The Playful Parent



This article provides a few ideas for celebrating MLK day. Whether you hope to attend a parade, special event or participate in a day of service there are tons of options for honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jrs work for Civil Rights.


Remembering Dr. King- A Community Celebration

January 13, 2018 from 1:30-4:30 PM
Details: A variety of activities including music, health fair, arts and crafts and storytelling. Great for all ages. FREE
Oxon Hill Library
Remembering Dr. King Link

Tent of Many Colors

January 13- 15, 2018 All Day
Details:  Join Annmarie Garden in their Tent of Many Colors, a colorful indoor tent, where everyone is welcome to relax, talk, and color!

Whether you like to color or not, you will love hanging out in our fabulous indoor tent of many colors. With couches, pillows, tables, chairs, and more, the tent is a peaceful place to relax and hang out with a friend! For those who like to color, there will be lots of books, pages, and supplies or bring your favorites.

All ages welcome! Light snacks will be available.

Admission is free during MLK Days, Jan. 13-15; otherwise, regular admission fees apply.
MLK Day Link

Let Freedom Sing

January 14, 2018 from 6:00 PM
Details: A musical celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Bowie Center for the Performing Arts
Let Freedom Sing Link

14th Annual SOMD Prayer Breakfast

January 15, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 AM
Details: Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 14th Annual Southern Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The breakfast will begin at 6:30 a.m. and costs $10 payable at the door. The program will begin at 8 a.m. at no cost, featuring a keynote address by Nandi Crosby-Jordan ’91. Following the program, beginning at 10 a.m. the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.©, Nu Zeta Omega Chapter will host a Day of Service, providing services and activities for students of all ages and adults. The breakfast and program will be held in the J. Frank Raley Great Room, Campus Center (18952 E. Fisher Road). The Day of Service will be held within Cole Cinema, Campus Center. For more information, contact
St. Mary’s College
Prayer Breakfast Link

MLK Moonbounce Pizza & Play

January 15, 2018 from 1:30-4:30 PM
Details: When school is out, come to My Gym for our special drop-off events. My Gym drop-off events are jammed packed with fun and activities for children ages 3½ -10 yrs. old. Cost: $20- Members, $25- Non-Member, discount for siblings.
My Gym, Waldorf, MD
MLK Moonbounce Pizza & Play Link


I Have A Dream Weekend

January 13- 15, 2018 All Day
Details: Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities at Port Discovery’s “I Have a Dream Weekend.” Experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on America and the world.
Location: Port Discovery Childrens Museum, Baltimore
Port Discovery MLK Link

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 5–8 PM
Details: Celebrate the life and continuing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with an oratory performance by Baltimore Urban Debate League, a choral concert by Joyful Noise Gospel Singers, and civic engagement with Synergy Baltimore. Attendees can also participate in art-making activities and stop by the free photo booth.
Location: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
The Walters Link

MLK Celebration Soul to Soul

January 14, 2018 at 3 PM
Celebrate the common journey of two cultures during this stirring musical performance,”Soul to Soul.” The African American and Yiddish American experience is expressed through the language of music. These performers blend blues, jazz, klezmer, English and Yiddish to create a truly unique celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr                Location: Gordon Center, Owings Mills
Gordon Center Link

Recital and Evensong – In Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

January 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Now a tradition at St. David’s, the first Evensong of the New Year celebrates the Feast of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring music offered by vocalist Katherin McCreary and pianist John Evans in the pre-service recital.
St. David’s Episcopal Church- Roland Park, Baltimore
St. David Link

MLK Celebration

January 15, 2018 at 12 PM
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with activities throughout the day.  The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture is offering live performances, discussions, films and crafts that reflect on the work of the Civil Rights Leader.  A concert,  “Man of Peace:  The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.” features choral presentations and spoken word set to chamber music written by composer Benny Russell and performed by Peabody’s Tuned In Orchestra.  Many additional programs are offered.  This special program is offered for a reduced admission of $5 and requires an RSVP to 443-263-1800.
Lewis Museum, Baltimore
Lewis Museum Link

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

January 15, 2018 at 12 PM
The annual celebration not only honors Dr. King, but pays homage to others continuing his legacy. The event steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. The annual parade honors the immeasurable contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK Parade Link

37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

January 15, 2018 from 8am-10am
This year’s theme is “Keep on Pushing.”  Dr. Gail Christopher, D.N., Founder of the Ntianu Center for Nature and Healing will deliver the keynote address.  Dr. Christopher is an award winning social change agent known for pioneering work in holistic health and diversity in public sector programs and policies.  The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast tickets are $35 plus donated canned goods for the County Food Bank.
Anne Arundel County
Memorial Breakfast Link

MLK Dare to Dream Day!

January 15, 2018  – 10am-6pm
Spend the day honoring  the greatest visionary of all, Dr. King, at the American Visionary Art Museum.  Admission is free and educational programming and tours will be offered.  Birthday cake, music, workshops, performances are some of what you will discover at this special, one of a kind museum.
Baltimore City
I Have A Dream Link

Annapolis MLK Parade

January 15, 2018 from 12-2 PM
Music, floats, bands, organizations and more. Begins on Amos Garrett Boulevard, travels down West Street, around Church Circle and ends at Market House. Free.
Annapolis MLK Parade Link


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