Easy Ways to Celebrate MLK Jr. Day


MLK dayThe kids are off school Monday for Martin Luther King Jr Day, hooray! Of course it’s always nice to have a 3 day weekend, but hopefully, you’re able to take some time to talk to your kids about why this day is significant. 

There are many resources, books, shows, and events about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the role he played in the Civil Rights Movement. This is a great time to educate your kids (and yourself) about this topic. 

As parents, it can be hard to know how to start having these conversations, especially if your kids are little. But the sooner you start, the more normal it will be to talk about hard things. You don’t have to have all the answers or all the right words. Start a conversation and be ready to listen to your kids thoughts and questions. They will probably surprise you! 

Ways to Celebrate MLK Day

Watch this video, The Story of Martin Luther King Jr by Kid President. 

Watch the I Have a Dream speech and ask your kids what they think about it. 

Listen to a reading of the book Martin’s Big Words. Some other good books are: 

I Am Martin Luther King Jr. Ordinary People Change the World

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You

If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement

Take time to ask your kids if they have questions after reading. You might be surprised by their reactions! 

Local Activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

MLK Jr. Day Donate and Skate
Brenton Skating Plaza, 
January 16, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Donate non-perishable food items and/or adult-sized new socks for Central Iowa Shelter & Services on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and get free admission and skate rental.

West Des Moines MLK Day Celebration and Multicultural Reception, MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex 6500 Grand Ave West Des Moines
January 16, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr Day Scavenger Hunt
January 17 – 19 
Visit the Central Library Youth Section for this Martin Luther King-Themed Scavenger Hunt.


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