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Things To Do On MLK Day

Head to one of these events while the kids are off from school.


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Sign them up for a MLK Day Mini Camp on their day off, or take them somewhere to Volunteer on MLK Day.

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Event

Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon St., Princeton
9 am-noon, free

Take on art demos, historical activities, talks and music. The day will start with a big community breakfast, and is hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton.

Holiday JUMP at Westfield Area YMCA

220 Clark St., Westfield
9:30-11 am, 11:15 am-12:45 pm or 1-2:30 pm

Hit epic inflatables for some indoor bouncing and major air. Kids 8 and under can also craft in between hops. Proceeds benefit the Annual Support Campaign.

Hot Chocolate Open House

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
324 Forest Dr. S., Short Hills
10:30 am-12:30 pm, free

Bundle up for a day of exploring this natural area. Learn about winter birds, hike one of the many trails, hang at story time and play games.

“I Have a Dream” Storytime and Art Show at Staten Island Children's Museum

1000 Richmond Terr., Staten Island, NY
11 am-4 pm

The kids can sit back for a reading of Martin’s Big Words. After, they’ll craft their own signs inspired by Dr. King’s words. Best part? There’s all-day free admission in honor of MLK.

Ice Cream Social and Craft Event at Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester
10-11 am, 1:30-2:30 pm

They’ll meet new kids, marvel at the farm, make a winter craft and, most importantly, chow down on a scoop or two. Ages 5-11.

Junior Keepers

Jenkinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant
8 am-1 pm, $80

Is your budding marine biologist dying to get a behind-the-scenes look at their fave underwater creatures? They’ll learn from the pros and meet with all types of animals during their stay.

MLK Weekend at Sahara Sam's

535 North Rte. 73, West Berlin
10 am-7 pm

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.

Morris Museum’s MLK Day Workshop

6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
Noon-2 pm
Free with admission

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by making paper doves that symbolize peace, then spend some time learning about his life and mission.

Newark Museum’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

49 Washington St., Newark
Noon-4 pm
$5, free for Newark residents and members

There's plenty to do with the whole family to honor Dr. King's legacy. This year’s theme is Newark Strong!, as the museum is turning 110 years old. The events will spotlight Newark’s industrial history and the diversity of the workers who made the city what it is today. Kids can watch films, take in live performances, tour the museum, snap along at spoken word performances and more.  

Ridgewood's MLK Celebration

Ridgewood Methodist Church
100 Dayton St., Ridgewood
10 am, free

Celebrate Dr. King's birthday at an interfaith morning service. Then, take part in the annual outdoor, downtown march. Wrap up at Quimby Hall at a luncheon.  

Scratch Festival Mini Code-a-Thon

150 Tices Ln., Ste. C, East Brunswick
9 am-4 pm
$85, early drop-off and late pickup available

Your budding STEM fanatic can make their own character with code using MIT’s Scratch. Kids can then make an animated story, game or card with their character, and they’ll have access to all the tools, including the laser cutter and 3-D printing pen!


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