

Weekend of Service
Where: Rock Creek Park | DC & MD
When: Throughout the long weekend
Admission: Just your time!

Through Rock Creek Conservancy’s MLK Weekend of Service, you can register to help with trash clean-up and invasive plant removal throughout Rock Creek Park. There are opportunities for all ages to volunteer on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

More Volunteer Ops
Where: Various locations around the DMV
When: Ongoing
Admission: Just your time

For more places to volunteer that aren’t included in the official MLK Day of Service database, this KFDC post has suggestions. All of the organizations listed welcome kids to help out, though some have age requirements, so be sure to note them. (Also note that some of places do not have volunteer ops rights now due to Covid, but it’s worth checking.)

Free Parking
Where: National Parks around the region
When: January 18
Admission: Free!

In honor of MLK Day, it’s the first fee free day of the year for national parks, which means there’s no cost for entry where they usually charge to get in. Take advantage of complimentary admission and the day off from school. Some ideas: Hit the trail at Shenandoah or Great Falls, explore Prince William Forest Park, go to Fort McHenry, or visit Harpers Ferry.

Be the Light — Celebrating the Legacy of MLK Jr.
Where: Port Discovery | Baltimore, MD
When: January 16-17
Admission: $17.95/ages 1+, free for members

Join Port Discovery in celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy during their “Be the Light” event. Experience the strength of celebrating differences and stories in our community, take part in interactive programs and virtual performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the positive impact that their dreams and creativity can have on the world around them, inspired by Dr. King’s message.

MLK Virtual Peace Parade
Where: Online
When: January 18, 12pm
Admission: Free

The annual MLK Parade & Peace walk is going virtual this year with a rally, but you can still commemorate the life of MLK, Jr. with a festive experience. Tune into YouTube at noon on Monday, and be sure to follow on on YouTubeFacebookTwitter, and Instagram @mlkholidaydc115 for any update.  The parade will also be viewable on mlkholidaydc.org; and the Washington Informer website.

Artsy MLK Days: A Virtual Community Event
Where: Annmarie Sculpture Garden | Online
When: January 16-18, 11am – 12pm
Admission: Free

Though the pandemic has forced Annmarie to change the format of this annual event, they’ve reinvented all the elements to create a virtual at-home experience to keep everyone safe, connected, and ready to honor the dream with creative activities! Dr. King left us with a wealth of wisdom on how to create a more just, humane, and peaceful world — and they celebrate his legacy with art-inspired experiences centered around his nonviolent philosophy. Visit the website to see how you can tour an art exhibit  and make inspired artwork with their visiting artist from the comfort of home. Read more about the wonderful Annmarie Sculpture Garden in this KFDC post.

MLK Virtual Dare to Dream Day
Where: American Visionary Art Museum | Online
When: January 20, 11am
Admission: Free

Join in a free celebration honoring one of history’s greatest visionaries. Now accepting submissions for the Open Mic and Poetry Slam. Enjoy an artist talk with Kyle Yearwood, poetry slam and open mic, and a musical performance by Landis Expandis — all from the comfort of home. Read more about the fantastic AVAM here.

The People’s Holiday
Where: NMAAHC | Online
When: January 18, 4-5:30pm
Admission: Free

Tune into the National Museum of African American History & Culture its annual community program that honors Dr. Kings’ commitment to racial equality, justice, and service. Enjoy a digital performance by six-time Grammy award-winning bassist, composer, and educator Christian McBride inspired by his social justice-focused album entitled, The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons. The 45-minute concert of jazz and poetry will also feature performances of students from The Julliard School and a poetry reading by award winning poet, Evie Shockley. The program will conclude with a conversation between Christian McBride and Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs | Curator of Music and Performing Arts.

 

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The Weekend: December 25-27

MERRY CHRISTMAS!🌟

 

It’s become my annual tradition to take a bit of a break on the final weekend of the year.  So, just like the modified title, I’m keeping this round-up simple — though definitely not leaving you hanging. The links below will still lead you to tons of info and inspo to fill the next few days with as much (or little) activity as you want. You can also check KFDC on Instagram and Facebook for any updates or extra ideas that might arise.  Merry Christmas & Happy Last Weekend of 2020!

 

The 2020 KFDC Guide to the Holiday Season in DC

Chill Time: Activities Around DC During the Covid Winter

Walks in the Woods

Ice Skating Around the DMV

Serenity Now: 10 Places to Find Peace and Calm in DC

Ride On: Bike Routes for Everyone Around the DC Area

The Best Places in the DC Area to Spend A Beautiful Day Outdoors with the Kids

 

 

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Five Things for Today: December 24, 2020

 

1. Happy Christmas Eve!  Celebrate by visiting one of the seasonal light displays around the area this evening.  There are several you can drive through if it’s raining, and seeing the sparkling wonderlands is a fun and socially distant way to experience some holiday magic.✨

 

2.  There’s a new, beautiful art installation at the National Cathedral.  Les Columbes (The Doves), a winding column of more than 2,000 origami paper doves symbolizing hope and the Holy Spirit, is showcased in the Cathedral’s grand nave.  Unfortunately, the National Cathedral is closed right now due to Covid, but you can view the work online and find instructions on how to fold your own paper doves.  You can also sign up to receive notification when it opens.

 

3. Looking for a last minute holiday present?   A KFDC reader let me know about her unique business of writing personalized short stories. Using real details about a person, pet, place, thing, or event, she creates fun, fantastical custom tales. Each short story is presented with embellishments and graphics and spans from 12 to 20 pages. You can give your giftee a future opportunity to have one made about them!

 

4. Some good safety tips for the holiday.

 

5. It’s impossible not to smile listening to yesterday’s The Daily episode, The Year in Good News. (Have some tissues handy, too.)

 

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Five Things for Today: December 21, 2020

Celebrate the solstice with a walk at Huntley Meadows

 

1. Happy Solstice! One way to celebrate the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year is with a Winter Solstice Evening Walk at Huntley Meadows led by a park naturalist.  The program runs 4:30-6pm, and cost is $8/person.  It’s recommend for ages 5+.  Read more about the Alexandria park — its woods and wetlands are fantastic to explore with kids — here and here.

 

2. Last week, Mayor Bowser announced new restrictions for DC starting this Wednesday. Indoor dining and all museums will be shut down for three weeks, and libraries will be limited to curbside pick-up.

 

3. Cool gift wrapping ideas.

 

4. The 80’s come back to the future:  Rob Lowe interviews Michael J. Fox on his Literally! podcast. (MJF just published a new book that sounds really good. And if you’ve never read anything by Rob Lowe, I recommend this — he’s a great writer!)

 

5. Washington Post’s 20 Good Things that Happened in 2020.  (Cheers to #9.)

 

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