Five Ways To Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Michael Berick

LA Events

At the Zimmer on Jan. 15, kids can think about how to make the world a better place. PHOTO COURTESY ZIMMER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day off where you can also take time to give something back. Here are five events families can attend to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate his impact on our nation.

A Day of Service. MLK Day has also been designated as a Day of Service. The public is invited to White Point Nature Preserve (1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro; www.pvplc.org) from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 16 to lend a hand in cleaning up the preserve’s Plant Demonstration Garden. The preserve will hold a raffle and offer giveaways to show thanks, and volunteering at this event will count towards school service hours.

A Storytelling Salute. On Jan. 14, the Saturday morning performance at Children’s Book World (10:30 a.m., 10580½ Pico Blvd., L.A.; www.childrensbookworld.com) offers a salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Acclaimed storyteller Michael D. McCarty will share a selection stories about African American culture and history that will entertain and educate his young listeners.

Creating a Dream. “Dreaming our Way to a Better World!” is the theme for the Jan. 15 Sunday family program from 2-4 p.m. at the Zimmer Children’s Museum (6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100, L.A.; www.zimmermuseum.org. $7.50 ages 1 and older). Children can create their very own cotton cloud dreams with ideas about how to make the world a better place.

Coming Together. Kidspace (480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena; www.kidspacemuseum.org. $13) is presenting a three-day Unity Celebration Jan. 14-15 that honors Dr. King’s message. You can help create a community unity chain, build new worlds in the Imagination Workshop and add your handprints to a big peace mural.

Building Community. Big Sunday (6111 Melrose Ave., L.A.; www.bigsunday.org) will host a Clothing Collection & Community Breakfast from 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 16. Everyone is invited to help sort clothing for disadvantaged people and enjoy a breakfast at this event that carries on Dr. King’s mission of community building.

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