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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Ideas for all ages, in San Antonio and beyond

Updated on January 13, 2017

As Martin Luther King, Jr. Day approaches — it’s Monday, January 16, this year — you may wonder how to honor the legacy of Dr. King with your children. Below are San Antonio Mom Blogs’ ideas for commemorating this important day with kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. And, don’t forget to check out all of the related events happening in town as part of DreamWeek, created “to continue to advance and modernize the teachings set forth by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision by creating dialogue across cultures and communities.”

All ages:

Take part in San Antonio’s 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March
Last year, 300,000 men, women, and children from all ages, races, and creeds marched in San Antonio’s Martin Luther King, Jr. March, one of the largest in the country. This 2.75-mile march, open to all, starts at 10:00 a.m. at the MLK Academy, located in the 3500 block of MLK Drive. It ends at Pittman-Sullivan Park, located at 1101 Iowa. View the map route and get information on using the Via Bus service to the march.

Photo from the Martin Luther King, Jr. March in San Antonio

photo credit: NOWCast SA

Watch short movies created just for kids that tell the story of Dr. King’s life and legacy.
My kids love the free movies produced by Brain Pop. Here you can watch the Brain Pop movie about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have a picnic at a local park and, over lunch, read a book to them about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here’s the book my kids and I read together at Phil Hardberger Park one MLK Day (disclosure: affiliate link). And, here are some of our recommended San Antonio Parks.

Younger children:

Encourage young ones to learn about the civil rights movement
Find activities related to and books about Martin Luther King, Jr. for kids in this list of resources for parents and teachers
Download this free civil rights activity book to download from the Civil Rights Memorial Center

Read news articles written for kids about Dr. King
National Geographic Kids’ article about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Time for Kids: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Teens:

Watch Ava DuVernay’s Selma
2014’s award-winning drama about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the fight for civil rights captivated audiences while revisiting one of our country’s most important times in history. It’s recommended for kids 13 and older. Check out Common Sense Media’s review of Selma to be sure your teen is ready to view it.

Sign your daughter up to walk in the MLK March with Girls, Incorporated of San Antonio
Let Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership skills inspire your daughter (ages 10-18). Register her to participate in the MLK March with Girls Incorporated of San Antonio on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 16). Children 10 and under are welcome too but they must be accompanies by an adult.

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