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Things To Do On MLK Day

Looking for a way to celebrate MLK's legacy? Head to one of these cool events around the state.


Looking for something to do for MLK Day this Monday? Check out on of these events throughout the state: 

Pop-up Crafts and Studio Art

Morris Museum

6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown

973-971-3700; morrismuseum.org

Take young creatives to the museum on Monday so they can get their art on. There are three studio art workshops that kids can experience at 9:30 am, 10 am and noon. They can create abstract art, 3D clay projects and wire or yarn projects. Workshops are $40 for museum members and $45 for non-members, plus a $5 supply fee. If you're looking for a less intensive craft, drop in between noon at 2 pm to a free pop-up craft. Make a Peace Bus to celebrate MLK while learning about his life and mission

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The Newark Museum

49 Washington St., Newark

973-596-6550; newarkmuseum.org

From noon to 4 pm, there's plenty to do with the whole family to honor Dr. King's legacy. Come enjoy pop-up family activities like a scavenger hunt, button making, spoken word poetry and community projects. Take in King's "I Have a Dream Speech", marvel at the Premier Dance Theatre Company of Montclair or take in the planetarium show, Skywatchers of Africa. Admission is free for museum members and Newark residents, and $5 for all others. 

MLK Day of Service

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

165 Hobart Ave., Summit

908-273-8787; reeves-reedarboretum.org

Kids of all ages can get creative by making a nature-themed greeting cards out of recycled material. Cards will be donated to a local hospital for Valentine's Day from 9 am–noon. The older set (ages 14 and up) can give the horticulture department a hand with cleaning and caring for the grounds.

MLK Weekend at Sahara Sam's

535 North Rte. 73, West Berlin

856-767-7580; saharasams.com

Hit the water slides, wave pools, lazy river and surf simulator at this gigantic indoor water park during the first long weekend of the new year. Use the online promo code MLK116 to save $5 on full-day tickets. 

Rutgers-Camden Martin Luther King Day of Service

Rutgers-Camden Campus Center

326 Penn St., Camden

856-225-1766; camden.rutgers.edu

If you're looking to dive into several volunteer programs on Monday, the Rutgers-Camden campus is hosting a slew of events for families to take part in. Registration begins at 8 am and programs run until 1 pm. Donate needed items and volunteer at one of many local venues. Transportation between sites will be provided.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King Day of Service

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA

1340 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains


Head to the YMCA at 10 am for letter writing, speeches, crafts, volunteer work and race-related discussions featuring many organizations from the area. Take part in service projects with many local venues from 11 am to 5 pm.

MLK National Day of Service at the Farm & Open Pony Party

Allaire Community Farm

2480 Allaire Rd., Belmar

732-859-1511; allairecommunityfarm.org

Take the gang to the farm so the kids can lend a helping hand around the grounds. They can help take care of the farm animals and wrap up some chores. This free event starts at 9 am.

Special Needs Youth Movie and Dance Party

Summit Community Center

100 Morris Ave., Summit

908-277-2932; summitcommunityprograms.com

Kids with special needs and their families are invited to watch Monsters Inc. on a big screen or dance the day away. Teen peer mentors will help the kids have a great, safe time from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. There will also be a sensory-friendly, quiet activity room for kids who need it.

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