DC Thrifty Mom’s
FREE Happenings and
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations
in the DC Metro Area:
January 18 – 20, 2014
Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change.
Giant panda cub Bao Bao is now on exhibit at the National Zoo
From January 18 to January 20, the panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Starting January 21, the panda house will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please arrive early. Long lines require earlier cut-off times to ensure those waiting can enter the panda house before it closes. Note: Although the panda house will be open, Mei Xiang and Bao Bao may not always be visible during that time. They will have access to the den where Bao Bao has spent much of the past few months and may choose to spend time in there instead of on exhibit.
The ICE SLIDE at St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion
Every weekend through Saturday, February 15, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The ice slide will be FREE to people under the age of 18. Day passes for adults are $5, while parking at the 2700 Martin Luther King Avenue SE site is free. See review from KidFriendly DC here.
Model Train Open House at Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, INC. – Vienna Railroad Station
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Open House visitors include people of all ages who enjoy watching railroad activities that realistically depict an actual railroad that existed in North Carolina in the 1950’s. That railroad was called the Western North Carolina (WNC) and every hill, town, building, locomotive, rail car, and industry on our layout is modeled after those places and things as they looked in that era. Well, almost everything; we must admit that to satisfy popular demand, an occasional sighting can be made of Thomas the Tank Engine and a few of his friends chugging around among the bigger steam and diesel locomotives. Young visitors are often offered a souvenir WNC Railroad ticket as they enter the depot. FREE
Family Fun at the Baltimore Museum of Art – BMA!
Sunday, January 19, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Project: Create Clay Animal Shelves
Visit the BMA for exciting family programs —hands-on art workshops, special gallery tours, and more! Admission and activities are FREE, so bring the whole family and stay for as long or as short a time as you like.
Children of Uganda’s Tour of Light Music and Dance Troupe at the Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage
Sunday, January 19, 6:00 PM
Through rhythm, drums, flutes, and folktales, this organization works to preserve and raise awareness of Uganda and East Africa’s rich culture. Learn more about this non-profit organization and view past performances here. FREE
Reading Stories with Ranger Steph: 1, 2, 3… How Many Piggies Do You See?
Oxon Hill Farm – Visitor Barn
Monday, January 20, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Numbers are all around us at the farm. Every third Monday of the month, come listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy other activities. This month, they will concentrate on counting. How many animals do we have all together at the farm? Meet Ranger Steph in the Visitor Barn and find out! FREE
Family Day at Black Hill Regional Park
Monday, January 20, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
School’s off today, so bring the kids to the Visitor Center for an afternoon of exploration and discovery. Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs will be on hand to show you how to use their popular nature boxes. Enjoy a short nature walks, hands-on activities, and games. Drop in anytime between 1 – 4 pm for the fun! This program is FREE but please register so they’ll have enough materials and help for all.
NOT ALL Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations Listed are FREE
MLK Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Locate a project in your area here.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial – Various FREE programming including:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Kids Tour – Saturday through Monday
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Quotes – Saturday, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
All the King’s Books: Stride Towards Freedom, 1958 – Saturday, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Dr. King Comes to Washington – Sunday & Monday, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
View a complete listing of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Activities here.
I Have A Dream Weekend Celebration at Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Saturday, January 18, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, January 19, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday, January 20, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Community comes to life over the three-day “I Have a Dream” weekend! Join Port Discovery as they celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. View discounts available, like AARP Members and Maryland Zoo/Port Discovery Children’s Museum Reciprocal Program here. $$
Day of Dr. King Documentaries at the Petworth Library in Washington DC
Saturday, January 18, 12:00 PM
Stop by and familiarize yourselves with the library’s collection of DVD documentaries on Dr. King. They provide so much information to discuss and debate. Petworth Library invites you to view the following movies as a means for broadening your understanding about the socio-political climate and events that affected King’s background, mission and death.
For children and families, beginning at 12 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room:
March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World (2010), followed by Martin Luther King Jr. Day (2005, 12 minutes)
Collective Voices 18th Annual Poetry Extravaganza in Honor of Dr. King at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 PM
Meet in the Great Hall for this very special event as Collective Voices once again presents their annual literary tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be many special guests, including the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and Washington, DC Poet Laureate, Delores Kendrick. FREE
View a Complete Listing of DC Public Library MLK Activities HERE.
Portrait Story Days: Martin Luther King Jr. at the Portrait Gallery
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 19, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday, January 20, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Education Center, 1st Floor, Room E151 – Free; drop-in
(for ages 5 and up with adult) Drop in to listen to a story about a person who has influenced American history and culture and to create a special piece of art. Today, learn about American clergyman and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). FREE
FREE MLK Jr. Day Family Festival at The Walters Art Museum
Monday, January 20, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Come together to celebrate the life and achievements of one of our nation’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through theatrical and musical performances, special guests will help you to reflect on the importance of free speech and diverse communities. Share your dreams, congratulate your personal heroes, and tell your stories through art projects and collaborative activities! View Schedule of Events here. FREE
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday at the National Children’s Museum
Monday, January 20, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by contributing to a very special peace quilt! Add your creative flair to a square or a dove to hang on the quilt. They’ll unveil the finished quilt in February. Families will have the opportunity to design and decorate small quilts, which Maddie’s Blankets will donate to shelters and other organizations serving animals in temporary homes. $10 per child or adult. View discounts available here. $$
KING: A FILMED RECORD…MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS at AFI Silver Theatre
Monday, January 20, 11:30 AM
A riveting compilation of documentary footage of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the Montgomery bus boycott to the “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, from the dogs of Selma to the Nobel Prize and the fateful motel balcony in Memphis. With narration and commentary from Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Charlton Heston, Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Clarence Williams III and others. Co-directed and produced by Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Tickets available at the AFI Silver box office on the day of show ONLY, limit 4 tickets per person. Box office opens at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 20. Free Screening!
Global Peace Makers – 8th Annual MLK Peace Walk
Monday, January 20 – 11:00 AM at 2500 MLK Jr. Avenue SE
FREE but bring a donation of socks and toiletries for the homeless
14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Baltimore, Maryland
Monday, January 20th – 12:00 PM
The annual celebration is becoming an event to honor not only Dr. King, but to pay homage to others continuing his legacy. The event steps off at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. The annual parade honors the immeasurable contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration for the late civil rights activist features entertaining high school and community marching bands, decorative floats, civic organizations, high stepping fraternities, honor and color guards, lively cheerleading squads and equestrian units.
LET FREEDOM RING! A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at The Kennedy Center
Monday, January 20, 6:00 PM
The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University host a musical celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. The concert featuring five-time Grammy Award®–winning singer and recording artist Dionne Warwick also includes the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. FREE tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Monday, January 20, 2014, in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are reserved seats. Limited seating availability.
CONGRATULATIONS to Tiffany B., WINNER of the Family-4-Pack Giveaway to MONSTER JAM®! Thank you to all those that participated.
Please mark your calendar and join me as I host my First Blogiversary presented by Daihatsu Car Company on Sunday, January 26th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the National Children’s Museum. Decorate cupcakes with Spoons and Smiles, samples from Honest Tea, interactive storytime with Language Stars, learn about support group Mocha Moms, Inc., enjoy Jazzing Up Learning performance from local group Kidz MusiQ Club, and MORE..all for FREE!
Enjoy your Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend!