Martin Luther King Day – Free Events

Time to gather the family and take advantage of all the FREE Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events being held around Northern Ohio.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend – Fee-Free Days!
James A. Garfield National Historic Site

(Photo courtesy James A. Garfield Museum)

8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor January 14, 2012, 12:00pm-5:00pm The Secretary of the Interior has designated Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend as fee-free day at all National Park Service sites. Visit during the site’s normal hours for free entrance to the site. Walk the grounds, check out the museum exhibits, watch the film, and take a guided tour of the Garfield home for free! or

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Children’s Craft Cleveland Botanical Gardens
January 16, 2012 1:00 – 4:00 pm Admission FREE
Children make a seed headband craft in honor of African-American contributions in agriculture. No registration required. For more info website.

On Monday, January 16, 2012, The Western Reserve Historical Society will offer free admission to all guests visiting the History Center in University Circle to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Museum hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Children and their families will explore the museum exhibits, Do You Know Your Lincoln, Rally ‘Round the Flag, Through the Lens of Allen E. Cole, and Meet Clio the WRHS Digital Curator. Then, they can spend time in the Kidzibits Family Education Center. The Hay-McKinney House will be open for all guests to enjoy tours of the main floor. The Research Center will be open for families to discover their history. The WRHS Reference staff and genealogy volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about how to get started on researching family history. Finally, a few vehicles from the Crawford Collection will come out of storage and be on display for this day only. History Center – 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106 For additional information

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage presents Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration January 16, 2012, 11am—5pm – Free Admission to all Museum galleries and special programs! 1:30pm Special Musical Performance

Participate in our tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. with guided tours of the American Story Gallery, where the stories of how individuals overcame discrimination, prejudice and adversity come to life. Young and old alike will enjoy the special jazz, blues and traditional musical performance Unchained: From Slavery to Civil Rights featuring vocalist Evelyn Wright accompanied by Roots of American Music artists bass-master Ray DeForest, keyboard player Joe Hunter and guitarist Kevin Richards. For more info:

Discovery Days at Lake Metroparks Farmpark
8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland J
anuary 16, 2012, 9:00am-5:00pm
Bring the children to experience life on a farm making ice cream, meeting newborn calves, piglets, and sheep, and more at the annual free Discovery Days. For additional info 440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276

(Photo courtesy of GLS)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Great Lakes Science Center
January 16, 2012 – 10 am – 6 pm Free
General Admission! Come to Great Lakes Science Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and enjoy a day of free general admission* between 10 am – 6 pm. Explore your fears in the special exhibition, Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear! Enjoy “electrifying” Big Science Shows at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm; Tour the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and BioMedTech Gallery; Have a ball in the Polymer Funhouse (ages 7 and under);Experience hundreds of hands-on and interactive exhibits, plus live demonstrations throughout the day. And so much more! *Free general admission only. Offer does not apply to parking garage or OMNIMAX films.For more information: website

Cleveland Museum of Art
Join in the museum’s celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Reflection of the Dream, on Monday, January 16, 2012. FREE activities for all ages. Celebrate the day with gallery talks presented by CMA curators; docent-led tours; hands-on art projects; art and twister games designed and presented by our Museum Ambassadors; and band, choir, quartet, and jazz music.

Attend a free screening at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. of the soul-stirring film Rejoice and Shout, an uplifting new documentary that traces the history of African-American gospel music.

Join us for a Teen Poet Open Mic with featured performances by local poets from 1:30–3:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall.  For additional information: website

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History Winter Discovery Days
Enjoy free admission to the museum on January 16, 2012 from 10am to 4pm. Explore the Smead Discover Center; Watch a mini-planetarium show for on $1; Make a craft project to take home;Meet Cleveland’s neighborhood wildlife in special live animal presentations and more.Admission to the Museum is free all day; the Museum parking fee is $5. For additional information: website.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Cleveland Ohio
To celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will once again open its doors to the public free of charge on Monday, January 16 in a celebration of community spirit and civic pride. This marks the 11th straight year that the Museum offers FREE admission to the public.

The festival will feature an array of musical talent throughout the day on the Museum’s Main Stage, beginning with performances at 11 a.m. by the Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir, followed by Cleveland poets Nina Borsay and the Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, vocalists Londyn and Indianapolis’ Whitney Coleman, and headlined by Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter, Ledisi. The event will be emceed by Jason Walker of Terry Macklin Entertainment. For more information see website.


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