Things to do on MLK Day with Kids – Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Are you looking for fun things to do on MLK Day with Kids? There are many MLK Day events and ways to celebrate. There are Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Louisville from commemorative events to fun outings.

Here are some MLK Day events and ideas for things to do with kids. You can spend the day working on a service project, learning about Martin Luther King Jr., or having a fun day together as a family. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events:

See special screenings of the “I have a dream” speech with FREE Admission all day to the Muhammad Ali Center, and a forum with our MACCS to discuss furthering the works of Dr. King and Muhammad Ali.

Mayor Craig Greenberg and Rep. Morgan McGarvey, along with Louisville Parks and Recreation will hosta MLK Day of Service tree planting on Monday, January 16, 2023, 1 p.m. at Shawnee Park (near Dirt Bowl location) 4501 W Broadway, 40211. We are excited to bring back an awesome service opportunity on Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Join us for a community tree planting event on Monday, January 16 from 1-4 p.m. at Shawnee Park 🌳 We are going to be planting 100 trees this day!

King Solomon Baptist Church will host its annual MLK motorcade on Jan. 16. Unions, community groups, churches, and elected officials will travel throughout west Louisville ending up at the church. Afterward, elected officials, including Gov. Andy Beshear will speak. The motorcade starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Kroger Parking Lot on 28th and Broadway. There will be a spaghetti lunch at 1:30 p.m. at the church as well.

Louisville Urban League KSU HBCU Indoor Classic presented by Humana. This meet will feature teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from across the country. This partnership between the Louisville Urban League and Kentucky State University is a phenomenal opportunity to showcase the talent, history, and culture of amazing schools and their world-class athletes in a state-of-the-art facility. The Meet starts at 10am and will end around 9pm. Tickets are $15 per person or $5 if you are a student with a school ID. 

Keepers of the Dream: A Community Arts Celebration of Dr. King’s Vision – Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St. This program highlights a theatrical historic journey of Dr. King’s Dream leaning on the youth/future to uphold the vision. Performances include River City Drum Corp, Keen Dance, Young Prodigies, Redline Performing Arts, Courageous, Lance Newman, Miya Ford, Robin Garner, Tytianna Ringstaff, Erica Goodman, Jocelyn Camille, Derion J and Friends and Koree Jackson. Preshow performance 4:00 pm-4:45 pm by Erica Denise in The Kentucky Center Lobby and the show will start at 5 pm in Whitney Hall. Post show performance from River City Drum Corp’s Drumline. This event is free and open to the public. No ticket is required. This event will offer FREE parking in The Kentucky Center Garage.

UofL African American Theater Program –  Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2023. The program will include community artists and African American Theatre Program representatives as we use artistic expression to commemorate MLK’s contributions to the world. We will use art as a form of activism and recognize the local companies that are making a difference one performance at a time. We will celebrate with groups like The Real Young Prodigys , Redline Performing Arts , Rush Trowel & Faith Works Studios and more!

Join Side by Side Studio Monday as they honor Martin Luther King Jr through the art of weaving! They’ll draw inspiration from the work of Sonia Gomes who weaves donated fabric in and around found objects such as metal, furniture or driftwood to create her sculptures. Time: 2:00-4:00 (drop in anytime), Free, Ages: all ages welcome.

Closing for the day:

JCPS and Oldham Co Schools

Government agencies

Department of Motor Vehicles,

Public Libraries

City Offices

State and federal courthouses 

Postal services

The United States Postal Service will be closed Monday, so there will be no regular mail deliveries. Other delivery services — including United Parcel Service and FedEx will be operating. FedEx Express and FedEx Ground Economy will have modified services.

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