How to Celebrate MLK Jr. Day in NYC With the Kids

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Wondering how to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend with the kids this year? Don’t worry — we’ve listed all of the best in-person and virtual events occurring in NYC to honor the influential civil rights activist for MLK Day. From education and service to arts and crafts, your kids will totally enjoy learning about and honoring Dr. King’s legacy.  

Psst… looking for even more family activities to do this week? Check out: Your Awesome New York Kids Weekend: January 15-17

MLK Day Events in NYC: 


Big Onion Walking Tour: MLK Jr. Day in Historic Harlem – Manhattan
When: Sun, January 17, 2021
1:00 pm

This two-hour walking tour will teach your family all about the civil rights movement in Harlem! You’ll see historic homes, streets, churches, and theaters, including the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Apollo Theater, and places associated with Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Madame C. J. Walker.

MLK “If I Can Help Somebody” Community Day – Brooklyn
When: Sun, January 17, 2021
2:00 pm

There is no better way to honor Dr. MLK, Jr. than to do so by celebrating your community. Visit this outdoor event full of free resources, entertainment, food and children giveaways while wearing masks and practicing social distancing procedures! 

Celebrate MLK Day: Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Brooklyn
When: Mon, January 18, 2021
10:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:00 pm

Explore shadow puppets, create community art and pack winter warmth packages for people in need at BCM! You can purchase tickets right online.

MLK Creative Day Camp – Long Island City
When: Mon, January 18, 2021
9:00 am

At PLAYDAY, children can engage in exploratory projects in an inclusive, diverse and positive setting. The kids will get to enjoy a full day of creative activities while honoring Dr. MLK, Jr. 


The 35th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 When: Mon, January 18, 2021
11 am

People from around the world are invited to NYC’s largest public celebration of Dr. King’s legacy, a virtual showcase featuring world-renowned activists, public figures, civic leaders, performers and musicians. Reservations are strongly encouraged, although not required to attend. 

Harlem Gospel Choir Live Stream
When: Mon, January 18, 2021
3 pm

This is a live streamed performance celebrating Dr. MLK, Jr. with a contemporary gospel and a touch of jazz and blues, available on demand through January 25. The entire family will be tapping their feet and clapping their hands to this gospel choir’s high-energy and joyous performance.