MLK Day in Los Angeles: Live Like a King

By Michael Berick

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Help out Big Sunday on MLK Day Monday. PHOTO COURTESY BIG SUNDAY

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated on Jan. 21, and that three-day weekend promises a number of family-geared ways to honor Dr. King and his legacy.

Saturday: Children’s Book World ( welcomes Ina Buckner-Barnette (aka the Sunshine Storyteller) at 10:30 a.m. for a free Dr. Martin Luther King-themed story time, movement and music for ages 5-10.

Sunday: Zimmer Children’s Museum (, $7.50) offers “Dreaming A Wonderful Future” from 2-4 p.m. The museum’s art room will become a canvas for a city of the future, and kids can consider how they can make this city wonderful.

Monday: The California African American Museum ( presents a free day of art and activism from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Families can do art projects, participate in a march and listen to a marathon reading of Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches and sermons.

Big Sunday ( holds its annual clothing-collection event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers will count, sort and fold donated items that will be distributed to those in need, and Big Sunday will host a community breakfast as a thank-you.

All weekend: Kidspace Children’s Museum (, $14 ages 1and up) has partnered with Project Giving Kids for a celebration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Families can do service projects at the museum and learn about community volunteer opportunities.

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