Want the kids to spend their holiday doing something besides video games? Here is a list of ideas! New here? Welcome! I write just for the South Sound, and I update with new ideas for your family every day in addition to maintaining the lists you’ll find in the menu bar.
It can be difficult to find an event honoring Dr.King suitable for younger children. One idea is to call your local elementary school. Most hold assemblies and would be glad to have community guests. For more ideas on Monday, read my list below. I’ll add to it as I find other events, and of course, your regular weekend list will be up Friday.
Family Friendly Ideas for MLK Day in the South Sound
Schools and government offices are closed today. Most other places are open.
Free admission to National Parks and land!
Basketball Tournament-Beginning at 10AM various high school teams compete in a special showcase at the Showare Center in Kent. Rodney Stuckey of the Pistons came out of Kentwood-you could be watching a future star! Adults are 10; kids are 5; under 6 are free-try not to sit in a student section if you go!
Federal Way Community Celebration Decatur High School beginning at 11:30
Discovery Village in Gig Harbor is offering a mini-camp for 2.5-6yr. olds 30.00 9AM-12 Call to register
Jump Event at Pump it Up Tacoma Many other bounce places have added special hours. Check my bounce house list for links and call ahead to confirm space and availability. Pump it Up and Jump! both need reservations.
MLK Day at the Washington State History Museum Free admission all day and special activities, including a presentation by retired astronaut Bernard Harris, and a last chance to see the Tuskegee Airmen traveling exhibit.
Tacoma Martin Luther King Day Celebration Free event at the Tacoma Dome beginning at 10:30 Continental breakfast; food drive (formula and baby food encouraged); multicultural dance performances; educational exhibits.
March to the Tacoma Dome Bates Technical College Annual MLK March from Bates to the Tacoma Dome For more information, contact: LeAnne Dryer (253) 680-7160
If you want to do something special without leaving home, consider printing out some MLK coloring pictures. Here is a link to a good one for older kids. Here is a good one for younger children (requires flash). A quick search for “Martin Luther King Coloring Pictures,” will give you hundreds more. You can find tons of free coloring sheets for every event under the sun on your ‘puter. An easy rainy day activity is to let your child pick ten and then help her make them into a book.
Many organizations have also decided to do special service projects in honor of MLK day. I didn’t list any specific ones because I wasn’t able to find any that sounded appropriate for young children (I’ll work on this next year)! But I think you and your kiddos could very easily organize a neighborhood food drive, or call some of your PTA pals and clean up the neighborhood around the school (just glove up)!
Know something great I missed? Let me know!
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