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Celebrate Dr. King January 21, 2008

I am reposting the post I made last week on Martin Luther King, just because it fits. If you are looking for some things to do with the kids today to honor Martin Luther King Jr. , here are some ideas, I also added some new things I found at the bottom of the post.

If you think about it,Martin Luther King Jr. was once a kid with a dream, who grew into an adult with a vision to make that dream come true.

You could have a young activist, president, or leader in your home, a kid with a dream.

Help your child make their dreams come true, however big or small they may be, by teaching them historical figures who not only made their own dream come true, but facilitated the making of dreams for children and adults across the country.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

If you live in the southern New Jersey/Philadelphia area and are looking for a way to honor Dr.King with the kids, here are a couple places to help introduce your kids to his courage, strength,honor and his dream.

Today there are various events happening around the area. Following the events this weekend, The Franklin Institute is holding a Scavenger Hunt that focuses on African American Scientists (you can receive 1/2 price admission if you bring in canned goods for donations).

The Crayola Factory is honoring Dr. King by having families write an about him or contribute to a mural honoring diversity.

You can also join the National Constitution Center in performances by the musical duo Two of a Kind in storytelling session with notable Philadelphians, performing readings from Dr. King’s I have a Dream speech.

You don’t have to leave your home to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Kaboose has some great Freedom crafts you can create with your children to celebrate the man who fought for freedom and equal rights for everyone.

Create Freedom Friends and Martin Luther King Jr. Rainbow Pins (click for instructions and check out Kaboose for more ideas).

Not into crafts, read together.

There are great books out there geared toward children to teach them about Martin Luther King Jr.

I Have a Dream, geared towards age 5-8. Teach your child the words of that historical speech that inspired and changed our nation, with beautiful illustrations by award winning artists. $6.99 at Barnes and Noble.

Martin Luther King Jr. (History Bio Series), geared towards age 7-10. Just $5.95 at Barnes and Noble.

Whatever place you go, craft you do or book you read, just talk with your children about the dreams and visions of Dr. King. Show them that no matter their race, gender, or background, whether you come from the left side of the tracks or the right, you have the ability to make you dreams come true, if you fight for you dreams and if you believe.

This weekend I found some new things to do:

1. Join the African American Museum in Philadelphia for their annual Martin Luther King Day festivities, from 11:00am to 5:00p.m., complete with musical and dance performances and readings. This is a free event, all they ask is that you bring clothes, blankets and toiletries for homeless women and children.

2. At Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square you can join Award-winning storyteller and Author Linda Goss for a lively educational and fun storytelling adventure about Martin Luther King Jr. They will also hold a special kids story time celebrating his legacy at 10:00am and 10:45am.

Don’t forget you can also celebrate by volunteering!