By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Day is next Monday, January 15, 2018, and it’s a federal holiday and day off from school for the kids. Below is our annual list for ways to enjoy the day off with your family, whether you’re honoring Dr. King’s legacy, spending quality time with the kids, or doing both!
Our list below for local 2018 MLK Day activities and events includes:
- MLK remembrance ceremonies
- Local volunteer opportunities
- Children’s concerts and shows
- Free park days and other family-friendly fun activities
1. Honor Dr. King at an area celebration
Reston Community Center (RCC) has several events to celebrate the Martin Luther King birthday including concerts, art shows, and a keynote address. The events are:
- Saturday, January 13, 2018: Community service projects for volunteers starting at 9 am, followed at 4 pm by the Reston Community Orchestra’s Annual Memorial Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Sunday, January 14, 2018: Voices of Inspiration, the annual program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at 4 pm; this is a free all-ages free event involving many Reston faith communities
- Monday, January 15, 2018: The day begins with a keynote address by at noon (purchase tickets), followed by a youth program 11:30-2:30 (free) for children ages 6-12 with art and other activities based on the history of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement
- Sunday, January 21, 2018: The Color Orange, A hip-hop concert about friendship and multiculturalism (tickets $15-20)
- See more details on all these events on the RCC website
2. Make it “a day on, not a day off” through community service
In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, the holiday for many has become the MLK Day of Sercice, an opportunity to make it “a day on, not day off,” for people to serve in their communities. This is a great time to share with your kids the importance of giving back to your community. Locally, you can check with Volunteer Fairfax, and contact local charities, women’s and homeless shelters, animal rescue groups, and the nonprofit organizations to see what their most pressing needs are. They may still be short of volunteers for service projects on MLK Day, or maybe you can drop by with a cash or goods donation.
3. Enjoy time off with the kids
Time with our kids is limited and precious, so on this day off, enjoy the extra time with your little ones! Some fun ideas for family entertainment on Monday, January 16, head to Jammin’ Java for the MLK Day concert with award-winning Rocknoceros (10:30 am show, tickets $5). Later that day, you can enjoy Aldersgate Church Community Theatre’s family theatre show, Seussical Jr.
4. Enjoy free park visits and other fun!
Finally, remember that on MLK Day, all national parks, including nearby Great Falls Park, offer free admission. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more ideas!