MLK Day Activities & Events for KidsMonday, January 21st is a day of remembering and celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s also a day off for most school-aged kids. Let the learning continue,... MLK Day Activities & Events for Kids skip to Main Content

MLK Day Activities & Events for Kids

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Monday, January 21st is a day of remembering and celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s also a day off for most school-aged kids. Let the learning continue, even on their day off, by going to a march, visiting a museum or finding a way to give back. If you want to stay close to home, we included some popular books on Dr. King and his message.


If you’re looking for other family activities, check out Winter Blast at Campus Martius, the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center and the Winter Festival at Michigan Central Station – all happening in downtown Detroit.



Peace Walk @ Hope United Methodist Church, Southfield

Celebrate Diversity at the MLK Peace Walk Celebration beginning 9:30am beginning the Hope United Methodist Church to the  Southfield Pavilion.


Detroit MLK Day Rally and March @ St. Matthew’s St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Detroit

MLK Day Detroit is an annual rally, march, lunch, and cultural event that happens on Martin Luther King Day in Detroit! March begins at 1:30pm, following the rally.


Celebrate MLK @ Charles H Wright Museum of African American History

The life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on January 21, 2019. Events include the museum’s 19th Annual Martin Luther King Day Commemorative Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, J.D., M.A. followed by a daylong celebration with performances, workshops, arts and crafts, storytelling and much more! Classrooms will offer face-painting, storytelling, & crafts all day!


FREE Admission @ The Henry Ford Museum

Explore The Henry Ford for FREE! Admission includes free parking, activities and dramatic presentations. Sit in the Rosa Parks Bus, and hear the story of Mrs. Parks’ courageous act. Participate in and be captivated by the highly praised 30-minute show “Minds on Freedom,” which celebrates the contributions of Dr. King, Mrs. Parks and other civil rights champions such as Fannie Lou Hamer, Gloria Rackley and the Freedom Riders. Sing, carry a protest sign and interact with the performers. You, too, can make history.


Create Art and Memories on MLK Day @ Detroit Institute of Arts

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, come to the studio to create pamphlet stitch notebooks, to donate to a local school, and one for yourself. Families can also play games and activities in the African American galleries. Older children can see the life of Martin Luther King Jr. on the big screen at the Detroit Film Theatre’s showing of “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis”. Admission is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents.


Children Activities @ Detroit Historical Museum

Free admission! Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day with “Bring the Dream to Life” on Monday, January 21 at the Detroit Historical Museum. The program hosted by the Black Historic Sites Committee will feature children’s activities including making your own Martin Luther King Jr. coloring and activity book, performances as well as cupcakes to celebrate to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.


Canton Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

Canton Township will honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special tribute. A punch and cookie reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a program at 6:30 p.m. This year’s keynote address will be presented by Martin Philbert, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, at the University of Michigan. The program will also feature a performance by the Dodson Elementary School Choir.



MLK Volunteer at Arts and Scraps

Volunteer with Repair the World at Arts and Scraps to make MLK day a day on for service in Detroit.


MLK Service Day @ Royal Oak High School

The communities of Berkley and Royal Oak will honor the life Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the third annual Day of Service at Royal Oak High School. The event will begin at 7:45 a.m. with a light breakfast, followed by inspirational performances from students. Admission is free with the donation of a common household item. Beginning around 9 a.m. and following the morning program, various onsite and offsite volunteer opportunities will be available for participants.


Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration @ Auburn Hills Senior Services

Join us for a community-wide celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Enjoy a continental breakfast and hear special remarks from our guest speakers and city officials. Afterwards, we will gather in the gymnasium to make flannel tie blankets for those in need for donation to Grace Centers of Hope homeless shelter.


MLK Day of Service @ University of Michigan Dearborn

Volunteers from across campus and the surrounding community will come together on Monday, January 21, to lend a helping hand and inspire long lasting and positive change throughout the Metro Detroit area. Volunteers will be dispersed throughout the metropolitan Detroit area to support local community agencies in fulfilling their valuable missions.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service @ Macomb Community College

The MLK Day of Service is the college’s largest volunteer event. Each year, several hundred faculty, staff and students choose to “make it a day on, not a day off” by volunteering in their communities on this national day of service through the opportunities provided by Macomb Community College.



Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life.


Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford

Featuring a dual narrative of the key moments of Dr. King’s life alongside a modern class as the students learn about him, Carole Weatherford’s poetic text encapsulates the moments that readers today can reenact in their own lives.


Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs by Angela Farris Watkins

Drawing from experiences and episodes both personal and well-known, Dr. Watkins artfully details the guiding beliefs of one of the greatest men in history. Including “have courage” and “love your enemies,” these six hallmarks of virtue and nonviolence reinforce the truth that “the universe honors love” and will inspire readers of all ages.


Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak.Facing fear, hate, and danger, these children used their voices to change the world.


As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson

Martin Luther King, Jr.grew up in a loving family in the American South, at a time when this country was plagued by racial discrimination. Abraham Joshua Heschelgrew up in a loving family many years earlier, in a Europe that did not welcome Jews. Here is the story of two icons for social justice, how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.




About Carrie Budzinski

Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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