Where to Spend Your Martin Luther King Jr. Day around Cincinnati

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January officially ushers in winter, the start of a new school semester and – in honor of his January 15th birthday – the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a federal holiday signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, many schools follow suit by offering the third Monday of the month off from classes too.

MLK Day March and Commemorative Program | 10:30a

Gather outside the Freedom Center, where an interdenominational prayer service begins our solemn and spirit-filled re-enactment of the civil rights era marches for equality, dignity and justice. The march concludes at Washington park with an additional prayer service. The complimentary Rosa Parks Bus provides rides for those who cannot walk a mile uphill in the cold. Our annual event in Music Hall features the award-winning MLK Chorale, guest performers, and an inspirational speaker.

MLK Engineering Day Camp | 8a

Jr. Engineers will design and build cranes, solar cars, marble runs, and more. Through teamwork and perseverance campers will increase their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

MLK Day Litter Clean Up with Great Parks | 12p

MLK Day is the only federal holiday that is also a National Day of Service it is the perfect day to celebrate his life by giving back to the community. Please join Great Parks as we walk the streets of Roselawn and pick up litter to honor the late Dr. King. This event takes place from 12pm-2pm. Meet in front of New Prospect Baptist Church. Any children must be accompanied by an adult. Please follow this link to register.

Martin Luther King Jr. Fifth Third Community Day | 11a

Enjoy free admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, educational activities and special talks during the Freedom Center’s MLK Day Celebration.

Dayton MLK Celebration: Is this what we have come to? | 10a

The month long celebration will features events such as an interfaith worship service, Emancipation Proclamation, workshop, youth celebration, musical, march and banquet. January 16: Assemble at 1323 W. Third Street/MLK Jr. Dayton, OH 45402 (Drew Health Center) March will end at Sinclair Community College. There will be a MLK Youth Celebration after the march at SCC.

Local Play Specials

Scene 75

Enjoy half off attractions all day at every Scene 75 location.

Run, Jump & Play

Come out & celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community! Teach your kids acceptance, understanding, and the inherent value of all humans! This is the best way to help your kids burn all that pent-up energy, socialize, & learn about MLK day!

Castle Skateland

Open with special hours, 1-4p and discounted $7 admission.

Recreations Outlet

Open-play only $12 on school holidays with charitable pay-to-play.

Urban Air Oakley

Open with special hours 10a-6p!

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