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School’s out next Monday. Here are some things to do.

Most schools are closed next Monday, January 15th in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are some fun and interesting ways to spend the day off with your kids:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Milwaukee Public Museum

Monday, January 15

10:00am – 2:00pm

Stop by the Watson House in the Streets of Old Milwaukee and explore the Watson family history through images and objects that illustrate this vibrant era in the city’s black heritage! Educators will be out on the floors to provide expertise and lead hands-on activities for visitors. For more information, click here.

School Day Off Workshop with Danceworks

Monday, January 15

9:00am – 4:00pm

Danceworks, Inc., 1661 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA

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Each Danceworks School Day Off Workshop will explore a different country of the world. Discover traditions, music, and day to day life of children thousands of miles away. Gain insight and discover similarities for other cultures and peoples. Get a stamp in your Danceworks School Day Off Workshop Passport for each country you “travel” to. Campers receive a prize for every four stamps they earn! Before and after care available.

*Martin Luther King Day Celebration at MLK Library (Free!)

Monday, January 15

9:00am – 5:00pm

Milwaukee Public Library Martin Luther King Branch

310 W Locust St, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Milwaukee Public Library will host a full day of activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Branch.

Since 2009, the branch has opened on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to offer a celebration filled with poetry, music, dance, crafts, games, and community services.

Hands-on Activities for all ages from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

African American Book Jacket BingoPlay bingo based on African American children’s literature.

Family Fun Crafts

  • Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) will present a special King Day project for all ages.
  • Make a craft or two to take home at a variety of family friendly craft stations.
  • Button making – Choose pictures and words to design your own King Day pin.

Voter Rights: Check out the presentation on voting rule changes over the years. Look at some sample voting tests and enjoy voting in some popular polls. Laptops will be available to complete voter registration online.

Live Performances from 12 noon-4:30 p.m.

12:00 The King Drumming Group

12:25-12:55 p.m. Signature Dance CompanyMarvel at the dance moves of these young women during this powerful, original presentation.

1:15-2:00 p.m. Christopher’s ProjectChristopher’s Project performs popular and cherished musical numbers.

2:15-2:30 p.m. Spoken Word with Kavon Cortez JonesAn ambient amalgamation of noir jazz, hip-hop, Afro-punk, and psychedelic rock through the power of poetry.

2:30-2:45 p.m. Trivia ContestParticipate in the trivia contest to learn facts about civil rights and earn prizes

3:00-3:30 pm Ina Onilu Drum and Dance EnsembleEnjoy the sights and sounds of West African dance and drumming.

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Peace CookiesCookie decorating with family and friends.

School’s Out Art Drop-In at Lynden Sculpture Garden

Monday, January 15

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Lynden Sculpture Garden (2145 W Brown Deer Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53217)

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With many schools closed for the holiday, Lynden is offering an extended Art Drop-In session. Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794.

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