2018 Martin Luther King Day Events – Ohio

Time to gather the family and take advantage of all the FREE events being held around Ohio, January 15, 2018, MLK Day.



Martin Luther King Jr. Day Children’s Craft
Date:  January 15, 2018
Time: 10am-5pm
Admission: FREE – No registration required.
Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 721-1600
The Botanical Garden is open for Martin Luther King. Jr. Day as the University Circle institutions celebrate with free admission. Join us to make a nature-based craft.

Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society
Date:  January 15, 2018
Time:  10am-5pm
Location: 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH  44106
216.721.5722 | website
Admission: FREE
Join us for fun activities in the Research Library, visit the Carl & Louis Stokes Making History exhibit, and explore Cleveland’s rich history in our new Cleveland Starts Here® exhibit.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
January 15, 2018
Time:  10am – 5:30 pm
Place: 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, OH  44114
Admission: FREE
Enjoy a free admission day at the Rock Hall filled with live performances, education programs and family activities that will highlight how people use music to find their voices and create a sense of community.

Experience the Rock Hall’s many exhibits that showcase how artists have used popular music to communicate ideas and incite social change.

Great Lakes Science Center – Martin Luther King Day
Date:  January 15, 2018
Times:  10 am – 5 pm
Location: 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, OH
Admission:  FREE general admission.

Cleveland Orchestra
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Open House
Date:  January 15, 2018
Time:  Noon to 5pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
Place:  Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH  44106
Admission:  FREE no tickets required
Performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland School of the Arts R. Nathaniel Dett Choir, gospel group Lafayette Carthon & Faith, and more will take place in the Concert Hall. Family activities include the “I Have a Dream” Wall, MLK activity sheets, and a Martin Luther King Jr. Book Display by Cuyahoga County Public Library in Smith Lobby, and Terry Macklin Inc.– DJ and Line Dancing in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Hear Our Voices:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Date:  January 15, 2018
Time:  11am – 5pm
Place:  2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH  44122
Admission:  FREE
Explore how iconic civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and everyday citizens fought against discrimination to change America. See our current special exhibition, Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews & Medicine in America, to learn about the historic struggle for equality in health care and take a look at the future of medicine in America. Then, share a cause you would fight for with hands-on crafts and activities on this family-friendly day!

Cleveland Museum of Natural History – Discovery Day
Date:  January 16, 2017
Time:  1o am – 4pm
Place:  1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, Ohio  44106
216.231.4600 or 800.317.9155
Admission:  FREE
Get ready for a great day of discovery! Visitors receive FREE general admission from 10am to 4pm on Monday, January 15. Curators will talk with guests outside of their labs and showcase specimens that are not usually on display. Watch mini Shafran Planetarium shows for $1/person and participate in amazing demonstrations with scientists and students from Case Western Reserve University and University of Chicago. Guests can meet Cleveland’s neighborhood wildlife in special live animal presentations, and make a craft to take home in Smead Discovery Center on the Museum’s lower level.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium Martin Luther King Day
Date:  January 15, 2018
Time:  10 am – 5 pm
Place:  2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH  44113
Admission: Guests who choose to donate $1 or more to the “UBF” will receive a $10 admission ticket to the Aquarium.



Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – Martin Luther King Day 
Date:  January 15, 2018
Time:  10 am – 4 pm
Place: 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH  43065
Admission:  FREE (Standard parking rates apply.)




Lake Metroparks
Date:  January 15, 2018
Time: 9AM-5PM
Admission: FREE
Address: Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094
Bring the children to experience life on the farm making ice cream, meeting newborn animals and more at Lake Metroparks Farmpark during Farmer Monday. Children participate in hands-on activities and snowshoeing scheduled throughout the day in addition to the regular Farmpark daily activities.

Photo credit: Squirrel peeks out of log at Veterans Park – photo by Linda Lowe




Canton Museum of Art
Date:  January 15, 2018
Time:  10 am – 5pm
Place:  1001 Market Ave. North, Canton, OH
Admission: FREE

Canton Museum of Art (CMA) will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free gallery admission and art activities for kids and grown ups. CMA will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018 with soap carving and other art activities for all ages.



Akron Zoo Martin Luther King Day 
Date:  January 15, 2018
Times:  11am-4pm
Place:  500 Edgewood Ave.,  Akron, OH
Admission: FREE

Akron Zoo offering free admission on Jan. 15, 2018 for MLK Day.

The Akron Zoo will be offering free admission for all guests on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15, 2018. The Akron chapter of the NAACP and the Akron-Summit County Public Library will be providing children’s activities, while supplies last. Parking is $3 per vehicle.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $7.00 per person. Children under two are free. The parking fee is $3. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Akron Art Museum
Family Days: Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration
Date:  January 15,
Times:  1pm – 4pm
Place:  One South High Street, Akron