2022 Martin Luther King Day Guide: Family Events & Activities

Family Fun Twin Cities Martin Luther King Day Guide: Family Events & Activities

In 2022 Martin Luther King Day falls on Monday,  January 17th. Schools are out. Government offices and libraries are closed. We are collecting this year’s MLK day celebration opportunities as they are announced.

For more things to do over Martin Luther King, Jr weekend jump over to our Weekend Guide.

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Events and Activities to Observe Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 17, 2022:

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Powderhorn Recreation Center, 3400 15th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55407
Powderhorn neighborhood’s family-friendly, 2-hour artist showcase featuring storytellers, visual artists and performing artists. Register to attend in person or Zoom & Facebook live event. FREE event. 10am-12pm. Registration required

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day at Powderhorn Park
Celebrating Martin Luther King Day at Powderhorn Park

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
The annual presentation of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Living the Dream award. The celebration will be emceed by Chad Jackson of the Minnesota Twins and the keynote speaker will be Adair Mosley, President and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities. This year’s entertainment will be a musical performances by “VocalEssence Singers Of This Age.” 6:30-8pm, FREE. Tickets are Limited and Pre-Registration is Required. Learn more on the Minneapolis Parks website.


Martin Luther King Day At Your Own Pace:

MCTC Self-Guided Community Unity Vigil

A self-guided tour of Minneapolis building murals to reflect on the struggle for justice, change, equity and hope.

Did You Know?

Minnesota Sculptor George Bassett has made two busts of Martin Luther King, Jr. that are on display in the Twin Cities?  A smaller bust at Sumner Library and a larger one at the State Capitol. The Capitol offers free guided tours Monday-Friday 10am-2pm and also allows self-guided tours during open hours. Sumner Library hours and information can be found here.

Other Ways to Observe During the Week:

Friday, January 14, 2022:

Paint for Peace 

Zanewood Recreation Center, 7100 Zane Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
A painting event led by local artist, Flahn Manly, to encourage community healing and form a sense of peace through art and social engagement. Snacks and community resources will be provided. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration is required. Register online for Activity #643011-11 or call 763-315-8444.

Saturday, January 15, 2022:

KidX: MLK I have a Dream

Maplewood Mall, 3001 White Bear Ave N, Maplewood, MN 55109-1200
Kids can contribute to the Cloud wall with hopes, aspirations and dreams. Free. 11am-1pm. Learn more on the mall’s website.

Thursday, January 20, 2022:

MCTC Virtual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 

Online Event
Will showcase winning student essay from the scholarship contest. Essays focus on King’s work. The event will be led by Minneapolis College President Sharon Pierce and Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Read more at MCTC’s website.

"I have a dream" Paint for Peace. Jan. 14, 2022; 5:30-7:30 pm. Encouraging community healing and peace through art and social engagement. Zanewood Recreation Center, 7100 Zane Ave N., Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
Register Online Here

MLK Day of Service

Many families like to use the MLK Holiday as an excellent way to focus on promoting social justice and fighting poverty through volunteer opportunities.

Girl volunteering at Feed My Starving Children

At Home MLK Fun & Learning

Bigger Kids:

Younger Kids:

Outdoor Fun for the Long Weekend

Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend

Saturday, January 15, 2022 – January 17, 2022
During this weekend, Minnesotans can fish without licenses if they take children 15 or younger fishing. The DNR offers these ice thickness guidelines.

Ice Fishing

Enjoy the Snow & Ice

Find your nearest Twin Cities-area sledding hill or outdoor ice skating rink. We’ve listed the best of the bunch! Or head out snow tubing at some of our favorite hills.

Girl in a yellow parka and pink hat sledding.

Martin Luther King Day Indoor Fun – Workshops & Camps

Innovators Workshop

The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Monday, January 17
This one-day workshop gives kids in grades 3-8 a chance to design, prototype, and build their own electronic musical instrument starting with a pencil.  $45/Child. Register Here.


Do you know of any other celebrations or fun activities that we missed? Leave us the information in the comments and we’ll share with the community.

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