2019 Martin Luther King Day Events – Ohio

Time to gather the family and take advantage of all the FREE events being held around Ohio, January 21, 2019, MLK Day.



Martin Luther King Jr. Day Children’s Craft
Date:  January 21, 2019
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 21, 2019
Time:  10am-5pm
Location: 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH  44106
216.721.5722 | website
Admission: FREE

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
January 21, 2019
Time:  10am – 5:30 pm
Location: 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, OH  44114
216.781.ROCK | 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 21, 2019
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:  TBA
Time:  Noon to 5pm (doors open at 11:30 am)
Place:  Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH  44106
Admission:  FREE no tickets required

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

Date:  January 21, 2019
Time:  11am – 5pm
Location:  2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH  44122
Admission:  FREE
Join us for free all-day at the Maltz Museum! Honor iconic civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and everyday citizens who fought against discrimination by celebrating the everyday hero in all of us. Tour the Maltz Museum’s core and special exhibitions while enjoying hands-on crafts and activities on this family-friendly day!

11:00am – On the One Band performs live in our Theater
1:00pm – The Evelyn Wright Quartet performs live in our Theater
3:00pm – Panel discussion on Race, Gender, and the Power to Vote

Cleveland Museum of Natural History – Discovery Day
Date:  January 21, 2019
Time:  1o am – 4pm
Location:  1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, Ohio  44106
216.231.4600 or 800.317.9155
Admission:  FREE
Get ready for a great day of discovery! Receive FREE general admission from 10am to 4pm on Monday, January 21. Talk with curators outside of their labs and see 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. Meet Cleveland’s neighborhood wildlife in special live animal presentations, and be sure to visit Smead Discovery Center on the Museum’s lower level.

Greater Cleveland Aquarium Martin Luther King Day
Date:  January 21, 2019
Time:  10 am – 5 pm
Location:  2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH  44113

Date: January 21, 2019
Time: 10:30 am-Noon
Location: North Chagrin Reservation, Cleveland Metroparks
216.341.1704| $10 | Registration required

Ages: 6 years & over with participating adult
Includes: equipment, cookies, & hot cocoa
Bring your family out for a fun winter adventure as you take leisurely snowshoe hike.  Learn basic snowshoeing terminology, turning, going up and down small hills, going over obstacles easily, and why going backwards usually isn’t a good idea. Enjoy cookies & cocoa afterwards.  No special boots are required, but waterproof footwear that goes above your ankles, layering of non-cotton clothing, and bringing a headlamp is suggested.  A minimum of 4” of snow is needed.  




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




Lake Metroparks
Date:  January 21, 2019
Time: 10AM-3PM
Admission: FREE
Address: Penitentiary Glen Reservation
8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094
Free indoor and outdoor activities at interactive stations. Enjoy scavenger hunts, a nature craft, s’mores, X-Plorer packs filled with seasonal hands-on activities, animal encounters from the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center and much more! Naturalists will be on hand to answer all of your nature-related questions and to help guide you through the day.

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



Date:  January 21, 2019
Time:  10AM-2PM
Location: Hartville Marketplace and Flea Market
1289 Edison St. NW, Hartville, Ohio

The Akron Zoo be here at 10am to educate us on few live animals! The fun doesnt stop there! There will be a bounce house, mechanical horses, balloon twisters, and specials at Sarah’s Market Fresh Grill!



Akron Zoo Martin Luther King Day 
Date:  January 21, 2019
Times:  11am-4pm
Location:  500 Edgewood Ave.,  Akron, OH
Admission: FREE

Free admission for everyone! Enjoy the zoo on us, plus the Akron Chapter of NAACP will be on-grounds with special activities.  Parking 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 21, 2019
Times:  1pm – 4pm
Location:  One South High Street, Akron

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy inspires transformation through creativity. Celebrate King’s vision by recharging your imagination with hands-on art activities, games and storytelling paired with artists from the museum’s contemporary collection.



Date: January 20, 2019
Time: 9:30 pm – 12:15 am
Location: Wood County Park District
18729 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green, OH  43402

The first full moon of 2019 is a Super Moon with a lunar eclipse! Most schools are closed the next day for Martin Luther King Jr. Day so the kids have a rare opportunity to stay up late and see one of nature’s wonders. Celebrate with a mix of kid friendly indoor and outdoor activities. Program is cancelled in the case of overcast skies